Curtain Omelia Lead After 36 Holes At Spring Q-School
The 23-year-old carded a 1-under 71 for a 36-hole total of 3-under 141 and is tied with American Bryan Omelia for top spot. Three others are at even-par 144.
For the second consecutive day, showers and cool temperatures enveloped The Dunes, and swirling winds added another dimension to the 7120-yard layout. Curtain senses his game still isnt where it should be, but has put himself in ideal position heading into Wednesdays third round of the 90-hole tournament.
The game still doesnt feel sharp, but I seem to be making my way around the course, said Curtain, who also holds status on the Asian Davidoff Tour. Ive done well in this weather, and looking at the scores, I seem to be in good shape. I wont change my game plan - I want to win this tournament, but I am shooting for at least the top five.
Spring Qualifying School is a comeback of sorts for Curtain. Frustrated with his game and with the self-described politics of the sport, Curtain took two years off and sold cards in his native Australia. In November of 2000, he began working on his game again and turned pro in January of this year. Once play wraps up Friday, Curtain hopes to book a flight to Michigan for next weeks Bay Mills Open as a full-fledged Canadian Tour member.
Im just going to go out and play smart and try to be sensible. This is the type of course where you have to pick you spots to attack. With any luck, I can hole a few putts and get on a roll.
The starting field of 70 will be reduced to the low 60 scores plus ties after Thursdays fourth round. Those remaining will play Friday for one of 15 exempt and 10 non-exempt cards to be awarded.
Omelia, 27, a former Great Britain & Ireland national team member, echoed Curtains thoughts and will not get too far ahead of himself with 54 holes still to play.
I am pleased to be where I am, but I am literally going to take it one step at a time, said Omelia. 'Ill hit my shots and see what happens. Id be delighted with top spot, but my goal coming in here was to qualify for the Canadian Tour. Ive put myself in position to do that.
Second round scores:
Curtain, MichaelAustralia70-71 141-3
Omelia, BryanVan Nuys, CA72-69 141-3
Forsman, JohanDenver, CO74-70 1440
Hamilton, RobertCarmichael, CA73-71 1440
Yamanaka, MotoNorwalk, CA73-71 1440
Brunson, DanielGreenville, SC73-72 1451
Corrigan, MarkCornwall, PEI72-73 1451
Fukushima, KentGrande Prairie, AB72-73 1451
Gibbs, JonathonBoise, ID72-73 1451
Wood, JeffFortuna, CA69-76 1451
Carr, DaveSacremento, CA71-75 1462
Serna, AntonioMexico75-71 1462
Davey, SteveTallahassee, FL78-69 1473
Petryk, LarrySmoky Lake, AB74-73 1473
Stinson, KyleEdmonton, AB72-75 1473
Valentin, JeromeMission Viejo, CA73-74 1473
Yoshitake, MasaVictoria, B.C.73-74 1473
Bensel, KenBelligham, WA74-74 1484
Correa, LarrySan Diego, CA73-75 1484
Dawson, PhilipShinyle Springs, CA75-73 1484
Gentry, BrianTahoe City, CA75-73 1484
Kureluk, JamieCalgary, AB73-75 1484
Belbin, ChadKamloops, BC77-72 1495
Goma, ShinichiCoquitlam, B.C.75-74 1495
Knowles, RaganAurora, CO72-77 1495
Risdon, DustinStrathmore, AB72-77 1495
Snelling, JustinBoise, ID74-75 1495
Williams, MikeAntelope, CA76-73 1495
Flugstad, BrianKenmore, WA72-78 1506
Scaletta, PaulRichmond, VA73-77 1506
Burns, GordToronto, ON74-77 1517
Bykowski, ColinKelowna, B.C.73-78 1517
Nelson, BirkPhilomath, OR77-74 1517
Fisher, JasonBakersfield, CA77-75 1528
Havens, DavidCharlottesville, VA78-74 1528
Hayashi, NoryJapan77-75 1528
Hong, ChangKorea75-77 1528
Jacques, RyanDexter, MO74-78 1528
Nitta, DaisukeJapan75-77 1528
Arps, JarrodAustralia78-75 1539
Karr, JimJupiter, FL76-77 1539
Wright, SteveNanaimo, B.C.81-72 1539
Brown, MichaelGrenelefe, FL81-73 15410
Chubb, MatthewToronto, ON76-78 15410
Hogan, PatIndianopolis, IN80-74 15410
Yoo, RichardKorea79-75 15410
Aga, MattLoveland, CO76-79 15511
Burke, JimHemnet, CA79-76 15511
Buttar, BlairLeduc, AB76-79 15511
Moore, MichaelMississauga, ON78-77 15511
Takase, AtsushiNorthridge, CA77-78 15511
Berthiaume, Marc-AndreMontreal, QC80-76 15612
Park, PedroNew Zealand79-77 15612
Bach, TedSundre, AB77-80 15713
Hall, RichardEngland78-79 15713
Hague, RyanVernon, B.C.80-78 15814
Reid, ScottConover, NC84-75 15915
Kubo, ShoheiNew Zealand82-78 16016
Michals, JayHouston, TX81-80 16117
Webb, MikeEagle, ID81-81 16218
Douglas, RobStratford, ON84-79 16319
Crumb, JeffOliver, B.C.84-81 16521
Duru, PaschalNigeria82-83 16521
Wammer, PaulWestbank, B.C.82-83 16521
McGarry, MikeLyndhurst, OH86-80 16622
Patrick, DarylCalgary, AB84-82 16622
Harding, TySanta Clara, CA88-80 16824
Mignone, MarkMission Viejo, CA85-85 17026
Danbom, JeffMilford, IA86-85 17127
Douglas, DarriekBermuda87-88 17531
CareerBuilder purse payouts: Rahm wins $1.062 million
Jon Rahm defeated Andrew Landry on the fourth hole of sudden death to win the CareerBuilder Challenger. Here's a look at how the purse was paid out in La Quinta, Calif.:
|T20||Charles Howell III||-14||$57,754|
|T36||Tyrone Van Aswegen||-12||$27,189|
|T69||Billy Hurley III||-6||$11,623|
After Further Review: Tiger's return comes at perfect time
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
Rahm passes Spieth to become world No. 2
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.
Brady compares self to Woods after winning AFC title
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."
Tom Brady, postgame, on wearing the wrap on his hand: “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. It's like when Tiger Woods said, ‘That was my C game’ and he won the tournament.”— Ryan Lavner (@RyanLavnerGC) January 22, 2018
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.