Davies Takes Temporary Control

By Golf Channel NewsroomJune 8, 2001, 4:00 pm
Laura Davies may be coming back into her form-of-old this week at the Wegmans Rochester International ' the form, that is, that has seen the big Englishwoman take 19 career titles on the LPGA Tour, four of which were majors.
Davies, who has missed five cuts in 10 events this year, shot her second consecutive round of 4-under 68 at the Locust Hill Country Club, elevating her 36-hole score to 8-under-par 136, one shot better than Brandie Burton (69), and five better than four others at minus-three.
She seems to miss being on top of a leaderboard.
It used to be very nice when I was one of the top players, the 37-year-old remembered.
I used to be called in for pre-tournament press conferences, not that we want to do them, but it means youre a top player. At the moment, Im not though, and its embarrassing to be honest.

Hard to say yet, but Davies may just be putting an end to that embarrassment this week.
Friday at Locust Hill, she got off to a bit of a shaky start, making bogey at the second hole, but then kicked it in thereafter, knocking off five unanswered birdies over the rest of her round.
Im putting really well, she commented of her game. I made a couple of long putts and did good to two-putt a lot of tough greens. Ive just been hitting fairways and greens and making some putts.
She is also swinging her driver again, something she has not been doing since her last win at last seasons Philips Invitational Honoring Harvey Penick.
On 17 I hit a good drive today and had a 4-iron into the hole, she said.
That hole would account for one of her birdies on the day. Of course, when you can hit a 275-yard drive into the wind at Locust Hills par-5 17th, you can get home in two with a 4-iron. Then you can make your birdies.
But Davies isnt too overly-emphatic just yet. She is still adjusting to getting back into the swing of things.
And, truth be told, she is not quite the confident Laura Davies that she used to be.
My problem is that I stand on the tee and look at trouble instead of look at the middle of the fairway, she admitted. So, Im not expecting too much this weekend because I know what Im thinking and where Im looking.
Maybe she will start thinking and looking in different places.
In the meantime, she had better not get too down on herself, for Burton is right on her heels. And Burton is feeling rather good about her game.
We are only half way through and there is still a lot good golf to be played, she commented following her round. It is always nice to backup a good first round with another good round on Friday. After about the third hole out there I was able to get the putter going and the ball was rolling well.
Should she continue to roll the ball well, she may just take her first tournament on the tour since her last at the 98 du Maurier Classic.
Among the group at 3-under is Danielle Ammaccapane, who has already cashed-in three top-10s for 2001.
Defending champion Meg Mallon had a relatively disappointing second round. After opening with a 3-under 69, she could do no better than 74 on Friday. She sits in a tie for 11th.
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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 played a six-hole stretch in 6 under and shot an 8-under 64 in breezy conditions Saturday to take the lead at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

Cook began the run at La Quinta Country Club with birdies on Nos. 4-5, eagled the sixth and added birdies on No. 7 and 9 to make the turn in 6-under 30.

After a bogey on the 10th, he birdied Nos. 11, 12 and 15 and saved par on the 18th with a 20-footer to take a 19-under 197 total into the final round on PGA West's Stadium Course. The 26-year-old former Arkansas player is making his first start in the event. He won at Sea Island in November for his first PGA Tour title.

Fellow former Razorbacks star Andrew Landry and Martin Piller were a stroke back. Landry, the second-round leader, had a 70 on the Stadium Course. Piller, the husband of LPGA tour player Gerina Piller, shot a 67 at La Quinta. They are both winless on the PGA Tour.

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Jon Rahm had a 70 at the Stadium Course to reach 17 under. The top-ranked player in the field at No. 3, 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.

Scott Piercy also was two strokes back after a 66 at the Stadium.

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 PGA West's Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course, and Harkins shot 68 on the Stadium Course.

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 Course 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. The Southern California recruit had three early straight double bogeys in a 77 on the Stadium that left him 1 over for the week.

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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Mickelson 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.

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Defending champ Gana co-leads Latin America Amateur

By Randall MellJanuary 20, 2018, 11:20 pm

Toto Gana moved into early position to try to win a return trip to the Masters Saturday by grabbing a share of the first-round lead at the Latin America Amateur Championship.

The defending champ posted a 3-under-par 68 at Prince of Wales Country Club in his native Chile, equaling the rounds of Argentina’s Mark Montenegro and Colombia’s Pablo Torres.

They are one shot ahead of Mexico’s Alvaro Ortiz and Mario Carmona, Argentina’s Horacio Carbonetti and Jaime Lopez Rivarola and the Dominican Republic’s Rhadames Pena.

It’s a bunched leaderboard, with 19 players within three shots of each at the top of the board in the 72-hole event.

“I think I have my game under control,” said Gana, 20, a freshman at Lynn University. “I hit the ball very well, and I also putted very well. So, I am confident about tomorrow.”

The LAAC’s champion will get more than a Masters invitation. He also will be exempt into the The Amateur, the U.S. Amateur and any other USGA event he is eligible to play this year. The champion and players who finish runner-up are also exempt into the final stages of qualifying for The Open and the U.S. Open.

The LAAC was founded by the Masters, the R&A and the USGA, with the purpose of further developing amateur golf in South America, Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean.

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LAAC returning to Casa de Campo in 2019

By Randall MellJanuary 20, 2018, 8:23 pm

The Latin America Amateur Championship will return to Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic in 2019 (Jan. 17-20), event organizers announced Saturday in Chile, where this year’s championship is underway.

The LAAC champion receives an invitation to play the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club every spring.

The champion is also exempt into The Amateur, the U.S. Amateur and any other USGA event for which he is eligible to compete. The champion and players who finish runner-up are also exempt into the final stages of qualifying for The Open and the U.S. Open.

The LAAC was founded by the Masters, the R&A and the USGA, with the purpose of further developing amateur golf in South America, Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean.

The championship got its start in 2015 with Chile’s Matias Dominguez winning at Pilar Golf in Argentina. In 2016, Casa de Campo hosted, with Costa Rica’s Paul Chaplet winning. At 16, he became the first player from Central America to compete in the Masters. In 2017, Chile’s Toto Gana won the title at  Club de Golf de Panama.