By Golf Channel NewsroomApril 30, 2002, 4:00 pm
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4/30/02 - British Open Announces Record Purse
4/29/02 - Mediate Climbs in Latest World Golf Rankings
4/29/02 - Senior Tour and Liberty Mutual Sign Four-Year Extension
4/29/02 - USGA Receives Record Number of U.S. Open Entries
4/26/02 - Nicklaus, Player Upset at Masters Decision
4/26/02 - Royal Birkdale Gets 2005 British Amateur
4/26/02 - USGA Increases Money For 2002 Open Championships
4/26/02 - Australasian Tour Announces New CEO
4/25/02 - Masters Makes Changes Affecting Past Champions
4/25/02 - Kang Ends Ochoa's Streak
4/24/02 - Tonsillitis, Mononucleosis Sideline Tryon
4/24/02 - Clarke Out with Knee Injury
4/24/02 - Tommy Bolt Elected to Hall of Fame
4/24/02 - Ted Kroll Dies at 82
4/24/02 - Man Convicted of Selling Fake Masters Badges
4/24/02 - Gary Player Wins Lawsuit
4/23/02 - Record Purse for 2002 Women's Open
4/22/02 - Lopez Receives Special Exemption Into Women's Open
4/22/02 - Leonard Vaults Up 17 spots in World Golf Rankings
4/19/02 - Penn State Pro Sets 12-Hour Playing Record
4/18/02 - Daly Withdraws from WorldCom Due to Wrist Injury
4/17/02 - Faldo Hopes for U.S. Open Invite
4/17/02 - Compaq Classic Raises Security
4/16/02 - Bad Foot Knocks Singh Out of Action
4/16/02 - Father of Nancy Lopez Dies
4/16/02 - U.S. Amateur Champ Dickerson Turns Pro
4/16/02 - Top Five in World Rankings Enjoy Masters Success
4/15/02 - Woods' Win Boosts Masters Ratings
4/15/02 - British Am Champ Hoey Turns Pro
4/11/02 - Southern Hills Trying to Land 2007 PGA Championship
4/11/02 - Colonial May Finish on Memorial Day in 2003
4/9/02 - Goosen Cracks Top-Five in World Golf Rankings
4/9/02 - Points Changes Made for 2003 U.S. Solheim Cup Team
4/8/02 - Daly to Play in Canadian Skins
4/8/02 - The Orchards Selected To Host 2004 U.S. Women's Open
4/8/02 - Ochoa Wins Seventh Straight
4/6/02 - Road Work Stops for Masters Week
4/5/02 - Canadian Tour Revises Rules on Amateur Status
4/5/02 - 12-Year-Old Receives LPGA Sponsor's Invite
4/5/02 - NAACP to Protest Day Before WorldCom Classic
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4/3/02 - Crenshaw, Jacklin Elected to Hall of Fame
4/3/02 - PGA of America Creates Golf Management Scholarship
4/3/02 - Money an Issue for Security at U.S. Women's Open
4/2/02 - Joe Jemsek, Pioneer of Public Golf, Dies at 89
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4/2/02 - Hazeltine to Host 2016 Ryder Cup
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4/2/02 - Johnny Miller to Stay with NBC
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3/27/02 - R&A Creates New Global Agency
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3/25/02 - Final Picks Made for Seve Trophy Teams
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3/24/02 - Paddison Gets Three-Shot Win in Dunedin
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3/18/02 - Campbell Cracks Top-20 in World Golf Ranking
3/18/02 - Parry, O'Malley Earn U.S. Open Exemptions
3/17/02 - Former PGA Champion Runyan Dies
3/17/02 - Ogle, 37, Announces Retirement
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3/14/02 - Investigation of Payne Stewart Airline Accident Ends
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3/7/02 - Murless Grabs First-Round Lead in Zambia
3/7/02 - Votaw, Players Meet to Discuss LPGA's Future
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3/6/02 - Future Solheim Cups Rescheduled
3/6/02 - Sea Island Is Site for UBS Warburg Cup
3/5/02 - Montgomerie Turns Back On Bay Hill
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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 phoned 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. 

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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