Campbell Looks to Emerge from Shell

By Golf Channel NewsroomApril 19, 2005, 4:00 pm
2005 Shell Houston OpenPhil Mickelson has played the Shell Houston Open three times. Ernie Els has played it only once. And Tiger Woods has never made the trip.
 
Vijay Singh is a two-time champion, so they can bank on an annual appearance from the worlds No. 2-ranked player.
 
Chad Campbell
Chad Campbell led the Hooters Tour in earnings three times and the Nationwide Tour once before joining the PGA Tour.
In Texas, however, they love their own. So if there is no Tiger or no Ernie or no Phil, they can still find plenty of others to follow around the Redstone Golf Club.
 
Local favorite Fred Couples, who won this event in 2003, isnt making the trip this season, but fellow University of Houston alum Steve Elkington is here, as are Dallas native Hank Kuehne and Andrews native Chad Campbell.
 
Campbell is Texan through and through, which makes it all-the-more surprising that he attended the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, where he received a scholarship after Woods turned down the Rebels in favor of Stanford.
 
The 30-year-old loves his honky-tonk music and his wife has even made her own country music CD. His first PGA Tour win came in the Lone Star State.
 
Campbells initial tour triumph was in Houston at the 2003 Tour Championship. That victory put him on the golfing map and made him everyones favorite rising star.
 
The shine on that star was polished further when he won the 2004 Bay Hill Invitational. However, the gleam has dulled a bit since his victory at Arnies place over a year ago.
 
Over his final 19 starts in 04, Campbell had one top-10 finish ' a runner-up at the Bank of America Colonial (in Ft. Worth, Texas, of course) ' compared to four missed cuts and one withdrawal. He also went 1-2-0 in his Ryder Cup debut.
 
This year has been a little better, but nonetheless sporadic. Playing without a club contract while trying to decide which company suits him best, Campbell has three top-10s in nine starts.
 
He was runner-up to Adam Scott in the unofficial and rain-reduced Nissan Open, where he lost on the first hole of sudden-death in the 36-hole event. He held the first-round lead at The Honda Classic after opening in 64, but followed with rounds of 71-80-71 to tie for 52nd.
 
He tied for 17th at the Masters in his most recent start. It doesnt seem like a great performance from a man who was proclaimed by his peers as the player most likely to win a major in a 2003 issue of Sports Illustrated. But after missing the cut in three of four majors in 2004, it was a nice rebound.
 
Campbells stats this season are unimpressive, but not altogether unattractive. Hes 23rd on tour in greens hit in regulation; outside the top 60 in driving accuracy; in the mid-70s in putting average; and outside the top 100 in driving distance.
 
You might think that the outside expectations would start to weigh on Campbell, or that not being in contention on a regular basis might frustrate him. But the mellow West Texan just seems to take things in stride.
 
Thats kind of my style: whatever happens, happens, and I'll deal with it, he said.
 
I guess the only thing that has ever bothered me (on tour) is when people start off the back nine on the practice round when we get out here at 7:00 (a.m.). Kind of slows me down.
 
Now thats mellow.
 
Campbell is making his third appearance in this event. He tied for 31st in 2002 and tied for 21st in 2003.
 
Even though he won the 03 Tour Championship at Champions Golf Club, he doesnt quite have the Houston resume of Singh.
 
Singh won this event at the TPC at The Woodlands in 2002 and then again at Redstone last year. He also has five other top-10 finishes in nine career starts.
 
His most recent triumph came by two shots over Scott Hoch. Due to incessant rain, he had to complete his third and final rounds on Monday for the victory.
 
Of course, Mother Nature has been a headliner much of this season, as well. She has adversely affected nine of 16 events that have been contested; however, last weeks MCI Heritage went off without a hitch.
 
Singh is one of eight multiple winners of this event. Curtis Strange has the most wins with three (1980, 86, 88). No one has ever repeated as champion.
 
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    Kelly beats Monty with two-shot swing on final hole

    By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2018, 3:21 am

    KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii – Jerry Kelly made an 18-foot birdie putt on the final hole, Colin Montgomerie missed a 6-footer for par and Kelly turned a one-shot deficit into a victory Saturday in the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

    After Kelly drove it well right into lava rocks on the par-4 16th, leading to bogey and giving Montgomerie the lead, Montgomerie made a mistake with his tee shot on the last, finding a fairway bunker. Montgomerie's approach went over the green and after Kelly converted his birdie, the 54-year-old Scot jammed his par putt well past the hole.


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    It was the third win on the over-50 tour for the 51-year-old Kelly, who finished tied for 14th last week at the PGA Tour's Sony Open in Honolulu. That gave him confidence as he hopped over to the Big Island for his tournament debut at Hualalai. The limited-field event includes winners from last season, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.

    Kelly closed with a 6-under 66 for a three-day total of 18-under 198. Montgomerie shot 69. David Toms shot 67 and finished two shots back, and Miguel Angel Jimenez was another stroke behind after a 66.

    Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, closed with a 70 to finish at 10 under.

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    Rahm manages frustration, two back at CareerBuilder

    By Randall MellJanuary 21, 2018, 1:21 am

    Jon Rahm managed the winds and his frustrations Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge to give himself a chance to win his fourth worldwide title in the last year.

    Rahm’s 2-under-par 70 on the PGA West Stadium Course left him two shots off the lead going into the final round.

    “I wasn’t really dealing with the wind that much,” Rahm said of his frustrations. “I was dealing with not being as fluid as I was the last two days.”


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    The world’s No. 3 ranked player opened with a 62 at La Quinta Country Club on Thursday and followed it up with a 67 on Friday at PGA West. He made six birdies and four bogeys on the Stadium Course on Saturday.

    “The first day, everything was outstanding,” Rahm said. “Yesterday, my driver was a little shaky but my irons shots were perfect. Today, my driver was shaky and my irons shots were shaky. On a course like this, it’s punishing, but luckily on the holes where I found the fairway I was able to make birdies.”

    Rahm is projected to move to No. 2 in the world rankings with a finish of sixth or better on Sunday.

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    Cook leads by one entering final round at CareerBuilder

    By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2018, 12:51 am

    LA QUINTA, Calif. – Austin Cook hit a hybrid into the fairway bunker on the par-4 18th on a breezy Saturday afternoon at La Quinta Country Club, then chunked a wedge and raced a chip 20 feet past the hole.

    Kip Henley, the longtime PGA Tour caddie who guided Cook to a breakthrough victory at Sea Island in November, stepped in to give the 26-year-old former Arkansas star a quick pep talk.

    ''Kip said, 'Let's finish this like we did on the first day at the Nicklaus Course.' We made a big par putt on 18 there and he said, 'Let's just do the same thing. Let's get this line right and if you get the line right it's going in.'''

    It did, giving Cook an 8-under 64 and a one-stroke lead in the CareerBuilder Challenge going into the final round on the Stadium Course at PGA West. Fellow former Razorback Andrew Landry and Martin Piller were tied for second, and Jon Rahm and Scott Piercy were a another stroke back after a tricky day in wind that didn't get close to the predicted gusts of 40 mph.


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    ''I know that I wouldn't have wanted to play the Stadium today,'' Cook said. ''I think we got a great draw with the courses that we got to play on the days that we got to play them.''

    Cook played the final six holes on the front nine in 6 under with an eagle and four birdies.

    ''Starting on my fourth hole, I was able to make a birdie and kind of get the ball rolling and it never really stopped rolling,'' Cook said. ''Kip and I were doing really good at seeing the line on the greens.''

    After a bogey on 10, he birdied 11, 12 and 15 and parred the final three to get to 19-under 197.

    ''I think that tonight the nerves, the butterflies, all that will kind of be a little less,'' Cook said. ''I've been in the situation before and I was able to finish the job on Sunday. I think it would be a little different if I didn't play like I did on Sunday at Sea Island.''

    He's making his first start in the event.

    ''I came in from Hawaii on Monday, so I only had two days to prepare for three courses,'' Cook said.

    Landry, the second-round leader, had a 70 at the Stadium. Piller, the husband of LPGA tour player Gerina Piller, shot a 67 at La Quinta. Winless on the PGA Tour, they will join Cook in the final threesome.

    ''Piller's a good guy and we have played a lot together and same with Cookie,'' said Landry, the only player without a bogey after 54 holes. ''Hope the Hogs are going to come out on top.''

    Rahm had a 70 at the Stadium to reach 17 under. The third-ranked Rahm beat up the par 5s again, but had four bogeys – three on par 3s. He has played the 12 par 5s in 13 under with an eagle and 11 birdies.

    ''A little bit of a survival day,'' Rahm said.

    The wind was more of a factor on the more exposed and tighter Stadium Course.

    ''The course is firming up,'' Rahm said. ''I know if we have similar wind to today, if we shoot something under par, you'll be way up there contesting it over the last few holes.''

    Piercy had a 66 at the Stadium.

    ''I controlled my ball really well today,'' he said.

    Adam Hadwin had a 67 at La Quinta a year after shooting a third-round 59 on the course. The Canadian was 16 under along with Grayson Murray and Brandon Harkins. Murray had a 67 on the Nicklaus Course, and Harkins shot 68 at the Stadium.

    Phil Mickelson missed the cut in his first tournament of the year for the second time in his career, shooting a 74 on the Stadium to finish at 4 under – four strokes from a Sunday tee time. The 47-year-old Hall of Famer was playing for the first time since late October. He also missed the cut in the Phoenix Open in his 2009 opener.

    Charlie Reiter, the Palm Desert High School senior playing on the first sponsor exemption the event has given to an amateur, also missed the cut. He had three early straight double bogeys in a 77 on the Stadium that left him 1 over.

    John Daly had an 80 at La Quinta. He opened with a triple bogey and had six bogeys – four in a row to start his second nine - and only one birdie. The 51-year-old Daly opened with a 69 on the Nicklaus layout and had a 71 on Friday at the Stadium.

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    Phil misses CareerBuilder cut for first time in 24 years

    By Randall MellJanuary 21, 2018, 12:48 am

    Phil Mickelson missed the cut Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge. It’s a rare occurrence in his Hall of Fame career.

    He has played the event 15 times, going back to when it was known as the Bob Hope Classic. He has won it twice.

    How rare is his missing the cut there?

    The last time he did so, there was no such thing as a DVD, Wi-Fi, iPods, Xbox, DVR capability or YouTube.


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    The PGA Tour’s Jon Rahm didn’t exist, either.

    The last time Mickelson missed a cut in this event was 1994, nine months before Rahm was born.

    Mickelson struggled to a 2-over-par 74 in the heavy winds Saturday on the PGA West Stadium Course, missing the 54-hole cut by four shots. He hit just four of 14 fairways, just nine of 18 greens. He took a double bogey at the 15th after requiring two shots to escape the steep-walled bunker on the left side of the green.

    Mickelson won’t have to wait long to try to get back in the hunt. He’s scheduled to play the Farmers Insurance Open next week at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, Calif.