Lovely 62 Gives Davis the Lead
Love recorded 10 birdies Friday en route to a bogey-free 62 at Callaway Gardens Resort in Pine Mountain, Ga. He stands at 14-under 130, one shot clear of Vijay Singh and Chris DiMarco through the second round of the Buick Challenge.
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Thats the best I have hit it all year, Love said. I made a few putts but I also missed a bunch of putts.
This was a big day. I got myself back in it.
DiMarco needed only 22 putts on the Mountain View course. His round included a hole-out (8-iron from 165 yards) for eagle at the par-4 3rd, and a pair of chip-in birdies at Nos. 5 and 7.
Singh followed an opening 64 with a second-round 67. The Fijian shared the 18-hole lead with Australian Geoff Ogilvy, who floundered on Friday.
Ogilvy was 15 strokes higher in round two than in round one, shooting a 7-over 79. Ogilvy finished 36 holes at 1-under, and went from co-leader to a missed cut.
Per-Ulrik Johansson is five off the lead after shooting 2-under 70. The Swede is trying to secure his spot on the tour next season. He is currently in 122nd place on the money list; with only one tournament remaining on the schedule after this week, and the top 125 players on the money list receiving their tour cards for 2002.
Defending champion David Duval (69) is six back at 8-under.
Current 2001 PGA Tour money list
Love has played incredibly of late, posting 11 straight sub-70 rounds, including a final-round 61 in the Invensys Classic, two weeks ago.
Last week, Love played in the final group at the National Car Rental Classic. But despite a Sunday 66, he finished runner-up to Jose Coceres.
That marked the fourth time this season Love has been in the final group on Sunday and failed to garner victory. His lone win of the season came in Februarys AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, where he overcame a seven-shot deficit with a final-round 63.
Singh, on the other hand, is still vying for his first win this season on the PGA Tour. He has eight top-5 finishes and over $3.2 million in earnings, but no titles; though, he did win once in Malaysia and once in Singapore
Singh, whose last tour victory was the 2000 Masters Tournament, is trying to avoid his first winless season since 1996.
Friday, he made seven birdies and two bogeys - good scoring until compared to that by Love.
Love made five birdies on both the inward and outward halves, and never sniffed a bogey.
Hes played his last seven rounds in 47-under.
Love has quite a fondness for this event, as well. In 1997, the Sea Island resident won here, one week removed from an embarrassing 0-4 record in the Ryder Cup.
This is the final event prior to the season-ending Tour Championship. With the top 30 players on the money list qualifying for the $5 million event, Jesper Parnevik (No. 31) trails Kenny Perry (No. 30) by $676.
Parnevik kept alive his chances of catching Perry by eagling the par-5 15th and birdieing the par-4 18th to make the cut on the number at 2-under-par 142. Hes one shot back of Perry, who shot a second-round 70.
Heres how players on the top-30 and top-125 bubbles are faring through two rounds:
Tour Championship Bubble
27. Steve Lowery-2T62
28. Stewart Cink -5T22
29. Steve StrickerDNS
30. Kenny Perry-3T44
31. Jesper Parnevik-2T62
32. Kevin Sutherland-5T22
33. Jose Coceres-3T44
34. Jerry Kelly EvenMC
35. Rocco MediateWD
36. Paul Azinger-4T31
122. Per-Ulrik Johansson-98
123. Bradley Hughes-5T22
124. Brandt Jobe+3MC
125. Spike McRoy-3T44
126. Fred Couples*DNS
127. Brad Elder-2T62
128. Paul Goydos+2MC
129. Pete Jordan+10MC
130. Ian Leggatt+2MC
131. Tom Byrum-4T31
*Exempt through 2006 due to 1996 Players Championship victory
Full-field scores from the Buick Challenge
Kelly beats Monty with two-shot swing on final hole
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.
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.
Rahm manages frustration, two back at CareerBuilder
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.”
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.
Cook leads by one entering final round at CareerBuilder
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.
''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.
Phil misses CareerBuilder cut for first time in 24 years
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.
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.