Webber Tops Barkley Tolliver Celeb Champion

By Associated PressJuly 17, 2005, 4:00 pm
STATELINE, Nev. -- Former NFL quarterback Billy Joe Tolliver overcame a bogey on the last hole to win the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship at Lake Tahoe on Sunday.
 
Tolliver, the 1996 champion who squandered a final-round lead last year, closed with a 1-over 73 for 76 points in the modified Stableford scoring system. He was four points better than Cleveland Browns quarterback Trent Dilfer.
 
Former pitcher Rick Rhoden, playing in the same group as Tolliver, missed a 25-foot eagle putt on the last hole and finished with 71 points. Chris Chandler was fourth with 69 points in the scoring system that awards six points for eagle, three for birdie, one for par, zero for bogey and minus two for double bogey.
 
It was the first time in five years that someone other than Rhoden or former NHL star Dan Quinn won the 16-year-old tourney at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course. Quinn, who won three of the last four, finished sixth on Sunday.
 
Tolliver seemingly had the title wrapped up heading to the final hole, but hit his drive wide right into a waste area. He then onto the beach bordering the lake on the par-5 18th. After taking a drop, he chipped off a cart part and made a 5-foot putt for bogey.
 
``I was lucky to get out of this alive today,'' Tolliver said. ``I'm a little bit devoid of talent so, naturally, I blocked it left onto the beach, where I always spend Sundays here. I've probably thrown away $300,000 to $400,000 on that beach. They ought to call it Joe's Beach.''
 
Tolliver said Rhoden would have won easily if a few putts dropped.
 
``Rick was probably a total of 3 inches from being 8 or 9 under. I just got lucky that the putter wasn't hot for him today,'' Tolliver said.
 
Tolliver had three bogeys and three birdies on the front nine, including a 14-foot, downhill birdie putt on the 439-yard, par-4 ninth that put him five points ahead of Rhoden and Dilfer.
 
But he got into trouble on the par-5 16th when he drove into the left rough then hit his approach into a greenside bunker. He blasted out of the sand to 3 feet, but missed the birdie putt, setting up the dramatic finish.
 
Charles Barkley finished next-to-last in the 81-player field minus-84 points. As a result, to pay off a wager with Chris Webber, Barkley will have to pay $50,000 to a charity of Webber's choice.
 
``I feel like Tiger Woods today,'' said Webber, who finished at minus-76.
 
Others in the field included John Elway (22nd), Dan Quayle (32nd), Michael Jordan (36th), Donald Trump (42nd) and Don Cheadle and Kevin Nealon (tied for 75th). Actor Brad Garrett finished last at minus-87.
 
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    Woods, Rahm, Rickie, J-Day headline Torrey field

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 20, 2018, 12:47 am

    Tiger Woods is set to make his 2018 debut.

    Woods is still part of the final field list for next week’s Farmers Insurance Open, the headliner of a tournament that includes defending champion Jon Rahm, Hideki Matsuyama, Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler, Phil Mickelson and Jason Day.

    In all, 12 of the top 26 players in the world are teeing it up at Torrey Pines.

    Though Woods has won eight times at Torrey Pines, he hasn’t broken 71 in his past seven rounds there and hasn’t played all four rounds since 2013, when he won. Last year he missed the cut after rounds of 76-72, then lasted just one round in Dubai before he withdrew with back spasms.

    After a fourth back surgery, Woods didn’t return to competition until last month’s Hero World Challenge, where he tied for ninth. 

    Woods has committed to play both the Farmers Insurance Open and next month's Genesis Open at Riviera, which benefits his foundation. 

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    Even on 'off' day, Rahm shoots 67 at CareerBuilder

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 20, 2018, 12:36 am

    Jon Rahm didn’t strike the ball as purely Friday as he did during his opening round at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

    He still managed a 5-under 67 that put him just one shot off the lead heading into the weekend.

    “I expected myself to go to the range (this morning) and keep flushing everything like I did yesterday,” said Rahm, who shot a career-low 62 at La Quinta on Thursday. “Everything was just a little bit off. It was just one of those days.”


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    After going bogey-free on Thursday, Rahm mixed four birdies and two bogeys over his opening six holes. He managed to settle down around the turn, then made two birdies on his final three holes to move within one shot of Andrew Landry (65).

    Rahm has missed only five greens through two rounds and sits at 15-under 129. 

    The 23-year-old Spaniard won in Dubai to end the year and opened 2018 with a runner-up finish at the Sentry Tournament of Champions. He needs a top-6 finish or better this week to supplant Jordan Spieth as the No. 2 player in the world.

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    Landry stays hot, leads desert shootout at CareerBuilder

    By Associated PressJanuary 20, 2018, 12:35 am

    LA QUINTA, Calif. – Andrew Landry topped the crowded CareerBuilder Challenge leaderboard after another low-scoring day in the sunny Coachella Valley.

    Landry shot a 7-under 65 on Thursday on PGA West's Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course to reach 16 under. He opened with a 63 on Thursday at La Quinta Country Club.

    Jon Rahm, the first-round leader after a 62 at La Quinta, was a stroke back. He had two early bogeys in a 67 on the Nicklaus layout.


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    Jason Kokrak was 14 under after a 67 at Nicklaus. Two-time major champion Zach Johnson was 13 under along with Michael Kim and Martin Piller. Johnson had a 64 at Nicklaus.

    Landry, Rahm, Kokrak and Johnson will finish the rotation Saturday at PGA West's Stadium Course, also the site of the final round.

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    Mickelson 'displeased' with iron play; 10 back

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 20, 2018, 12:18 am

    All of Phil Mickelson’s offseason work on his driver has paid off through two rounds of the CareerBuilder Challenge.

    His iron play? Not as sharp, and it’s the reason why he heads into the weekend 10 shots off the lead.

    “I’ve been pretty pleased, overall, with the way I’ve been driving the ball, and very displeased with the way my iron game has been,” said Mickelson, who shot 68 Friday on PGA West’s Nicklaus course. He has hit only 21 of 36 greens so far this week. “Usually my iron play is a lot better than what it’s been. So I’ll go work on it and hopefully improve each round in this tournament and build a solid foundation for the upcoming West Coast events.


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    “I feel like if I continue to drive the ball the way I am, and if I got my iron play back to my normal standard, I should have the results that I’ve been expecting.”

    Mickelson, of course, is always bullish this time of year, but he has been able to find 10 of 14 fairways each of the past two rounds, including at narrower La Quinta Country Club, which doesn’t always fit his eye.

    “This is actually the best I’ve driven it in a lot of years,” he said.

    Currently in a tie for 67th, Mickelson will need a solid round on the more difficult Stadium course Saturday to ensure that he makes the 54-hole cut. He hasn’t missed a cut in his first West Coast event of the new year since 2009.