Hank Kuehne Gets First Pro Win

By Marty HenwoodMarch 17, 2002, 5:00 pm
American Hank Kuehne held off a relentless charge from Jason Bohn and Steve Runge Sunday to win the Canadian Tours Texas Challenge in Austin.
The 1998 U.S. Amateur champion fired a final-round 7-under 65 for a 72-hole total of 18-under 270, one shot ahead of Bohn and Runge. Todd Fanning (Winnipeg, Mannitoba) and Philip Jonas of Vancouver, Bitish Columbia, tied for fifth, eight shots behind Kuehne. Former Canadian amateur star Jon Mills wound up ninth with four others.
Sundays win was the second strong showing for Kuehne in as many starts. Last week, he wound up tied for second to Steve Scott at the Texas Classic in Houston.

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Kuehne took home $15,141 for his first professional win.
Six months after Bohn re-wrote the history books with a 13-under 58 at the Bayer Championship, the 28-year-old created quite a stir once again Sunday with a course record 63. His day featured a string of eight consecutive birdies from Nos. 4-11, a new Tour record. The previous best was seven birdies in a row, a mark Bohn shared previously with Paul Devenport and John Colwell.
But the day belonged to Kuehne, the 26-year-old Dallas native who overcame two career-threatening arm and shoulder surgeries in 2000 and now finds himself atop the Canadian Tour money list.
Its been a long road back, and it feels pretty good right now, he said moments after signing his scorecard Sunday. There were times when things got tough, there were always questions whether I could still play. If I wasnt able to swing a golf club the way I wanted, I was going to call it a career. I think I proved to a lot of people that I am back.
With Bohn already in the clubhouse, Kuehne and Runge walked to the 18th tee all even at 18-under. But after hitting his tee shot into the right bunker, Runge hammered a 6-iron from 168 yards out into the water. Kuehnes first putt from just off the green came to within two feet of the cup, and the par gave him the triumph.
Kuehne was 4-under heading into Saturday before mastering Circle C over the final two rounds.
I knew with these conditions I would need to take it low, and Jason and Steve both proved that, added Kuehne. I would have liked to see a little more wind to make it more of a frontrunners race. But 14-under on the weekend will get it done on any Tour.
After a 6-under 30 on the front nine, Bohn stayed even with Kuehne for most of the afternoon before lipping out a short par putt on the 17th that essentially took him out of the tournament.
I just wanted to give myself a chance, and I gave it all I could, said Bohn. I didnt make up as much ground as I could have Saturday, and I blew any chance I had with that putt on 17.
Runge, the 2001 Panasonic Panama Open champion, shrugged his shoulders when asked about the sand shot that found water on the final hole.
It just came out of there sliding right and started fading, explained Runge of the stroke. But all in all I was happy with my play all week. It was a tough break, but those things happen.
The Canadian Tour takes a week off before resuming play with a two-event swing through Scottsdale, Ariz., beginning March 28.
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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 Web.com 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.