Devenport Pulls One Out of Hat to Win TELUS

By Marty HenwoodAugust 12, 2001, 4:00 pm
Canadian Tour-LargeIn his spare time, when he is away from the golf course, New Zealands Paul Devenport likes to practice magic. But on Sunday, he pulled off his biggest trick during the final round of the Canadian Tour/Quebec PGA TELUS Open.
The 35-year old Devenport drained a near-impossible 84-foot eagle putt on the 18th hole for a final round 5-under-par 67 and then outlasted Ken Duke (Boca Raton, Fla.) on the second playoff hole to capture his second title of the season. Both Devenport and Duke wound up the event at 19-under, two shots better than Doug LaBelle (Mt. Pleasant, Minn.). Mikkel Reese of Chandler, Ariz. finished three back, while Craig Matthew (Ile Bizard, QC) was the top Canadian at 13-under.
With the win, Devenport picked up a $32,000 cheque and moved into second spot on the McDonalds Order of Merit with $68,432, less than $3,000 behind leader Aaron Barber (Orlando, Fla.).
After a bogey on the 16th hole, Devenport trailed Duke, who was playing in the group behind, by three shots and had essentially resigned himself to battling LaBelle for second spot. But following Dukes own bogey on No. 17, Devenport stood a long-distance putt away from a tie.
That was quite a trick, probably the best one I have ever done, he said of the putt that had to climb a hill and curl twice to get to the hole. Actually, it was more like a miracle. I couldnt see it from where I was, but as soon as the ball started to turn, I heard the crowd begin to make noise and then I saw Kim (caddy/girlfriend Demacedo) jumping up and down.
Duke missed a 12-foot eagle putt on the final hole that would have won it and, after both players made par the first playoff hole, Devenport drained a 35-footer for birdie while Duke bogied.
Heading into the playoff, which just minutes earlier had seemed so unlikely, Devenport admitted he was oddly relaxed.
You have nothing to lose on an extra hole, you know you will wind up first or second. You play well or you lose - its that simple. Incredible things can happen when you are under pressure, but it also takes a lot of luck. I fully expected Ken to make birdie on 18 and win.
Duke, meanwhile, who led from Friday right through Sunday, couldnt repeat the heroics he displayed all week over the final holes. Through the first three rounds, the 32-year-old had played the back nine at 15-under par.
Paul makes a great putt like that, and thats golf, reasoned the 1999 McDonalds Order of Merit champion, who collected $19,200 Sunday. If anything, I guess I can look back and say I wish I had a bigger lead. I couldnt believe he made that putt. I was behind him and heard the crowd roar and saw Paul raise his arms.'
The TELUS Open was co-sanctioned by both the Canadian Tour and the Quebec PGA and featured a starting field of 90 Canadian Tour players, 70 QPGA professionals and eight others who qualified Monday. Of the 70 who survived the cut, 66 were Tour members. Marc Girouard was the top QPGA finisher, winding up in a tie for 35th spot.
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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."

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Rahm (62) shoots career low round at CareerBuilder

By Will GrayJanuary 18, 2018, 10:33 pm

After a banner year in 2017, Jon Rahm found a way to add yet another accolade to his growing list of accomplishments during the opening round of the CareerBuilder Challenge.

Rahm got off to a fast start at La Quinta Country Club, playing his first seven holes in 6 under en route to a 10-under 62. The score marked his career low on the PGA Tour by two shots and gave him an early lead in an event that utilizes a three-course rotation.

La Quinta was the site of Adam Hadwin's 59 during last year's event, and Rahm knew full well that a quick start opened the door to a memorably low score.

"Any time you have that going for you, you get thoughts come in your head, 60, maybe 59," Rahm told reporters. "I knew that if I kept playing good I was going to have more birdie opportunities, and I tried not to get ahead of myself and I was able to do it."

Rahm birdied his first two holes before an eagle on the par-5 fifth hole sparked him to an outward 30. He added four more birdies on the inward half without dropping a shot.

The Spaniard is the highest-ranked player in the field this week, and while many players opted for a two-week stint in Hawaii he instead came home for some practice after opening the new year with a runner-up finish at the Sentry Tournament of Champions. That decision appears to have paid some early dividends as Rahm gets set to defend a PGA Tour title for the first time next week at Torrey Pines.

Low scores were plentiful on all three courses during the opening round, and Rahm remained pleased with his effort even though he fell short of matching Hadwin's sub-60 score from a year ago.

"That's golf. You're not going to make every single putt, you're not going to hit every shot perfect," he said. "Overall, you've got to look at the bigger picture. I birdied the last hole, had a couple of great sand saves coming in, shot 10 under par. There's not much more I can ask for."

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Fleetwood flawless en route to Abu Dhabi lead

By Will GrayJanuary 18, 2018, 2:06 pm

New year, same results for Tommy Fleetwood.

The reigning Race to Dubai champ picked up where he left off in the opening round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, carding a bogey-free 66 during which the Englishman found all 18 greens in regulation. At 6 under, he shares the lead with Japan's Hideto Tanihara and sits one shot clear of five other players.

"Very stress-free. Played really well from start to finish," Fleetwood said. "Felt like I did what you need to do around this golf course, which is drive it well, hit your irons solid. You can't really be too greedy a lot of the time, and then sort of my pace putting was really good. So basically just did what you need to do to get a good score around this golf course, and I got one."

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Fleetwood shined in a marquee grouping that included world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy, as he birdied three holes on each nine. This is his first worldwide start since a T-3 finish at the Hero World Challenge.

It was at this event a year ago that Fleetwood sparked a career campaign, edging Johnson and Pablo Larrazabal for the win. He added another win at the French Open in the summer to go along with a pair of runner-up results and a T-4 finish at the U.S. Open, all of which helped him capture the European Tour's season-long title.

Fleetwood's sudden success in Abu Dhabi serves as a microcosm for his career resurgence. Prior to last year's victory, he had missed the cut in four of his five other trips to this event.