Lovemark Leads USC to Lead

By Golf Channel NewsroomMarch 26, 2008, 4:00 pm
NCAAALPHARETTA, Ga. ' Defending national champion Jamie Lovemark fired a 3-under-par 69 Monday, lifting Southern California into the lead after 36 holes of the United States Collegiate Championship at The Golf Club of Georgia.
Matthew Giles shot even-par 72, while teammates Rory Hie and Tim Sluiter added 73s for the sixth-ranked Trojans, who posted a 1-under-par team round of 287 and took a two-shot lead over top-ranked Alabama. The Crimson Tide shot 1-over 289 for the round, getting a pair of 71s from Matthew Swan and Gator Todd.
The Trojans are at 5-over 581 for two rounds, while Alabama has a 36-hole total of 7-over 583. Host Georgia Tech, the nations 10th-ranked team, shot 290 Tuesday and moved into a tie for third place at 10-over 586 with fifth-ranked Oklahoma State (294 Tuesday), five shots behind the leaders.
On a course this tough, it might not spit out the best team, said USC coach Chris Zambri. But this field is chock full of great teams. I think I will take a good round. This is the first time we weve ever been paired with Alabama. Theyre really good.
Oklahoma States Trent Leon, part of a four-way tie after the opening round, assumed the individual lead after firing a second consecutive 69 and finishing 36 holes at 6-under-par 138. He has a two-stroke lead on Georgia Techs Cameron Tringale, who opened with a 69 and added a 1-under 71 Tuesday to stand at 4-under 140.
Ive been trying to get a little different mindset, said Leon, a junior attempting to win his first college tournament. My deal (lately) is just staying patient. Ive been in position to win in college numerous times. I just havent taken advantage of it. Its a good tournament. There are a lot of good teams. Anyone can win a tournament like this.
The Cowboys Rickie Fowler (70) and Georgia States Joel Sjoholm (73) are tied for third at 2-under 142, while Lovemark is in a tie for fifth place with Todd and Charlottes Corey Nagy (71) at 1-under 143.
First-round leader Kevin Chappell of UCLA shot 75 and fell back into a tie for eighth, while the Bruins, the team leader after 18 holes, fell into fifth place as a team.
Florida State is in sixth at 16-over-par, followed by Georgia State at 18-over and Texas A&M at 21-over. East Tennessee State and Georgia are in a tie for ninth at 24-over.
The Yellow Jackets moved up from seventh place with balanced scoring, including an even-par 72 from JT Griffin, a 73 from Chesson Hadley and a 74 from Taylor Hall. Leons 69 and Fowlers 70 made up for the Cowboys having to count a 77 (Kevin Tway) and a 78 (Jon McLean) on Tuesday. The Bruins had to count a 79 from Jason Kang.
Russell Henley shot 71 for the Bulldogs, who struggled as team with a 74 from Hudson Swafford, a 75 from Brian Harman and a 78 from Adam Mitchell as counting scores.
Though the start of the second round was delayed 1-1/2 hours because of frost, weather conditions were appreciably better Tuesday, with clear skies, calm winds and temperatures approaching 60 degrees.
Wednesdays final round begins at 9 a.m., and the three leading teams tee off beginning at 10:20 a.m.
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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

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Recent winner Cook contending at CareerBuilder

By Will GrayJanuary 18, 2018, 11:45 pm

Patton Kizzire is currently the only two-time PGA Tour winner this season, but Austin Cook hopes to join him this week at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

Cook won for the first time in November at the RSM Classic, a victory that catapaulted him from the Tour graduate category into an entirely new echelon. Cook notched a pair of top-25 finishes over the last two weeks in Hawaii, and he's again in the mix after an opening 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course left him one shot behind Jon Rahm.

"Today was great," Cook told reporters. "The conditions were perfect, but I always loved desert golf and I was just hitting the ball well and seeing good lines on the greens and hitting good putts."

Cook got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under highlighted by an eagle on the par-5 fourth hole. He briefly entertained the notion of a sub-60 round after birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 before closing with six pars and a birdie.

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Cook was a relative unknown before his victory at Sea Island earlier this season, but now with the flexibility and confidence afforded by a win he hopes to build on his burgeoning momentum this week in California.

"That was a big, proud moment for myself, knowing that I can finish a tournament," Cook said. "I think it was one of those things that I've proven to myself that now I can do it, and it just meant the world to me."

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Photo: Fleetwood's phone cover is picture of Bjorn

By Jason CrookJanuary 18, 2018, 11:40 pm

There's phone covers and then there are Phone Covers.

Paul Casey has himself a Phone Cover, showing off the protective case that features a picture of his wife at last year's U.S. Open.

Now, it appears, Tommy Fleetwood has joined the movement.

Fleetwood, last year's season-long Race to Dubai winner, has a phone cover with a picture of Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn on it. And not even a current Thomas Bjorn. This is a young Bjorn. A hair-having Bjorn.


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The 26-year-old is a virtual lock for this year's European Ryder Cup team, but just in case, he's carrying around a phone with a picture of the team captain attached to the back of it.

It's a bold strategy, Cotton. Let's see if it pays off for him.