Photos of the Year Part II

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 25, 2010, 11:54 pm



Mean Golf Ball

THE BOGEYMAN: A fan wears a mask as he watches play during the second round of the AT&T National at Aronimink Golf Club on July 2, 2010 in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania. (Getty Images)


Miguel JimenezSPANISH STYLE POINTS: Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain celebrates with the trophy after winning in a play - off on the 18th hole after the final round of the Open de France ALSTOM at the Le Golf National Golf Club on July 4, 2010 in Paris, France. (Getty Images)

 

139th Open Championship

YOU GOT THAT RIGHT!: A sign cautioning fans is on display during practice for the 139th Open Championship on the Old Course, St Andrews on July 13, 2010 in St Andrews, Scotland. (Getty Images)


Seve Ballesteros 

AT ST. ANDREWS IN SPIRIT: Seve Ballesteros fans pose during practice for the 139th Open Championship on the Old Course, St Andrews on July 14, 2010 in St Andrews, Scotland. (Getty Images)



Tom Watson & Arnold Palmer DR. OF GOLF: Tom Watson (L) and Arnold Palmer receive Honorary Degrees from Scotland's oldest university, University of St. Andrews prior to the 139th Open Championship on the Old Course, St Andrews on July 13, 2010 in St Andrews, Scotland. (Getty Images)

  Old Course at St. Andrews

GOLF IN THE KINGDOM: Alejandro Canizares of Spain walks with his caddie Loren Duncan on the 18th hole during the third round of the 139th Open Championship on the Old Course, St Andrews on July 17, 2010 in St Andrews, Scotland. (Getty Images)

 

Senior British Open

LONELY AND FEELING BLUE?: A lone spectator sits in the grandstand during the second round of the Senior Open Championship presented by MasterCard played at Carnoustie on July 23, 2010 in Angus, Scotland. (Getty Images)



Mike Weir fansINSERT JOKE HERE: Mike Weir fans watch a shot off the 11th tee during round two of the 2010 RBC Canadian Open at St. George's Golf and Country Club on July 23, 2010 in Etobicoke, Canada. (Getty Images)

 


PGA Championship

GOOD LUCK GETTING THAT IN THE HOLE: A fan waits for autographs during a practice round prior to the start of the 92nd PGA Championship on the Straits Course at Whistling Straits on August 10, 2010 in Kohler, Wisconsin. (Getty Images)







Pauls Creamer

G.I. PAULA:
Women's US Open Champion Paula Creamer stands in front of an F-16 after flying with the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds on September 9, 2010 at the Air Force Reserve Base in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Getty Images)

 


Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson

DRUM PLAYING FOR THE AGES: Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson attend during the photo session ahead of the PGA Champions Tour - Posco E&C Songdo Championship at Jack Nicklaus Golf Club on September 8, 2010 in Incheon, South Korea. (Getty Images)

 


BMW Championship leaderboard

NUMBER CRUNCHING: Daily scores are posted on a leaderboard during the second round of the BMW Championship at Cog Hill Golf & Country Club on September 10, 2010 in Lemont, Illinois. (Getty Images)




Jose Manuel Lara
 

AHH THE PERKS OF VICTORY: Jose Manuel Lara of Spain with the winners trophy and two hostess from Botarin after winning in a playoff against David Lynn of England after the final round of the Austrian golf open presented by Botarin at the Diamond country club on September 19, 2010 in Atzenbrugg near Vienna, Austria. (Getty Images)

Ceremony
KEEPING THINGS IN PERSPECTIVE: The color guard partakes in the opening ceremonies prior to the start of the first round of THE TOUR Championship presented by Coca-Cola at East Lake Golf Club on September 23, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Getty Images)


 
Ryder Cup ball

WASHED AWAY: In this photo illustration a golf ball is seen sitting in standing water after play is suspended during the Morning Fourball Matches during the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on October 1, 2010 in Newport, Wales.(Getty Images)

 

Fans at 2010 Ryder Cup

A DOUBLE-FISTING GOOD TIME: Europe and USA fans mingle during the rescheduled Afternoon Foursome Matches during the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on October 2, 2010 in Newport, Wales. (Getty Images)

 


Cup

THE MOMENT OF TRUTH: A view of the damage done to the hole on the 16th green after Anthony Wall of England's tee shot landed in the hole before jumping back out again during the final round of the Portugal Masters at the Oceanico Victoria Golf Course on Oct. 17 in Vilamoura, Portugal. (Getty Images)


Palm Tree WHY UNPLAYABLE LIES WERE INVENTED: A golf ball is found stuck in a palm tree during the second round of the Castello Masters Costa Azahar at the Club de Campo del Mediterraneo on October 22, 2010 in Castellon de la Plana, Spain. (Getty Images)

 


Nationwide Tour Championship at Daniel Island

SCARY TEE SHOT: Jason Gore, far right, hits a drive as a hole marshal dressed in a halloween costume stands at the 18th tee box during the third round of the Nationwide Tour Championship at Daniel Island Club on October 30, 2010 in Daniel Island, South Carolina. (Getty Images)


Halloween costume at Daniel IslandCARL SPACK-TACULAR: Hole marshal Zak Allmand is dressed as greenskeeper Carl Spackler from the movie Caddyshack during the third round of the Nationwide Tour Championship at Daniel Island Club on October 30, 2010 in Daniel Island, South Carolina. (Getty Images)


WGC-HSBC Champions

CROUCHING TIGER, PHIL THE WARRIOR?: Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods receive a Tai Chi lesson with swords during the 2010 WGC-HSBC Champions Photocall at The Peninsula hotel on The Bund, Shanghai on November 2, 2010 in Shanghai, China. (Getty Images)

 


Great Exuma Island, Bahamas

BAHAMIAN GOLF: General view of the 11th green during the Virgin Atlantic PGA National Pro-Am Championship Practice Round at Sandals Emerald Bay Resort on November 26, 2010 in Great Exuma Island, Bahamas. (Getty Images)



Golf balls

NO WONDER THE PROS ARE SO GOOD: 
Practice golf balls are seen on the range during a practice round prior to the start of the LPGA Tour Championship at the Grand Cypress Resort on November 30, 2010 in Orlando, Florida. (Getty Images)

 

 
South African Open 

THEY GO BANANAS FOR GOLF: Monkeys are seen on the course during round three of the South African Open Golf Championship at the Durban Country Club on December 19, 2010 in Durban, South Africa. (Getty Images)

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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."