The Match-Ups in 10 Words

By Brian HewittFebruary 20, 2007, 5:00 pm
2007- WGC-AccentureMARANA, Ariz. -- J.J. Henry showed up in the press room on a cold and windy late afternoon north of Tucson Monday. And he said all the right things.
Henrys the guy who got into the field at the WGC-Accenture Match Play when South African Charl Schwartzel withdrew. Henrys the guy who gets Tiger Woods in Wednesdays first round.
Hes a No. 16 seed in his bracket. Woods is No. 1.
I think Im capable of making seven or eight birdies, said Henry. We all know how good he is. But I dont think theres a huge intimidation factor.
Henry was being careful. But what he meant was he has played golf against Woods going all the way back to college. Henry knows he can make seven or eight birdies and Woods can make eight or nine.
Last year, Stephen Ames, Woods first-round opponent, made some comments Woods took quiet umbrage at and Tiger responded by destroying him, 9 and 8. All Im saying is a No. 16 seed in this event has a better chance of winning than a No. 16 seed in ther NCAA mens basketball tournament, Henry said.
In fact, No. 16 seeds have won 25 matches in the eight-year history of this event.
Anyway, there will be 32 matches Wednesday after which the field of 64 will be cut in half.
The following are a few words'10 to be exact'on each of the 32 match-ups. (Hypens count as one word.)
Tiger Woods vs. J.J. Henry: Ryder Cup teammates; J.J. dangerous; Woods on streak of seven.
Tim Clark vs. Robert Allenby: Beware late Sunday Riviera hangover for Allenby; Both superb ballstrikers.
Nick OHern vs. Lucas Glover: OHern once felled Woods in this event; Glover still searching.
David Howell vs. Rory Sabbatini: Howell can putt; Sabbatini can bomb it. Take the putter.
Luke Donald vs. Miguel-Angel Jimenez: Euro Ryder Cup teammates; Its the artist vs. the mechanic.
Shingo Katayama vs. Aaron Baddeley: Kat in the hat vs. the cat who won Phoenix.
Henrik Stenson vs. Zach Johnson: Both these men are underrated. Stenson beat Tiger at Dubai.
K.J. Choi vs. Carl Pettersson: Pettersson won Tampa 05; Choi in 06. No clue here.
Phil Mickelson vs. Richard Green: Phil has two green jackets; Richard just has the name.
Michael Campbell vs. Justin Rose: Campbell mending from injury; Rose itching for first U.S. win.
Sergio Garcia vs. Darren Clarke: Ryder teammates again. Clarkie won this event back in 2000.
Stuart Appleby vs. Charles Howell III: Chuckie 3-sticks is hottest player in the game right now.
Ernie Els vs. Bradley Dredge: This will be drudgery for Dredge; Big Easy wins easy.
Ian Poulter vs. Bart Bryant: Each should be made to wear the other guys clothes.
Trevor Immelman vs. Thomas Bjorn: Watch Immelman. Last man to beat Tiger Woods in U.S.
Chris DiMarco vs. Brett Wetterich: Another dual between Ryder Cup teammates. DiMarco in 20 holes.
Jim Furyk vs. Brett Quigley: The worlds No. 2 will grind down long-hitting match play rookie.
Angel Cabrera vs. Chad Campbell: Argentine Cabrera answers to Angel. Chads wife sings like one.
Davis Love III vs. Ben Crane: Davis wont like the pace; Crane wont like the outcome.
David Toms vs. Arron Oberholser: Toms loves this event; Oberholsers back is a question mark.
Vijay Singh vs. John Rollins: Rollins wont back off; But wishes he was playing Jeev-Milkha.
Robert Karlsson vs. Stephen Ames: Ames just glad he doesnt have to play Woods again.
Padraig Harrington vs. Lee Westwood: Irishman vs. Englishman; Padraig gets nod off recent Riviera form.
Stewart Cink vs. Jeev Milkha-Singh: Could we see Singh vs. Singh in the third round.
Adam Scott vs. Shaun Micheel: Micheel proved match play mettle late last year at HSBC.
Y.E. Yang vs. Rod Pampling: Pampling thought Yang was that edgy doctor on Greys Anatomy.
Paul Casey vs. Mike Weir: Casey a good bet to advance to the Final Four.
Colin Montgomerie vs. Johan Edfors: Edfors has something to prove; But Monty much better player.
Retief Goosen vs. Scott Verplank: Verplank never a pushover in match play; Chance for upset.
Joe Durant vs. Niclas Fasth: Durant will wear down the Swede with fairways and greens.
Geoff Ogilvy vs. Steve Stricker: Stricker former match play champion; Ogilvy reigning U.S. Open champion.
Jose Maria Olazabal vs. Paul Goydos: Goydos found second act to career; Ollie a class act.
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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 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.