Curtain Closes In On Tour Card After 54 Holes In Kamloops

By Marty HenwoodMay 22, 2002, 4:00 pm
KAMLOOPS, BC - Michael Curtain of Australia fired a 3-under 69 Wednesday to lead after the third round of the Canadian Tours Spring Qualifying School.
The 23-year-old sits at under 6-under 210 with 36 holes to play, one shot in front of American Bryan Omelia. Robert Hamilton is three shots back. Chad Belbin and Kyle Stinson are the top Canadians at 3-over 219.
Curtain, a member of the Asias Davidoff Tour, dropped an eagle putt from off the green on the par-5 11th Wednesday to move him into top spot. Despite lingering near the top of the leaderboard through the first two rounds, Curtain admitted to having problems with his swing all week. As Q-school passed the midway point Wednesday, he seems to have corrected those problems and is in putting himself in position to book a flight to Michigan for next weeks Bay Mills Open.
I hit the ball a little better today, and I was able to hole a few putts, said Curtain. It feels like everything is finally starting to come together, and I hope I can keep it through Friday.
Teamed with Hamilton and Omelia Wednesday, Curtain said the trio elevated each others play, and looked forward to hooking up with them again Thursday.
It definitely helps playing with guys like that, we seem to feed off one another. There were the holes we all struggled, but there were others where we picked each other up.
The field will be reduced to the low sixty scores plus ties after Thursdays fourth round. Those remaining will play Friday in the hopes of landing one of 15 exempt or 10 non-exempt cards to be awarded for the remainder of the 2002 Canadian Tour season.
Third Round Scores:
Curtain, MichaelAustralia70-71-69 - 210-6
Omelia, BryanVan Nuys, CA72-69-70 - 211-5
Hamilton, RobertCarmichael, CA73-71-69 - 213-3
Forsman, JohanDenver, CO74-70-70 - 214-2
Yamanaka, MotoNorwalk, CA73-71-71 - 215-1
Correa, LarrySan Diego, CA73-75-69 - 2171
Belbin, ChadKamloops, BC77-72-70 - 2193
Stinson, KyleEdmonton, AB72-75-72 - 2193
Davey, SteveTallahassee, FL78-69-73 - 2204
Gentry, BrianTahoe City, CA75-73-72 - 2204
Gibbs, JonathonBoise, ID72-73-75 - 2204
Wood, JeffFortuna, CA69-76-75 - 2204
Serna, AntonioMexico75-71-75 - 2215
Brunson, DanielGreenville, SC73-72-77 - 2226
Flugstad, BrianKenmore, WA72-78-72 - 2226
Havens, DavidCharlottesville, VA78-74-70 - 2226
Scaletta, PaulRichmond, VA73-77-72 - 2226
Snelling, JustinBoise, ID74-75-73 - 2226
Burns, GordToronto, ON74-77-72 - 2237
Jacques, RyanDexter, MO74-78-71 - 2237
Valentin, JeromeMission Viejo, CA73-74-76 - 2237
Bykowski, ColinKelowna, B.C.73-78-73 - 2248
Carr, DaveSacremento, CA71-75-78 - 2248
Corrigan, MarkCornwall, PEI72-73-79 - 2248
Dawson, PhilipShinyle Springs, CA75-73-76 - 2248
Knowles, RaganAurora, CO72-77-75 - 2248
Risdon, DustinStrathmore, AB72-77-75 - 2248
Yoshitake, MasaVictoria, B.C.73-74-77 - 2248
Bensel, KenBelligham, WA74-74-77 - 2259
Brown, MichaelGrenelefe, FL81-73-71 - 2259
Buttar, BlairLeduc, AB76-79-70 - 2259
Fukushima, KentGrande Prairie, AB72-73-80 - 2259
Petryk, LarrySmoky Lake, AB74-73-78 - 2259
Aga, MattLoveland, CO76-79-71 - 22610
Fisher, JasonBakersfield, CA77-75-74 - 22610
Kureluk, JamieCalgary, AB73-75-79 - 22711
Williams, MikeAntelope, CA76-73-78 - 22711
Burke, JimHemnet, CA79-76-73 - 22812
Hayashi, NoryJapan77-75-76 - 22812
Nelson, BirkPhilomath, OR77-74-77 - 22812
Goma, ShinichiCoquitlam, B.C.75-74-80 - 22913
Moore, MichaelMississauga, ON78-77-74 - 22913
Wright, SteveNanaimo, B.C.81-72-76 - 22913
Arps, JarrodAustralia78-75-77 - 23014
Hong, ChangKorea75-77-78 - 23014
Chubb, MatthewToronto, ON76-78-78 - 23216
Karr, JimJupiter, FL76-77-79 - 23216
Nitta, DaisukeJapan75-77-80 - 23216
Bach, TedSundre, AB77-80-76 - 23317
Hall, RichardEngland78-79-76 - 23317
Takase, AtsushiNorthridge, CA77-78-78 - 23317
Park, PedroNew Zealand79-77-78 - 23418
Hague, RyanVernon, B.C.80-78-77 - 23519
Reid, ScottConover, NC84-75-76 - 23519
Yoo, RichardKorea79-75-82 - 23620
Hogan, PatIndianopolis, IN80-74-84 - 23822
Berthiaume, Marc-AndreMontreal, QC80-76-84 - 24024
Douglas, RobStratford, ON84-79-77 - 24024
Kubo, ShoheiNew Zealand82-78-80 - 24024
Webb, MikeEagle, ID81-81-78 - 24024
Michals, JayHouston, TX81-80-82 - 24327
Patrick, DarylCalgary, AB84-82-79 - 24529
McGarry, MikeLyndhurst, OH86-80-80 - 24630
Wammer, PaulWestbank, B.C.82-83-81 - 24630
Duru, PaschalNigeria82-83-82 - 24731
Mignone, MarkMission Viejo, CA85-85-78 - 24832
Crumb, JeffOliver, B.C.84-81-87 - 25236
Harding, TySanta Clara, CA88-80-85 - 25337
Douglas, DarriekBermuda87-88-79 - 25438
Danbom, JeffMilford, IA86-85-84 - 25539

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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.

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Mickelson starts fast, fades to 70 at La Quinta

By Will GrayJanuary 18, 2018, 11:07 pm

Phil Mickelson got off to a fast start in his first competitive round of 2018 - for six holes, at least.

The 47-year-old is making his first start since the WGC-HSBC Champions this week at the CareerBuilder Challenge, and only his third competitive appearance since the BMW Championship in September. Four birdies over his first six holes indicated that a strong opener might be in the cards, but Mickelson played his subsequent holes in 2 over.

It added up to a 2-under 70 at La Quinta Country Club, typically the easiest of the three courses in rotation this week, and left Mickelson eight shots behind Jon Rahm.

"It was fun to get back out and be competitive," Mickelson told reporters. "I for some reason am stuck on 70 here at La Quinta, whether I get off to a good start or a bad one, I end up shooting the same score."

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Mickelson stunted his momentum with a tee shot out of bounds on the par-4 eighth hole, but he managed to save bogey and otherwise drove the ball relatively well. Instead, he pointed to his normally reliable iron play as the culprit for his back-nine backslide on a day when more than 120 players in the 156-man field broke par.

Mickelson will now head to the Nicklaus Tournament Course with the Stadium Course on tap for Saturday's third round. While there were several low scores Thursday at La Quinta, Mickelson remains bullish about the birdie opportunities that still lie ahead.

"This isn't the course where I go low on," Mickelson said. "I feel more comfortable on Stadium and Nicklaus. Neither of them are nearly as tight and I tend to score a lot lower on those other two than I do here, historically."