OSU Claims PingGolfweek Preview Title

By Golf Channel DigitalSeptember 27, 2004, 4:00 pm
Courtesy of okstate.com
College CentralOWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Oklahoma States mens golf team held on during the final round of the PING/Golfweek Preview on Monday to open the fall season with the schools third title in the 16-year history of the event.
Georgia Tech jumped into the lead during the final round, but the Cowboys came on strong down the stretch, playing the final four holes in 4-under to earn its first title at the event since 1998. OSU also won the inaugural tournament in 1989.
The fifth-ranked Cowboys entered the day with a three-shot lead over TCU and Georgia Tech before carding a 4-over 284 at Caves Valley Golf Club to finish with a 54-hole total of 848, 8-over, and outdistance the Yellow Jackets by four shots.
Freshman Pablo Martin led the way individually, recording birdies on two of his last three holes to wrap up medalist honors in his first collegiate outing. The Malaga, Spain native carded a final-round 71 en route to a 4-under 206 total and a two-stroke victory over Texas Matt Rosenfeld.
The victory by Martin was the first by a Cowboy freshman since Edward Loar won two events (1996 Jerry Pate and 1997 Maxwell) during his first season and was OSUs first medalist since Hunter Mahan won The Maxwell in 2003.
Sophomore Tyler Leon posted his best round of the tournament with a 69 on Monday, giving him a 211 total and a tie for seventh place, while junior Zack Robinson followed up his second-round 68 with a closing 72 for a 5-over total of 215 and a tie for 16th place.
Sophomore Zac Reynolds moved up nine spots with a 72 to finish tied for 36th at 221 and senior Alex Norn rounded out the OSU lineup with a 222, 12-over total.
The Cowboys will resume their fall schedule on Oct. 11 when they attempt to defend their title at the Jerry Pate Intercollegiate in Birmingham, Ala.

Team Scores
1 Oklahoma State 288 276 284 848
2 Georgia Tech284 283 285 852
3 Georgia 290 292 279 861
T4 Texas 284 289 289 862
T4 Florida 296 278 288 862
6 Arizona State 284 293 286 863
7 TCU 286 281 297 864
8 Kentucky296 291 279 866
9 UNLV 290 292 286 868
10 Pepperdine 292 297 288 877
11 Clemson 300 285 297 882
T12 California305 294 285 884
T12 Arizona 296 293 295 884
T12 UCLA 298 293 293 884
15 Loyola College 304 309 304 917
Top Five Individuals and OSU Scores
1Pablo Martin, Oklahoma State 696671206
2Matthew Rosenfeld, Texas 707167208
T3Ryan Moore, UNLV 737066209
T3Jesse Mueller, Arizona State 677171209
T5Matt Every, Florida 736869210
T5Michael Putnam, Pepperdine 707169210
T7Tyler Leon, Oklahoma State 717169211
T16Zack Robinson, Oklahoma State756872215
T36Zac Reynolds, Oklahoma State787172221
T43Alex Norn, Oklahoma State737574222

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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.

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Mickelson starts fast, fades to 70 at La Quinta

By Will GrayJanuary 18, 2018, 11:07 pm

Phil Mickelson got off to a fast start in his first competitive round of 2018 - for six holes, at least.

The 47-year-old is making his first start since the WGC-HSBC Champions this week at the CareerBuilder Challenge, and only his third competitive appearance since the BMW Championship in September. Four birdies over his first six holes indicated that a strong opener might be in the cards, but Mickelson played his subsequent holes in 2 over.

It added up to a 2-under 70 at La Quinta Country Club, typically the easiest of the three courses in rotation this week, and left Mickelson eight shots behind Jon Rahm.

"It was fun to get back out and be competitive," Mickelson told reporters. "I for some reason am stuck on 70 here at La Quinta, whether I get off to a good start or a bad one, I end up shooting the same score."

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Mickelson stunted his momentum with a tee shot out of bounds on the par-4 eighth hole, but he managed to save bogey and otherwise drove the ball relatively well. Instead, he pointed to his normally reliable iron play as the culprit for his back-nine backslide on a day when more than 120 players in the 156-man field broke par.

Mickelson will now head to the Nicklaus Tournament Course with the Stadium Course on tap for Saturday's third round. While there were several low scores Thursday at La Quinta, Mickelson remains bullish about the birdie opportunities that still lie ahead.

"This isn't the course where I go low on," Mickelson said. "I feel more comfortable on Stadium and Nicklaus. Neither of them are nearly as tight and I tend to score a lot lower on those other two than I do here, historically."