Daly Triumphant in Germany

By Golf Channel NewsroomSeptember 2, 2001, 4:00 pm
John Daly returned to the winners circle for the first time in six years Sunday, as the long-bombing American star outlasted Padraig Harrington down the stretch at the BMW International Open.
Daly shot 66 at the Golfclub Munchen Nord-Eichenried to end at an astounding 27-under-par 261, which - had it not been for lift-clean-and-place on Saturday - would have tied the European Tour record for most strokes under-par.
'It's been a long six years and it just feels good to win again,' said Daly following his performance.
The final round was back-and-forth all day between the final twosome.
Starting the day one shot ahead of Daly, Harrington had increased that margin to two through the first six holes after a birdie at the short par-4 5th.
Yet, Daly, whose last win came at the 95 Open Championship, came roaring back with the sort of flair that he had demonstrated all week.
Daly birdied Nos. 7, 9, 12 and 13 to pull even with the Irishman entering the final stretch of holes.
At the 319-yard water-laden par-4 16th, Daly surprised everyone when he pulled driver from his bag, but with a huge slash, put the ball right in the middle of the green, from where he would two-putt for birdie.
Harrington selected an iron off the tee, and he too surprised everyone, as his shot leaked right and nearly found a water hazard.
The ball stayed dry, however, and the crafty 30-year-old came back with a beautiful wedge shot from the rough to four feet, which led to a Daly-tying birdie.
He wasnt so lucky on the finishing par-5 18th, however.
After a fine drive, Harrington elected to go for the green in two, but again sprayed his shot out to the right towards more water.
This time, the ball would end wet.
Daly missed the green to the left, but played a gorgeous pitch to two feet for the closing birdie and the one-stroke win.
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Harrington, who ended with a 68 at 26-under, has now finished second for the sixth time this season on the European Tour. With two other top-5s on top of that, shooting minus-26 and still not getting victory this week surely comes with disappointment.
'Obviously at the start of the week I would have taken 26-under,' Harrington said following the round. 'It's nice to see Daly back in the winner's enclosure -- but it would have been nicer if I hadn't been in second place.'
For Daly, however, the win couldnt come as any more deserving.
The 35-year-old two-time major champion is in the midst of an incredible comeback from alcohol and gambling addiction, sponsorship losses and failed marriages.
Said the champion: 'I think 1999 was probably the low point in between times. That was the turning point, when I had to decide whether to keep going forward or do something else. It was a very short thought, because I wanted to keep playing golf.'
Now, he's not just playing again, he's winning.
Ryder Cup Notes:
While Daly ended somewhat an ironic champion, the week had been most highly-touted for the implications it could have on the upcoming Ryder Cup.
When it was all said-and-done, however, no changes to the top-10 were made.
Phillip Price, who missed the cut this week, and sat perilously on the 10th spot, but ended holding his position.
All week, several players outside the bubble made charges, but it was Thomas Levet who contended most seriously down the stretch.
Levet shot a beautiful 64 on Sunday to finish in outright third at 20-under, while another Ryder Cup hopeful Dean Robertson ended one shot further back with Raymond Russell and Christopher Hannell.
The performance just wasnt good enough for Levet, however, as the Frenchman needed a win to surpass Price for the final slot.
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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.