Pernice Fires Course Record at Open Qualifier
Pernice and Ogilvy had 10-under-par 134 totals on the North and South courses at the Canoe Brook Country Club in heading the 14 qualifiers who earned berths for the Open at St. Andrews on July 14-17.
Duffy Waldorf, Alex Cejka of Germany, Joe Durant, Steve Gutschewski and Jason Allred finished a stroke back at 135 on the rainy day that mimicked British Open conditions without the chill.
Tom Byrum was alone at 8-under-par 136, while Bo Van Pelt, Daniel Chopra of Sweden and Australians Scott Hend of Australia and Robert Allenby also earned berths with 137 total.
Wilhelm Schauman, a Swede who carried his own bag, and Richard Barcelo got the final two berths by recording birdies on the first hole of a seven-man playoff that included former U.S. Open champion Corey Pavin. The group finished at 138.
Others who failed to qualify were Steve Elkington, Justin Rose, Bob Tway, Tom Kite and Jose Coceres, who all finished at 139.
Pernice, who finished 11th at the Barclays Classic this past weekend, had six birdies and an eagle on the North Course. The previous course record was a 65 posted by fellow PGA Tour player Len Mattiace.
Pernice, who got the only spot in a U.S. Open qualifier earlier this month, lost a ball in the rough on his second hole in the afternoon round en route to a 70.
Ogilvy had a pair of 67s in winning his second big qualifier this month. He was the medalist for the U.S. Open qualifying at Waterville, Ohio.
For Waldorf, qualifying was sweet. He missed by a stroke at Congressional last year.
Fourteen spots also were at stake Monday in England, with England's Simon Khan and Ireland's Peter Lawrie topping the 120-player field at 8-under 132 after rounds on Sunningdale's Old and New courses. Khan had two 66s, and Lawrie shot 65-67.
John Bickerton, Robert Coles, Simon Dyson, Marcus Fraser, Andrew Oldcorn, Peter Baker, Alastair Forsyth, Ian Woosnam, Patrik Sjoland, Andrew Butterfield and Robert Rock also qualified. David Geall, Kenneth Ferrie, Henrik Stenson, Jean-Francois Lucquin and Tom Whitehouse will return Tuesday for a playoff to determine the last spot.
Two-time Masters champion Jose Maria Olazabal (70-69) failed to qualify.
Twelve spots are available in local qualifying in Scotland on July 9-10 -- the Saturday and Sunday before the tournament. Three players will earn spots from each of the three qualifying tournaments at Ladybank, Leven Links, Lundin and Scotscraig.
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Kelly, Sauers co-lead in Hawaii; Monty, Couples in mix
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii - Fresh off a solid performance on Oahu, Jerry Kelly shot an 8-under 64 on the Big Island on Thursday to share the first-round lead at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.
The 51-year-old Kelly, who tied for 14th at the PGA Tour's Sony Open last week in Honolulu, birdied five of his final seven holes to shoot 30 on the back nine at Hualalai. He won twice last season, his first on the over-50 tour.
Gene Sauers also shot 64, going bogey-free amid calm conditions. Thirty-two of the 44 players broke par in the limited-field event, which includes winners from last season, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.
Rocco Mediate and Colin Montgomerie were one shot back, and Fred Couples, Kevin Sutherland and Kirk Triplett were another shot behind.
Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, was in the middle of the pack after a 69.
Rahm (62) fires career low round
The scores were predictably low during the opening round of the CareerBuilder Challenge, where the top-ranked player in the field currently sits atop the standings. Here's how things look after the first day in Palm Springs as Jon Rahm is out to an early advantage:
Leaderboard: Jon Rahm (-10), Austin Cook (-9), Andrew Landry (-9), Jason Kokrak (-9), Brandon Harkins (-8), Martin Piller (-8), Aaron Wise (-8), Beau Hossler (-8)
What it means: Rahm is coming off a runner-up finish two weeks ago at Kapalua, and he picked up right where he left off with a 10-under 62 at La Quinta Country Club. It marked his lowest career round on the PGA Tour, and it gave him a one-shot lead heading to the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Cook is the only player within two shots of Rahm who has won already on Tour.
Round of the day: Rahm got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under, and he made it around La Quinta without dropping a shot. The 62 bettered his previous career low on Tour by two shots and it included an eagle on the par-5 fifth hole to go along with eight birdies.
Best of the rest: Cook was a winner earlier this season at the RSM Classic, and he's now in the mix for trophy No. 2 following a 9-under 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Like Rahm, he opened with a seven-hole stretch at 6 under and turned in a scorecard without a bogey. He'll now head to the more difficult Stadium Course for his second round.
Biggest disappointment: Patrick Reed blitzed the three-course rotation in Palm Springs en route to his first career Tour title back in 2014, but he's unlikely to repeat that feat after opening with a 2-over 74 on the Nicklaus Tournament course. Reed made only one birdie against three bogeys and was one of only 32 players in the 156-man field who failed to break par in the opening round.
Main storyline heading into Friday: Rahm deserves the spotlight, as he entered the week as one of the event's headliners and did nothing to lose that billing in the opening round. But the pack of contenders is sure to keep pace, while players like Phil Mickelson (-2) will look to put up a low score in order to build some momentum heading into the weekend.
Shot of the day: Wesley Bryan's 7-under 65 on the Nicklaus Tournament course was helped in large part by an eagle on the par-4 10th, where he holed a 54-degree wedge from 112 yards away. Bryan went on to birdie the next hole amid a five-hole stretch of 5 under play.
Quote of the day: "Shot 10 under par. There's not much more I can ask for." - Rahm
Recent winner Cook contending at CareerBuilder
Patton Kizzire is currently the only two-time PGA Tour winner this season, but Austin Cook hopes to join him this week at the CareerBuilder Challenge.
Cook won for the first time in November at the RSM Classic, a victory that catapaulted him from the Web.com Tour graduate category into an entirely new echelon. Cook notched a pair of top-25 finishes over the last two weeks in Hawaii, and he's again in the mix after an opening 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course left him one shot behind Jon Rahm.
"Today was great," Cook told reporters. "The conditions were perfect, but I always loved desert golf and I was just hitting the ball well and seeing good lines on the greens and hitting good putts."
Cook got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under highlighted by an eagle on the par-5 fourth hole. He briefly entertained the notion of a sub-60 round after birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 before closing with six pars and a birdie.
Cook was a relative unknown before his victory at Sea Island earlier this season, but now with the flexibility and confidence afforded by a win he hopes to build on his burgeoning momentum this week in California.
"That was a big, proud moment for myself, knowing that I can finish a tournament," Cook said. "I think it was one of those things that I've proven to myself that now I can do it, and it just meant the world to me."
Photo: Fleetwood's phone cover is picture of Bjorn
There's phone covers and then there are Phone Covers.
Paul Casey has himself a Phone Cover, showing off the protective case that features a picture of his wife at last year's U.S. Open.
Now, it appears, Tommy Fleetwood has joined the movement.
Fleetwood, last year's season-long Race to Dubai winner, has a phone cover with a picture of Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn on it. And not even a current Thomas Bjorn. This is a young Bjorn. A hair-having Bjorn.
The 26-year-old is a virtual lock for this year's European Ryder Cup team, but just in case, he's carrying around a phone with a picture of the team captain attached to the back of it.