Notes and Quotes from Royal Montreal

By Ian HutchinsonSeptember 26, 2007, 4:00 pm
MONTREAL -- Tiger Woods and Charles Howell III are paired together for a foursomes match against K.J. Choi and Nick OHern, but it may not stay that way for Friday four-ball play.
 
In 2003, Woods and Howell defeated Choi and Stuart Appleby, 4 and 3, in foursomes and went 2-0 in foursomes with a 1-up win against Tim Clark and Retief Goosen.
 
Their overall record slipped to .500, however, with a couple of losses in four-ball play that year. Much has been made of OHern defeating Woods twice at the Accenture Match Play Championship, including 2005 when he followed up a victory over Howell with a win against Woods. In Presidents Cup four-ball and foursomes play, however, OHern is 2-2.
 
TIGER TIPS:
Not much I can say ' shoot 62 and hope for the best -- Ernie Els, who dueled Tiger Woods to a draw in a playoff in South Africa four years ago, on what advice he would offer Mike Weir if hes picked to face Woods in singles this year.
 
LAST RITES:
I just wanted to (play in the Presidents Cup/Ryder Cup) before I was laid out to pasture since Im the oldest guy here -- American rookie Woody Austin, who is 43.
 
DODGING THE BEARS NEEDLES: Maybe he hasnt watched me hit enough balls yet. Ive been staying away. I hear hes pretty brutal -- Lucas Glover, on Jack Nicklaus sense of humor.
 
SOGGY START:
The first two days of the Presidents Cup are likely to see scattered showers at Royal Montreal. Temperatures are expected to be in the mid-to-high 60s, with scattered showers on Thursday and Friday. The wind is expected to pick up Friday, when it will be between 10 and 15 miles per hour, with gusts to 25. The weekend is expected to be partly sunny on Saturday and mostly sunny on Sunday, with temperatures in the mid-60s.
 
FOUNDATION RESTRUCTURING:
The World Golf Foundation announced a restructuring of its board of directors and a collaboration among leading golf organizations at Royal Montreal. The Royal and Ancient and the European Tour have been added to bring the number of organizations involved to seven. Each will be represented by its chief executive.
 
The executive committee of the foundation board now includes Peter Dawson (R&A), George OGrady (European Tour), David Fay (USGA), Tim Finchem (PGA TOUR), Joe Steranka (PGA of America), Carolyn Bivens (LPGA) and Jim Armstrong (Augusta National).
 
The chairman of the board will rotate annually between members of the executive committee, beginning with Fay in 2008. The board of directors will also increase to as many as 25 members. The World Golf Foundation has traditionally focused on the World Golf Hall of Fame, The First Tee program and Golf 20/20, devoted to accelerating growth, participation and diversity in golf.
 
In addition to these initiatives, the foundation will also focus on global communication, research and public affairs, as well as new phases of golfs anti-doping policy that will see a list of banned substances developed, among other things. It was also announced that Steve Mona, currently chief executive officer of the Golf Course Superintendents Association, has been named CEO of the World Golf Foundation.
 
Joe Louis Barrow, who has served as executive director of The First Tee, has been named executive vice president of the foundation and CEO of The First Tee and will report directly to Mona.
 
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    Toronto Sun Editor's Note: Ian Hutchinson is golf columnist for the Toronto Sun and senior writer for Pro Shop Magazine, a Canadian golf trade publication, and Canadian Golfer Magazine. He is also a frequent contributor to Golf Scene and Golf Canada Magazine, the official magazine of the Royal Canadian Golf Association.
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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.