Teams Still Separated by a Single Point

By Golf Channel NewsroomNovember 16, 2002, 5:00 pm
On a soggy Saturday in St. Simons, Ga., the United States and the Rest of the World split their six four-ball (better ball) matches.
As a result, the two teams are separated by a single point, 6 - 5 , entering the final day of the second-annual UBS Warburg Cup.
Rain pelted players for the better part of Day 2, increasing in strength as morning turned to afternoon.
The U.S. led 3 - 2 after the Day 1 foursome (alternate shot) matches. They will play 12 singles matches Sunday.
Arnold Palmer, who lost to a Gary Player-led team on Day 1, got the better of his fellow playing captain Saturday ' thanks to the help of Tom Watson.
The American tandem was 3-down through 10 holes against Player and recent Hall of Fame inductee Bernhard Langer, but once the weather turned, so, too, did the tide.
Palmer picked the perfect partner considering the conditions. Watson, a five-time British Open champion who won this years Senior Tour Championship in brutal elements, made a 12-foot birdie at the 11th to cut his teams deficit to 2-down.
Palmer, who chipped in for par at the third, made a 40-footer for birdie to win the 12th. Watson then followed with a five-foot par putt to win 13; a 25-foot birdie to win 14; a seven-foot birdie to win 15; and a 10-footer for birdie at 16 to win the match.
The Americans turned a 3-down deficit into a 3-and-2 victory in a span of six holes.
When (Palmer) made that putt on that long par-3 I said, You know, were in the game now, Watson said.
I contributed, thats all I wanted to do, added Palmer.
Langer noted, When the weather got worse, these guys got a lot better. Tom played awesome at the end.
For the second straight day, Tom Lehman and Raymond Floyd defeated Sam Torrance and Ian Woosnam. This time the Americans won 2-and-1.
The final four matches were decided under a downpour, though, two of them were RoW blowouts.
Barry Lane and Denis Durnian beat Scott Hoch and Tom Kite, 4-and-3. Stewart Ginn and Rodger Davis handled Paul Azinger and Mark OMeara, 4-and-2.
Fred Funk and Bob Gilder turned the tables on Seiji Ebihara and Isao Aoki. After losing to the Japanese combination Friday, they prevailed, 1-up, on Saturday. Funks tee shot on the par-3 17th ricocheted off the right bunker lip to within six feet of the hole. He made the birdie putt to give his team a 1-up lead. The U.S. was then conceded a par at the last to avenge their earlier defeat.
In the final match of the day, Nick Faldo carried Eduardo Romero to victory over Hale Irwin and Curtis Strange.
Irwin did his best to keep the Americans in the match, but Faldo birdied the 17th. Following a lengthy delay for workers to squeegee the greens, the six-time major winner stuck his tee shot to six feet and made the birdie.
Faldo then two-putted the last to win the match, 1-up.
The U.S. trailed by two points after two days a year ago, but won the singles session by three points to capture the Cup. It take 12 points to win the contest, but the U.S. can retain the Cup with a 12-12 tie.
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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.