Goydos Barnes closing in on British Open

By Doug FergusonJuly 3, 2009, 4:00 pm
AT&T NationalBETHESDA, Md. ' Paul Goydos jokingly took offense at an AP story he read Thursday night that indicated he was in danger of missing the cut, and jeopardizing his British Open chances, after opening with a 73.
 
It was much tougher in the afternoon, he said after following that with a 68 to make the cut at 1-over 141.
 
It was an important cut to make.
 
Thanks largely to his runner-up finish at the Travelers Championship last week, Goydos leads the special money list from which two players not already eligible will earn a spot in the British Open. The money list ends this week.
 
Goydos has roughly a $200,000 lead over U.S. Open runner-up Ricky Barnes, who was at 2-over 142. Barnes was given a reprieve when the two guys closest to him on the list, John Mallinger and Kevin Na, missed the cut.
 
Next on the list is Bryce Molder, who shot a 70 and was in a tie for fifth. He is only about $20,000 behind Barnes.
 
Goydos wont bank on a return trip to the British Open until the week is over, but he sure would like to return. He called it one of the coolest tournaments he has played, and he wasnt talking about the weather.
 
I think Ill either make it easily or I wont make it at all, he said.
 

 
NO GOLFING ON VACATION: Tiger Woods can run down the list of the top 100 golf courses in America and find plenty that he hasnt played unless he was in a golf tournament.
 
He is No. 1 in the world, but has yet to play Pine Valley, the perennial No. 1 golf course on most lists.
 
Woods is building a house in south Florida, and only then might he have a chance to play Seminole, the fabled course where Ben Hogan and others used to practice for the Masters. He hasnt played Merion, either, although hell have that chance in 2013 for the U.S. Open.
 
I dont play golf on my vacations, Woods said. I get away from it. Id never, ever have a golfing vacation, because its not interesting for me to go out there and do that.
 
Even so, he plays at home all the time.
 
There are those who play golf for a living and take a clean break when they get home, and others who flat out love golf. Brad Faxon comes to mind. He once had a practice round at the British Open, then took some buddies with him to play a nearby links course for the sheer fun of it. Todd Hamilton is another, rarely going a day without playing golf.
 
Arnold Palmer? Indeed, hes the king.
 
Im not anywhere in the same league as Arnold when it comes to playing golf, Woods said.
 
So why does he play so much? Its all about competition.
 
I love playing, Woods said. But when Im at home, its more of preparing. Ill go out there and Ill play, but its preparing for the next event. I rarely ever go and play just to play. Arnold used to do that all the time, and still does.
 
I enjoy going out and practicing, playing 9 or 18, and testing what I just worked on. But thats how Ive always done it.
 

 
SOUTHERN CHARM: Sometimes it takes winning a major for people to get to know the champions, and in this case, the honesty and deadpan humor of Lucas Glover now is getting some exposure.
 
Glover was firing on all cylinders before the second round even began.
 
He was listening to a discussion on the media frenzy surrounding the death of Michael Jackson when someone posed what it would have been like for this climate of media during the death of Elvis Presley.
 
Feigning surprise, Glover said, Elvis is dead?
 

 
GRACIOUS VISITOR: Goydos hasnt played particularly well at Congressional the last couple of years, for reasons he cannot figure out. But he had no reservations about returning this year.
 
Its an issue of respect, he said, referring to tournament host Tiger Woods.
 
Goydos made it clear how he feels about this event last year when he compared the AT&T National with the Arnold Palmer Invitational and Jack Nicklaus Memorial.
 
I think Tiger has done a lot for this Tour, he said. And I think when Tiger asks you to come help him out, youre going to come help him out. And if you dont, youre nuts.
 

 
WEEKEND OFF: Jeff Maggert, Jason Bohn and Chris DiMarco were among those who birdied the final hole to make the cut on the number at 2-over 142. Others werent so fortunate.
 
Among those with the weekend off were Charles Howell III, Robert Allenby, Rich Beem and Paul Casey, the No. 3 player in the world who has been struggling with a massive head cold this week. Casey gave it a strong effort Friday, going out in 30 to get back to even par until he started dropping shots on the back nine. He shot 69 and missed by two strokes.
 

 
DIVOTS: Vijay Singh, who unsuccessfully tried to help with a $500,000 bond for Allen Stanford, showed up at Congressional without the Stanford Financial logo on his visor and his shirt. Singh had an endorsement deal worth a reported $8 million a year. He wore a plain shirt, his old Cleveland logo on the visor and Never Compromise, the putter brand, on his bag. Tournament officials last year used all but nine of the same hole locations that the U.S. Open used at Congressional in 1997.
 
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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.