Tway leads Montreal Championship by 1

By Associated PressJune 23, 2012, 9:41 pm

SAINTE-JULIE, Quebec – Bob Tway shot a 7-under 65 on Saturday to take a one-stroke lead over Mark Calcavecchia after the second round of the Champions Tour's Montreal Championship.

The 53-year-old Tway had a 9-under 135 total on Vallee du Richelieu Golf Club's Vercheres Course.

The Oklahoman had eight birdies, including six in a row on Nos. 7-12. With a chance at matching or breaking the course record of 64, he bogeyed the par-4 18th.

''It was disappointing to finish that way, but it was still a nice round,'' Tway said.

Winless on the 50-and-over tour, he won the 2003 Canadian Open for the last of his eight PGA Tour titles.

''I haven't played like I think I'm capable of playing since I've been out here, but that's just the nature of the game,'' said Tway, the 1986 PGA Championship winner. ''You keep plugging along and practicing.

''I'm seeing signs of much better play, but my scoring has been poor for a long time. If you don't chip the ball well, if you don't wedge the ball well and if you don't putt the ball well, it's tough to score. This week has been a little bit better, and therefore I'm doing better.''

Calcavecchia shot a 67. The 1989 British Open champion claimed two of his 11 PGA Tour wins in Canada, the 1997 Greater Vancouver Open and 2005 Canadian Open.

''Obviously, I play well north of the border for some reason,'' Calcavecchia said. ''It's a long way to go. We'll see what happens (Sunday). We'll talk about it if I happen to get the job done.''

First-round leader Russ Cochran had a 71 to drop into a tie for third at 7 under with Michael Allen, Hale Irwin and Jay Don Blake. Allen, the tour leader with two victories and earnings of $1,071,282, had a 69, Irwin shot 68, and Blake had a 67.

The 67-year-old Irwin, the Champions Tour career leader with 45 victories, is trying to become the oldest winner in tour history. Mike Fetchick was 63 years to the day when he won the 1985 Hilton Head Seniors Invitational.

''I birdied the 16th hole to go 4-under par and I figured if I can birdie one of the last two and shoot my age, I'll be really happy with that,'' Irwin said. ''I hit two really good irons to both greens and they landed, hit very, very hard, and bounded well past the hole, and fortunately I two-putted both of those from 35 or thereabouts. I came close on both putts, but it's disappointing in that I had opportunities. I put the ball in the fairway and I had a chance to have a better chance at shooting my age again than not.''

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Watch: McIlroy gives Fleetwood a birthday cake

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 19, 2018, 2:58 pm

Tommy Fleetwood turned 27 on Friday. He celebrated with some good golf – a 4-under 68 in Abu Dhabi, leaving him only two shots back in his title defense – and a birthday cake, courtesy of Rory Mcllroy.

While giving a post-round interview, Fleetwood was surprised to see McIlroy approaching with a cake in hand.

“I actually baked this before we teed off,” McIlroy joked.

Fleetwood blew out the three candles – “three wishes!” – and offered McIlroy a slice.  

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DJ shoots 64 to surge up leaderboard in Abu Dhabi

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 1:48 pm

Dustin Johnson stood out among a star-studded three-ball that combined to shoot 18 under par with just one bogey Friday at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

Shaking off a sloppy first round at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Johnson matched the low round of the day with a 64 that put him within four shots of Thomas Pieters’ lead.

“I did everything really well,” Johnson said. “It was a pretty easy 64.”

Johnson made four bogeys during an even-par 72 on Thursday and needed a solid round Friday to make the cut. Before long, he was closer to the lead than the cut line, making birdie on three of the last four holes and setting the pace in a group that also included good rounds from Rory McIlroy (66) and Tommy Fleetwood (68).

“Everyone was hitting good shots,” McIlroy said. “That’s all we were seeing, and it’s nice when you play in a group like that. You feed off one another.” 


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Coming off a blowout victory at Kapalua, Johnson is searching for his first regular European Tour title. He tied for second at this event a year ago.

Johnson’s second-round 64 equaled the low round of the day (Jorge Campillo and Branden Grace). 

“It was just really solid all day long,” Johnson said. “Hit a lot of great shots, had a lot of looks at birdies, which is what I need to do over the next two days if I want to have a chance to win on Sunday.” 

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Closing eagle moves Rory within 3 in Abu Dhabi

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 12:57 pm

What rust? Rory McIlroy appears to be in midseason form.

Playing competitively for the first time since Oct. 8, McIlroy completed 36 holes without a bogey Friday, closing with an eagle to shoot 6-under 66 to sit just three shots back at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

“I’m right in the mix after two days and I’m really happy in that position,” he told reporters afterward.

McIlroy took a 3 ½-month break to heal his body, clear his mind and work on his game after his first winless year since 2008, his first full season as a pro.

He's back on track at a familiar playground, Abu Dhabi Golf Club, where he’s racked up eight top-11s (including six top-3s) in his past nine starts there.


Full-field scores from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship


McIlroy opened with a 69 Thursday, then gave himself even more chances on Day 2, cruising along at 4 under for the day when he reached the par-5 closing hole. After launching a 249-yard long iron to 25 feet, he poured in the eagle putt to pull within three shots of Thomas Pieters (65). 

Despite the layoff, McIlroy edged world No. 1 Dustin Johnson, coming off a blowout victory at Kapalua, by a shot over the first two rounds. 

“DJ is definitely the No. 1 player in the world right now, and one of, if not the best, driver of the golf ball," McIlroy said. "To be up there with him over these first two days, it proves to me that I’m doing the right things and gives me a lot of confidence going forward.”

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Duke to fill in for injured Pavin at CareerBuilder

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 12:25 pm

Ken Duke will fill in for Corey Pavin for the next two rounds of the CareerBuilder Challenge – with nothing at stake but his amateur partner’s position on the leaderboard.

Pavin was 4 over par when he withdrew after 17 holes Thursday because of a neck injury. Tournament officials contacted Duke, the first alternate, and asked if he would take Pavin’s spot and partner with Luis Lopez for the next two rounds, even though he would not receive any official money.

Duke accepted and explained his decision on Twitter:

Playing on past champion’s status, the 48-year-old Duke has made only four starts this season, with a best finish of a tie for 61st at the RSM Classic.

Pavin received a sponsor exemption into the event, his first PGA Tour start since the 2015 Colonial.