Duke Wins Fighting Illini Invitational

By Golf Channel NewsroomSeptember 30, 2006, 4:00 pm
Courtesy of goduke.com
College CentralOLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. -- The Duke University mens golf team fired a team-low 286 (+6) on Monday to leapfrog top-ranked Oklahoma State and Stanford to claim the 2006 Olympia Fields Country Club/Fighting Illini Invitational championship.
Senior Jake Grodzinsky rebounded from two difficult rounds on Sunday to post a team-best 69 (-1) and help the Blue Devils overcome a three-stroke deficit for their first tournament championship of the fall season.
'This ranks right up there with our ACC Championship win in 2005,' said head coach Rod Myers.
Freshman Adam Long and junior Michael Schachner continued their stellar play with each player carding a one-over 71 on Monday. Long, playing in his first collegiate tournament, placed second overall with a three-round score of two-over 212 (70-71-71). Schachner tied for third in the event after recording one-over 71s in all three rounds.
Dukes team score of 286 on Monday was the low round on the day and tied for the second best round of the tournament. The Blue Devils closed the event with a 24-over 864 to claim a six-shot victory over Stanford (870). The Cardinal, leaders after the first and second rounds, shot a 15-over 295 on Monday. Purdue (871) finished third overall followed by Northwestern (875) and Oklahoma State (876). The Cowboys, the defending national champions, fired a disappointed +20 300 in the final round.
'Anytime you can beat the No. 1 team in the country and do it on a course that has hosted numerous major championship -- that is something special,' said associate head coach Brad Sparling. 'This is a great win for our program.'
Long carded six pars, two birdies and a bogey en route to a one-under 34 on the front side at Olympia Fields Country Club. He added six straight pars on the backside before bogeying two of the final three holes to finish one shot back of Arizona States Niklas Lemke for the individual title. Lemke shot a tournament low 66 (-4) on Monday to claim the victory. Long finished the Fighting Illini Invitational tied for third in total pars (38) and birdies (7). He also tied for the tournament lead in par-3 scoring at two-under.
Schachner birdied the first hole in the final round and following a bogey on No. 3 added 14 straight pars before suffering a bogey on No. 18. The Libertyville, Ill., native closed the event tied for the tournament lead with 40 pars. He also finished tied for first in par-3 scoring at two-under and tied for second in par-5 scoring at three-under.
Grodzinsky opened with a birdie on No. 1 and played his first 11 holes at two-under in the final round. Following a bogey on the par-four 12th hole, Grodzinsky recorded birdies on No. 13 and No. 15 to get to three-under on the day. The Cornville, Ariz., native recorded a double-bogey on the par-3 16th hole but finished with a pair of pars to cap off a round of one-under (69). Grodzinsky finished the tournament tied for 28th with an 13-over 223 and was tied for second in par-5 scoring at three-under.
Junior Michael Quagliano opened with a four-over 39 on the front side on Monday, before getting back to two-over with birdies on No. 11 and No. 14. The Ardsley, N.Y., native suffered a double-bogey No. 16 and a bogey on No. 18 to finish his round at five-over (75). For the tournament, Quagliano shot an 13-over 223 to finish tied for 28th.
Sophomore Clark Klaasen struggled with a 79 in the closing round but still finished the tournament tied for 36th overall with a 16-over 226. Klaasen also finished tied for third in total pars with 38.
The Blue Devils return to action Oct. 8-9 when they host the 2006 Coca-Cola Duke Golf Classic at the Duke University Golf Club.
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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.