Webb Leads by Four in Tour Championship

By Martha BrendleNovember 16, 2001, 5:00 pm
Round two of the season-ending Tyco/ADT Championship is over and first-round leader Karrie Webb, who has been virtually absent from the golf scene for the last five weeks, stands alone as the leader of the elite 30-woman field.
Webb holds a four-stroke advantage over the rest of the field going into the weekend. At 6-under-par 138 her closest competitors are Wendy Doolan and Annika Sorenstam, who stand tied for second at 2-under 142.
It was a beautiful, albeit windy day during the second round of the championship, and Trump International played tough. Not one player was able to break 70 Friday.
Webb, paired with Sorenstam for the second consecutive day, came the closest after following her opening-round 67 with 71. Both Sorenstam and Webb had a chance at pulling away from the field Friday. In the end it was Webb who capitalized on that opportunity.
Webb played solid golf on the front side making two birdies and moving to 7-under prior to making the turn.
I didnt hit as many fairways today, so I didnt hit it as close to the pin as I did yesterday, Webb said.
Turbulance began on the 11th hole where Webb made her first bogey of the day ' followed by a second on the 13th after failing to knock in a 10-foot putt for par.
The fact that I got out under par, and theres only two of us that did it, I feel like that was a bit of an accomplishment. I didnt feel like I played nearly as well as I did yesterday.
However, Webbs four-stroke lead isnt big enough for her to start counting prize money.
Youve seen a lot of players, you know, lose three and four shots in a matter of two or three holes,' she said. 'You know, that can quite quickly happen to anyone out here. Im included in that.
Sorenstam had a difficult day, making bogey on the 1st and continued losing precious ground on the front nine. In all, she recorded four bogeys to make the turn at 1-under-par ' a full six strokes behind Webb as they teed off on the 10th.
I got off to a horrible start. I had hit three greens in eight holes. Thats probably the worst Ive done in a very long time, Sorenstam said. Then luckily I kind of found my swing a little bit and played really solid on the back.
After making nine pars in a row, Sorenstam closed with her only birdie of the day.
Makes me smile a little bit, she said of her birdie on the last. Im very pleased to shoot 1-under for ten holes. Some tough finishing holes here.
'I did fall a little behind. But we still have a lot of golf left.
Meg Mallon took it to 5-under Friday but couldnt maintain it and finished with back-to-back bogeys on the 16th and 17th holes to end the day in sole possession of third place at 1-under 143.
It turned out to be a disastrous day for Marisa Baena. Things started off fine. The spunky Columbian had started the day at 3-under-par and moved to 4-under after the 1st hole. Just two holes later, however, Baena ' playing in her very first Tour Championship ' made double bogey, dropping back to 2-under-par.
Baena held steady, making par on the next six holes before making a bogey on the par-4 10th. Things did not improve as she made her way through the back nine. Baena made another bogey on the par-4 14th and followed shortly after with back-to-back double bogeys on the par-4 16th and par-3 17th.
Baena ended up in a tie for 10th with Lorie Kane, Michele Redman and Grace Park at 3-over-par 147.
Baena was not the only player to make double bogey on the scenic 17th. Doolan, who had been chasing Webb all day and at one point came within one stroke of tying the lead, made double bogey on the second-to-last hole of the day.
I hit a bad shot off the tee and didnt get it up and down, Doolan said pragmatically. These are a great closing three holes.
Youve got to hit good shots. If you dont you get penalized.
Janice Moodie and Cristie Kerr also fell victim to double bogey on the same hole.
Full-field scores from the Tyco/ADT Championship
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After Further Review: Tiger's return comes at perfect time

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 2:19 am

Each week, GolfChannel.com takes a look back at the week in golf. Here's what's weighing on our writers' minds.

On the current state of golf as Tiger Woods returns to competition ...

Less than four days before Tiger Woods returns to official competitive golf for the first time in a year, Jon Rahm, the new second-ranked player in the world, won on the PGA Tour and Rory McIlroy made an impressive 2018 debut on the European Tour (T-3).

Not since Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus crossed paths at the 1960 U.S. Open has there been so many superstars all poised for big seasons, with world No. 1 Dustin Johnson having already won this year and Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas both coming off stellar seasons.

It’s a good time for golf. - Rex Hoggard

On Tommy Fleetwood's continued success ...

There have been scores of talented European players whose skills didn’t translate to the PGA Tour … and maybe, in a few years, Tommy Fleetwood will prove to be no different.

He sure looks like the real deal, though.  

His title defense in Abu Dhabi – on the strength of a back-nine 30 in windy conditions – was his third title in the past 12 months and 11th top-10 overall. A few of those have come in majors and World Golf Championship events, too, which led the reigning Race to Dubai champion to accept PGA Tour membership for this season.

Beginning at Riviera, he plans to play exclusively in the States through May, then reassess for the rest of the year. Hope he sticks, because he’s a fun personality with tons of game. - Ryan Lavner

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Rahm passes Spieth to become world No. 2

By Nick MentaJanuary 22, 2018, 1:25 am

With his win Sunday at the CareerBuilder Challenge, Jon Rahm picked up his second PGA Tour victory and moved to No. 2 in the FedExCup points standings.

He picked up one more No. 2, too.

The 23-year-old Spaniard passed Jordan Spieth to move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking, behind only Dustin Johnson.

In 19 months, since June 2016, Rahm has rocketed from No. 776 in the world to No. 2, thanks in part to his low divisor, his number of events played.

Asked after his playoff victory over Andrew Landry to discuss his rapid ascent up the world rankings, Rahm was almost at a loss.

“It's hard to believe to be honest, passing Jordan Spieth,” he said. “That's a three-time major champion. I only have two wins. He's got 10-plus, right? It's again – I've said it many times – I never thought I was going to be at this point in my life right now.”

Rahm may only have two PGA Tour titles, but this is his fourth worldwide win in the last year, dating back to last season’s Farmers Insurance Open. He also took the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and the DP World Tour Championship on his way to claiming the European Tour’s 2017 Rookie of the Year Award.

Dating back to the start of last season on the PGA Tour, Rahm has racked up 12 top-10s, three runner-ups, and two wins.

He will head to Torrey Pines next week ready to defend for the first time.

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Brady compares self to Woods after winning AFC title

By Jason CrookJanuary 22, 2018, 1:05 am

Tom Brady and Tiger Woods are two of the all-time greats in their respective sports ... a fact that is not lost on the five-time Super Bowl winning quarterback.

Fresh off leading the New England Patriots to a AFC Championship victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, Brady was asked about winning the game despite a cut on his throwing hand - which made national news heading into the matchup.

His response invoked the name of a certain 14-time major winner, something that would be tough to pull off, if not for the fact that he is, you know, Tom Brady.

“I think it's kind of arrogant to say it bothered me when we had a pretty good game, so I wouldn't say that," the 40-year-old told reporters after the game. "It's like when Tiger Woods said, ‘That was my C game’ and he won the tournament."

Tiger Woods winning with his "C game" may be a distant memory for golf fans, but no matter what game he brings, his next chance to win comes next week at Torrey Pines during his official comeback to the PGA Tour.

Brady has a shot at his sixth Super Bowl title in two weeks. The Patriots would probably benefit from him bringing a little better than his "C game" as well.

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Rahm beats Landry in playoff to win CareerBuilder

By Nick MentaJanuary 22, 2018, 1:00 am

Jon Rahm birdied the fourth extra hole Sunday to defeat Andrew Landry in a playoff, win the CareerBuilder Challenge and move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking. Here’s how things played out in overtime at PGA West:

Leaderboard: Rahm (-22), Landry (-22), John Huh (-20), Adam Hadwin (-20), Martin Piller (-20), Kevin Chappell (-19), Scott Piercy (-19)

What it means: This is Rahm’s second PGA Tour win and his fourth worldwide victory in the last year, dating back to last season’s Farmers Insurance Open. Rahm took the early lead Thursday with an opening 62 and after rounds of 67-70, he started the final round two back. On Sunday, he made five birdies without dropping a single shot on the intimidating Stadium Course. In the clubhouse at 22 under, Rahm watched as Landry made birdie on 18 to force a playoff.

Rahm missed birdie putts that would have ended the tournament on the final hole of regulation and on each playoff hole. Finally, on his fourth trip down 18 of the day, his birdie bid found the cup. With the victory, Rahm passes Jordan Spieth to move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking, trailing only Dustin Johnson. He enters next week at Torrey Pines looking to defend for the first time.

Best of the rest: A two-time Web.com winner playing his second full season on the PGA Tour, Landry shot 68 Sunday, making birdie on the 72nd hole to force extras. Once Rahm finally made birdie on the fourth playoff hole, Landry's putt to extend slid by on the right edge. This is Landry's best career finish on the PGA Tour. Had he won, he would have secured full Tour status through the 2019-20 season and earned invites to the Masters, Players, and PGA Championships.

Round of the day: Sam Saunders fired an 8-under 64 to register this best finish of the season, a tie for eighth at 18 under. The reigning Web.com Tour Championship winner was 9 under par through 12 holes before making bogey at 13 and parring his way into the clubhouse.

Biggest disappointment: Overnight leader Austin Cook was eyeing his second win of the season but never contended. The RSM champion carded two double bogeys Sunday en route to a 3-over 75, dropping him from the 54-hole lead to a tie for 14th.

Shot of the day: Rahm's putt to win:

Quote of the day: "One of us had to do it and either one of us would have been a well-deserving champion." - Rahm on his playoff victory over Landry