Lovely 62 Gives Davis the Lead

By Golf Channel NewsroomOctober 26, 2001, 4:00 pm
Davis Love IIIs neck is getting better by the day, and his play seems to be getting better by the round.

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

Top-125 Bubble

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
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Fleetwood flawless en route to Abu Dhabi lead

By Will GrayJanuary 18, 2018, 2:06 pm

New year, same results for Tommy Fleetwood.

The reigning Race to Dubai champ picked up where he left off in the opening round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, carding a bogey-free 66 during which the Englishman found all 18 greens in regulation. At 6 under, he shares the lead with Japan's Hideto Tanihara and sits one shot clear of five other players.

"Very stress-free. Played really well from start to finish," Fleetwood said. "Felt like I did what you need to do around this golf course, which is drive it well, hit your irons solid. You can't really be too greedy a lot of the time, and then sort of my pace putting was really good. So basically just did what you need to do to get a good score around this golf course, and I got one."

Full-field scores from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship

Fleetwood shined in a marquee grouping that included world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy, as he birdied three holes on each nine. This is his first worldwide start since a T-3 finish at the Hero World Challenge.

It was at this event a year ago that Fleetwood sparked a career campaign, edging Johnson and Pablo Larrazabal for the win. He added another win at the French Open in the summer to go along with a pair of runner-up results and a T-4 finish at the U.S. Open, all of which helped him capture the European Tour's season-long title.

Fleetwood's sudden success in Abu Dhabi serves as a microcosm for his career resurgence. Prior to last year's victory, he had missed the cut in four of his five other trips to this event.

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Sergio starts season with 66 in Singapore

By Associated PressJanuary 18, 2018, 12:56 pm

SINGAPORE – Sergio Garcia opened his season with a 5-under 66 and a share of the clubhouse lead on Thursday in the first round of the weather-interrupted Singapore Open.

Playing his first tournament of the year, the Masters champion rebounded after making an early bogey to collect four birdies and an eagle at the Sentosa Golf Club.

He was later joined by American qualifier Kurt Kitayama in the clubhouse lead. Still on the course, Tirawat Kaewsiribandit was at 6 under through 16 holes when play was suspended for the day because of the threat of lightning.

Louis Oosthuizen, the 2010 Open champion, was at 5 under through 16 holes when he also had to stop his round because of the weather.

Of the players who did finish their opening rounds, only three were within two strokes of Garcia and Kitayama. One of them was Casey O'Toole, who aced the par-3 second with a 7-iron.

The 38-year-old Garcia dropped his only shot of the day on the par-4 15th, his sixth hole after teeing off on the back nine, when he missed the fairway and was unable to make par. But he made amends when he birdied the par-3 17th and then eagled the par-5 18th to go out in 33.

''I was 1 over after (the) seventh but it didn't feel like I was playing badly,'' said Garcia, who made birdies on each of the two par 5s and one of the par 3s on the second nine. ''But then I hit two greats in a row for holes 17 and 18. I got a birdie-eagle there, so that settled me a little bit and I could play solid in the back nine and it was a great round.''

Garcia made the shortlist for the Laureus Sports Awards in the Breakthrough of the Year category after claiming his first major at Augusta National last year and is hoping for more success this season.

He credits the Singapore Open as having played a part in toughening him up for his Masters win because he opted to start his 2017 campaign in the stifling humidity of Southeast Asia to prepare himself for the bigger tournaments ahead.

Although he finished tied for 11th in Singapore, Garcia won the Dubai Desert Classic the next week and was in peak form when he won the Masters two months later.

Kitayama only secured his place in the $1 million event on Monday by finishing at the top of the qualifying competition, but he made a strong start with birdies on three of his first five holes. The 25-year-old Thai was 6 under through 13 holes but spoiled his otherwise flawless round with a bogey on his last.

''I started with a birdie and I just let it roll from there. I had some good tee shots, which I think, is the biggest thing for this course,'' Kitayama said. ''I'm a little tired, but I'm hanging in there. Whenever I have time off, I'll try not to think too much about golf.''

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13-year-old beats DJ in closest-to-the-pin contest

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 18, 2018, 12:26 pm

Dustin Johnson didn’t just get beat by Tommy Fleetwood and Rory McIlroy on Day 1 of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

Even a 13-year-old got the best of the world No. 1.

Oscar Murphy teed off on the 177-yard 15th hole as part of the tournament’s Beat the Pro challenge during the opening round. The Northern Irishman, one of the HSBC’s Future Falcons, carved a 3-wood toward a back-right pin, about 25 feet away, closer than both Johnson and Fleetwood.

“An unbelievable shot,” Fleetwood said afterward, “and me and Rory both said, ‘We don’t have that in our locker.’”

Johnson still made par on the hole, but he mixed four birdies with four bogeys Thursday for an even-par 72 that left him six shots back of Fleetwood and Hideto Tanihara after the opening round.

Johnson, who tied for second here a year ago, is coming off a dominant performance at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, where he won by eight shots to strengthen his lead atop the world rankings. 

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McIlroy 'really pleased' with opening 69 in Abu Dhabi

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 18, 2018, 12:10 pm

It was an auspicious 2018 debut for Rory McIlroy.

Playing alongside world No. 1 Dustin Johnson for his first round since October, McIlroy missed only one green and shot a bogey-free 69 at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. McIlroy is three shots back of reigning Race to Dubai champion Tommy Fleetwood, who played in the same group as McIlroy and Johnson, and Hideto Tanihara.

Starting on the back nine at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, McIlroy began with 11 consecutive pars before birdies on Nos. 3, 7 and 8.

Full-field scores from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship

“I was excited to get going,” he told reporters afterward. “The last couple of months have been really nice in terms of being able to concentrate on things I needed to work on in my game and health-wise. I feel like I’m the most prepared for a season that I’ve ever been, but it was nice to get back out there.”

Fleetwood, the defending champion, raced out to another lead while McIlroy and Johnson, who shot 72, just tried to keep pace.

“Tommy played very well and I was just trying to hang onto his coattails for most of the round, so really pleased – bogey-free 69, I can’t really complain,” McIlroy said.

This was his first competitive round in more than three months, since a tie for 63rd at the Dunhill Links. He is outside the top 10 in the world ranking for the first time since 2014.