Arizona Men Rally for Win

By Golf Channel DigitalFebruary 6, 2003, 5:00 pm
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TUCSON, Ariz. - The University of Arizona men's golf team posted a final-round 8-under-par total to capture the 2003 PING-Arizona Intercollegiate. It marks the 58th team title in program history.
Bolstered by four players in the top 19 places, Arizona carded a final round 276 (-8) to post a three-round 829 (-23) and win the event by two strokes over UCLA (831). The Cats' closing charge erased UCLA's two-stroke lead entering Tuesday's final 18 holes. Pepperdine (840), USC (845) and Wake Forest (846) rounded out the top five finishers.
The win was Arizona's first team title since April 2001, when the Wildcats captured the U.S. Intercollegiate in Palo Alto, Calif. Arizona's total of 23 strokes under par equaled the eighth-best finish in relation to par in school history.
Chris Nallen led the way for Arizona as the junior shot a final-round 69 (-2) to finish in second place individually with a 204 (-9) total. It was Nallen's fourth top-10 finish of the season and the 12th of his career. With three rounds in the 60s in this event, Nallen has posted six scores in the 60s in his last eight rounds played. He finished one stroke behind UTEP's Chris Baryla, who captured individual medalist honors with a three-round total of 203 (-10).
All told, four or Arizona's five varsity golfers in the event posted a final-round total at par or better. Nallen was one of four UA golfers to finish in the top 20. Senior Ricky Barnes earned his third top-10 finish of the year with a tie for third place at 205 (-8). His 8-under-par total is a 2002-03 season low for Barnes. Senior Reid Hatley finished in a tie for 10th place at 210 (-3), two strokes ahead of teammate Andrew Medley, who finished tied for 19th place at 212 (-1) in his UA debut
Also competing for the Wildcat varsity was freshman Blaine Peffley, who tied for 42nd place at 216 (+3). Peffley's tournament total was a career low effort.
The Arizona junior varsity finished in a tie for eighth place with an 851 (-1) total. Sophomore Kipp Riehle finished tied for 10th place at 210 (-3), junior Nick Juszczak finished tied for 15th place at 211 (-2), senior Brian Woolf finished tied for 33rd at 214 (+1), sophomore Nathan Lashley finished tied for 61st at 221 (+8), and freshman Zack Amole finished tied for 72nd at 224 (+11).
The 54-hole tournament was contested at Arizona National Country Club at Sabino Springs, a par 71, 6,793-yard facility. It is the fourth time Arizona has won this event, and the first since 1996.
Arizona will next be in action Feb. 19-21 at the John Burns Invitational in Honolulu, Hawaii.
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Rahm focusing on play, not shot at No. 1

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 23, 2018, 9:06 pm

SAN DIEGO – Jon Rahm’s meteoric rise in the world rankings could end with him reaching No. 1 with a win this week at Torrey Pines.

After winning last week at the CareerBuilder Challenge, his fourth title in 51 weeks, Rahm has closed the gap on Dustin Johnson – less than 1.5 average points separates them.

With Johnson not playing this week, the 23-year-old Spaniard has a chance to reach the top spot for the first time, but only if he defends his title at the Farmers Insurance Open.

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“Beating Dustin Johnson is a really, really hard task. It’s no easy task,” he said Tuesday. “We still have four days of golf ahead and we’ll see what happens. But I’ll try to focus more on what’s going on this week rather than what comes with it if I win.

“I’ll try my best, that’s for sure. Hopefully it happens, but we all know how hard it is to win on Tour.”

Rahm has already become the fourth-youngest player to reach No. 2 in the world, behind Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy. 

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Rahm: Playoff wasn't friendly, just 'nervous'

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 23, 2018, 8:53 pm

SAN DIEGO – Too chummy? Jon Rahm says he and Andrew Landry were just expending some nervous energy on the walk up to the fairway during the first playoff hole of the CareerBuilder Challenge.

“I wouldn’t have been that nervous if it was friendly,” Rahm said with a smile Tuesday. “I think it was something he said because we were talking going out of the first tee.

“I didn’t know Andrew – I think it was a pretty good time to get to know him. We had at least 10 minutes to ourselves. It’s not like we were supporting each other, right? We were both in it together, we were both nervous together, and I felt like talking about it might have eased the tension out of both of us.”

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On Sunday, two-time U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange saw the exchange on TV and tweeted: “Walking off the tee talking to each other. Are you kidding me? Talking at all?”

Strange followed up by saying that, in a head-to-head situation, the last thing he’d want to do was make his opponent comfortable. When his comments went viral, Strange tweeted at Rahm, who won after four holes: “Hopefully no offense taken on my comment yesterday. You guys are terrific. I’m a huge fan of all players today. Made an adverse comment on U guys talking during playoff. Not for me. A fan.”

Not surprisingly, the gregarious Rahm saw things differently.

“We only talked going out of the first tee up until the fairway,” he said. “Besides that, all we said was, ‘Good shot, good putt, see you on the next tee.’ That’s what it was reduced to. We didn’t say much.” 

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Tiger grouped with Reed, Hoffman at Torrey Pines

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 23, 2018, 8:35 pm

SAN DIEGO – Tiger Woods will make his 2018 debut alongside Patrick Reed and Charley Hoffman.

The threesome will go off Torrey Pines’ South Course at 1:40 p.m. ET Thursday at the Farmers Insurance Open. They begin at 12:30 p.m. Friday on the North Course.

Woods is an eight-time winner at Torrey Pines, including the 2008 U.S. Open, but he hasn’t broken 70 in his last seven rounds on either course. Last year, he shot rounds of 76-72 to miss the cut.

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Reed, who has grown close to Woods after being in his pod during the past two international team competitions, is coming off a missed cut last week at the CareerBuilder Challenge. Hoffman, a San Diego native, has only two top-10s in 20 career starts at Torrey.

Other featured groups for the first two rounds include:

• Jon Rahm, Jason Day and Brandt Snedeker: 1:30 p.m. Thursday off South 1, 12:20 p.m. Friday off North 10

• Rickie Fowler, Patrick Cantlay, Xander Schauffele: 12:30 p.m. Thursday off North 10, 1:30 p.m. Friday off South 1

• Phil Mickelson, Justin Rose, Hideki Matsuyama: 12:40 p.m. Thursday off North 10, 1:40 p.m. Friday off South 1

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Singh's lawsuit stalls as judge denies motion

By Rex HoggardJanuary 23, 2018, 7:54 pm

Vijay Singh’s attempts to speed up the proceedings in his ongoing lawsuit against the PGA Tour have been stalled, again.

Singh – who filed the lawsuit in New York Supreme Court in May 2013 claiming the Tour recklessly administered its anti-doping program when he was suspended, a suspension that was later rescinded – sought to have the circuit sanctioned for what his attorneys argued was a frivolous motion, but judge Eileen Bransten denied the motion earlier this month.

“While the court is of the position it correctly denied the Tour’s motion to argue, the court does not agree that the motion was filed in bad faith nor that it represents a ‘persistent pattern of repetitive or meritless motions,’” Bransten said.

It also doesn’t appear likely the case will go to trial any time soon, with Bransten declining Singh’s request for a pretrial conference until a pair of appeals that have been sent to the court’s appellate division have been decided.

“What really should be done is settle this case,” Bransten said during the hearing, before adding that it is, “unlikely a trail will commence prior to 2019.”

The Tour’s longstanding policy is not to comment on ongoing litigation, but earlier this month commissioner Jay Monahan was asked about the lawsuit.

“I'll just say that we're going through the process,” Monahan said. “Once you get into a legal process, and you've been into it as long as we have been into it, I think it's fair to assume that we're going to run it until the end.”