Gators Rally for Mercedes Benz Title

By Golf Channel NewsroomFebruary 22, 2005, 5:00 pm
Courtesy of gatorzone.com
 
College Central presented by PINGThe No. 18 University of Florida men's golf team came from six strokes back in the final round of play to win the 2005 Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship on Tuesday afternoon at the Sawgrass Country Club by five strokes over second round leader Alabama.
 
By posting a tournament-best team round of 280 (-8), the Gators claimed their second tournament win of the season with a three-round 10-over par team score of 874. The win marks the second time this season the Gators have overcome a deficit entering the final round of play and the first time this season the Gators have come back to win a tournament when trailing by more than five strokes.
 
'It's always fun for a coach to watch his team come from behind and play well when the tournament is on the line,' Head Coach Buddy Alexander said. 'I think this tournament victory validates our win at the Gator Invitational a little more because we weren't playing on our home course.'
 
Junior Matt Every (Daytona Beach, Fla.) carded rounds of 71-73-71=215 (-1) to earn his third career tournament individual title and the first of the 2004-05 season. With the win, Every earns Florida's 64th all-time individual tournament title and moves into a tie for fifth-place all-time in individual wins.
 
'Matt played solid all week,' Alexander said. 'Coming off his worst tournament of the season, it's great to see him make adjustments and comeback and play so well.'
 
Despite beginning the day in a tie for 19th-place, junior Brett Stegmaier (Madison, Conn.) responded on the final day of competition as he carded tournament scores of 73-76-70=219 (+3) to finish in a tie for sixth-place and earn his second consecutive top-10 individual finish.
 
Leading the Florida charge in the final round was redshirt senior transfer Richard Treis (Baden-Baden, Germany) as he fired a tournament-low and season-best round score of 67 (-5) to give him a three-day six-over par total of 222. Treis' final round effort rewarded him with his second straight top-20 finish, as he finished in a tie for 19th-place.
 
'Richard was a huge factor in our comeback today,' Alexander said. 'It took a lot of courage and trust to bounce back and play so well after struggling so much the day before. If there were a game ball to give out for today's round, you'd have to give it to Richard for his performance down the stretch.'
 
By carding tournament scores of 75-74-75=224 (+8), junior Ryan Cochran (Paducah, Ky.) remained consistent for the Gators and tied for 32nd-place.
 
Junior James Vargas (Miami, Fla.) saved his best for last as he shaved seven strokes off his second round score of 79 to record an even par score of 72 on the final day of play to give him a 10-over par tournament total score of 226.
 
Playing as an individual, senior Duke Butler (Ponte Vedra, Fla.) improved in the final round as he carded a four-over par score of 76 to give him a 17-over par overall score of 233 and a tie for 73rd-place for the three-day event.
 
The Gators will return to action on Sunday, Feb. 27 as they travel to San Juan, Puerto Rico for the Puerto Rico Classic hosted by Purdue at the Rio Mar Resort.
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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.