Romero Tops Allem Koch in NY

By Associated PressJuly 6, 2008, 4:00 pm
Champions TourENDICOTT, N.Y. -- Joey Sindelar bent over his ball in the rough at the final hole of the Dicks Sporting Goods Open, pondering his ensuing shot and what might have been.
This doesnt seem like the perfect ending, Sindelar muttered.
It was for Eduardo Romero of Argentina, who overcame his own shaky end and beat Fulton Allem (69) and Gary Koch (65) by one shot Sunday for his second Champions Tour victory. He also won the 2006 Tradition.
Romero shot a 3-under 69 to finish at 17-under 199, equaling the score recorded by R.W. Eaks a year ago in the inaugural event.
Sindelar was at 16 under entering the final hole, but his tee shot sailed into the right trees and he made double bogey to finish fourth at 14-under 202, his fourth top-5 in nine events since turning 50 in March and joining the Champions Tour.
Bruce Vaughan (69), runner-up last year, finished at 13 under, tied for fifth with first-round leader Joe Ozaki (70).
Romero, who began the day with a one-shot lead over Sindelar and Allem, played the front nine over the narrow, tree-lined En-Joie Golf Club course in 2 under and only had to contend with his playing partners despite a strong showing by Koch.
Allem had three birdies and a bogey on the front nine to keep pace, while Sindelar managed two birdies as Romero made the turn still leading by one shot.
Romero hit his second shot at the par-4 10th hole to 5 feet and made birdie to reach 17 under. Allem matched Romero after hitting to 8 inches from 119 yards while Sindelar missed a 10-foot putt for birdie to fall into third.
Allem, who constantly copes with a bad back that forces him to use a cart on some holes, had to feel a tinge of mental pain at the par-4 11th hole after his second shot landed in the primary rough and he was unable to get up and down. Sindelar, too, was frustrated, staring skyward when his 10-foot birdie putt stopped at the lip.
Romero made a nice recovery at the par-5 12th after his second shot landed in the rough behind the green, pitching to 3 feet and making birdie. Allem also birdied to remain two shots behind.
Sindelar, who won the PGA Tours B.C. Open in 1985 and 1987 at En-Joie, finally broke through at the par-4 13th with his first birdie in five holes, hitting to 6 feet and making the putt to tie Allem at 16 under.
Romero, who had no bogeys and only one double bogey over the first 49 holes, suddenly gave Sindelar and Allem new life at the par-3 14th. Romero drove a greenside bunker and lipped out a 4-foot par putt as his lead dwindled to one.
After all three parred the tough 15th hole, Romero and Sindelar became just the fourth and fifth players this week to drive the green at the 299-yard, par-4 16th, setting up eagle tries for both. Sindelar was closest, but his 18-foot putt stopped 3 feet short and he settled for birdie. Romero, lying 64 feet away, made a nice downhill putt that broke right and stopped short, then drained a 6-foot birdie to remain on top.
At the par-3 17th, Sindelar drove the left rough 43 feet from the pin, pitched 12 feet past and lipped out the par putt to fall two shots back. Allem sqandered a chance to gain a stroke when he pulled a 9-foot birdie try left, seemingly giving Romero an insurmountable edge with one hole to play.
Drama quickly returned when Romero missed his 4-foot putt for par.
The drama didnt last long. After Sindelar drove the right trees at 18, his second shot ricocheted off a branch and over a wall and his chances were finished.
Romero quickly took advantage. After hitting a booming drive down the middle, he put his second shot to 6 feet and two-putted for par to hang on after Allem missed a long birdie putt.
Koch, who had seven birdies and no bogeys, missed a 7-foot birdie putt at 17 that, as it turned out, cost him a shot at a playoff.
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    Kelly beats Monty with two-shot swing on final hole

    By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2018, 3:21 am

    KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii – Jerry Kelly made an 18-foot birdie putt on the final hole, Colin Montgomerie missed a 6-footer for par and Kelly turned a one-shot deficit into a victory Saturday in the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

    After Kelly drove it well right into lava rocks on the par-4 16th, leading to bogey and giving Montgomerie the lead, Montgomerie made a mistake with his tee shot on the last, finding a fairway bunker. Montgomerie's approach went over the green and after Kelly converted his birdie, the 54-year-old Scot jammed his par putt well past the hole.

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    It was the third win on the over-50 tour for the 51-year-old Kelly, who finished tied for 14th last week at the PGA Tour's Sony Open in Honolulu. That gave him confidence as he hopped over to the Big Island for his tournament debut at Hualalai. The limited-field event includes winners from last season, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.

    Kelly closed with a 6-under 66 for a three-day total of 18-under 198. Montgomerie shot 69. David Toms shot 67 and finished two shots back, and Miguel Angel Jimenez was another stroke behind after a 66.

    Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, closed with a 70 to finish at 10 under.

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    Rahm manages frustration, two back at CareerBuilder

    By Randall MellJanuary 21, 2018, 1:21 am

    Jon Rahm managed the winds and his frustrations Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge to give himself a chance to win his fourth worldwide title in the last year.

    Rahm’s 2-under-par 70 on the PGA West Stadium Course left him two shots off the lead going into the final round.

    “I wasn’t really dealing with the wind that much,” Rahm said of his frustrations. “I was dealing with not being as fluid as I was the last two days.”

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    The world’s No. 3 ranked player opened with a 62 at La Quinta Country Club on Thursday and followed it up with a 67 on Friday at PGA West. He made six birdies and four bogeys on the Stadium Course on Saturday.

    “The first day, everything was outstanding,” Rahm said. “Yesterday, my driver was a little shaky but my irons shots were perfect. Today, my driver was shaky and my irons shots were shaky. On a course like this, it’s punishing, but luckily on the holes where I found the fairway I was able to make birdies.”

    Rahm is projected to move to No. 2 in the world rankings with a finish of sixth or better on Sunday.

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    Cook leads by one entering final round at CareerBuilder

    By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2018, 12:51 am

    LA QUINTA, Calif. – Austin Cook hit a hybrid into the fairway bunker on the par-4 18th on a breezy Saturday afternoon at La Quinta Country Club, then chunked a wedge and raced a chip 20 feet past the hole.

    Kip Henley, the longtime PGA Tour caddie who guided Cook to a breakthrough victory at Sea Island in November, stepped in to give the 26-year-old former Arkansas star a quick pep talk.

    ''Kip said, 'Let's finish this like we did on the first day at the Nicklaus Course.' We made a big par putt on 18 there and he said, 'Let's just do the same thing. Let's get this line right and if you get the line right it's going in.'''

    It did, giving Cook an 8-under 64 and a one-stroke lead in the CareerBuilder Challenge going into the final round on the Stadium Course at PGA West. Fellow former Razorback Andrew Landry and Martin Piller were tied for second, and Jon Rahm and Scott Piercy were a another stroke back after a tricky day in wind that didn't get close to the predicted gusts of 40 mph.

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    ''I know that I wouldn't have wanted to play the Stadium today,'' Cook said. ''I think we got a great draw with the courses that we got to play on the days that we got to play them.''

    Cook played the final six holes on the front nine in 6 under with an eagle and four birdies.

    ''Starting on my fourth hole, I was able to make a birdie and kind of get the ball rolling and it never really stopped rolling,'' Cook said. ''Kip and I were doing really good at seeing the line on the greens.''

    After a bogey on 10, he birdied 11, 12 and 15 and parred the final three to get to 19-under 197.

    ''I think that tonight the nerves, the butterflies, all that will kind of be a little less,'' Cook said. ''I've been in the situation before and I was able to finish the job on Sunday. I think it would be a little different if I didn't play like I did on Sunday at Sea Island.''

    He's making his first start in the event.

    ''I came in from Hawaii on Monday, so I only had two days to prepare for three courses,'' Cook said.

    Landry, the second-round leader, had a 70 at the Stadium. Piller, the husband of LPGA tour player Gerina Piller, shot a 67 at La Quinta. Winless on the PGA Tour, they will join Cook in the final threesome.

    ''Piller's a good guy and we have played a lot together and same with Cookie,'' said Landry, the only player without a bogey after 54 holes. ''Hope the Hogs are going to come out on top.''

    Rahm had a 70 at the Stadium to reach 17 under. The third-ranked Rahm beat up the par 5s again, but had four bogeys – three on par 3s. He has played the 12 par 5s in 13 under with an eagle and 11 birdies.

    ''A little bit of a survival day,'' Rahm said.

    The wind was more of a factor on the more exposed and tighter Stadium Course.

    ''The course is firming up,'' Rahm said. ''I know if we have similar wind to today, if we shoot something under par, you'll be way up there contesting it over the last few holes.''

    Piercy had a 66 at the Stadium.

    ''I controlled my ball really well today,'' he said.

    Adam Hadwin had a 67 at La Quinta a year after shooting a third-round 59 on the course. The Canadian was 16 under along with Grayson Murray and Brandon Harkins. Murray had a 67 on the Nicklaus Course, and Harkins shot 68 at the Stadium.

    Phil Mickelson missed the cut in his first tournament of the year for the second time in his career, shooting a 74 on the Stadium to finish at 4 under – four strokes from a Sunday tee time. The 47-year-old Hall of Famer was playing for the first time since late October. He also missed the cut in the Phoenix Open in his 2009 opener.

    Charlie Reiter, the Palm Desert High School senior playing on the first sponsor exemption the event has given to an amateur, also missed the cut. He had three early straight double bogeys in a 77 on the Stadium that left him 1 over.

    John Daly had an 80 at La Quinta. He opened with a triple bogey and had six bogeys – four in a row to start his second nine - and only one birdie. The 51-year-old Daly opened with a 69 on the Nicklaus layout and had a 71 on Friday at the Stadium.

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    Phil misses CareerBuilder cut for first time in 24 years

    By Randall MellJanuary 21, 2018, 12:48 am

    Phil Mickelson missed the cut Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge. It’s a rare occurrence in his Hall of Fame career.

    He has played the event 15 times, going back to when it was known as the Bob Hope Classic. He has won it twice.

    How rare is his missing the cut there?

    The last time he did so, there was no such thing as a DVD, Wi-Fi, iPods, Xbox, DVR capability or YouTube.

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    The PGA Tour’s Jon Rahm didn’t exist, either.

    The last time Mickelson missed a cut in this event was 1994, nine months before Rahm was born.

    Mickelson struggled to a 2-over-par 74 in the heavy winds Saturday on the PGA West Stadium Course, missing the 54-hole cut by four shots. He hit just four of 14 fairways, just nine of 18 greens. He took a double bogey at the 15th after requiring two shots to escape the steep-walled bunker on the left side of the green.

    Mickelson won’t have to wait long to try to get back in the hunt. He’s scheduled to play the Farmers Insurance Open next week at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, Calif.