UCLA Wins The Prestige at PGA West

By Golf Channel NewsroomNovember 2, 2004, 5:00 pm
Courtesy of UCLA
College CentralThe UCLA men's golf team won The Prestige at PGA West Tuesday, successfully defending the title it won last year. UC Davis hosted the event at the Greg Norman Course at the La Quinta Resort.
The Bruins, trailing by one stroke entering the final round, posted a final round team score of 294, the best score of the tournament. The Bruins' 54-hole total of 904 (+40) beat UC Davis by nine strokes. UC Irvine and Texas Tech tied for third at 917 (+53) and Oklahoma finished fifth at 922.
Individually for the Bruins, freshman Daniel Im placed eighth at 224 (+8) after posting a final round score of 73. Senior John Poucher fired a final round 71 and tied for 13th at 229 (+13), freshman Kevin Chappell tied for 19th at 230 (+14) and sophomore Peter Campbell tied for 28th at 232 (+16). Sophomore Chris Heintz tied for 39th at 236 (+20). Sophomore Joakim Renstrom, playing as an individual, tied for 66th at 245 (+29).
Erik Hill of UC Davis won low medalist honors with a three-round total of 217 (+1).
Final Reults:
1 UCLA +40 F +6 302 308 294 904
2 UC Davis +49 F +16 306 303 304 913
T3 UC-Irvine +53 F +17 305 307 305 917
T3 Texas Tech +53 F +7 311 311 295 917
5 Oklahoma, U. of +58 F +11 315 308 299 922
6 Stanford University +60 F +8 313 315 296 924
T7 Kansas, U. of +61 F +19 313 305 307 925
T7 TCU +61 F +16 315 306 304 925
9 Brigham Young Univ. +67 F +14 315 314 302 931
T10 Notre Dame, U. of +70 F +13 311 322 301 934
T10 Oregon, U. of +70 F +20 312 314 308 934
12 Pepperdine +71 F +20 314 313 308 935
13 Colorado +79 F +19 318 318 307 943
14 Pacific +86 F +26 317 319 314 950
15 Northern Colorado +93 F +14 320 335 302 957
16 Yale University +119 F +30 336 329 318 983
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DJ shoots 64 to surge up leaderboard in Abu Dhabi

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 1:48 pm

Dustin Johnson stood out among a star-studded three-ball that combined to shoot 18 under par with just one bogey Friday at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

Shaking off a sloppy first round at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Johnson matched the low round of the day with a 64 that put him within four shots of Thomas Pieters’ lead.

“I did everything really well,” Johnson said. “It was a pretty easy 64.”

Johnson made four bogeys during an even-par 72 on Thursday and needed a solid round Friday to make the cut. Before long, he was closer to the lead than the cut line, making birdie on three of the last four holes and setting the pace in a group that also included good rounds from Rory McIlroy (66) and Tommy Fleetwood (68).

Coming off a blowout victory at Kapalua, Johnson is searching for his first regular European Tour title. He tied for second at this event a year ago.

Johnson’s second-round 64 equaled the low round of the day (Jorge Campillo and Branden Grace). 

“It was just really solid all day long,” Johnson said. “Hit a lot of great shots, had a lot of looks at birdies, which is what I need to do over the next two days if I want to have a chance to win on Sunday.” 

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Closing eagle moves Rory within 3 in Abu Dhabi

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 12:57 pm

What rust? Rory McIlroy appears to be in midseason form.

Playing competitively for the first time since Oct. 8, McIlroy completed 36 holes without a bogey Friday, closing with an eagle to shoot 6-under 66 to sit just three shots back at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

“I’m right in the mix after two days and I’m really happy in that position,” he told reporters afterward.

McIlroy took a 3 ½-month break to heal his body, clear his mind and work on his game after his first winless year since 2008, his first full season as a pro.

He's back on track at a familiar playground, Abu Dhabi Golf Club, where he’s racked up eight top-11s (including six top-3s) in his past nine starts there.

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McIlroy opened with a 69 Thursday, then gave himself even more chances on Day 2, cruising along at 4 under for the day when he reached the par-5 closing hole. After launching a 249-yard long iron to 25 feet, he poured in the eagle putt to pull within three shots of Thomas Pieters (65). 

Despite the layoff, McIlroy edged world No. 1 Dustin Johnson, coming off a blowout victory at Kapalua, by a shot over the first two rounds. 

“DJ is definitely the No. 1 player in the world right now, and one of, if not the best, driver of the golf ball," McIlroy said. "To be up there with him over these first two days, it proves to me that I’m doing the right things and gives me a lot of confidence going forward.”

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Duke to fill in for injured Pavin at CareerBuilder

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 12:25 pm

Ken Duke will fill in for Corey Pavin for the next two rounds of the CareerBuilder Challenge – with nothing at stake but his amateur partner’s position on the leaderboard.

Pavin was 4 over par when he withdrew after 17 holes Thursday because of a neck injury. Tournament officials phoned Duke, the first alternate, and asked if he would take Pavin’s spot and partner with Luis Lopez for the next two rounds, even though he would not receive any official money.

Duke accepted and explained his decision on Twitter:

Playing on past champion’s status, the 48-year-old Duke has made only four starts this season, with a best finish of a tie for 61st at the RSM Classic.

Pavin received a sponsor exemption into the event, his first PGA Tour start since the 2015 Colonial. 

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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.