Tiger Looking for Key to Nissan Victory

By Golf Channel DigitalFebruary 13, 2006, 5:00 pm
2006 Nissan OpenIn case you havent noticed, not a single round has been suspended this year on the PGA Tour this year due to inclement weather. Not a single weather delay. Not so much as a single warning.
 
Adam Scott
Adam Scott received the trophy a year ago, but didn't get credit for an official tour win.
The people in charge of the Nissan Open, however, are well aware of this trend. And they hope it continues this week, as the get set to stage the 80th version of this tournament ' and hopefully theyll be able to conclude what they commence.
 
A year ago, the West Coast Swing was saturated in wet weather, delays and suspensions. There was fog at the Buick Invitational, severe wind at the FBR Open, a little rain at Pebble Beach, and a whole lot of rain at the Nissan and WGC-Accenture Match Play.
 
Of course, Mother Nature traveled with the tour as it made its Southern Swing, wreaking havoc on the Florida and Georgia events as well.
 
But the tour played through it all ' with one exception.
 
At last years Nissan Open, the first round was suspended due to darkness. The second round was delayed by four hours due to a steady rain and was eventually suspended due to darkness. There was no play on Saturday as heavy overnight rains and thunderstorms carried throughout the night and into the morning, leaving the course unplayable. And then on Sunday, the third round finally began but had to be wiped out due to more and more bad weather.
 
As it turned out, 36-hole co-leaders Adam Scott and Chad Campbell were put into a sudden-death playoff, which was won by the Australian on the first extra hole.
 
Scott was granted the $864,000 first-place price as well as the trophy, but he was not awarded an official victory.
 
So now, Scott is back to defend his title ' sort of. Here are five players hell have to beat in order to officially be crowded champion at Riviera Country Club:
 
Tiger Woods
Tiger is 2-for-2 this season, having won on both the PGA and European tours. Hes also garnered both of his victories in playoffs, the first at the Buick Invitational and then again two weeks ago over Ernie Els in the Dubai Desert Classic. Woods has a career 13-1 playoff record around the world. His one loss: to Billy Mayfair in this event in 1998.
 
Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods has a pair of runner-up finishes in this event, but no victories.
The Nissan, while played in Tigers Southern California stomping grounds, seems to be Woods kryptonite. Golfs modern-day Superman has failed to win this event in seven appearances as a professional, by far the most of any event hes ever played without finishing first. He also played in this tournament three times as an amateur (it gave him his first-ever sponsors exemption on tour as a 16-year-old in 1992), twice missing the cut and tying for 20th in 1997. Despite his failures, Woods has still never finished worse than T18 at the Nissan as a pro. He was just four back after two rounds last year.
 
Mike Weir
In a way, Weir is the defending champion of this event for the third straight year. Weir won this title in a playoff over Charles Howell III in 2003 and then kept hold of the trophy after a one-stroke triumph over Shigeki Maruyama in 04. Last year, he didnt really have a chance to three-peat as the final two rounds were washed out (he was seven back after 36 holes). Its been a long and frustrating road traveled since Weir last walked away from Riviera a winner. He hasnt since won on tour and blew a huge opportunity to capture his nations championship, losing to Vijay Singh in a playoff in the 04 Bell Canadian Open. Last year, he battled through injuries and recorded only two top-10 finishes. He missed the cut in this years Sony Open and FBR Open, but did manage to tie for fifth in the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic. He had a wonderful opportunity to win last week at Pebble Beach, but shot 78 on Sunday to fall from 54-hole co-leader into a tie for third.
 
Chad Campbell
After a very hot start, in which he tied for second in his season debut at the Sony Open and then won the Bob Hope for his first tour victory in nearly two years, Campbell is on a bit of a decline of late. He tied for 28th at the Buick Invitational and tied for 70th in Scottsdale. Campbell took last week off and returns to Riviera recharged. In addition to his playoff loss last year, he had a tie for eighth here in 2003.
 
Robert Allenby
Since missing the cut in his Riviera debut in 1999, Allenby has been around for the weekend on his last six tries, which includes a playoff victory in 2001 and a tie for seventh last year. Allenby became the first man to win the Australasian Tours three biggest events in succession, when he captured the Australian Open, Australian PGA and Australian Masters late last year. He has, however, been bothered by a hand injury and has competed in only one PGA Tour event this season, tying for 55th in Scottsdale. It didn't seem to cause too much of a problem last week, though, as he tied for third in the Johnnie Walker Classic in Australia.
 
Ryan Moore
Lost among the hype surrounding Bubba Watson and J.B. Holmes is Moore. Moore, who earned his card this season through limited sponsors exemptions in 05, may not be as long off the tee as some of his 20-something counterparts, but his all-around game is superb. He plays, like an old-timer, by feel, which should suit him well on this classic course. Moore will be playing this event for the first time. He missed the cut in his first two starts of the season, but bounced back with a tie for 40th at the FBR Open.
 
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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.