Tiger Tracker: Tiger, Phil Sunday at Pebble

By Jason SobelFebruary 12, 2012, 6:22 pm

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson competed together for the 29th time in official PGA Tour competition Sunday in the penultimate pairing of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am final round.

In their previous 28 head-to-head meetings, Woods owns a 13-11-4 advantage, but Mickelson has bested his opponent to the tune of 4-3-1 on Sundays.

Mickelson shot 8-under 64 to Woods' 3-over 75 en route to his 40th PGA Tour victory.

Jason Sobel was inside the ropes providing hole-by-hole analysis (Full Tiger Woods coverage | Tiger Tracker, Day 1 | Tiger Tracker, Day 2).

No. 18 (par 5, 543 yards): Phil has previously admitted the tee shot at 18 intimidates him, but he finds the fairway without difficulty, as does Tiger. Tiger knocks his second on from 239 yards while Mickelson lays up and knocks his third to within birdie range. Phil sinks his putt for a 64 and Tiger three-putted the 18th for a 3-over 75. (Overall: Tiger 8 under; Phil 17 under. Leader: Mickelson - 17 under)

@JasonSobelGC: Phil Mickelson makes birdie at the last to clinch his 40th career victory. Only the tenth player in PGA Tour history to reach the milestone.


No. 17 (par 3, 178 yards): Another easy par for Mickelson and he'll only need to navigate the par-5 18th and victory will be his. Woods makes par, too, remains 10 behind his playing partner for the day. (Overall: Tiger 8 under; Phil 16 under. Leader: Mickelson - 16 under)

@JasonSobelGC: Fan: 'I love you, Phil!' He smiles and waves. Fan: 'I love you, Tiger!' No response. If their scores were reversed, same reaction from each.


No. 16 (par 4, 401 yards): Nice low-maintenance par for Mickelson, as he hit the fairway and green, then two-putted. Exactly what he needed to do. Woods made par, too, but missed a short birdie. Looks completely disinterested at this point. (Overall: Tiger 8 under; Phil 16 under. Leader: Mickelson - 16 under)

@JasonSobelGC: Phil leads Tiger by 10 strokes today. Maybe the next time they play, he'll offer up five a side. Wonder how that would go over.


No. 15 (par 4, 396 yards): Needing only to avoid mistakes coming in, Mickelson nearly makes one, but gets up and down from the greenside bunker, draining a 20-foot putt to remain bogey-free for the day. Woods airmails the green, then lips out yet another par putt. (Overall: Tiger 8 under; Phil 16 under. Leader: Mickelson - 16 under)

@JasonSobelGC: Not gonna say Tiger's checked out of this one, but I think he just called his pilot and asked him to gas up the jet.


No. 14 (par 5, 572 yards): Yes, it's a par-5, but this is one of the most dastardly par-5s of the PGA Tour season. It didn't look like it for Mickelson, though, as he spun a wedge to five feet and holed the birdie to extend his lead to three with four to play. This likely also spelled the end of any potential run for Woods, as he two-chipped from the left side of the green and made bogey. (Overall: Tiger 9 under; Phil 16 under. Leader: Mickelson - 16 under)

@JasonSobelGC: This thing could be all over but the engraving. Phil Mickelson leads by three with four to play. So much for that slow start to the season.


No. 13 (par 4, 399 yards): Woods played the course's final six holes in 5 under yesterday, but this stretch started with some Mickelson magic today. The lefty his his approach to within a foot for a kick-in birdie to extend his lead to two. Woods' drive landed in a divot, from which he could only find the front of the green. His long birdie putt nearly dropped, but stayed out, resulting in par. (Overall: Tiger 10 under; Phil 15 under. Leader: Mickelson - 15 under)

@JasonSobelGC: Let's remember: Tiger Woods played holes 13-18 in 5-under-par during yesterday's round. If he does it today, it could mean victory. Big ask.


No. 12 (par 3, 202 yards): Talk about drama, some great stuff on the 12th today. Mickelson's tee shot on the par-3 landed short of the bunker and he could only manage to chip within 25 feet. Woods, meanwhile, was in that greenside bunker, but holed it for just his second birdie of the day. Could have been big for momentum and a two-shot swing, but Phil poured in the par putt on top of him. The crowd is now buzzing more than it has all day. Electric atmosphere. (Overall: Tiger 10 under; Phil 14 under. Leader: Mickelson - 14 under)

@JasonSobelGC: And just like that... Tiger holes his bunker shot for birdie on 12. Would be an epic turnaround if he can make a serious run from here.


No. 11 (par 4, 380 yards): Another hole, another fairway, green and two-putt par for Mickelson, whose scorecard may suggest he's being conservative, but is still aiming at flagsticks. For Woods, it was finally a low-maintenance par, but could have been more. His birdie attempt slid just barely to the right and stayed out. Would have been a very important birdie for him at this point in the proceedings. (Overall: Tiger 9 under; Phil 14 under. Leader: Mickelson - 14 under)

@JasonSobelGC: Of the top 18 players on the current leaderboard, only three are over par for the day. The two guys in the final pairing and Tiger Woods.


No. 10 (par 4, 446 yards): Things have gone south for Tiger Woods in a hurry - and they didn't get any better on the first hole of the back nine. His drive found a fairway bunker on the left, his approach landed well short of the green and he could only chip to 12 feet. From there, he holed the par effort to avoid a fourth straight bogey. Meanwhile, Mickelson finally missed a green in regulation, but lipped out his chip for birdie. Easy par for Phil to remain atop the leaderboard. (Overall: Tiger 9 under; Phil 14 under. Leader: Mickelson - 14 under)

@JasonSobelGC: Kevin Streelman. Ricky Barnes. Aaron Baddeley. Just wanted to mention those names. You know, just in case.


No. 9 (par 4, 466 yards): Another hole, another routine two-putt par for Mickelson. Nothing wrong with that on this lengthy par-4. Meanwhile, Woods' struggles continued here. For a second consecutive hole, he punctuated his approach shot by dropping the club on his follow-through. This time it landed him in the greenside bunker and from there he couldn't get up and down, misreading a 6-foot putt on the low side for a third straight bogey. (Overall: Tiger 9 under; Phil 14 under. Leader: Mickelson - 14 under)

@JasonSobelGC: Dropping the club in his follow through. Missed short putts. Not looking good right now for Tony Romo's amateur partner.


No. 8 (par 4, 418 yards): The score certainly isn't awful, but Woods is being outplayed right now by amateur partner Tony Romo. On what Jack Nicklaus called the most daunting second shot in golf, the Dallas Cowboys quarterback stuffed one to six inches. Meanwhile, his partner missed the green to the right, dropping his club - and an expletive - in the process. From there, Tiger chipped on, but missed a 4-footer to save par - his second straight hole missing a short putt. Mickelson, on the other hand, continued to roll. He came up short of the green, then nearly chipped in, tapping in for an easy par. (Overall: Tiger 10 under; Phil 14 under. Leader: Mickelson - 14 under)

@JasonSobelGC: No joke. No hyperbole. No exaggeration. Tiger Woods is being outplayed by amateur partner Tony Romo right now. Seriously.


No. 7 (par 3, 106 yards): Mickelson playing his first hole as solo leader, knocked his tee shot on the famous par-3 to 15 feet and missed the birdie putt, then nearly missed the two-foot bunny for par. There was no 'nearly' in this instance for Woods, who followed birdie on the last hole with a bogey here, lipping out a two-foot putt to drop a shot for the first time today. (Overall: Tiger 11 under; Phil 14 under. Leader: Mickelson - 14 under)

@JasonSobelGC: Tiger Woods misses short par putt on 7. Not sure what's more surprising: That he missed or that his putter isn't swimming with sea lions? 


No. 6 (par 5, 513 yards): Mickelson Mania is overtaking Pebble Beach. He hit his second shot on the par-5 to within 15 feet of the hole, then drained the eagle attempt to move to 5 under for the day and take a two-shot lead. Feels like the crowd is now behind him, too, audibly celebrating this rally. Tough going for Woods, who played the hole well and two-putted for birdie, but still dropped a shot to his playing partner. (Overall: Tiger 12 under; Phil 14 under. Leader: Mickelson - 14 under)

@JasonSobelGC: Disappointed that Phil didn't reprise his famous 'Entourage' line when he saw Tiger and Romo: 'Is this whose ass we're going to kick today?'


No. 5 (par 3, 188 yards): Phil Mickelson is officially on fire. Just stiffed his tee shot on the par-3 to tap-in range for his third birdie in five holes to move to within one of the lead. Woods hit a nice shot into the green, too, but his 12-foot attempt from below the hole slid to the right and he remains even-par for the day, one behind Mickelson. (Overall: Tiger 11 under; Phil 12 under. Leader: Wi 13 under)

@JasonSobelGC: Top of the leaderboard reads: 'Wi Na.' Sounds like a Boston guy asking for a hotdog.


No. 4 (par 4, 331 yards): Tees moved up on the seaside par-4, but Mickelson then Woods both lay up into the fairway. From there, Woods finds the front edge of the green, but hits an indifferent putt that stays short of the hole. He really hasn't looked comfortable with the flatstick today. Mickelson hits his approach above the hole and counters by making his birdie effort. They are now tied on the leaderboard at 11 under, in a four-way split for third place. (Overall: Tiger 11 under; Phil 11 under. Leader: Wi 13 under)

@JasonSobelGC: Tiger and Phil find No. 4 fairway. From same tees, Tony Romo goes for it. He's like the Bubba Watson of amateurs -- without the pink driver.


No. 3 (par 4, 390 yards): Woods finds the fairway and green, but his 25-foot birdie putt just barely misses. Mickelson was in a bit of trouble of the tee, but recovered to make par, as well. Lots of red numbers on the leaderboard so far today; only one from this twosome in six combined chances. (Overall: Tiger 11 under; Phil 10 under. Leader: Wi 13 under)

@JasonSobelGC: Tony Romo's wife is walking inside the ropes today. Never let it be said again that he doesn't know how to handle the rock under pressure.


No. 2 (par 5, 502 yards): Interesting to see some casual conversation between Woods and Mickelson as they stroll off the second tee box. Before they reached their second shots, Charlie Wi made a mess of the opener, carding double bogey and helping to tighten things up. On the par-5 second, Woods drove into a fairway bunker, was forced to lay up, then hit a wedge shot to 3 feet, but missed his right-to-left birdie bid and took par instead. Mickelson, meanwhile, was able to reach in two, then lipped out his eagle attempt and and made birdie. (Overall: Tiger 11 under; Phil 10 under. Leader: Wi 13 under)


No. 1 (par 4, 381 yards): Maybe it's the addition of amateurs Tony Romo and Skip McGee in the group, maybe it's the subtraction of the surly Steve Williams, but there's a decidedly more casual vibe between Woods and Mickelson than there's been in previous meetings. Each makes routine pars on the opener to break the ice. (Overall: Tiger 11 under; Phil 9 under. Leader: Wi 15 under)

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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 Web.com 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.