Key stats from Round 2 at St. Andrews

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 17, 2015, 9:00 pm

Dustin Johnson leads Danny Willett by one after two rounds at St. Andrews. Here are some key stats provided by Golf Channel's editorial research unit.

• Second round resumed at 7 a.m. local time

• Play was suspended at 7:32 a.m. local time due to high winds

• Delay lasted 10 hours, 28 minutes before resumption at 6 p.m. local time

• Only two Open champions at St. Andrews were outside top-3 through 36 holes

• Only two Open champions at St. Andrews were more than four back through 36 holes

• Either Spieth or D. Johnson has led/co-led after every major round in 2015

• Each of last seven major winners held 36-hole lead or co-lead

• Each of last five Open Champions at St. Andrews held share of the 36-hole lead

Dustin Johnson: 134 (10 under); best 36-hole total score of major championship career

• First career 36-hole lead/share in a major championship

• Sixth 36-hole lead of PGA Tour career (won three of previous five)

• Fifth straight major start to be inside top-5 through 36 holes

• Fifth U.S. Open runner-up in modern era to lead following Open thru 36 holes

• Each of previous four players to do so went on to win The Open

• Combined 31 under par in rounds 1-2 of last five major starts (even in rounds 3-4)

• Three PGA Tour events have been shortened to 54 holes due to weather last 10 years

• DJ has won all three of those tournaments (last: 2013 Tournament of Champions)

Jordan Spieth: 5 under; 72 in second round is highest score in any major in 2015

• 37 putts in second round (most in any round of PGA Tour career)

• Five three-putts in second round (most in any round this season)

• Second-most three-putts in round in PGA Tour career

• Was T-16, five shots back through 36 holes last week

• Only three major winners last five years were five strokes or more back after 36 holes

• Only two players since 1895 have won Open at St. Andrews when five back thru 36

• Danny Willett: 10th straight round of par or better at Old Course in competition

• 67.9 scoring average on Old Course last 10 rounds (Dunhill/Open)

• First time in career with consecutive rounds in 60s in the majors

• 66-69; last Englishman to lead after 36 holes was Faldo in 1993

• Best major finish was T-15 in 2013 Open Championship

• Has played holes 1-5 in 5 under through two rounds

• Adam Scott: 70-67; four straight rounds under par in Open Championship

• 17th straight cut made in major (longest active streak)

• Combined 24 under in Open Championship since 2012 (best in span)

• 7 under over last 20 holes played (bogey-free during span)

• Last Australian to win Open at St. Andrews: Kel Nagle, 1960

• Zach Johnson: 137 (7 under); best 36-hole total score of major championship career

• First time to score under par in both first and second rounds of an Open

• Made just one bogey through first 28 holes of tournament

• Ninth consecutive made cut in Open Championship (longest active streak)

• 10th straight round of par or better overall (38 under in that span)

• Marc Warren: 68-69; no Scottish-born player has won Open at St. Andrews since 1921 (Hutchison)

• Best major finish was T-12 in 2013 PGA Championship

• Finished T-4 last week at Scottish Open

• Has played holes 1-7 in 6 under through two rounds

Tiger Woods: 14th missed cut on PGA Tour as a pro (has won 14 majors)

• Second career missed cut in Open Championship (2009)

• First time in career to miss cut in consecutive major starts

• Combined 23 over in last four major rounds played

• Third missed cut on PGA Tour this season (most of career)

• Fifth missed cut last two seasons (had five on PGA Tour from 1997-2009)

• Projected to fall outside top-250 in OWGR next week

• Lowest position since week after 1996 Quad Cities Classic

• Phil Mickelson: 72; played last eight holes in 3 over

• Was four back after 36 holes in 2013 Open Championship win

• Oliver Schniederjans: Made cut in U.S. Open, projected to make cut at St. Andrews

• Two amateurs have made cut in both in the same season since 1960 (Woods, Mickelson)

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Rahm manages frustration, two back at CareerBuilder

By Randall MellJanuary 21, 2018, 1:21 am

Jon Rahm managed the winds and his frustrations Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge to give himself a chance to win his fourth worldwide title in the last year.

Rahm’s 2-under-par 70 on the PGA West Stadium Course left him two shots off the lead going into the final round.

“I wasn’t really dealing with the wind that much,” Rahm said of his frustrations. “I was dealing with not being as fluid as I was the last two days.”

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The world’s No. 3 ranked player opened with a 62 at La Quinta Country Club on Thursday and followed it up with a 67 on Friday at PGA West. He made six birdies and four bogeys on the Stadium Course on Saturday.

“The first day, everything was outstanding,” Rahm said. “Yesterday, my driver was a little shaky but my irons shots were perfect. Today, my driver was shaky and my irons shots were shaky. On a course like this, it’s punishing, but luckily on the holes where I found the fairway I was able to make birdies.”

Rahm is projected to move to No. 2 in the world rankings with a finish of sixth or better on Sunday.

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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 hit a hybrid into the fairway bunker on the par-4 18th on a breezy Saturday afternoon at La Quinta Country Club, then chunked a wedge and raced a chip 20 feet past the hole.

Kip Henley, the longtime PGA Tour caddie who guided Cook to a breakthrough victory at Sea Island in November, stepped in to give the 26-year-old former Arkansas star a quick pep talk.

''Kip said, 'Let's finish this like we did on the first day at the Nicklaus Course.' We made a big par putt on 18 there and he said, 'Let's just do the same thing. Let's get this line right and if you get the line right it's going in.'''

It did, giving Cook an 8-under 64 and a one-stroke lead in the CareerBuilder Challenge going into the final round on the Stadium Course at PGA West. Fellow former Razorback Andrew Landry and Martin Piller were tied for second, and Jon Rahm and Scott Piercy were a another stroke back after a tricky day in wind that didn't get close to the predicted gusts of 40 mph.

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''I know that I wouldn't have wanted to play the Stadium today,'' Cook said. ''I think we got a great draw with the courses that we got to play on the days that we got to play them.''

Cook played the final six holes on the front nine in 6 under with an eagle and four birdies.

''Starting on my fourth hole, I was able to make a birdie and kind of get the ball rolling and it never really stopped rolling,'' Cook said. ''Kip and I were doing really good at seeing the line on the greens.''

After a bogey on 10, he birdied 11, 12 and 15 and parred the final three to get to 19-under 197.

''I think that tonight the nerves, the butterflies, all that will kind of be a little less,'' Cook said. ''I've been in the situation before and I was able to finish the job on Sunday. I think it would be a little different if I didn't play like I did on Sunday at Sea Island.''

He's making his first start in the event.

''I came in from Hawaii on Monday, so I only had two days to prepare for three courses,'' Cook said.

Landry, the second-round leader, had a 70 at the Stadium. Piller, the husband of LPGA tour player Gerina Piller, shot a 67 at La Quinta. Winless on the PGA Tour, they will join Cook in the final threesome.

''Piller's a good guy and we have played a lot together and same with Cookie,'' said Landry, the only player without a bogey after 54 holes. ''Hope the Hogs are going to come out on top.''

Rahm had a 70 at the Stadium to reach 17 under. The third-ranked 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.

''A little bit of a survival day,'' Rahm said.

The wind was more of a factor on the more exposed and tighter Stadium Course.

''The course is firming up,'' Rahm said. ''I know if we have similar wind to today, if we shoot something under par, you'll be way up there contesting it over the last few holes.''

Piercy had a 66 at the Stadium.

''I controlled my ball really well today,'' he said.

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 the Nicklaus Course, and Harkins shot 68 at the Stadium.

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 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. He had three early straight double bogeys in a 77 on the Stadium that left him 1 over.

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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Phil 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.