Kreutz Collects Ladies Euro Title

By Golf Channel NewsroomJuly 16, 2005, 4:00 pm
Ladies European TourTATA, Hungary -- Ludivine Kreutz from France claimed her third professional victory at the OTP Bank Central European Open in Hungary.
Kreutz, who began the day two shots behind the overnight leader, Samantha Head, from England, made a fast charge on the back nine to finish four shots clear at 14 under par (199) for the tournament. She tacked a closing round of 66 (-5) onto opening rounds of 69, 64 for a runaway win.
Minea Blomqvist, the defending champion from Finland finished tied in second position with English players Samantha Head and Lora Fairclough at 10-under-par 203.
While Becky Brewerton, from Wales, Marta Prieto, from Spain, and Nina Reis from Sweden tied for third position at 9-under par (204) on a sweltering final day at Old Lake Golf G&CC, near Budapest.
Kreutz started out slowly but began her birdie blitz from the par-5 fourth hole. She then birdied the sixth and eighth, to tie for the lead with Head. The turning point came when Kreutz birdied the ninth to move to 13 under, while Head made a double to take her back to minus-10.
Two more birdies at the 10th and 17th gave the French woman a five shot lead coming down the last, but despite finding the greenside bunker at the 18th, a bogey was enough to seal the win.
After the first nine holes, I had a two shot lead, so I felt more confident, admitted Kreutz, 31, from Rognac.
When I made my first birdie I just tried to get on a roll.
When she claimed her second professional victory at the Tenerife Ladies Open in May, Kreutz achieved her goal to achieve automatic exemption for the Evian Masters, which takes place next week in France.
Im very excited about Evian and the British, to see all those champions, but Im going to try not to be too stressed and relax, because next to some of them I feel like a little girl! she said.
Kreutz collected her maiden win on Tour at the 2003 La Perla Italian Open after five years as a professional.
This win takes her to third in the money list and fifth in the automatic Solheim Cup points rankings, where there are seven automatic qualifying spots available in the European team.
Earlier in the day Englands Rebecca Hudson set the pace by carding a course record equalling 62 (-9).
Hudson, 26, from Doncaster in England, started her birdie campaign at the second hole, with a simple tap in. She then birdied the fifth and eighth holes to turn in 32.
Then, she went birdie, eagle, birdie, eagle, from the 12th hole, taking full advantage of the par-5s. At the 13th, she chipped in for eagle and at the 15th, she holed her sandwedge from a full 73 yards.
Another birdie at the 17th put her on course for a possible course record as she was 10 under coming down the 18th. However nerves got the better of her and she three putted the last for bogey to come home in 30, equalling the course record set in the first round last year by Finlands Blomqvist, the defending champion.
I only needed a par to break the course record as I was ten under coming down the last, said Hudson.
But I must be getting older, as Im feeling my nerves these days! Its been a while since Ive shot those sorts of scores.
Hudsons 62 is her best round as a professional, but she actually carded a 10-under par 62 as a 16-year old amateur in a club competition at Wheatley GC.
Ive been having a tough time recently but Ive been working a lot on my swing and my putting and so this result should be enough to see me keep my card. Now I can just relax and play my game, she said.
Katherina Werdinig from Austria was the top finishing amateur, finishing at one under par for the tournament.
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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.