Thomsen Lays Claim to Senior Club ProTitle

By Golf Channel NewsroomOctober 26, 2003, 5:00 pm
PGA of AmericaAfter 72 holes and three holes of sudden-death Jeff Thomsen of Boise, Idaho, dropped in a par putt to defeat Jon Fiedler of Camarillo, Calif., and lay claim to the 2003 Callaway Golf PGA Senior Club Professional Championship at the PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Thomsen, who is the head professional at Indian Lake Golf Club in Boise, Idaho, three-putted the 72-hole to fall into the playoff with Fiedler, but eventually won the $18,000 first place check.
Third round leader Lonnie Nielsen of East Aurora, N.Y., finished alone in third place.
The top 35 spots gain entry into the 2004 Senior PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky.

Player Money Score
Jeff THOMSEN, Boise, Idaho $18,000 69-70-73-70--282
Jon FIEDLER, Camrillo, Calif. $14,000 73-68-71-70--282
Lonnie NIELSEN, East Aurora, N.Y. $11,500 70-73-68-72--283
Mike SAN FILIPPO, Hobe Sound, Fla. $8,500 72-68-73-71--284
Darrell KESTNER, Glen Cove, N.Y. $8,500 70-71-71-72--284
Roger KENNEDY, Stuart, Fla. $8,500 69-73-70-72--284
Don BRIGHAM, Rumson, N.J. $6,500 68-73-72-72--285
Bob RALSTON, Little Rock, Ark. $4,800 69-72-76-69--286
Buddy HARSTON, Lexington, Ky. $4,800 67-75-74-70--286
Dick McCLEAN, La Quinta, Calif. $4,800 71-75-70-70--286
Patrick O'BRIEN, Coral Gables, Fla. $4,800 71-72-73-70--286
Bobby HEINS, White Plains, N.Y. $4,800 71-69-75-71--286
Jim WHITE, Lincoln, Neb. $3,750 71-73-75-68--287
Will FRANTZ, North Port, Fla. $3,750 70-74-73-70--287
Bill SCHUMAKER, Columbia City, Ind. $3,750 71-71-71-74--287
John AUBREY, Butler, Pa. $3,062.50 72-71-75-70--288
Jerry TUCKER, Stuart, Fla. $3,062.50 68-77-72-71--288
Bob BOYLE, Kingsport, Tenn. $3,062.50 67-72-74-75--288
Roy VUCINICH, Moon Township, Pa. $3,062.50 72-69-71-76--288
Paul PARAJECKAS, Woburn, Mass. $2,800 73-73-77-66--289
Terry FLORENCE, Awendaw, S.C. $2,458.34 70-73-76-71--290
James B MASSERIO SR., West Chester, Pa. $2,458.34 71-76-72-71--290
Ed SABO, Tequesta, Fla. $2,458.33 72-74-72-72--290
Roy V. CHRISTENSEN, Spanish Fork, Utah $2,458.33 71-74-73-72--290
Jim FELLNER, Little River, S.C. $2,458.33 69-74-74-73--290
Tom HERZAN, Findlay, Ohio $2,458.33 70-72-74-74--290
Gary SOWINSKI, Rancho Santa Fe, Ca. $2,125 75-72-72-72--291
Gary BAKER, Naples, Fla. $2,125 69-75-74-73--291
John BROTT, Sanford, Fla. $2,125 70-74-74-73--291
Michael HARRIGAN, Medinah, Ill. $2,125 75-70-71-75--291
Bob GIUSTI, Carver, Mass. $1,950 76-70-73-73--292
Pete OAKLEY, Lincoln, Del. $1,950 71-74-77-70--292
Scott BESS, Columbia, Mo. $1,950 71-76-69-76--292
Jerry WISZ, Covina, Calif. $1,750 66-74-78-75--293
Bob BILBO, Olney, Md. $1,750 73-73-72-75--293
Tom STRUEBER, Carrollton, Texas $1,750 70-76-76-71--293
George NEWBECK, Maryville, Tenn. $1,750 68-71-78-76--293
Tom JOYCE, Long Island, N.Y. $1,750 73-71-73-76--293
David LUNDSTROM, Houston, Texas $1,475 73-72-74-75--294
Tony SARACENO, Cortland, N.Y. $1,475 72-73-74-75--294
Michael ZINNI, Mankato, Minn. $1,475 69-78-74-73--294
Marty FLECKMAN, Cypress, Texas $1,475 74-73-76-71--294
Ken CORLISS, Ashville, Ohio $1,475 73-71-80-70--294
Gregg WOLFF, Metter, Ga. $1,475 72-74-79-69--294
Mike MURANYI, Monroe, Wis. $1,250 69-72-77-77--295
Gary GROH, Lake Bluff, Ill. $1,250 71-75-75-74--295
Jim DICKSON, Rio Rancho, N.M. $1,250 73-72-77-73--295
Gary OSTREGA, Westfield, N.J. $1,140 70-76-75-75--296
Bern COULTER, Wilmington, N.C. $1,140 73-70-78-75--296
Bob ZIMMERMAN, St. Lucie West, Fla. $1,140 72-74-77-73--296
Vic LIPSCOMB, Moore, S.C. $1,140 73-72-79-72--296
Carter MURCHISON, Palm City, Fla. $1,140 73-74-77-72--296
John CALABRIA, Naples, Fla. $1,046.67 70-76-74-77--297
Brent BUCKMAN, BeeCave, Texas $1,046.67 72-75-73-77--297
Earl SVENNINGSEN, Golden, Colo. $1,046.67 71-70-77-79--297
Steve HECKEL, Carterville, Ill. $1,046.67 76-71-75-75--297
Bob ACKERMAN, W. Bloomfield, Mich. $1,046.66 71-70-74-82--297
Pete BUSCH, Scotch Plains, N.J. $1,046.66 75-72-78-72--297
Rick OSBERG, Chester Springs, Pa. $1,000 73-72-75-78--298
Gus HOLBROOK, Orlando, Fla. $1,000 73-74-77-74--298
Bob DIAMOND, Lufkin, Texas $1,000 74-73-79-72--298
Richie BASSETT, Palm Bch Gdns, Fla. $965 70-77-75-77--299
Jack McCONACHIE, Southington, Conn. $965 72-71-80-76--299
Greg HARMON, Mesa, Ariz. $965 70-74-80-75--299
Doug STEFFEN, Summit, N.J. $965 73-74-79-73--299
Dale BOGGS, Maryland Heights, Mo $930 73-73-72-82--300
John GENTILE, Richmondville, N.Y. $930 73-74-75-78--300
Jerry IMPELLITTIERE, New Windsor, N.Y. $930 72-75-80-73--300
Kim DOLAN, Las Vegas, Nev. $900 75-71-72-83--301
Craig KEALEY, Wallingford, Conn. $900 71-75-79-76--301
Reid SCHRONCE, Wilmington, N.C. $900 71-74-81-75--301
CHRIS RIGDON, Trussville, Ala. $870 78-69-77-78--302
Mike BUSS, Henderson, Nev. $870 70-77-81-74--302
Jerry GARRISON, Little Rock, Ark. $870 78-69-82-73--302
Marion HECK, Ft. Myers Bch, Fla. $845 74-72-78-79--303
Denny LYONS, St. Petersburg, Fla. $845 76-71-79-77--303
Edward Fisher, Grants Pass, Ore. $830 75-72-73-84--304
Carl PEDERSEN, Navarre, Fla. $815 78-67-81-79--305
Denis HUSSE, Fenton, Mich. $815 72-71-85-77--305
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Hadwin returns to site of last year's 59

By Will GrayJanuary 17, 2018, 11:04 pm

Adam Hadwin had a career season last year, one that included shooting a 59 and winning a PGA Tour event. But those two achievements didn't occur in the same week.

While Hadwin's breakthrough victory came at the Valspar Championship in March, it was at the CareerBuilder Challenge in January when he first made headlines with a third-round 59 at La Quinta Country Club. Hadwin took a lead into the final round as a result, but he ultimately couldn't keep pace with Hudson Swafford.

He went on to earn a spot at the Tour Championship, and Hadwin made his first career Presidents Cup appearance in October. Now the Canadian returns to Palm Springs, eager to improve on last year's result and hoping to earn a spot in the final group for a third straight year after a T-6 finish in 2016.

"A lot of good memories here in the desert," Hadwin told reporters. "I feel very comfortable here, very at home. Lots of Canadians, so it's always fun to play well in front of those crowds and hopefully looking forward to another good week."

Hadwin's 59 last year was somewhat overshadowed, both by the fact that he didn't win the event and that it came just one week after Justin Thomas shot a 59 en route to victory at the Sony Open. But he's still among an exclusive club of just eight players to have broken 60 in competition on Tour and he's eager to get another crack at La Quinta on Saturday.

"If I'm in the same position on 18, I'm gunning for 58 this year," Hadwin said, "not playing safe for 59."

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Rahm: If I thought like Phil, I could not hit a shot

By Will GrayJanuary 17, 2018, 10:39 pm

When it comes to Jon Rahm and Phil Mickelson, there are plenty of common bonds. Both starred at Arizona State, both are now repped by the same agency and Rahm's former college coach and agent, Tim Mickelson, now serves full-time as his brother's caddie.

Those commonalities mean the two men have played plenty of practice rounds together, but the roads quickly diverge when it comes to on-course behavior. Rahm is quick, fiery and decisive; Mickelson is one of the most analytical players on Tour. And as Rahm told reporters Wednesday at the CareerBuilder Challenge, those differences won't end anytime soon.

"I don't need much. 'OK, it's like 120 (yards), this shot, right," Rahm said. "And then you have Phil, it's like, 'Oh, this shot, the moisture, this going on, this is like one mile an hour wind sideways, it's going to affect it one yard. This green is soft, this trajectory. They're thinking, and I'm like, 'I'm lost.' I'm like, 'God if I do that thought process, I could not hit a golf shot.'"

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The tactics may be more simplified, but Rahm can't argue with the results. While Mickelson is in the midst of a winless drought that is approaching five years, Rahm won three times around the world last year and will defend a PGA Tour title for the first time next week at Torrey Pines.

Both men are in the field this week in Palm Springs, where Mickelson will make his 2018 debut with what Rahm fully expects to be another dose of high-level analytics for the five-time major winner with his brother on the bag.

"It's funny, he gets to the green and then it's the same thing. He's very detail-oriented," Rahm said of Mickelson. "I'm there listening and I'm like, 'Man, I hope we're never paired together for anything because I can't think like this. I would not be able to play golf like that. But for me to listen to all that is really fun."

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DJ changes tune on golf ball distance debate

By Will GrayJanuary 17, 2018, 9:16 pm

World No. 1 Dustin Johnson is already one of the longest hitters in golf, so he's not looking for any changes to be made to golf ball technology - despite comments from him that hinted at just such a notion two months ago.

Johnson is in the Middle East this week for the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, and he told BBC Sport Wednesday that he wouldn't be in favor of making changes to the golf ball in order to remedy some of the eye-popping distances players are hitting the ball with ever-increasing frequency.

"It's not like we are dominating golf courses," Johnson said. "When was the last time you saw someone make the game too easy? I don't really understand what all the debate is about because it doesn't matter how far it goes; it is about getting it in the hole."

Johnson's rhetorical question might be answered simply by looking back at his performance at the Sentry Tournament of Champions earlier this month, an eight-shot romp that featured a tee shot on the 433-yard 12th hole that bounded down a slope to within inches of the hole.

Johnson appeared much more willing to consider a reduced-distance ball option at the Hero World Challenge in November, when he sat next to tournament host Tiger Woods and supported Woods' notion that the ball should be addressed.

"I don't mind seeing every other professional sport, they play with one ball. All the pros play with the same ball," Johnson said. "In baseball, the guys that are bigger and stronger, they can hit a baseball a lot further than the smaller guys. ... I think there should be some kind of an advantage for guys who work on hitting it far and getting that speed that's needed, so having a ball, like the same ball that everyone plays, there's going to be, you're going to have more of an advantage."

Speaking Wednesday in Abu Dhabi, Johnson stood by the notion that regardless of whether the rules change or stay the same, he plans to have a leg up on the competition.

"If the ball is limited then it is going to limit everyone," he said. "I'm still going to hit it that much further than I guess the average Tour player."

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LPGA lists April date for new LA event

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 17, 2018, 8:18 pm

The LPGA’s return to Los Angeles will come with the new Hugel-JTBC Open being played at Wilshire Country Club April 19-22, the tour announced Wednesday.

When the LPGA originally released its schedule, it listed the Los Angeles event with the site to be announced at a later date.

The Hugel-JTBC Open will feature a 144-player field and a $1.5 million purse. It expands the tour’s West Coast swing, which will now be made up of four events in California in March and April.

The LPGA last played in Los Angeles in 2005. Wilshire Country Club hosted The Office Depot in 2001, with Annika Sorenstam winning there.