Power Rankings: 2014 Deutsche Bank Championship

By Will GrayAugust 27, 2014, 5:19 pm

This week marks the 43rd event of the 2013-14 PGA Tour season, as the Tour continues the playoffs with the Deutsche Bank Championship. A field of 94 players will tee it up this week at TPC Boston, where the winning score often exceeds 20 under par.

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Henrik Stenson returns to defend the title he won a year ago over Sergio Garcia. Here are 10 names to watch this week in Norton:

1. Adam Scott: The Aussie was T-15 last week at Ridgewood despite a Saturday 75, his seventh straight top-15 finish dating all the way back to May. Scott got his first PGA Tour win here back in 2003 and has added four top-10 finishes since then, including three years in a row from 2010-2012. He knows what it takes to contend at TPC Boston, and should do so again this year.

2. Rory McIlroy: An "off" week for the Ulsterman still netted a top-25 finish, which McIlroy has produced in every start on Tour this year. He won here in a shootout back in 2012 and while his other two results haven't been spectacular, he has shot 65 or better in four of 12 competitive rounds at TPC Boston. McIlroy is certainly not hurting for confidence these days, and should contend again before heading to Denver.

3. Jason Day: Day appears ready to put an injury-plagued summer behind him, as he followed a T-15 finish at Valhalla with a runner-up showing at The Barclays. The Aussie cracked the top three in Boston in both 2010 and 2011, and he had four rounds in the 60s en route to a T-13 finish a year ago.

4. Jim Furyk: While another chance to end his victory drought passed him by, Furyk still notched an eighth-place finish at Ridgewood, his ninth top-10 finish in 18 starts this season. He hasn't finished outside the top 20 since Colonial, and he continues to lead the Tour in scrambling. Furyk has three top 10s in nine starts at TPC Boston, most recently 2011 when he finished sixth.

5. Brandt Snedeker: Despite a missed cut last week in New Jersey, Snedeker remains one of the hotter players around and now heads to a course where he finished sixth or better for three straight years from 2010-2012. Snedeker's three prior starts before the missed cut at Ridgewood all netted top-15 finishes, and he should add to that tally in his final start before Ryder Cup captain's picks are announced.

6. Matt Kuchar: In his first start since withdrawing from the PGA Championship with a bad back, Kuchar picked up right where he left off with a T-5 finish at Ridgewood. It was his third straight top-15 result, and Kuchar has turned 21 starts this season into 11 top 10s and 15 top 25s. He's cracked the top 15 at TPC Boston three of the last five years, including a T-4 finish last year.

7. Hunter Mahan: Now atop the FedEx Cup standings, Mahan is heating up just in time for a potential Ryder Cup berth. His Barclays win was his third straight top-15 finish including Firestone and Akron, and Mahan was among the field leaders in GIR percentage each of those three weeks. He's finished inside the top 15 in Norton two of the past three years, including a T-13 finish last year when he opened with 65.

8. Rickie Fowler: One of the best players this summer, but heading to a course where he has had limited success in the past. Fowler is now riding a streak of five straight top-10 finishes after a T-9 result at Ridgewood but his finishes at TPC Boston have gotton progressively worse: T-41, T-52, T-74 and a missed cut last year. Something's gotta give.

9. William McGirt: The veteran is quietly flying under the radar, and has now notched four straight top-25 finishes. After bookend 64s at Sedgefield, he tied for fifth at The Barclays to head to TPC Boston with some significant momentum. He is among the Tour's putting leaders and has shot 66 or better in six of his last 16 competitive rounds.

10. Jordan Spieth: Spieth hasn't had a month to remember in August, but he closed with a 67 at Ridgewood to finish T-22 last week, his 17th top-25 finish of the season. Spieth is seventh on Tour in birdie average in 2013-14 and returns to TPC Boston after a memorable debut last year, when he tied for fourth after a final-round 62 that locked up his spot on the Presidents Cup team.

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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.