Grillo leads Glover by one at Web.com finale

By Nick MentaOctober 2, 2015, 9:40 pm

Emiliano Grillo went out early Friday and posted a 6-under 64 to take the lead by one over Lucas Glover heading into the weekend at the Web.com Tour Championship. Here’s where things stand through 36 holes at Dye’s Valley Course at TPC Sawgrass:

Leaderboard: Grillo (-10), Glover (-9), D.H. Lee (-8), Chez Reavie (-8)

What it means: Grillo entered the week fifth in Finals earnings and would be fully exempt on the PGA Tour next season with a win. The 23-year-old Argentine played 15 events on the European Tour this year, recording three top-6 finishes. He recorded two top-10s in five starts on the PGA Tour, a playoff loss at the Puerto Rico Open, played opposite the WGC-Cadillac at Doral, and a T-10 at the Barbasol Championship, played opposite the British Open. Grillo held a one-shot lead with one hole to play in Puerto Rico, before a bogey on the 72nd hole cost him the tournament. A par would have earned him  PGA Tour membership back in March. Glover, the 2009 U.S. Open champion who's temporarily without his Tour card for the first time since 2004, followed an opening 64 with a second-round 67.

Round of the day: Grillo made six birdies and whitewashed a double bogey at the par-4 12th with a hole-out for eagle on 18. John Mallinger, five shots back at 5 under, also turned in a 64, tying Grillo, Glover and Sam Saunders for the round of the week.

Best of the rest: Reavie went out in a spotless 31 and traded three birdies against two bogeys on the back to post 5-under 65. Reavie was the winner two weeks ago at the Small Business Connection Championship and entered this week No. 1 in Finals earnings. His best finish on Tour last year was a T-12 at the FedEx St. Jude.

Biggest disappointment: Nos. 23, 24, 25 on the Finals list, Justin Hicks, Steve Allan and Jhonattan Vegas all played in the same group and all missed the even-par cut, dropping them out of the top 25. One other notable name, Scott Langley, who led through 18 holes at the Greenbrier in July and recorded six top-25 finishes this season on the PGA Tour, also missed the cut and is outside the cut-off.

Shot of the day: Grillo’s 9-iron from 175 yards on 18 that found the hole for eagle and gave him a one-shot lead heading into the weekend.

Quote of the day: “We used to play a lot together, hang out a lot together. Now I can see them winning majors, and winning tournaments. It gives me not only motivation, but the knowledge that I can win out here.” – Grillo, on watching his former junior golf rivals, like Jordan Spieth and Daniel Berger, find early success on the PGA Tour.

Storyline to watch this weekend: With the aforementioned names falling out of the top 25, some of the boys on the outside looking in have an improved chance to move up the money list. The top 25 players in earnings at the end of the Web.com Tour Finals earn their PGA Tour card. The higher a player’s finish, the higher his priority ranking for next season.

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Cook leads by one entering final round at CareerBuilder

By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2018, 12:51 am

LA QUINTA, Calif. – Austin Cook played a six-hole stretch in 6 under and shot an 8-under 64 in breezy conditions Saturday to take the lead at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

Cook began the run at La Quinta Country Club with birdies on Nos. 4-5, eagled the sixth and added birdies on No. 7 and 9 to make the turn in 6-under 30.

After a bogey on the 10th, he birdied Nos. 11, 12 and 15 and saved par on the 18th with a 20-footer to take a 19-under 197 total into the final round on PGA West's Stadium Course. The 26-year-old former Arkansas player is making his first start in the event. He won at Sea Island in November for his first PGA Tour title.

Fellow former Razorbacks star Andrew Landry and Martin Piller were a stroke back. Landry, the second-round leader, had a 70 on the Stadium Course. Piller, the husband of LPGA tour player Gerina Piller, shot a 67 at La Quinta. They are both winless on the PGA Tour.


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Jon Rahm had a 70 at the Stadium Course to reach 17 under. The top-ranked player in the field at No. 3, Rahm beat up the par 5s again, but had four bogeys – three on par 3s. He has played the 12 par 5s in 13 under with an eagle and 11 birdies.

Scott Piercy also was two strokes back after a 66 at the Stadium.

Adam Hadwin had a 67 at La Quinta a year after shooting a third-round 59 on the course. The Canadian was 16 under along with Grayson Murray and Brandon Harkins. Murray had a 67 on PGA West's Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course, and Harkins shot 68 on the Stadium Course.

Phil Mickelson missed the cut in his first tournament of the year for the second time in his career, shooting a 74 on the Stadium Course to finish at 4 under – four strokes from a Sunday tee time.

The 47-year-old Hall of Famer was playing for the first time since late October. He also missed the cut in the Phoenix Open in his 2009 opener.

Charlie Reiter, the Palm Desert High School senior playing on the first sponsor exemption the event has given to an amateur, also missed the cut. The Southern California recruit had three early straight double bogeys in a 77 on the Stadium that left him 1 over for the week.

John Daly had an 80 at La Quinta. He opened with a triple bogey and had six bogeys – four in a row to start his second nine – and only one birdie. The 51-year-old Daly opened with a 69 on the Nicklaus layout and had a 71 on Friday at the Stadium.

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Mickelson misses CareerBuilder cut for first time in 24 years

By Randall MellJanuary 21, 2018, 12:48 am

Phil Mickelson missed the cut Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge. It’s a rare occurrence in his Hall of Fame career.

He has played the event 15 times, going back to when it was known as the Bob Hope Classic. He has won it twice.

How rare is his missing the cut there?

The last time he did so, there was no such thing as a DVD, Wi-Fi, iPods, Xbox, DVR capability or YouTube.


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The PGA Tour’s Jon Rahm didn’t exist, either.

The last time Mickelson missed a cut in this event was 1994, nine months before Rahm was born.

Mickelson struggled to a 2-over-par 74 in the heavy winds Saturday on the PGA West Stadium Course, missing the 54-hole cut by four shots. He hit just four of 14 fairways, just nine of 18 greens. He took a double bogey at the 15th after requiring two shots to escape the steep-walled bunker on the left side of the green.

Mickelson won’t have to wait long to try to get back in the hunt. He’s scheduled to play the Farmers Insurance Open next week at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, Calif.

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Defending champ Gana co-leads Latin America Amateur

By Randall MellJanuary 20, 2018, 11:20 pm

Toto Gana moved into early position to try to win a return trip to the Masters Saturday by grabbing a share of the first-round lead at the Latin America Amateur Championship.

The defending champ posted a 3-under-par 68 at Prince of Wales Country Club in his native Chile, equaling the rounds of Argentina’s Mark Montenegro and Colombia’s Pablo Torres.

They are one shot ahead of Mexico’s Alvaro Ortiz and Mario Carmona, Argentina’s Horacio Carbonetti and Jaime Lopez Rivarola and the Dominican Republic’s Rhadames Pena.

It’s a bunched leaderboard, with 19 players within three shots of each at the top of the board in the 72-hole event.

“I think I have my game under control,” said Gana, 20, a freshman at Lynn University. “I hit the ball very well, and I also putted very well. So, I am confident about tomorrow.”

The LAAC’s champion will get more than a Masters invitation. He also will be exempt into the The Amateur, the U.S. Amateur and any other USGA event he is eligible to play this year. The champion and players who finish runner-up are also exempt into the final stages of qualifying for The Open and the U.S. Open.

The LAAC was founded by the Masters, the R&A and the USGA, with the purpose of further developing amateur golf in South America, Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean.

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LAAC returning to Casa de Campo in 2019

By Randall MellJanuary 20, 2018, 8:23 pm

The Latin America Amateur Championship will return to Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic in 2019 (Jan. 17-20), event organizers announced Saturday in Chile, where this year’s championship is underway.

The LAAC champion receives an invitation to play the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club every spring.

The champion is also exempt into The Amateur, the U.S. Amateur and any other USGA event for which he is eligible to compete. The champion and players who finish runner-up are also exempt into the final stages of qualifying for The Open and the U.S. Open.

The LAAC was founded by the Masters, the R&A and the USGA, with the purpose of further developing amateur golf in South America, Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean.

The championship got its start in 2015 with Chile’s Matias Dominguez winning at Pilar Golf in Argentina. In 2016, Casa de Campo hosted, with Costa Rica’s Paul Chaplet winning. At 16, he became the first player from Central America to compete in the Masters. In 2017, Chile’s Toto Gana won the title at  Club de Golf de Panama.