Rhoden Gets Roughed Up

By Golf Channel NewsroomJune 26, 2003, 4:00 pm
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -- Rick Rhoden has gone through tough days before. Only this time, he didn't have a manager to come out and take the ball from him.
Rhoden, who pitched in the big leagues for 16 years, made his Champions Tour debut with an 8-over-par 79 in Thursday's opening round of the U.S. Senior Open at Inverness Club.
'In all games you pitch you're nervous at the start,' said Rhoden, 151-125 with the Dodgers, Pirates, Yankees and Astros. 'I wasn't as nervous as I thought I'd be today.'
Rhoden retired after the 1989 season and has played plenty of golf in retirement - although not the same kind many retirees do. He's a regular at celebrity events.
Moving to the center stage at a senior major is a mammoth step, however.
The 50-year-old Rhoden was even-par through the first 10 holes, then bogeyed the next five. He birdied the difficult par-5 eighth hole (his 17th of the day), then closed with a double-bogey.
'This place wears on you. You hit a bad shot or a bad club and you're going to make a bogey. Then you start making bogeys and it's hard to stop. It snowballs,' he said. 'I knew it was going to be hard. I would like to be in a regular senior event before this one.'
Rhoden played to the crowd by wearing a Toledo Mud Hens hat.
'Maybe I'll wear a Dodger hat tomorrow,' he said.
IGLOO GOLF: Defending champion Don Pooley surprised himself with a 1-over 72, and also was surprised by the course.
'It didn't play as tough as it did Monday in the practice round,' Pooley said after his first competitive round since shoulder surgery in January. 'The greens were softer and slower.'
Gary McCord had no problem with the greens but sure had one with the pin placements.
McCord, a TV golf analyst and Champions Tour player, finished off a 73 and then shook his head.
'It was very entertaining,' he said with a laugh. 'If you've ever put a pin on top of an igloo and putted, that's what it was like out there. Don't hit it too hard - it's going to go off the other side. Don't hit it too short - it'll come back at you.'
McCord said the course nearly got the best of him.
'I'm still standing up,' he said. 'Barely.'
UNSEEN ACE: Randy Reznicek never saw the shot of his life.
The amateur from Vesta, Calif., aced the 168-yard 12th hole. The green on the shortest hole at Inverness Club is surrounded by deep bunkers that cut off a golfer's view of the tee shot.
'I tried to hit a 7 iron and it landed right on my target,' said Reznicek, who shot a 79. 'I'm watching over the bunker because it's a blind shot. You can see people, you can hear a roar - a rumble - and then you see people are standing up and all of a sudden they raise their hands and cheer. It was an incredible feeling. I can't even express.'
It was his first hole in one; at least it was his first hole in one on a regulation-sized course.
'As a young man, I worked at a lighted par-3 golf course - 18 par 3s,' he said. 'Some days I'd go around that thing six or seven times and never made any.'
ARNIE'S DAY: For a while, it appeared Arnold Palmer was well on his way to his stated goal of making the cut (and his unstated one of shooting his age, 73).
A huge gallery followed him as he teed off at No. 1 after turning the back side in 38 to stand at 2 over. But he double-bogeyed No. 1, then added three more bogeys before closing with another double and a 79.
'What (started) out to be a fair round turned out to be a lousy round,' he said.
DIVOTS: The final starting grid included 17 players who have won 66 major championships, 10 former Senior Open winners, 11 players who have won the U.S. Open along with 29 amateurs. ... The drives of Bob Murphy and Hubert Green ended up an inch apart in the gaping bunker left of the 17th fairway, requiring a USGA ruling. Murphy had to mark his ball before Green blasted out, then raked his lie and re-placed his ball and hit his second shot. ... One of the highest scores of the first round was amateur Dave Sergeant's 89, a lawyer from Fort Dodge, Iowa. His caddie was Mark Cady, an Iowa Supreme Court Justice. ... Leonard Thompson withdrew after six holes, saying he was experiencing chills and dizziness. He was 5 over at the time. ... Fuzzy Zoeller after shooting an even-par 71: 'My 3-wood had a minor virus in it.'
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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 Web.com 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.