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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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 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.