Amiee Debuts with 79 in Kingsmill

By Golf Channel NewsroomMay 5, 2005, 4:00 pm
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Danielle Amiees driver was pro quality. But the combination of a case of nerves as the day started, plus a tendency to miss short on her approaches, were a problem. So were her chips.
It amounted to a 79 for the Big Break III winner in the opening round of the Michelob Ultra Open at Kingsmill Thursday. (Hole-By-Hole Account of Danielle's 1st Round.)
The nerves were incredible, but what a rush! she told The Golf Channel. When I got to the first tee I had so many supporters. They werent looking for my score they were just looking to motivate me. My drive I just ripped it down the center.
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Danielle Amiee hit all seven fairways on the front nine Thursday at Kingsmill.
Amiees opening tee shot was perfect, splitting the middle of the fairway. But her approach shot was indicative of the perils which plagued her throughout the front nine ' it was short. And her chip was short. Two putts later, she had made bogey on the first hole.
It was a gusty, damp day in Kingsmill, Va., with wind speeds of 20 miles per hour and wet fairways which afforded no roll. And with a large gallery following her and still hampered by nerves, she made double bogey at the second, a par-3. Her tee shot slid into a bunker, and her sand shot out of the deep hazard hung on top of the high lip.
Amiee wound up the front nine in 43 strokes, making two more bogeys and again taking a double on the other front-side par-3. A three-putt after another poor chip was the culprit on that hole ' the fifth.
However, she hit all seven of her fairways on the front side. Taking four extra strokes on the two short holes were very damaging.
She settled down on the back nine and played very good golf, shooting a 1-over-par with birdie at the par-3 13th. On that one she hit a superb iron shot on the 143-yard hole to 12 feet, then stroked in the putt. And she got up-and-down twice for pars.
I knew I was going to be okay before I even started today because this is such an experience and I knew it was going to be overwhelming emotionally, she said. I kept calm all day and I never got too upset or too down.
She only hit five of her first 15 greens, even though she had hit eight of 12 fairways to that point. But the rally coming in was very nice, turning what could have been a disaster into an acceptable day. Her short game was the killer.
The comeback on the back nine wasnt really a comeback, said Amiee. It was just me getting comfortable in my routine. I didnt feel like I came back, I just played my game.
Final stats: fairways hit, 10 of 14; greens hit, eight of 18; total putts, 35.
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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.

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    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 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.