Oklahoma State Victorious in Puerto Rico

By Golf Channel DigitalFebruary 26, 2003, 5:00 pm
Courtesy of Oklahoma State University Athletics
 
PALMER, Puerto Rico -- Oklahoma State's men's golf team erased a six-shot deficit on Tuesday to post its first victory of the spring season at the Puerto Rico Classic with a 2-under-par score of 862.
 
The Cowboys, who entered the final round in third place and six shots behind tournament leader North Carolina State, blistered the Rio Mar Country Club's River Course with a tournament-low round of 282, 6-under, to finish 10 shots ahead of Minnesota, Clemson and Texas.
 
N.C. State's Justin Walters and Texas' Jason Hartwick tied for medalist honors with totals of 211, 5-under.
 
OSU's surge was led by the steady play of redshirt freshman Zack Robinson and junior Hunter Mahan. The duo tied three other players for third place at 2-under-par. After opening with rounds of 72 and 70, Robinson carded an even-par 72 to close out the tournament with his first career top-five finish. After opening with a 71, Mahan recovered from a second-round 76 on Monday with a final-round 67 to move into third after beginning the day tied for 16th.
 
True freshman Chris Clarke recorded his low round of the tournament on Tuesday, coming in with a 2-under 70 to finish in sole possession of eighth place with a 54-hole total of 216.
 
Junior Pr Nilsson turned in his second consecutive round of 73, giving him a 220 total and placing him in a four-way tie for 20th, while sophomore Alex Norn's final-round 77 was good for a 233 total and a tie for the 65th position.
 
Team Scores
1 Oklahoma State U. 291 289 282 -862
2 Minnesota, Univ. of 291 286 295 -872
Clemson University 293 293 286 -872
Texas, Univ. of 296 291 285 -872
5 Florida, U. of 300 291 283 -874
6 North Carolina State 288 286 301 -875
7 Georgia Tech 301 289 292 -882
8 Oklahoma, U. of 316 288 291 -895
9 East Tennessee St. 300 301 295 -896
Northwestern 300 297 299 -896
11 Georgia, U. of 305 293 299 -897
12 Duke University 304 301 299 -904
13 Colorado, U. of 310 297 300 -907
14 Kent State 311 303 295 -909
15 Purdue University 316 299 299 -914
16 Illinois, U. of 316 306 306 -928
17 Virginia, U. of 325 313 311 -949
18 Michigan, U. of 328 319 313 -960
 
Individual Scores
1 Justin Walters NC State 70 70 71 -211
Jason Hartwick Texas 75 69 67 -211
3 Hunter Mahan Okla. St. 71 76 67 -214
Troy Matteson Ga. Tech 73 71 70 -214
Gregg Jones Clemson 74 69 71 -214
Fernando Mechereffe NC State 69 69 76 -214
Zack Robinson Okla. St. 72 70 72 -214
 
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Ortiz takes Web.com Tour clubhouse lead in Bahamas

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 16, 2018, 2:19 am

Former Web.com Tour Player of the Year Carlos Ortiz shot a bogey-free, 4-under-par 68 Monday to take the clubhouse lead in The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic at Sandals Emerald Bay.

Four other players - Lee McCoy, Brandon Matthews, Sung Jae Im and Mark Anderson - were still on the course and tied with Ortiz at 6-under 210 when third-round play was suspended by darkness at 5:32 p.m. local time. It is scheduled to resume at 7:15 a.m. Tuesday.

Ortiz, a 26-year-old from Guadalajara, Mexico, is in search of his fourth Web.com Tour victory. In 2014, the former University of North Texas standout earned a three-win promotion on his way to being voted Web.com Tour Player of the Year.

McCoy, a 23-year-old from Dunedin, Fla., is looking to become the first player to earn medalist honors at Q-School and then win the opening event of the season.

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Randall's Rant: Can we please have some rivalries?

By Randall MellJanuary 16, 2018, 12:00 am

Memo to the golf gods:

If you haven’t finalized the fates of today’s stars for the new year, could we get you to deliver what the game has lacked for so long?

Can we get a real, honest-to-goodness rivalry?

It’s been more than two decades since the sport has been witness to one.

With world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and former world No. 1 Rory McIlroy at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship this week, an early-season showdown would percolate hope that this year might be all about rivalries.

It seems as if the stars are finally aligned to make up for our long drought of rivalries, of the recurring clashes you have so sparingly granted through the game’s history.

We’re blessed in a new era of plenty, with so many young stars blossoming, and with Tiger Woods offering hope he may be poised for a comeback. With Johnson, McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, Justin Thomas, Jon Rahm, Hideki Matsuyama, Brooks Koepka and Rickie Fowler among today’s dynamic cast, the possibility these titans will time their runs together on the back nine of Sundays in majors excites.

We haven’t seen a real rivalry since Greg Norman and Nick Faldo sparred in the late '80s and early '90s.

Woods vs. Phil Mickelson didn’t really count. While Lefty will be remembered for carving out a Hall of Fame career in the Tiger era, with 33 victories, 16 of them with Tiger in the field, five of them major championships, we get that Tiger had no rival, not in the most historic sense.


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Phil never reached No. 1, was never named PGA Tour Player of the Year, never won a money title and never dueled with Woods on Sunday on the back nine of a major with the title on the line.  Still, it doesn’t diminish his standing as the best player not named Tiger Woods over the last 20 years. It’s a feat so noteworthy it makes him one of the game’s all-time greats.

We’ve been waiting for an honest-to-goodness rivalry since Faldo and Norman took turns ruling at world No. 1 and dueling in big events, including the back nine of multiple majors. 

In the '70s, we had Nicklaus-Watson. In the '60s, it was Nicklaus-Palmer. In the '40s and '50s, it was Hogan, Snead and Nelson in a triumvirate mix, and in the '20s and '30s we had Hagen and Sarazen.

While dominance is the magic ingredient that can break a sport out of its niche, a dynamic rivalry is the next best elixir.

Dustin Johnson looks capable of dominating today’s game, but there’s so much proven major championship talent on his heels. It’s hard to imagine him consistently fending off all these challengers, but it’s the fending that would captivate us.

Johnson vs. McIlroy would be a fireworks show. So would Johnson vs. Thomas, or Thomas vs. Day or McIlroy vs. Rahm or Fowler vs. Koepka ... or any of those combinations.

Spieth is a wild card that intrigues.

While he’s not a short hitter, he isn’t the power player these other guys are, but his iron game, short game, putter and moxie combine to make him the most compelling challenger of all. His resolve, resilience and resourcefulness in the final round of his British Open victory at Royal Birkdale make him the most interesting amalgam of skill since Lee Trevino.

Woods vs. any of them? Well, if we get that, we promise never to ask for anything more.

So, if that cosmic calendar up there isn’t filled, how about it? How about a year of rivalries to remember?

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McIlroy: 2018 may be my busiest season ever

By Will GrayJanuary 15, 2018, 6:28 pm

With his return to competition just days away, Rory McIlroy believes that the 2018 season may be the most action packed of his pro career.

The 28-year-old has not teed it up since the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in early October, a hiatus he will end at this week's Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. It will be the start of a busy spring for the Ulsterman, who will also play next week in Dubai before a run of six PGA Tour events leading up to the Masters.

Speaking to the U.K.'s Telegraph, McIlroy confirmed that he will also make a return trip to the British Masters in October and plans to remain busy over the next 12 months.

"I might play more times this year than any before. I played 28 times in 2008 and I'm on track to beat that," McIlroy said. "I could get to 30 (events), depending on where I'm placed in the Race to Dubai. But I'll see."

McIlroy's ambitious plan comes in the wake of a frustrating 2017 campaign, when he injured his ribs in his first start and twice missed chunks of time in an effort to recover. He failed to win a worldwide event and finished the year ranked outside the top 10, both of which had not happened since 2008.

But having had more than three months to get his body and swing in shape, McIlroy is optimistic heading into the first of what he hopes will be eight starts in the 12 weeks before he drives down Magnolia Lane.

"I've worked hard on my short game and I'm probably feeling better with the putter than I ever have," McIlroy said. "I've had a lot of time to concentrate on everything and it all feels very good and a long way down the road."

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What's in the Bag: Sony Open winner Kizzire

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 15, 2018, 6:05 pm

Patton Kizzire earned his second PGA Tour victory by winning a six-hole playoff at the Sony Open in Hawaii. Take a look inside his bag.

Driver: Titleist 917D3 (10.5 degrees), with Fujikura Atmos Black 6 X shaft

Fairway Wood: Titleist 917F2 (16.5 degrees), with Aldila Tour Blue 95 TX shaft

Hybrid: Titleist 913H (19 degrees), with UST Mamiya AXIV Core 100 Hybrid shaft

Irons: Titleist 718 T-MB (4), 718 CB (5-6), 718 MB (7-9), with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts

Wedges: Titleist SM7 prototype (47, 52, 56, 60 degrees), with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts

Putter: Scotty Cameron GoLo Tour prototype

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x