Tambellini Leader in the Clubhouse

By Marty HenwoodFebruary 14, 2003, 5:00 pm
AUSTIN, Texas -- Roger Tambellini of San Francisco, Calif., played a bogey-free round Thursday to take the clubhouse lead after the suspended opening round of the TravelTex.com Canadian Tour Classic.
The 27-year-old carded a 6-under 64 at Barton Creeks Crenshaw Cliffside course, two shots better than Calgarys Wes Heffernan and Americans Michael Harris, Jason Bohn and Jess Daley. Play was suspended with 18 players still on the course.
Tambellini was an exempt member of the Nationwide (then Buy.com) Tour last season, and holds conditional status on the Nationwide this year. He played in a pair of Canadian Tour events last season, finishing T2nd at the Texas Classic before a T10th at the Scottsdale Swing at McCormick Ranch. On Thursday, Tambellini made a return visit to the Lone Star State in what was a bit of a homecoming for him.
Its nice to get back out here again and see some friendly faces, said Tambellini. I have a lot of good friends out here, and this is certainly a nice way to make my return.
With a steady drizzle falling for most of the day, Tambellini didnt let the conditions affect him early with a 4-under 30 on the front side. After missing five putts inside 25 feet that would have seen him flirting with the course-record 62, Tambellini hit his approach from 96 yards on the final hole to within a foot before tapping in the birdie putt.
Confidence breeds even more confidence, and sure, the way I was playing, it could have been lower, he added. But you will always say that. Whether you shoot 60 or 70, the day you stop critiquing your game is the day you should hang up your clubs.
Coming off a disappointing 2002 campaign in which he made just seven of 12 cuts, Heffernan, the 2000 Alberta Amateur champion, didnt focus on golf in the off-season and took a break from the game.
Its been a while since Ive had to sit down for an interview after a round, thats for sure, laughed Heffernan. Last year was awful for me, so I just stayed around Calgary this past winter, played some hockey and got away from golf for a while.
At the tours Vancouver stop last summer, Heffernan suffered a shoulder injury which plagued him for the rest of the season. He is back to feeling 100 per cent and hopes he can carry his momentum into Fridays second round.
It was tough after getting hurt, I had to fight it all through Canada, he said, referring to the tours swing north of the border in 2002. I lost some confidence and that hurt me.
Bohn may want to consider relocating to Austin. The 29-year-old reeled off a tour-record eight straight birdies last season at nearby Circle C Ranch en route to a second-place showing.
I sure like playing here in Austin, said the two-time Canadian Tour champion, who garnered worldwide attention by carding a final-round 13-under 58 to win the 2001 Bayer Championship. That was a great round here last year, so I hope we can do it again. Its a good start. We always say the score could have been lower- but it could have been higher, as well.
Harris, who captured Most Improved International Player honors in 2002, spent most of the off-season working out while fine-tuning his game for this season. After losing in a playoff to Hank Kuehne at the TELUS Quebec Open, Harris knows he may be on the edge of nailing down his first tour triumph.
I am very pleased with the way that I have been playing, and I try not to think about what is going to happen down the road, said Harris, who added two other top-10s in 2002. Ill just hit my shots and go from there. I had my chances last year, and that is all I can ask. Hopefully I can finish it off soon.
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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.