Kentucky Captures SEC Championship

By Golf Channel NewsroomApril 17, 2005, 4:00 pm
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College Central presented by PINGThe University of Kentucky claimed its first-ever Southeastern Conference men's golf championship on Sunday, shooting a 3-over-par 283, to finish the 2005 championship with a three-round total of 875, two shots better than second-place Auburn, at 877, at the Sea Island Golf Club - Seaside Course. This is the third tournament title of the spring for the Wildcats.
The SEC Championship was the first for mens golf and the third for UK in the past three months as it joins womens tennis and mens basketball as 2005 conference champs.
With the win, the Wildcats earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Regional. Dates and locations will be announced at a later time.
I cant say enough about this team and the effort theyve put in the last few years. They mean so much to this program and to me as a person, said head coach Brian Craig. This is a monumental achievement for our program and every ounce of the credit goes to those guys. Theyve worked hard, not just this past week, but over their careers to get our program to this point. This team has a lot of guts and a lot of heart and I think, ultimately, thats what won it for us down the stretch.
The Cats shot a final round 283, which was the best round of any team in the championship. Senior John Holmes led the Wildcat charge with a third place finish at 215. Right behind Holmes was teammate Matt Kohn and Florida's Brett Stegmaier, who tied for fourth at 217. Kohn shot a 1-under-par 69 on Sunday, which was Kentucky's best round of the day and tied Holmes opening round 69 for the best UK round of the tournament.
Matt Wells also finished among the top 10, tying for seventh with a three-day total of 219 (70-77-72). Mark Blakefield fired a third-round 71 to bring his final tally to 225 (78-76-71), followed by Brandon Waldrop who shot an even par to finish 35th overall with a score of 228 (77-79-72) to round out the scoring for Kentucky.
All five of these guys just played a beautiful round of golf today, said Craig. For each of them to go out and shoot a 72 or lower on an extremely difficult course on the last day of the SEC tournament is a tremendous accomplishment.
Tennessee's David Skinns captured individual medalist honors with a three-round score of 210, one shot better than second place Richard Scott of Georgia, who came in at 211. Skinns and Auburn's Tyler McKeever shot the best rounds of the third round, at 2-under-par 68. McKeever finished in sixth place.
Auburn made a run at the Wildcats. The Tigers were one shot ahead of the Wildcats entering the third round but Kentucky' 283 edged the Tigers' 286 on the final day by three shots. Last year's champion Georgia placed third with a three-day score of 883 while Florida, which led after Saturday's round came in fourth with a score of 888 in three rounds.
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Watch: McIlroy gives Fleetwood a birthday cake

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 19, 2018, 2:58 pm

Tommy Fleetwood turned 27 on Friday. He celebrated with some good golf – a 4-under 68 in Abu Dhabi, leaving him only two shots back in his title defense – and a birthday cake, courtesy of Rory Mcllroy.

While giving a post-round interview, Fleetwood was surprised to see McIlroy approaching with a cake in hand.

“I actually baked this before we teed off,” McIlroy joked.

Fleetwood blew out the three candles – “three wishes!” – and offered McIlroy a slice.  

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DJ shoots 64 to surge up leaderboard in Abu Dhabi

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 1:48 pm

Dustin Johnson stood out among a star-studded three-ball that combined to shoot 18 under par with just one bogey Friday at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

Shaking off a sloppy first round at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Johnson matched the low round of the day with a 64 that put him within four shots of Thomas Pieters’ lead.

“I did everything really well,” Johnson said. “It was a pretty easy 64.”

Johnson made four bogeys during an even-par 72 on Thursday and needed a solid round Friday to make the cut. Before long, he was closer to the lead than the cut line, making birdie on three of the last four holes and setting the pace in a group that also included good rounds from Rory McIlroy (66) and Tommy Fleetwood (68).

“Everyone was hitting good shots,” McIlroy said. “That’s all we were seeing, and it’s nice when you play in a group like that. You feed off one another.” 

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Coming off a blowout victory at Kapalua, Johnson is searching for his first regular European Tour title. He tied for second at this event a year ago.

Johnson’s second-round 64 equaled the low round of the day (Jorge Campillo and Branden Grace). 

“It was just really solid all day long,” Johnson said. “Hit a lot of great shots, had a lot of looks at birdies, which is what I need to do over the next two days if I want to have a chance to win on Sunday.” 

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Closing eagle moves Rory within 3 in Abu Dhabi

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 12:57 pm

What rust? Rory McIlroy appears to be in midseason form.

Playing competitively for the first time since Oct. 8, McIlroy completed 36 holes without a bogey Friday, closing with an eagle to shoot 6-under 66 to sit just three shots back at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

“I’m right in the mix after two days and I’m really happy in that position,” he told reporters afterward.

McIlroy took a 3 ½-month break to heal his body, clear his mind and work on his game after his first winless year since 2008, his first full season as a pro.

He's back on track at a familiar playground, Abu Dhabi Golf Club, where he’s racked up eight top-11s (including six top-3s) in his past nine starts there.

Full-field scores from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship

McIlroy opened with a 69 Thursday, then gave himself even more chances on Day 2, cruising along at 4 under for the day when he reached the par-5 closing hole. After launching a 249-yard long iron to 25 feet, he poured in the eagle putt to pull within three shots of Thomas Pieters (65). 

Despite the layoff, McIlroy edged world No. 1 Dustin Johnson, coming off a blowout victory at Kapalua, by a shot over the first two rounds. 

“DJ is definitely the No. 1 player in the world right now, and one of, if not the best, driver of the golf ball," McIlroy said. "To be up there with him over these first two days, it proves to me that I’m doing the right things and gives me a lot of confidence going forward.”

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Duke to fill in for injured Pavin at CareerBuilder

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 12:25 pm

Ken Duke will fill in for Corey Pavin for the next two rounds of the CareerBuilder Challenge – with nothing at stake but his amateur partner’s position on the leaderboard.

Pavin was 4 over par when he withdrew after 17 holes Thursday because of a neck injury. Tournament officials contacted Duke, the first alternate, and asked if he would take Pavin’s spot and partner with Luis Lopez for the next two rounds, even though he would not receive any official money.

Duke accepted and explained his decision on Twitter:

Playing on past champion’s status, the 48-year-old Duke has made only four starts this season, with a best finish of a tie for 61st at the RSM Classic.

Pavin received a sponsor exemption into the event, his first PGA Tour start since the 2015 Colonial.