Canadian Tour Names New Commissioner

By Marty HenwoodJanuary 27, 2005, 5:00 pm
Canadian Tour-LargeOAKVILLE, Ontario -- The Tournament Players Association announced the election of Richard Arthur Janes to the position of Commissioner and the appointment of Dan Halldorson as the new Deputy Director of the Canadian Tour.
The 52-year-old Halldorson is a 30-year veteran of the Association, a multiple winner on the PGA Tour and was inducted into the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame in 2002. A two-time World Cup Champion, Halldorson will assume day-to-day management responsibilities with the Canadian Tour effective February 1, 2005 involving the operation of tournaments in Canada, the United States and Mexico.
In a professional career that has spanned three decades, Halldorson won seven times on the Canadian Tour including the 1986 CPGA Championship and spent 16 years on the PGA Tour with wins at the 1986 Deposit Guaranty Classic and the 1980 Pensacola Open.
Richard Janes becomes the fifth Commissioner of the Canadian Tour, a position that has been held by former PGA Tour player Bob Beauchemin, Richard Grimm, a member of the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame, Jacques Burelle and former Telus CEO Ian Mansfield.
Janes, 52, is no stranger to the sports world or the boardroom and he is widely recognized as one of the leading sponsorship marketing experts in North America. A graduate of Queens University, he is a retired member and former Executive Director of the Canadian PGA and the past president of MacLaren Momentum, one of the leading sponsorship marketing consultancies in Canada. A former Executive Vice-President of MacLaren McCann, Mr. Janes has assisted companies such as General Motors and RBC Financial Group with landmark sponsorship investments over the past 10 years including General Motors Place in Vancouver, the RBC Center in Raleigh, NC and a host of other grassroots sponsorship investments including the national ski series, Pontiac GMC Cup.
Halldorson and Janes have been personal friends and business associates on and off the golf course for more than 30 years.
I could not imagine a more exciting opportunity in which to return to Canadian golf at this stage in my golf career said Halldorson, a native of Brandon, Manitoba who now resides outside of Chicago. I got my start on the Canadian Tour as did Mike Weir and countless other professionals now competing in the United States and around the world. The opportunity to work with Rick will make my transition from the golf course to the executive suite that much more rewarding. This time hell be giving me the lessons.
The Tournament Players Association is the governing body of the Canadian Professional Golf Tour and part of the International Federation of PGA Tours. The Association represents a membership of 250 Canadian and International tournament professionals with an alumnus that has included Masters Champion Mike Weir, Stuart Appleby, Chris DiMarco, Steve Stricker, Craig Perry and Tim Herron.
The 2005 season officially begins March 10 with the Barton Creek Pro-Am in Austin, Texas, broadcast on The Golf Channel.
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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 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.