One Round Left -- Maybe

By Marty HenwoodSeptember 18, 2003, 4:00 pm
Canadian Tour-LargeASHBURN, Ontario -- All week long, Bryn Parry of North Vancouver, BC has treated the 90-hole Canadian Tour Fall Qualifying School as a four-day event. Should the remnants of Hurricane Isabel continue on course and into Southern Ontario Friday, the strategy may pay big dividends for him.
 
Starting the day three shots off the lead, the 31-year-old fired a 4-under 68 Thursday at Royal Ashburn GC to vault into top spot with a 72-hole total of 4-under 284. Canadians Dan Swanson and Brennan Webb are one shot back, while former Canadian amateur standout Lee Curry is at 2-under 286.
 
After play wrapped up Thursday, a total of 60 players were at 17-over 305 or better to make the four-round cut. Whether Fridays scheduled final round will be staged remains to be seen. Should whatever remains of the hurricane that battered the U.S. Eastern seaboard Thursday dump the projected rainfall in the area, there is a chance the final round could be washed out.
 
Tour officials announced early Thursday that if the lead groups off the first and tenth tees on Friday are able to complete their rounds, play will be completed Saturday, if necessary. If no groups are able to finish 18 holes, the final round will be cancelled and results will be official following Thursdays play. The Canadian Tour will award 25 playing cards (15 exempt and 10 non-exempt) for the 2004 season at the conclusion of Q-School.
 
Parry has played on the Canadian Tour for the past three years and enjoyed his best season in 2002, when he made 11 of 15 cuts with a pair of top-10 showings to finish 35th on the money list. This past year, he planned to play in just eight tour events so he could also ply his trade as a teaching professional in B.C.
 
Thinking he would still earn enough to keep playing privileges for next season, Parry came up short and found himself back at Q-School after winding up 98th on the money list. Like Webb, who was 92nd in earnings, Parry just missed keeping his card -- the top 80 are exempt for 2004 while 81-90 are non-exempt.
 
I was burning the candle at both ends, Parry admitted. I thought I could get away with playing just eight events and still make enough to keep my card but it didnt work out that way. The win in Quebec showed me I am a good enough player, so it was just a case of coming out and getting it done this week.
 
The win he is referring to is the Casino de Charlevoix Cup, a match-play event pitting teams from the Canadian Tour against the Quebec PGA. Two weeks ago, Parry teamed with Brazilian Alex Rocha to take home the $20,000 winners check. Riding the momentum of that win into this week, Parry struggled to a 2-over 146 in the first two days, including a second-round 74 Tuesday.
 
Coming off that win in Quebec, I had a lot of confidence so I was surprised when I didnt play well the first two days, said Parry. I was leaving myself 40- and 50-foot putts all day Tuesday, so it was basically survival mode. I didnt feel comfortable all day and wasnt seeing things how I normally do. It was a real grind.
 
So now it is just a case of wait-and-see for hopefuls looking to play their way onto the Canadian Tour. Should conditions be unplayable Friday, players at 4 over or better will be exempt for 2004. Those at 5 over to 8 over will have non-exempt status. While several players likely spent Thursday night hoping for a torrential downpour, others on the outside looking in were wishing for Isabel to fizzle out somewhere in the northern States. Either way, Parry would seem to have a lock on his card for next season.
 
Ill be honest with you -- Im leading here so if I dont have to play on Friday, great. But there is a lot on the line here and I hope it is fair for everybody. But we were warned Monday that this might happen, so I played this like a four-round golf tournament. If I have to go out tomorrow, so be it. Well deal with it.
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After Further Review: Tiger's return comes at perfect time

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 2:19 am

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

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Rahm passes Spieth to become world No. 2

By Nick MentaJanuary 22, 2018, 1:25 am

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.

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Brady compares self to Woods after winning AFC title

By Jason CrookJanuary 22, 2018, 1:05 am

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."

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.

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Rahm beats Landry in playoff to win CareerBuilder

By Nick MentaJanuary 22, 2018, 1:00 am

Jon Rahm birdied the fourth extra hole Sunday to defeat Andrew Landry in a playoff, win the CareerBuilder Challenge and move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking. Here’s how things played out in overtime at PGA West:

Leaderboard: Rahm (-22), Landry (-22), John Huh (-20), Adam Hadwin (-20), Martin Piller (-20), Kevin Chappell (-19), Scott Piercy (-19)

What it means: This is Rahm’s second PGA Tour win and his fourth worldwide victory in the last year, dating back to last season’s Farmers Insurance Open. Rahm took the early lead Thursday with an opening 62 and after rounds of 67-70, he started the final round two back. On Sunday, he made five birdies without dropping a single shot on the intimidating Stadium Course. In the clubhouse at 22 under, Rahm watched as Landry made birdie on 18 to force a playoff.

Rahm missed birdie putts that would have ended the tournament on the final hole of regulation and on each playoff hole. Finally, on his fourth trip down 18 of the day, his birdie bid found the cup. With the victory, Rahm passes Jordan Spieth to move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking, trailing only Dustin Johnson. He enters next week at Torrey Pines looking to defend for the first time.

Best of the rest: A two-time Web.com winner playing his second full season on the PGA Tour, Landry shot 68 Sunday, making birdie on the 72nd hole to force extras. Once Rahm finally made birdie on the fourth playoff hole, Landry's putt to extend slid by on the right edge. This is Landry's best career finish on the PGA Tour. Had he won, he would have secured full Tour status through the 2019-20 season and earned invites to the Masters, Players, and PGA Championships.

Round of the day: Sam Saunders fired an 8-under 64 to register this best finish of the season, a tie for eighth at 18 under. The reigning Web.com Tour Championship winner was 9 under par through 12 holes before making bogey at 13 and parring his way into the clubhouse.

Biggest disappointment: Overnight leader Austin Cook was eyeing his second win of the season but never contended. The RSM champion carded two double bogeys Sunday en route to a 3-over 75, dropping him from the 54-hole lead to a tie for 14th.

Shot of the day: Rahm's putt to win:

Quote of the day: "One of us had to do it and either one of us would have been a well-deserving champion." - Rahm on his playoff victory over Landry