Molder Goydos Snedeker qualify for British

By Doug FergusonJuly 5, 2009, 4:00 pm
AT&T NationalBETHESDA, Md. ' Bryce Molder, Paul Goydos and Brandt Snedeker earned spots in the British Open on Sunday in the AT&T National.
Molder and Goydos earned spots through a special money list that covers six tournaments, while Snedeker got there because he was the leading player among the top five at Congressional who hadnt already qualified.
Floored and excited, said Snedeker, whose closing round of 67 was just enough to earn him a tie for fifth at 7-under 273.
Snedeker wasnt even aware that he had qualified when he left the course at Congressional Country Club. He missed eight weeks earlier this year with a rib injury and had been planning to play the U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee during the week of the British, which takes place at Turnberry in Scotland in two weeks.
My golf game was in bad shape before I got hurt, Snedeker said. The first time I felt healthy, I didnt know what to think about coming back out. People gave me the sympathy vote last week when I made the cut ' first cut Id made in a while, and it ticked me off. I dont want sympathy. This week, I felt like I proved to everyone and myself that I can get back to where I was.
Molder will be playing the British for the first time, while Goydos and Snedeker both missed the cut last year at Royal Birkdale.
I know I was fairly close, said Molder, who closed with a 68 for an 8-under 272 total to finish fourth. I knew it was a lot of factors going on; it wasnt just me playing well, it was other people if they played well. It sounds like Im in now, and Im really excited.

CANCEL THAT FLIGHT: Danny Lee had planned to hustle to the airport as soon as his final round was finished. The U.S. Amateur champion had booked a Sunday night flight to Europe so that he could play in the Scottish Open.
Instead, the U.S. Amateur champion played so well that his travel itinerary changed. His final round of 70 gave him a top 10 finish at the AT&T National ' tied for seventh with a 6-under 274 total ' earning him an automatic spot in the John Deere Classic in Illinois without using up one of his remaining PGA Tour exemptions.
I was in a hurry to catch a flight to Scotland, and now Ive got to cancel my flight, he said. Those things happen. I can play another PGA (Tour) event.
Lee earned $180,750 this weekend, more than doubling his total earnings in his seven events since turning pro in late April. His $350,054 is about two-thirds of the way to the $537,958 he needs to put him on the PGA Tour for the rest of the year.
Im very pumped up and Ive been playing great this week, Lee said. I dont really worry about the money at the moment, Im just pumped up because I can play another PGA (Tour) event with all those greatest players in the world.
The last-minute change wont keep Lee off the trans-Atlantic flights for long. The 19-year-old from New Zealand said he still wants to play his minimum number of 12 tournaments this year to retain his membership in the European Tour.

ALLEN WRENCHES: So much for breaking that 0-for-336 slump. Michael Allen had a tough final round of 74 to tie for 11th, making him winless in 337 tries on the PGA Tour.
The 50-year-old Allen started the day one shot off the lead, but he had trouble finding the fairway and bogeyed four of the first eight holes. After No. 8, he walked to the gallery and kissed one of his daughters, drawing a sympathetic Ahhhhhh! from the fans.
Allens next hole turned out to be the only one in which he broke par ' and he did it with the shot of the day. He holed a 9-iron from 143 yards for an eagle on the par-5 No. 9, then celebrated by taking off his visor and raising his hands as if to signal touchdown!
Otherwise, Allen and partner Cameron Beckman spent the day playing in front of a distracted crowd. They were the next-to-last pairing in front of Tiger Woods and Anthony Kim, so the fans often had their heads turned in the wrong direction. When Beckman should have been expecting quiet as he lined up to putt at the seventh hole, the gallery roared for Woods birdie putt on the nearby sixth.
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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.

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    Mickelson starts fast, fades to 70 at La Quinta

    By Will GrayJanuary 18, 2018, 11:07 pm

    Phil Mickelson got off to a fast start in his first competitive round of 2018 - for six holes, at least.

    The 47-year-old is making his first start since the WGC-HSBC Champions this week at the CareerBuilder Challenge, and only his third competitive appearance since the BMW Championship in September. Four birdies over his first six holes indicated that a strong opener might be in the cards, but Mickelson played his subsequent holes in 2 over.

    It added up to a 2-under 70 at La Quinta Country Club, typically the easiest of the three courses in rotation this week, and left Mickelson eight shots behind Jon Rahm.

    "It was fun to get back out and be competitive," Mickelson told reporters. "I for some reason am stuck on 70 here at La Quinta, whether I get off to a good start or a bad one, I end up shooting the same score."

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    Mickelson stunted his momentum with a tee shot out of bounds on the par-4 eighth hole, but he managed to save bogey and otherwise drove the ball relatively well. Instead, he pointed to his normally reliable iron play as the culprit for his back-nine backslide on a day when more than 120 players in the 156-man field broke par.

    Mickelson will now head to the Nicklaus Tournament Course with the Stadium Course on tap for Saturday's third round. While there were several low scores Thursday at La Quinta, Mickelson remains bullish about the birdie opportunities that still lie ahead.

    "This isn't the course where I go low on," Mickelson said. "I feel more comfortable on Stadium and Nicklaus. Neither of them are nearly as tight and I tend to score a lot lower on those other two than I do here, historically."