USGA Announces 2006 Championship Schedule

By Golf Channel NewsroomJanuary 13, 2006, 5:00 pm
FAR HILLS, N.J. -- The U.S. Open returns to the metropolitan New York area and one of the United States Golf Association's five founding clubs will be hosting the U.S. Women's Open as part of the 2006 competitions schedule that features 13 national championships, along with the biennial Curtis Cup Match and World Amateur Team Championships.
Beginning in June, the USGA visits 13 different states and returns to eight familiar venues, including Newport (R.I.) Country Club, one of the original five founding member clubs of the USGA. The season concludes in late October with the World Amateur Team Championships in South Africa, where more than 60 men's and women's teams are expected to participate.
Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y., will kick off the USGA season June 15-18 when it hosts its fifth U.S. Open, but the first at the site in 22 years. Michael Campbell of New Zealand will look to defend his title against a field of the world's best players, including two-time champions Ernie Els, Retief Goosen and Tiger Woods.
The Women's Open, set for June 29-July 2, comes to historic Newport Country Club, site of the inaugural U.S. Open and U.S. Amateur in 1895. The club did not host another USGA competition for 100 years until Woods won the second of his three consecutive Amateur titles there in 1995. Birdie Kim of Korea will try to defend the Women's Open title. Last June, she won in dramatic fashion at Cherry Hills Country Club outside Denver, Colo., when she holed out a bunker shot at the 72nd hole to defeat teenage amateurs Brittany Lang and Morgan Pressel by two strokes.
Meanwhile, Kevin Tway of Edmond, Okla., has the opportunity to become just the second golfer to win two U.S. Junior Amateurs. His 18th birthday falls a day after the U.S. Junior at Rancho Santa Fe (Calif.) Golf Club concludes this summer (July 17-22), giving the son of 1986 PGA Championship winner Bob Tway a rare chance to defend in an event that is only open to male players under the age of 18.
The U.S. Girls' Junior, to be held July 17-22 at Carmel Country Club in Charlotte, N.C., will crown a new champion as 2005 winner In-Kyung Kim of Korea will be too old to compete. The competition is open to females who have not yet reached their 18th birthday.
Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan., the site of seven previous USGA competitions, hosts the U.S. Senior Open from July 6-9. Allen Doyle is the defending champion. He earned his win in 2005 after a marvelous 63 in the final round at NCR Country Club in Kettering, Ohio.
Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn., which has also hosted seven previous USGA events, will have the U.S. Amateur for the first time in its rich history from Aug. 21-27. The club has hosted two Opens, a Senior Open and a Women's Open. Now the world's best amateurs will get an up-close look at the Robert Trent Jones Sr. layout.
Another club returning to the USGA championship scene is Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in North Plains, Ore., which hosts the Women's Amateur Aug. 7-13. It will be the sixth time the USGA has visited the club, the first coming in 1996 when Woods concluded his three-year Amateur victory run. Pressel, the 2005 champion, has turned professional and thus will not be eligible to defend her title.
Oregon also will be the scene of the Curtis Cup Match between female amateur teams from the USA and Great Britain & Ireland. Bandon Dunes Golf Resort hosts the two-day competition from July 29-30, with the USA looking to win the biennial event for a fifth consecutive time.
Sea Island Golf Club in St. Simons Island, Ga., has hosted a USGA competition seven times before. The site gets an eighth opportunity Oct. 7-12 when the USGA Senior Women's Amateur, a competition for females 50 and over, will be played there for a record sixth time. Jamaican-born Diane Lang of Weston, Fla., will attempt to defend her title, while 2005 runner-up Carol Semple Thompson will seek a fifth victory.
Both USGA mid-amateur championships are returning to sites that have hosted one previous competition. The U.S. Mid-Amateur, for amateur golfers 25 and older, heads to Forest Highlands Golf Club in Flagstaff, Ariz., Sept. 9-14. The club hosted the 1996 Junior. Kevin Marsh of Las Vegas, Nev., returns to try to defend his title. Meanwhile, Old Waverly Golf Club in West Point, Miss., which hosted the 1999 U.S. Women's Open, welcomes the U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur from Oct. 21-26, where Canadian Mary Ann Lapointe is the defending champion.
Three other championships will be contested at first-time USGA venues. The U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship will be played June 20-25 at Walking Stick Golf Course in Pueblo, Colo. Gold Mountain Golf Club in Bremerton, Wash., hosts the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship July 10-15.
The USGA Senior Amateur, for golfers 55 and older, goes to Victoria National Golf Club in Newburgh, Ind., Sept. 16-21.
The biennial World Amateur Team Championships for men and women are scheduled for October at De Zalze Golf Club and Stellenbosch Golf Club in Cape Town, South Africa. The 72-hole womens competition will be played Oct. 18-21. The men's 72-hole event will be contested from Oct. 26-29.
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Kelly beats Monty with two-shot swing on final hole

By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2018, 3:21 am

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii – Jerry Kelly made an 18-foot birdie putt on the final hole, Colin Montgomerie missed a 6-footer for par and Kelly turned a one-shot deficit into a victory Saturday in the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

After Kelly drove it well right into lava rocks on the par-4 16th, leading to bogey and giving Montgomerie the lead, Montgomerie made a mistake with his tee shot on the last, finding a fairway bunker. Montgomerie's approach went over the green and after Kelly converted his birdie, the 54-year-old Scot jammed his par putt well past the hole.

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It was the third win on the over-50 tour for the 51-year-old Kelly, who finished tied for 14th last week at the PGA Tour's Sony Open in Honolulu. That gave him confidence as he hopped over to the Big Island for his tournament debut at Hualalai. The limited-field event includes winners from last season, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.

Kelly closed with a 6-under 66 for a three-day total of 18-under 198. Montgomerie shot 69. David Toms shot 67 and finished two shots back, and Miguel Angel Jimenez was another stroke behind after a 66.

Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, closed with a 70 to finish at 10 under.

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Rahm manages frustration, two back at CareerBuilder

By Randall MellJanuary 21, 2018, 1:21 am

Jon Rahm managed the winds and his frustrations Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge to give himself a chance to win his fourth worldwide title in the last year.

Rahm’s 2-under-par 70 on the PGA West Stadium Course left him two shots off the lead going into the final round.

“I wasn’t really dealing with the wind that much,” Rahm said of his frustrations. “I was dealing with not being as fluid as I was the last two days.”

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The world’s No. 3 ranked player opened with a 62 at La Quinta Country Club on Thursday and followed it up with a 67 on Friday at PGA West. He made six birdies and four bogeys on the Stadium Course on Saturday.

“The first day, everything was outstanding,” Rahm said. “Yesterday, my driver was a little shaky but my irons shots were perfect. Today, my driver was shaky and my irons shots were shaky. On a course like this, it’s punishing, but luckily on the holes where I found the fairway I was able to make birdies.”

Rahm is projected to move to No. 2 in the world rankings with a finish of sixth or better on Sunday.

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Cook leads by one entering final round at CareerBuilder

By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2018, 12:51 am

LA QUINTA, Calif. – Austin Cook hit a hybrid into the fairway bunker on the par-4 18th on a breezy Saturday afternoon at La Quinta Country Club, then chunked a wedge and raced a chip 20 feet past the hole.

Kip Henley, the longtime PGA Tour caddie who guided Cook to a breakthrough victory at Sea Island in November, stepped in to give the 26-year-old former Arkansas star a quick pep talk.

''Kip said, 'Let's finish this like we did on the first day at the Nicklaus Course.' We made a big par putt on 18 there and he said, 'Let's just do the same thing. Let's get this line right and if you get the line right it's going in.'''

It did, giving Cook an 8-under 64 and a one-stroke lead in the CareerBuilder Challenge going into the final round on the Stadium Course at PGA West. Fellow former Razorback Andrew Landry and Martin Piller were tied for second, and Jon Rahm and Scott Piercy were a another stroke back after a tricky day in wind that didn't get close to the predicted gusts of 40 mph.

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''I know that I wouldn't have wanted to play the Stadium today,'' Cook said. ''I think we got a great draw with the courses that we got to play on the days that we got to play them.''

Cook played the final six holes on the front nine in 6 under with an eagle and four birdies.

''Starting on my fourth hole, I was able to make a birdie and kind of get the ball rolling and it never really stopped rolling,'' Cook said. ''Kip and I were doing really good at seeing the line on the greens.''

After a bogey on 10, he birdied 11, 12 and 15 and parred the final three to get to 19-under 197.

''I think that tonight the nerves, the butterflies, all that will kind of be a little less,'' Cook said. ''I've been in the situation before and I was able to finish the job on Sunday. I think it would be a little different if I didn't play like I did on Sunday at Sea Island.''

He's making his first start in the event.

''I came in from Hawaii on Monday, so I only had two days to prepare for three courses,'' Cook said.

Landry, the second-round leader, had a 70 at the Stadium. Piller, the husband of LPGA tour player Gerina Piller, shot a 67 at La Quinta. Winless on the PGA Tour, they will join Cook in the final threesome.

''Piller's a good guy and we have played a lot together and same with Cookie,'' said Landry, the only player without a bogey after 54 holes. ''Hope the Hogs are going to come out on top.''

Rahm had a 70 at the Stadium to reach 17 under. The third-ranked Rahm beat up the par 5s again, but had four bogeys – three on par 3s. He has played the 12 par 5s in 13 under with an eagle and 11 birdies.

''A little bit of a survival day,'' Rahm said.

The wind was more of a factor on the more exposed and tighter Stadium Course.

''The course is firming up,'' Rahm said. ''I know if we have similar wind to today, if we shoot something under par, you'll be way up there contesting it over the last few holes.''

Piercy had a 66 at the Stadium.

''I controlled my ball really well today,'' he said.

Adam Hadwin had a 67 at La Quinta a year after shooting a third-round 59 on the course. The Canadian was 16 under along with Grayson Murray and Brandon Harkins. Murray had a 67 on the Nicklaus Course, and Harkins shot 68 at the Stadium.

Phil Mickelson missed the cut in his first tournament of the year for the second time in his career, shooting a 74 on the Stadium to finish at 4 under – four strokes from a Sunday tee time. The 47-year-old Hall of Famer was playing for the first time since late October. He also missed the cut in the Phoenix Open in his 2009 opener.

Charlie Reiter, the Palm Desert High School senior playing on the first sponsor exemption the event has given to an amateur, also missed the cut. He had three early straight double bogeys in a 77 on the Stadium that left him 1 over.

John Daly had an 80 at La Quinta. He opened with a triple bogey and had six bogeys – four in a row to start his second nine - and only one birdie. The 51-year-old Daly opened with a 69 on the Nicklaus layout and had a 71 on Friday at the Stadium.

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Phil misses CareerBuilder cut for first time in 24 years

By Randall MellJanuary 21, 2018, 12:48 am

Phil Mickelson missed the cut Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge. It’s a rare occurrence in his Hall of Fame career.

He has played the event 15 times, going back to when it was known as the Bob Hope Classic. He has won it twice.

How rare is his missing the cut there?

The last time he did so, there was no such thing as a DVD, Wi-Fi, iPods, Xbox, DVR capability or YouTube.

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The PGA Tour’s Jon Rahm didn’t exist, either.

The last time Mickelson missed a cut in this event was 1994, nine months before Rahm was born.

Mickelson struggled to a 2-over-par 74 in the heavy winds Saturday on the PGA West Stadium Course, missing the 54-hole cut by four shots. He hit just four of 14 fairways, just nine of 18 greens. He took a double bogey at the 15th after requiring two shots to escape the steep-walled bunker on the left side of the green.

Mickelson won’t have to wait long to try to get back in the hunt. He’s scheduled to play the Farmers Insurance Open next week at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, Calif.