Twins Set to Get a Taste of the Big Time

By Associated PressOctober 25, 2007, 4:00 pm
  PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Barbara Fathauer walked through the clubhouse at the Tesoro Club, holding two photos of her then-18-month-old twin sons.
 
'Let me show you,' she offered.
 
Daryl Fathauer groaned, mildly embarrassed.
 
'That's my job,' she said. 'I'm the mom.'
 
Her boys are 21-year-old men now, and on Thursday, she'll get another bunch of photos for the family scrapbook. At the Ginn sur mer Classic, the Fathauers -- Daryl and Derek, seniors at Louisville who grew up 10 minutes from the Tesero Club in Jensen Beach, Fla. -- will become the first twins to play in a PGA Tour event since Curtis and Allen Strange were in the Texas Open together 26 years ago.
 
They're here on a sponsor's exemption, but they can play.
 
Derek Fathauer reached the quarterfinals of this year's U.S. Amateur and Daryl Fathauer won the Alister MacKenzie Invitational in San Francisco earlier this month, his third collegiate victory.
 
'We're pretty excited about playing,' Daryl Fathauer said before the twins played an afternoon round in Wednesday's pro-am. 'It's in our hometown, all our friends and family can come out and watch us. We're thankful for getting the exemption from The Ginn Company and so far, it's been a lot of fun.'
 
One wonders if the Fathauers -- or anyone else -- will find the par-73 layout to be all that fun starting Thursday. It measures nearly 7,400 yards, not including some fairly long distances between many greens and tees that will necessitate players to be shuttled several times during the round.
 
This is a first-time event; the tournament was originally scheduled to be in Fresno, Calif., until construction and financial problems with that site forced the tour to seek another venue earlier this year.
 
Most players in the field hadn't played Tesoro Club until this week, some not before Wednesday.
 
'Other than the obvious distance between the greens and tees, I thought most of the holes were nice holes,' said Mark Calcavecchia, who's 12th on the money list this year with more than $2.9 million and one of only two players among the world's top 50 rankings in this field. 'I thought it was a pretty nice course.'
 
The Fathauers have one advantage over most of the field: They've seen this layout before.
 
They played a practice round -- albeit from forward tees -- a couple weeks ago, and tested the layout from the tournament tees Wednesday.
 
'I would say we're just here to enjoy it and make the best of it,' Derek Fathauer said. 'And whether we make the cut or not, we're not really looking at that. We'll just play our best and see where that gets us.'
 
The twins expect a group of at least 50 people, maybe more, following them around Thursday and Friday. They will not be in the same threesome for the first- and second-rounds; Derek Fathauer will play with Jeff Overton and Bryce Molder, while Daryl Fathauer is set to play alongside Johnson Wagner and Jarrod Lyle.
 
They expect to be a little bit nervous, for good reason.
 
'Just think of it as any other day of golf that you go out there for,' Daryl Fathauer said. 'I don't know how it's going to be playing in the tournament, you know, with the pros and having a gallery watching you. But both of us have played in some pretty big tournaments so we've seen a little bit of what it's like.'
 
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    Kelly, Sauers co-lead in Hawaii; Monty, Couples in mix

    By Associated PressJanuary 19, 2018, 3:52 am

    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.

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    Rahm (62) fires career low round

    By Will GrayJanuary 19, 2018, 12:03 am

    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

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    Recent winner Cook contending at CareerBuilder

    By Will GrayJanuary 18, 2018, 11:45 pm

    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.


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    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."

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    Photo: Fleetwood's phone cover is picture of Bjorn

    By Jason CrookJanuary 18, 2018, 11:40 pm

    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.

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    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.

    It's a bold strategy, Cotton. Let's see if it pays off for him.