A Season for the Ages

By Golf Channel NewsroomSeptember 15, 2003, 4:00 pm
Looking back, Dan Forsmans victory in the 84 Lumber Classic of Pennsylvania was a bit premature.
Forsman ended a decade-long winless streak on the PGA Tour by sinking a 20-foot eagle putt on the 72nd hole at the Waynesborough Country Club in Paoli, Pa., for a one-stroke triumph over Robert Allenby and Billy Andrade.
The win was Forsmans fifth on tour, and his first since the 1992 Buick Open.
But it was an anomaly in 2002, when a record 18 players captured their maiden tour title; it would have fit in the fabric of 2003 much more comfortably.
Forsman was 44 at the time of his victory. He was one of only six players in his 40s to win on tour a season ago.
Already, eight different players 40 and over have taken top honors thus far this season. That includes now 43-year-old Kenny Perry, who has won three times; Vijay Singh, who has won once at 39 (Phoenix) and once at 40 (Byron Nelson) this year; 49-year-old Peter Jacobsen (Hartford); and 50-year-old Craig Stadler (B.C. Open).
Like Forsman a year ago, these 40-somethings ' and senior Stadler ' have made long awaited returns to the winners circle.
Fred Couples won the Shell Houston Open for his first win since 98. Perry hadnt won since 95, likewise for Jacobsen and Bob Tway, who won the Bell Canadian. Stadlers drought had extended to 96, while Kirk Triplett, who won in Reno, had been winless for three years.
There are several players in this weeks field that would love to continue this seasonal trend.
Mark OMeara, 46, hasnt won since the 1998 British Open; Mark Brooks, 42, since the 1996 PGA Championship.
Forty-four-year-old Jay Don Blakes last win came in the 1991 Shearson Lehman Brothers Open. Neal Lancaster, 41, hasnt held a trophy since the 94 Byron Nelson. David Frost, 44, hasnt had that thrill since the 97 Colonial.
Scott Simpson will turn 48 Wednesday. His last title was the 98 Buick Invitational. Steve Pate, 42, also hasnt won in the last five years (1998 CVS Charity).
And dont overlook Mark Calcavecchia (43), J.L. Lewis (43), Steve Lowery (42), Hal Sutton (45), and Duffy Waldorf (41), all of whom have gone at least two seasons without a victory.
Helping their individual causes is the fact that only two (Chris DiMarco and Robert Allenby) of the top 20 players from the Official World Golf Ranking are in attendance.
For the third time in the events short four-year history, players will have to get accustomed to a new venue.
Waynesborough was the host in 2000 ' when DiMarco won ' and last year. Allenby won the 2001 edition at Laurel Valley Country Club in Ligonier, Pa.
This years host site is the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort & Spa in Farmington. The Mystic Rock Golf Course will play to a par 72 at 7,329 yards.
There are only seven full-field events remaining on the 2003 PGA Tour calendar. This week's purse is $4 million, with $720,000 going to the winner ' whatever his age may be.
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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 played a six-hole stretch in 6 under and shot an 8-under 64 in breezy conditions Saturday to take the lead at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

    Cook began the run at La Quinta Country Club with birdies on Nos. 4-5, eagled the sixth and added birdies on No. 7 and 9 to make the turn in 6-under 30.

    After a bogey on the 10th, he birdied Nos. 11, 12 and 15 and saved par on the 18th with a 20-footer to take a 19-under 197 total into the final round on PGA West's Stadium Course. The 26-year-old former Arkansas player is making his first start in the event. He won at Sea Island in November for his first PGA Tour title.

    Fellow former Razorbacks star Andrew Landry and Martin Piller were a stroke back. Landry, the second-round leader, had a 70 on the Stadium Course. Piller, the husband of LPGA tour player Gerina Piller, shot a 67 at La Quinta. They are both winless on the PGA Tour.

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    Jon Rahm had a 70 at the Stadium Course to reach 17 under. The top-ranked player in the field at No. 3, 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.

    Scott Piercy also was two strokes back after a 66 at the Stadium.

    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 PGA West's Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course, and Harkins shot 68 on the Stadium Course.

    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 Course 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. The Southern California recruit had three early straight double bogeys in a 77 on the Stadium that left him 1 over for the week.

    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.

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    Defending champ Gana co-leads Latin America Amateur

    By Randall MellJanuary 20, 2018, 11:20 pm

    Toto Gana moved into early position to try to win a return trip to the Masters Saturday by grabbing a share of the first-round lead at the Latin America Amateur Championship.

    The defending champ posted a 3-under-par 68 at Prince of Wales Country Club in his native Chile, equaling the rounds of Argentina’s Mark Montenegro and Colombia’s Pablo Torres.

    They are one shot ahead of Mexico’s Alvaro Ortiz and Mario Carmona, Argentina’s Horacio Carbonetti and Jaime Lopez Rivarola and the Dominican Republic’s Rhadames Pena.

    It’s a bunched leaderboard, with 19 players within three shots of each at the top of the board in the 72-hole event.

    “I think I have my game under control,” said Gana, 20, a freshman at Lynn University. “I hit the ball very well, and I also putted very well. So, I am confident about tomorrow.”

    The LAAC’s champion will get more than a Masters invitation. He also will be exempt into the The Amateur, the U.S. Amateur and any other USGA event he is eligible to play this year. The champion and players who finish runner-up are also exempt into the final stages of qualifying for The Open and the U.S. Open.

    The LAAC was founded by the Masters, the R&A and the USGA, with the purpose of further developing amateur golf in South America, Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean.