Edwards In Position To Win Again

By Golf Channel NewsroomOctober 27, 2001, 4:00 pm
It took Joel Edwards 316 PGA Tour starts to win his first event. Five starts later, hes in position for win No. 2.
Edwards fired a 7-under 65 to take a one-shot lead at 18-under-par over Davis Love III into the final round of the Buick Challenge in Pine Mountain, Ga.
Love started the day with a one-shot advantage over Vijay Singh. Love shot 69 to stay in contention, while Singh ' winless in on the PGA Tour in 2001 ' shot a 3-over 75 to fall eight shots back of Edwards.
Neal Lancaster, 118th on the money list, shot 68 to move to 16-under, two off the pace. Lancaster is seeking his first tour title since the 1994 Byron Nelson Classic.
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Chris DiMarco is four back at 14-under. DiMarco bogeyed his final two holes Saturday on the Mountain View Course for a round of 71.
Edwards won this years Air Canada Championship for his first career PGA Tour victory since turning professional in 1984. Hes currently 47th on the money list, in need of the $612,000 first-place check in order to qualify for next weeks Tour Championship, which accepts the top 30 on the money list.
Edwards started the week in promising fashion with rounds of 65-68, and recorded five birdies and an eagle Saturday to move to the top of the leaderboard.
Love struggled a bit on a chilly North Georgia day; when the temperatures never got out of the 50s and the wind gusted as high as 20mph. Love followed a second-round 62 with a five-birdie, two-bogey 69.
You cant make mistakes, Love said. I hit a couple of bad drives and wound up with bogeys on holes that had been birdies. Thats the difference.
Said Love of Edwards score, Thats a heck of a round in the cold weather. It was tough out there.
In the tournament within a tournament, Jesper Parnevik shot 67 in the third round to move to 7-under. He trails Kenny Perry (No. 30 on the money list) by $676. He now leads him in the tournament by four shots.
Oh yeah, Im thinking about it, said Parnevik, who is 31st on the money list. I know pretty much if I make the top 15 (in the tournament), I should be all right.
Heres how players on the top-30 and top-125 bubble are faring through three rounds:
Tour Championship Bubble

27. Steve Lowery-2T62
28. Stewart Cink -3T53
29. Steve StrickerDNS
30. Kenny Perry-3T53
31. Jesper Parnevik-7T21
32. Kevin Sutherland-8T18
33. Jose Coceres-1T66
34. Jerry Kelly MC
35. Rocco MediateWD
36. Paul Azinger-6T30

Top-125 Bubble

122. Per-Ulrik Johansson-13T5
123. Bradley Hughes-6T30
124. Brandt JobeMC
125. Spike McRoy-6T30
126. Fred Couples*DNS
127. Brad Elder-4T46
128. Paul GoydosMC
129. Pete JordanMC
130. Ian LeggattMC
131. Tom Byrum-9T15
*Exempt through 2006 due to 1996 Players Championship victory
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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.

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Mickelson starts fast, fades to 70 at La Quinta

By Will GrayJanuary 18, 2018, 11:07 pm

Phil Mickelson got off to a fast start in his first competitive round of 2018 - for six holes, at least.

The 47-year-old is making his first start since the WGC-HSBC Champions this week at the CareerBuilder Challenge, and only his third competitive appearance since the BMW Championship in September. Four birdies over his first six holes indicated that a strong opener might be in the cards, but Mickelson played his subsequent holes in 2 over.

It added up to a 2-under 70 at La Quinta Country Club, typically the easiest of the three courses in rotation this week, and left Mickelson eight shots behind Jon Rahm.

"It was fun to get back out and be competitive," Mickelson told reporters. "I for some reason am stuck on 70 here at La Quinta, whether I get off to a good start or a bad one, I end up shooting the same score."

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Mickelson stunted his momentum with a tee shot out of bounds on the par-4 eighth hole, but he managed to save bogey and otherwise drove the ball relatively well. Instead, he pointed to his normally reliable iron play as the culprit for his back-nine backslide on a day when more than 120 players in the 156-man field broke par.

Mickelson will now head to the Nicklaus Tournament Course with the Stadium Course on tap for Saturday's third round. While there were several low scores Thursday at La Quinta, Mickelson remains bullish about the birdie opportunities that still lie ahead.

"This isn't the course where I go low on," Mickelson said. "I feel more comfortable on Stadium and Nicklaus. Neither of them are nearly as tight and I tend to score a lot lower on those other two than I do here, historically."