Van Pelt Leads in Puerto Rico

By Associated PressMarch 20, 2008, 4:00 pm
PGA Tour (75x100)RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico - Bo Van Pelt never has much planned for World Golf Championship weeks.
 
That might change, though, after he opened with an 8-under 64 on Thursday to take the first-round lead in the inaugural Puerto Rico Open.
 
Because the 32-year-old Van Pelt doesnt play many WGC tournaments such as this weeks CA Championship at Doral, he usually takes a break before his next tour stop.
 
But with only one full tournament under his belt since mid-February'and the kids on spring break'Van Pelt changed his routine and headed to Puerto Rico.
 
So I was excited, he said. I said, Lets go down there and have some fun.
 
Van Pelt certainly had a good time at Trump International Golf Club. He shot his best round since last June to take a two-stroke lead over Ted Purdy and Kyle Thompson.
 
Five players, including Jerry Kelly, were another stroke back at 67.
 
Van Pelt had birdies on three of his first five holes. His lone bobble of the day came on the par-4 fourth after driving the ball in the water for a bogey.
 
Things took off with three consecutive birdies to start the back. He made a 10-footer on No. 10, followed with a 6-foot putt on the par-3 11th, then closed with an 8-footer on No. 12.
 
Van Pelt says his most important shot came to save par on the 14th, a long, 459-yarder. After hitting what he called his only poor iron shot of the day left of the green, Van Pelt chipped to tap-in range.
 
You make bogey you kind of kill your momentum a little bit, he said.
 
Instead, Van Pelt charged to the end. He made birdies on three of his last four holes, his best performance since a 64 at the Travelers Championship nine months ago.
 
When the year started, I probably didnt have this on my schedule, said Van Pelt, smiling.
 
Purdys someone else wholl pencil this in next spring.
 
Hed earned more than $5 million and his lone PGA TOUR title, the 2005 Byron Nelson event, between 2004-06. But he lost his tour card, finishing 127th on the money list last year, then flamed out at tour qualifying.
 
Purdy spent the offseason crunching abs along with refining his short game, his biggest problem from a year ago.
 
Results have been slow coming. Purdy missed three of five cuts this season and hadnt finished better than a tie for 50th in Februarys FBR Open.
 
In Puerto Rico, Purdys seen things work the way hed hoped.
 
Its my best round of the year and maybe my best round in a while, he said.
 
The highlight was snaking in a 60-footer for birdie on the par-3 sixth hole, his 15th. Purdy threw his hands in the air in celebration when the ball dropped in.
 
I watched Tiger do it on TV a lot, so I know it can be done, Purdy joked.
 
Kelly, at No. 63 in the world is the highest-ranked player in the PGA TOURs first island visit. Maybe it was the Atlantic waves crashing against the shore or the tropical El Yunque rain forest behind, but Kelly felt an energy he hadnt much of this season'it was just his second sub-70 outing in his past 10 rounds on tour.
 
I love being surrounded by water, Kelly said. People are different when theyre surrounded by water. They just go with the flow a lot more than when theyre surrounded by concrete and structures.
 
Thompson, a rookie from South Carolina, played bogey-free golf to catch Purdy.
 
No question the suavest golfer here is Chi Chi Rodriguez. The eight-time PGA TOUR winner and tournament host strolled the grounds Thursday morning in a black leather coat and dark sunglasses.
 
Officials hoped to persuade Rodriguez, whose career has been celebrated all week, to tee it on native soil. But at 72, Rodriguez was content to shake hands, greet friends and pose for pictures. I didnt want to take a spot away from young men trying to make a living, Rodriguez said.
 
Divots
 
Alex Cejka had two top finishes this month and was thought to be a favorite. But Cejka opened with 5-over 77 and was tied for 123rd. That group also included course designer Tom Kite. Willie Wood broke in a new caddie Thursday, his 11-year-old son Hayden. With the family on spring break, Wood decided to give Hayden a go, although the two have worked together on the Nationwide Tour. The Woods finished at 1-over 73.
 
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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.