Montgomerie Langer Share Volvo Title

By Golf Channel NewsroomNovember 10, 2002, 5:00 pm
While some golfers their age might be fading into the sunset of their careers, there stood Colin Montgomerie and Bernhard Langer, still battling as the sun set at the 2002 Volvo Masters in Valderrama.
The two were locked in a sudden-death playoff, but Mother Nature eventually had her hand in deciding the outcome. With the sun gone while the pair were playing two extra holes, tournament officials and the players agreed to call it quits and declared both Montgomerie and Langer co-champions.
'It seems somewhat fitting to share this first place,' said Langer, who went 2-0-1 with Montgomerie as a partner in this year's Ryder Cup. 'We both played great. We both deserved to win, but Mother Nature wouldn't allow us to continue.'
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Montgomerie was able to extend his streak of consecutive years with at least one win on the European Tour to 10, though he strung it out as long as possible. It took him until the final event of the season, beyond 72 holes of regulation, two sudden-death playoff holes and then, ultimately, darkness.
'I'd like to say that it's very fitting that this tournament should be tied, and especially the two people that have tied it,' said Montgomerie. 'I have a great respect for this man. I think it's only right that time didn't allow us to finish.'
Langer shot a final-round 4-under 67 to get to 3-under-par for the tournament, and Montgomerie posted a 1-under 70 to match the 281 total.
Montgomerie came to the 18th needing only a par to win it outright, but missed the eight-foot putt. Birdies on both 16 and 17 got him into that position.
Langer, who hadn't broken par until Sunday, had one of the day's best rounds. Three birdies, an eagle and a lone bogey brought him from three down to tie Montgomerie in regulation.
It was just the second time in European Tour history that dual winners have been crowned. Coincidentally, the first time also involved Langer.
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The 1986 Lancome Trophy was shared by the German and Seve Ballesteros at Saint Nom-la-Breteche after six playoff holes.
Overnight leader Bradley Dredge posted a 2-over-par 73 that dropped him from first and into sole possession of third place. He, along with Langer and Montgomerie, were the only three to be under par for the week.
First- and second-round leader Angel Cabrera continued to implode with a 3-over 74 Sunday, but he did finish in a tie for fourth with Australian Peter O'Malley, who fired a 2-under 69.
Cabrera opened with a wonderful 8-under 63 on Thursday, and led by as much as eight strokes at one point, but watched his firm grasp on the tournament slip away over the weekend.
World No. 5 Sergio Garcia shot a 2-over 73 to finish in a tie for seventh with Adam Scott at plus-3, a stroke back of sixth place Jarmo Sandelin.
Retief Goosen claimed his second straight Order of Merit title, beating out Padraig Harrington as both struggled all week with their games. Goosen finished at plus-12, with Harrington at plus-13.
'It's been pretty disappointing for the two of us the way we've been playing the last couple of weeks,' said Goosen.
'But you've got to play pretty well for a year or so to defend this title, so it's great to come through and pull it off.'
The 33-year-old South African became the first player since Sandy Lyle in 1980 to clinch the money title with just one victory during the season. Goosen captured the Johnnie Walker Classic in Australia in late January.
He follows in the footsteps of Englishmen Charlie Ward (1949) and Peter Oosterhuis (1972, 1973 and 1974), Ireland's Christy O'Connor (1962), Spaniard Ballesteros (1977, 1987) and Scotsmen Lyle (1980) and Colin Montgomerie (from 1994 to 1999) in successfully defending the European Tour's Order of Merit crown.
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Kelly beats Monty with two-shot swing on final hole

By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2018, 3:21 am

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.

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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.

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Rahm manages frustration, two back at CareerBuilder

By Randall MellJanuary 21, 2018, 1:21 am

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.”

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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.

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Cook leads by one entering final round at CareerBuilder

By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2018, 12:51 am

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.

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''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.

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Phil misses CareerBuilder cut for first time in 24 years

By Randall MellJanuary 21, 2018, 12:48 am

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.

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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.