Mackenzie Leads Huskies to Victory

By Golf Channel NewsroomOctober 1, 2003, 4:00 pm
Courtesy of Washington Huskies
College CentralBREMERTON, Wash. -- Fielding a lineup that included three freshmen playing their first collegiate tournament, the Washington men's golf team shot 4-under 356 during the final day of play to win the Opus NW Husky Invitational. The Huskies finished the 54-hole event at 7-over 1087, 21 strokes better than second-place San Diego State. The tournament featured six-man teams with the top five scores counting toward the team total.
Husky senior All-American Brock Mackenzie posted his third straight sub-par round to run away with medalist honors. Mackenzie shot 4-under 68 on Tuesday to win the event by seven strokes at 8-under 208. San Diego State's Cory Segall and California's Scott Carlyle tied for second at 215.
The win was the fourth in Mackenzie's career, making him the all-time event winner in Washington history. He was tied with current UCLA coach O.D. Vincent.
'O.D. is someone I really respect, so it is exciting to go ahead of him, but it's not something I have spent a lot of time thinking about,' Mackenzie said. 'I'm more excited with my teammates really coming through today. We shot four under as a team, counting five scores. That was awesome.'
Washington's final round included a 71 by senior Corey Prugh, even par scores by Cody Upham and Erik Olson and a 73 by Alex Prugh. Dan Potter's 75 was the score the Huskies threw out. Washington was the only team to post an under-par team round during the tournament.
Olson tied for fifth overall at 2-over 218. Potter and Alex Prugh tied for 19th at 6-over 222.
'Anytime you shoot under par on a tough course like this, you're going to be pleased,' Mackenzie said. 'My driving and my irons were solid. I only made three putts outside of 10 feet all week. I hit 16 greens every single round. On a tough golf course, when you shoot that, you're going to be all right.
'It was vintage Brock Mackenzie,' said Husky coach Matt Thurmond. 'He didn't make any mistakes. There was nothing too amazing, just solid shot-after-shot play. It was a great way for him to start his season. I think he's going to win more tournaments this year and that's also his expectation.'
Washington entered Tuesday's final round with a nine-stroke lead over Oregon State. The Beavers shot 20-over 380, their worst round of the event, to fade back to seventh place. UCLA, ranked third in the nation, finished third at 31-over 1111. BYU and Washington State tied for fourth at 37-over 1117. California was sixth at 1119.
2003 Opus NW Husky Invitational
Gold Mountain-Olympic Course
Par 72, 7,059 yards
Bremerton, WA

Final Results
Team Standings
1 Washington 365 366 356 1087 +7
2 San Diego State 372 373 363 1108 +28
3 UCLA 371 376 364 1111 +31
4 Brigham Young 364 380 373 1117 +37
Washington State 376 374 367 1117 +37
6 California 367 380 372 1119 +39
7 Oregon State 373 367 380 1120 +40
8 Fresno State 383 375 366 1124 +44
9 Oregon 382 371 376 1129 +49
10 Tohoku Fukushi 381 377 374 1132 +52

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What's in the bag: CareerBuilder winner Rahm

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 10:37 pm

Jon Rahm defeated Andrew Landry in a playoff to earn his second PGA Tour title at the CareerBuilder Challenge. Here's what's in his bag:

Driver: TaylorMade M4 (9.5 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft

Fairway wood: TaylorMade M3 (19 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft

Irons: TaylorMade P790 (3), P750 (4-PW), with Project X 6.5 shafts

Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind (52, 56 degrees), Milled Grind Hi-Toe (60 degrees), with Project X 6.5 shafts

Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Red

Ball: TaylorMade TP5x

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Strange irked by Rahm-Landry friendly playoff

By Jason CrookJanuary 22, 2018, 9:45 pm

Curtis Strange knows a thing or two about winning golf tournaments, and based on his reaction to the CareerBuilder Challenge playoff on Sunday, it’s safe to say he did things a little differently while picking up 17 PGA Tour victories in his Hall-of-Fame career.

While Jon Rahm and Andrew Landry were “battling” through four extra holes, Strange, 62, tweeted his issues with the duo’s constant chit-chat and friendly banter down the stretch at La Quinta Country Club, where Rahm eventually came out on top.

The two-time U.S. Open champ then engaged with some followers to explain his point a little more in depth.

So, yeah ... don't think he's changing his perspective on this topic anytime soon ever.

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Randall's Rant: The Euros won't just roll over

By Randall MellJanuary 22, 2018, 9:36 pm

The Ryder Cup may not be the King Kong of golf events yet, but you can hear the biennial international team event thumping its chest a full eight months out.

As anticipation for this year’s big events goes, there is more buzz about Europe’s bid to hold off a rejuvenated American effort in Paris in September than there is about the Masters coming up in April.

Thank Europe’s phenomenal success last weekend for that.

And Rory McIlroy’s impassioned remarks in Abu Dhabi.

And the provocative bulletin board material a certain Sports Illustrated writer provided the Europeans a couple months ago, with a stinging assault on the Euro chances that read like an obituary.

McIlroy was asked in a news conference before his 2018 debut last week what he was most excited about this year.

The Ryder Cup topped his list.

Though McIlroy will be trying to complete the career Grand Slam at Augusta National come April, he talked more about the Ryder Cup than he did any of the game’s major championships.

When asked a follow-up about the American team’s resurgence after a task-force overhaul and the injection of young, new star power, McIlroy nearly started breaking down the matchup. He talked about the young Americans and how good they are.

“Yeah, the Americans have been, obviously, very buoyant about their chances and whatever, but it’s never as easy as that. ... The Ryder Cup’s always close,” McIlroy said. “I think we’ll have a great team, and it definitely won’t be as easy as they think it’s going to be.”

McIlroy may have been talking about Alan Shipnuck’s bold prediction after the American Presidents Cup rout last fall.

Or similar assertions from TV analysts.

“The Ryder Cup is dead – you just don’t know it yet,” Shipnuck wrote. “One of the greatest events in sport is on the verge of irrelevancy. The young, talented, hungry golfers from the United States, benefitting from the cohesive leadership of the Task Force era, are going to roll to victory in 2018 in Paris.”

European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn won’t find words that will motivate the Euros more than that as he watches his prospective players jockey to make the team.

And, boy, did they jockey last weekend.

The Euros dominated across the planet, not that they did it with the Ryder Cup as some rallying cry, because they didn’t. But it was a heck of an encouraging start to the year for Bjorn to witness.

Spain’s Jon Rahm won the CareerBuilder Challenge on the PGA Tour, England’s Tommy Fleetwood started the week at Abu Dhabi paired with American and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and won the European Tour event, and Spain’s Sergio Garcia won the Singapore Open in a rout on the Asian Tour.

And McIlroy looked close to being in midseason form, tying for third in his first start in three months.

Yes, it’s only January, and the Ryder Cup is still a long way off, with so much still to unfold, but you got an early sense from McIlroy how much defending European turf will mean to him and the Euros in Paris in September.

The Masters is great theater, the U.S. Open a rigorous test, The Open and the PGA Championship historically important, too, but the Ryder Cup touches a nerve none of those do.

The Ryder Cup stokes more fervor, provokes more passion and incites more vitriol than any other event in golf.

More bulletin board material, too.

Yeah, it’s a long way off, but you can already hear the Ryder Cup’s King Kong like footsteps in its distant approach. Watching how the American and European teams come together will be an ongoing drama through spring and summer.

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Quail Hollow officials promise players easier conditions

By Rex HoggardJanuary 22, 2018, 9:14 pm

Quail Hollow Club - a staple on the PGA Tour since 2003 - debuted as a longer, tougher version of itself at last year’s PGA Championship, receiving mixed reviews from players.

The course played to a lengthened 7,600 yards at last year’s PGA and a 73.46 stroke average, the toughest course in relation to par on Tour in 2017. As a result, it left some players less than excited to return to the Charlotte, N.C.-area layout later this spring for the Wells Fargo Championship.

It’s that lack of enthusiasm that led officials at Quail Hollow to send a video to players saying, essentially, that the course players have lauded for years will be back in May.

The video, which includes Quail Hollow president Johnny Harris and runs nearly five minutes, begins with an explanation of how the first hole, which played as a 524-yard par 4 at the PGA, will play much shorter at the Wells Fargo Championship.

“I had a number of my friends who were playing in the tournament tell me that tee was better suited as a lemonade stand,” Harris joked of the new tee box on the fourth hole. “I doubt we’ll ever see that tee used again in competition.”

Harris also explained that the greens, which became too fast for some, will be “softer” for this year’s Wells Fargo Championship.