Tucker Advances in Match Play
Tucker, 53, routed Jason Gobleck of White Plains, N.Y., 5 and 4, and is among six seniors who have made to the fourth round. Tucker meets Robert Jan of Northbrook, Ill., Thursday.
'I've played as good as I can play the last two days,' Tucker said. 'I've been 4-under par both days and I've had only one bogey so far,' losing to Gobleck's par at the par-3 13th hole on the Dye course. Tucker got off to a quick start with birdies at Nos. 1, 3 and 5. The 1999 champion, Tucker drew a first round bye and beat Rusty Gunnarson of Mattapoisett, Mass., Tuesday, 6 and 5, winning the first four holes, the third and fourth with birdies.
In other key results Wednesday, Rick Vershure of Armonk, N.Y., the winner in 1990 and 1993, beat Frank Bensel of Purchase, N.Y., 2 and 1, and Lonnie Nielsen of East Aurora, N.Y., back-to-back champion in 1987-88, lost to Frank Dully of Salem, Mass., 3 and 2.
'I really played well,' Dully said. 'I had four birdies and I was 4-under par for 16 holes.' Dully won the first, ninth and 10th holes with birdies and both birdied the par-5 fifth hole for a halve. Nielsen won the 11th and 15th with birdies.
In a second round match completed Wednesday morning after being suspended by darkness Tuesday, Ed Humenik of Palm City, two putted from 15 feet to win the par-5 10th hole, the first they played and the 20th overall to outlast Lynn Janson of Ada, Mich. Later in the day, Humenik eliminated Chip Johnson of North Scituate, Mass., 3 and 2.
The $52,130 championship continues through Monday with the winner earning $4,500, the runnerup $2,800.
John Hickson, West Brook, Maine, d. Mo Guttman, Boston, Mass., 2 and 1.
Allen Santos, Lowell, Mass., d. Mike Melton, Old Westbury, N.Y., 6 and 4.
Robert Jan, Northbrook, Ill., d. Colin Amaral, Hamden, Conn., 2 and 1.
Jerry Tucker, Stuart, d. Jason Gobleck, White Plains, N.Y., 5 and 4.
Jim Smoot, Huntington, N.Y., d. Denny Ford, Indianapolis, Ind., 2 and 1.
Brad Peck, Madison, Wis., d. David Comstock, Port St. Lucie, 4 and 3.
Andy Shuman, Lake Zurick, Ill., d. Kevin Morris, Armonk, N.Y., 2 and 1.
Bob Ralston, Little Rock, Ark., d. Jeff Schroeder, Indianapolis, Ind., 2 and 1.
Robert Sedorcek, St. Louis, Mo., d. Rocco Cambareri, Yorktown, N.Y., 1-up.
Dan Tzivanis, Stamford, Conn., d. Kirk Hanefeld, Westford, Mass., 3 and 2.
Steve Heckel, Carterville, Ill., d. Joe Felder, Greenwich, Conn., 1-up.
Mike Martin, New Haven, Conn., d. John Gatta, West Sayville, N.Y., 3 and 2.
Tom Joyce, Long Island, N.Y., d. Tony DeMaria, Port Chester, N.Y., 2 and 1.
Sam Olson, Redding, Conn., d. Dino Lucchesi, Round Lake Beach, Ill., 3 and 2.
Ray Rash, Dayton, Ohio, d. Tim Troy, Woodridge, Ill., 2 and 1.
Cory Crelan, Edgartown, Mass., d. John Pershern, Bloomfield Hills, Mich., 2 and 1.
Rick Vershure, Armonk, N.Y., d. Frank Bensel, Purchase, N.Y., 2 and 1.
Randy Cochran, Deerfield, Ill., d. Jamie Fordyce, Asbury Park, N.J., 20th hole.
Tim Angis, Saco, Maine, d. Bill Baldwin, Franklin, Mich., 1-up.
Larry Emery, St. Louis, Mo., d. Nick Manolios, Mount Kisco, N.Y., 5 and 3.
Tony Kelley, Holyoke, Mass., d. Peter Busch, Scotch Plains, N.J., 2 and 1.
Tom Hewes, Red Wing, Minn., d. Bob Darling, Lewiston, Maine, 2 and 1.
Rob Labritz, Fairfield, Conn., d. Tom Sipula, River Vale, N.J., 3 and 2.
Mike Baker Jr., Bar Harbor, Maine, d. Gary Ostrega, Westfield, N.J., 3 and 2.
John Hayes, St. Louis, Mo., d. Bob Afton, West Palm Beach, 1-up.
Jeff Hunter, Columbia, Ill., d. Brett Melton, Chicago, Ill., 1-up.
Joe Cordani, Simsbury, Conn., d. Lee Danielian, Southborough, Mass., 1-up.
Chris Campbell, Vero Beach, d. John DiMarco, Mount Laurel, N.J., 4 and 3.
Frank Dully II, Salem, Mass., d. Lonnie Nielsen, East Aurora, N.Y., 3 and 2.
Jerry Impellittiere, New Windsor, N.Y., d. Ray Ford, Scarsdale, N.Y., 1-up.
Dan Fabian, West Palm Beach, d. Mike Demakos, Los Angeles, Calif., 6 and 5.
Ed Humenik, Palm City, d. Chip Johnson, North Scituate, Mass., 3 and 2.
CareerBuilder purse payouts: Rahm wins $1.062 million
Jon Rahm defeated Andrew Landry on the fourth hole of sudden death to win the CareerBuilder Challenger. Here's a look at how the purse was paid out in La Quinta, Calif.:
|T20||Charles Howell III||-14||$57,754|
|T36||Tyrone Van Aswegen||-12||$27,189|
|T69||Billy Hurley III||-6||$11,623|
After Further Review: Tiger's return comes at perfect time
Each week, GolfChannel.com takes a look back at the week in golf. Here's what's weighing on our writers' minds.
On the current state of golf as Tiger Woods returns to competition ...
Less than four days before Tiger Woods returns to official competitive golf for the first time in a year, Jon Rahm, the new second-ranked player in the world, won on the PGA Tour and Rory McIlroy made an impressive 2018 debut on the European Tour (T-3).
Not since Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus crossed paths at the 1960 U.S. Open has there been so many superstars all poised for big seasons, with world No. 1 Dustin Johnson having already won this year and Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas both coming off stellar seasons.
It’s a good time for golf. - Rex Hoggard
On Tommy Fleetwood's continued success ...
There have been scores of talented European players whose skills didn’t translate to the PGA Tour … and maybe, in a few years, Tommy Fleetwood will prove to be no different.
He sure looks like the real deal, though.
His title defense in Abu Dhabi – on the strength of a back-nine 30 in windy conditions – was his third title in the past 12 months and 11th top-10 overall. A few of those have come in majors and World Golf Championship events, too, which led the reigning Race to Dubai champion to accept PGA Tour membership for this season.
Beginning at Riviera, he plans to play exclusively in the States through May, then reassess for the rest of the year. Hope he sticks, because he’s a fun personality with tons of game. - Ryan Lavner
Rahm passes Spieth to become world No. 2
With his win Sunday at the CareerBuilder Challenge, Jon Rahm picked up his second PGA Tour victory and moved to No. 2 in the FedExCup points standings.
He picked up one more No. 2, too.
The 23-year-old Spaniard passed Jordan Spieth to move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking, behind only Dustin Johnson.
In 19 months, since June 2016, Rahm has rocketed from No. 776 in the world to No. 2, thanks in part to his low divisor, his number of events played.
Asked after his playoff victory over Andrew Landry to discuss his rapid ascent up the world rankings, Rahm was almost at a loss.
“It's hard to believe to be honest, passing Jordan Spieth,” he said. “That's a three-time major champion. I only have two wins. He's got 10-plus, right? It's again – I've said it many times – I never thought I was going to be at this point in my life right now.”
Rahm may only have two PGA Tour titles, but this is his fourth worldwide win in the last year, dating back to last season’s Farmers Insurance Open. He also took the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and the DP World Tour Championship on his way to claiming the European Tour’s 2017 Rookie of the Year Award.
Dating back to the start of last season on the PGA Tour, Rahm has racked up 12 top-10s, three runner-ups, and two wins.
He will head to Torrey Pines next week ready to defend for the first time.
Brady compares self to Woods after winning AFC title
Tom Brady and Tiger Woods are two of the all-time greats in their respective sports ... a fact that is not lost on the five-time Super Bowl winning quarterback.
Fresh off leading the New England Patriots to a AFC Championship victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, Brady was asked about winning the game despite a cut on his throwing hand - which made national news heading into the matchup.
His response invoked the name of a certain 14-time major winner, something that would be tough to pull off, if not for the fact that he is, you know, Tom Brady.
“I think it's kind of arrogant to say it bothered me when we had a pretty good game, so I wouldn't say that," the 40-year-old told reporters after the game. "It's like when Tiger Woods said, ‘That was my C game’ and he won the tournament."
Tom Brady, postgame, on wearing the wrap on his hand: “I think it's kind of arrogant to say it bothered me when we had a pretty good game, so I wouldn't say that. It's like when Tiger Woods said, ‘That was my C game’ and he won the tournament.”— Ryan Lavner (@RyanLavnerGC) January 22, 2018
Tiger Woods winning with his "C game" may be a distant memory for golf fans, but no matter what game he brings, his next chance to win comes next week at Torrey Pines during his official comeback to the PGA Tour.
Brady has a shot at his sixth Super Bowl title in two weeks. The Patriots would probably benefit from him bringing a little better than his "C game" as well.