US Holds Slight Advantage at Walker Cup

By Golf Channel NewsroomAugust 13, 2005, 4:00 pm
WHEATON, Ill. - The United States Walker Cup team won two of the four foursomes matches Saturday morning en route to a 6 1/2 - 5 1/2 lead over the Great Britain & Ireland squad after the first day of the 40th Walker Cup Matches.
'Welcome to the Walker Cup,' said American captain Bob Lewis. 'It's just the way it is. It was a very emotional day, typical of the Walker Cup. There is so many ebbs and flows.'
The U.S. duo of Lee Williams and Matthew Every teamed for a 1-up win over Gary Lockerbie and Robert Dinwiddie in the morning foursomes. Jeff Overton and Michael Putnam won the 13th and 14th holes to go 2-up before hanging on for a 2 and 1 victory over the GB&I duo of Oliver Fisher and Matthew Richardson.
GB&I's lone win Saturday morning came thanks to Richie Ramsay and Lloyd Saltman. That pair rolled to a 4 and 3 win over Kyle Reifers and Billy Hurley.
The final morning foursomes match was halved between the GB&I pair of Nigel Edwards and Rhys Davies and the U.S. duo of Anthony Kim and Brian Harman. The GB&I tandem had taken a 3-up lead through 10 holes at Chicago Golf Club, but the U.S. pair birdied four of the next six holes to get back to even. The teams halved the final two holes to tie the match.
In the afternoon singles matches, each team had two easy wins and two close ones. Davies captured the opening match for the GB&I team. He downed Every 4 and 3.
Kim, the medalist at the 2005 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship, romped to a 6 and 5 win over Lockerbie to move the U.S. team one point ahead of their opponents.
Overton gave the U.S. squad a brief two-point cushion with a 5 and 4 win over Edwards. The GB&I team quickly evened the score as the fifth and fourth matches ended in their favor.
In match five, Richardson stormed to a 5 and 4 victory over Nick Thompson and Fisher squared the competition overall as he downed Putnam 2-up with birdies on two of the last three holes.
Saltman birdied the 17th to briefly give the GB&I squad the lead in the team competition. That birdie gave him a 1-up win over Hurley, an officer in the U.S. Navy. He is the first man from one of the service academies to play on the U.S. Walker Cup team.
The U.S. won the final two matches however to lead by one point after the first day. John Holmes claimed a 1-up win over Gary Wolstenholme, the most decorated player in this event. Wolstenholme, a two-time British Amateur champion, is playing this event for the sixth straight time.
Williams led nearly the entire match against Brian McElhinney and claimed victory when McElhinney bogeyed the 17th.
Walker Cup morning matches are being added to the schedule Sunday. In addition to the scheduled afternoon matches (Sunday 4p-6p), TGC will air live morning matches of the Walker Cup - 11a.m. - 1p.m.
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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.