Drive for Show and Putt for Dough

By Mark MitchellOctober 30, 2007, 4:00 pm
Big Break: MesquiteThe golf proverb that winners drive for show and putt for dough proved accurate once again and in the process cost Mark Farrell his spot on Big Break: Mesquite.
 
In Tuesday's episode that began with the big boys showing their stuff in a long-drive competition, Farrell was ousted from the series in a three-man Elimination Challenge against Kevin Taylor and Matt Vick that required players getting up-and-down from three locations, which means making putts. Farrell didnt make enough of them as he missed a putt from inside 5 feet that would have tied Taylor and forced a playoff.
 
Hiroshi Matsuo remains the leader in the cumulative point standings after five shows with 49, eight better than Gerry James. Both Matsuo and James recorded an episode-high 16 points.
 
Big Break: Mesquite has implemented a new scoring system to give the series a tournament feel. Each of the 12 episodes will consist of challenges that allow the players to earn points that will be used to determine which players make or fail to make the cut. The cut line varies from episode to episode and is based on the players cumulative points for the series. The cut will be announced at the start of each show and will be applied directly after that episodes final Points Challenge. Players who make the cut advance directly to the next episode. Players who fail to make the cut will go to the Elimination Challenge. The competitor with the worst performance in a shows Elimination Challenge will be eliminated from Big Break: Mesquite.
 
James improved from a tie for third to solo second place in the standings due largely to the Long Drive Challenge. The two-time senior division RE/MAX World Long Drive Champion ' the man fellow competitor James Nitties described in a GolfChannel.com blog as Sasquatchs stunt double for those beef jerky advertisements ' easily won the competition. The 47-year-old said it was the happiest he has been in the competition. The other eight could only smile as special guest RE/MAX World Long Drive Legend Jason Zuback put on a show in a testosterone-fueled exhibition.
 
I was really struggling to get ahead of these guys in the golf but knew I had the advantage in the long drive, said the 47-year-old James.
 
Farrell, meanwhile, is left to continue his career odyssey. As a youngster he wanted to play in the NHL but ended up on Big Break: Mesquite - which is a fortunate turn of events since he is pursuing a career in golf.
 
After playing hockey in high school and college, he decided to give up on the sport. With a degree in Economics, Farrell went the business route and did well selling computer systems to large financial institutions. After an eight-year stint as a corporate guy, Farrell decided to try his hand as a freestyle ski instructor/ski bum in Aspen, Colo., for three years.
 
It was the classic inverse curve, Farrell said. The W2 goes down and the quality of life goes up.
 
In 2000, Farrell returned to competitive golf after 12 years. Since that time he has played in 10 USGA National Championships, (including the 2005 and 2006 U.S. Amateurs) a British Amateur, and won three player-of-the-year titles in Connecticut, along with winning five amateur titles. Prior to making the jump to the professional ranks in October 2006, he represented the Metropolitan Golf Association in a Ryder Cup format against the French National Amateur Team in Paris. Currently, he is a member on the North American Pro Golf Tour.
 
He said his experiences have given him a life perspective to realize that its still just a game and its still just a number. Unfortunately for Farrell, his number was one too many, and that puts an end to the game on Big Break: Mesquite.
 
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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.