Matthew Storms The Lead

By Martha BrendleAugust 3, 2001, 4:00 pm
North Berwicks Catriona (ka-trina) Matthew started the day tied for 6th and ended as the second round leader of the 2001 Weetabix Womens British Open at Sunningdale GC in Berkshire after completing a round that consisted of six birdies, one bogey and a brilliant hole-in-one.
Winner of the 2001 Cup Noodles Hawaiian Ladies Open, Matthew took low score honors after posting a two day total of 9-under-par 135 while matching her career-low round of 65 in the process.
Gripping her 4-wood she birdied the first two holes of the day. But it was while using her 7-wood that she experienced the grandest results.
I just got a good bounce and it popped in the hole, Matthew said of the hole-in-one she recorded on the 215-yard par 3 15th. Her efforts were rewarded with a high five from the other players in her group and husband/caddy for the week Graeme.

This was the 31-year-olds second career hole-in-one. Her first was recorded during the now defunct J.C. Penney mixed-team event.
Matthew is having a very respectable year on the LPGA Tour. I think I am probably driving the ball better and my short game is improving.
Though her game is seemingly effortless at times, it has proved inconsistent in majors before. This year is no different.
The native Scotswoman missed the cut at the 2001 Nabisco Championship, tied for 4th during the 2001 U.S. Womens Open - enabling her to play in the next to last group during the final round - and finished the McDonalds LPGA Championship tied for 30th.
Tomorrow Matthew will play with first round leader Janice Moodie in the last group for the first time in a major and she wont be alone while doing so. The group will be followed by a slew of family and friends.
Ive got bus loads coming from Scotland, Moodie said.
Moodie, now tied for second with Mi Hyun Kim and Trish Johnson at 7-under-par, recorded 67-70=137 on her way there.
It was an early day for Moodie who got up a 4:45 a.m. local time to start her day. By 8:15 a.m. she was teeing it up for the second time and the beginning of the second round.
I kind of just rolled with the punches out there,
Back-to-back bogies on the closing holes denied her the chance of remaining in the lead. I had a couple of nice birdies there on 14 and then 15, Moodie reflected. And then unfortunately I bogeyed 17 and 18. I wouldnt put it down to tiredness or anything. I hit good shots and they just didnt pay off.
Johanna Head wrapped up the day at 6-under 68-70=138 and is in sole possession of fifth place while American Rosie Jones held on to sixth place with her two-day total of 5-under 70-69=139.
Helen Alfredsson made a jump up the leaderboard today moving from a tie for 16th to a tie for 7th after recording a sub-70 second round. She is currently 4-under-par 71-69=140 and tied with Jill McGill and Giant Eagle champion Dorothy Delasin.
Karrie Webb was another player to make a substantial move on the leaderboard. Webb followed a dismal first round score of 74 with a second round 67 - moving from a tie for 58th to a tie for 13th at 3-under-par.
Conversely, archrival Annika Sorenstam, who like Webb weathered a late on-site arrival and heavy rains, played her way out of a tie for 6th ' where she began her day ' and into a tie for 39th. Sorenstam recorded a two-day total of even par 70-74=144 leaving her unwanted ground to make up in the next two days.
Kudos to Suzann Pettersen, one of the Evian Tours hot new rookies.
The 20-year-old, who has committed to play in Europe next year, recorded 8-under-par 64 during the second round bettering her first day score by 14 strokes and moving from 117th position to 22nd.
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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.