Lee wins Greenbrier Classic in four-way playoff

By Nick MentaJuly 5, 2015, 10:19 pm

Danny Lee shot 67 in regulation and made birdie on both extra holes to win a four-man playoff at The Greenbrier Classic over David Hearn, Robert Streb and Kevin Kisner. Here’s what happened in overtime at the Old White TPC.

Leaderboard: Lee (-13), Hearn (-13), Streb (-13), Kisner (-13)

What it means: This is the first PGA Tour victory for Lee, 24, who won the 2008 U.S. Amateur at the age of 18. His best previous result was a second-place finish at the Puerto Rico Open – opposite the WGC at Doral – last year. Lee shot 67 in regulation, making four birdies and dropping just one shot. Putting from roughly the same spot he missed from in regulation, Lee made his birdie putt on the first extra hole and was matched by Hearn. His two-putt par on the par-5 17th was enough to win after Hearn got himself in trouble and made bogey. In addition to the trophy and the $1.2 million, the win qualifies Lee for the Open Championship at St. Andrews

Best of the rest: Four back to start the day, Kisner made seven birdies against a lone bogey to shoot 6-under 64 and be the first to post 13 under. He was eliminated on the first playoff hole when he missed the green long, chunked two chips from heavy rough and finally put his fourth shot on the green. This is his third playoff loss this year following close calls at the RBC Heritage and The Players. Just 1 under at the turn, Streb accidentally broke his putter on the ninth green, tossing it in the direction of his bag. Forced to putt the back nine with his 56-degree wedge, Streb made five birdies against a lone bogey to close in 4-under 32 and join the playoff. He, like Kisner, missed the green long on the first playoff hole and was eliminated. Even par at the turn, Hearn played a spotless back nine, carding three birdies to finish with a 3-under 67. After halving the first playoff, Hearn missed the fairway at 17 and punched out into the heavy rough on the lip of a fairway bunker. After another pitch out, his near-perfect fourth shot flew a yard too long, trickled off the green and then down a hill, ending his chances. This is the second time Hearn has lost in a playoff; he was on the wrong end of Jordan Spieth's first Tour victory at the John Deere in 2013. A consolation prize, the tie for second qualifies Hearn for the Open Championship.

Round of the day: Russell Henley turned in a 7-under 63, making nine birdies against two bogeys. The low round vaulted him 30 spots into solo fifth at 12 under, one shot out of the playoff.

Biggest disappointment: Justin Thomas held the lead by himself at 13 under through eight holes – and then imploded. The 22-year-old bogeyed No. 9 and double bogeyed No. 10 thanks to a four-putt from 16 feet. He went on to bogey No. 13 and quadruple bogey No. 16 after hitting two balls in the water. He played his final 10 holes eight under to shoot 5-over 75 and finish in a tie for 54th at 5 under. Also of note, none of the for 54-hole leaders – Bryce Molder (70), Jason Bohn (71), Sean O’Hair (71) and S.J. Park (75) – broke par Sunday.

Shot of the day: Really, any one of Streb's five back-nine birdies while putting with his wedge.

Quote of the day: “The head went flying and I was like, ‘Uh oh.’” – Streb

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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.