Two Lead With One Day Left at Canadian Q-School

By Marty HenwoodJune 9, 2005, 4:00 pm
LANGLEY, BC -- Americans Ryan Camp and Byron Smith share the lead heading into Fridays final round of the Canadian Tours Spring Qualifying School.

Holding a comfortable four-shot edge as play began Thursday, the 24-year-old Smith posted a 3-over 73 at Belmont Golf Club in suburban Vancouver while Camp came in with a 69. Both have a three-day total of 6-under 204, one shot in front of former Tour member Nick Davey of New Zealand.

Reid Hatley of Spokane, Wash. and Aussie Luke Hickmott have made three trips around Belmont and come out at minus-4.

Billy Noon of Maple Ridge, BC is the top Canadian at 2-under 208 which, if the tournament ended Thursday, would be enough to earn the final exempt card for the 2005 Tour season.

Mike Mezei of Lethbridge, Alb. struggled to a 4-over 74 to drop into a tie for eighth at even par 210.

Camp, who played at Washington State University before turning pro last September, didnt have a memorable journey during his first attempt at qualifying for the Canadian Tour. Nine months ago at Royal Ashburn in Whity, Ont., Camp finished well back in 65th spot at Fall Qualifying School.

This time around, it has been a different story.

This week around has definitely been a lot more rewarding, said Camp. Last September, I had just turned pro and was extremely nervous heading into the first round. Combine that with the way I played and it made for a bad week. You have to be there to experience it, and I think that experience helped me for this week.

Mezei, who represented Canada at the Four Nations Cup last month, is also poised to join the Tour ranks Friday. Less than a week after turning professional, Mezei hit a speed bump on a day where the lift, clean and replace rule was in effect.

It was brutally easy out there today and I just didnt get it done, said Mezei. I didnt get any breaks at all and didnt play well. But Ive still given myself a chance to get my full card. Ill go out there (Friday) and see if I can make a move. I feel Ive got a good round left in me.

Camp was 2-over for the day and was poised to drop another shot on the par-5 ninth when he landed his third shot well short of the green. Facing a crucial up and down to save par, Camp instead kept his putter in the bag by chipping in for birdie.

With just one day to go, he would seem to be a lock to earn one of the seven exempt cards that will be handed out. Seven more players, plus ties, will earn non-exempt status.

But dont try telling Camp it is a done deal.

You have to play smart golf out here, he admitted. You have to give yourself those 15 to 20 footers and go after the pins when the opportunity presents itself. Im not changing anything for tomorrow. Im not playing against Byron or anyone else; its me against the golf course.

Scores - Thursday after the third round of the Canadian Tour's Spring Qualifying School being held at the 6,416-yard, par-70 Belmont Golf Club (A-denotes amateur):
1. Camp, Ryan Spokane, WA 66  69  69  204  
1. Smith, Byron Palm Springs, CA 65 66 73 204
3. Davey, Nick New Zealand 68 71 66 205
4. Hatley, Reid Spokane, WA 72 70 64 206
4. Hickmott, Luke Australia 69 70 67 206
6. Yanagisawa, Will Sparks, NV 68 69 70 207
7. Noon, Billy Maple Ridge, BC 67 73 68 208
8. Bates, Lucas Australia 70 70 70 210
8. Mezei, Mike Lethbridge, AB 68 68 74 210
10. Wood, Chris Sardis, BC 69 70 72 211
11. Harlingten, Seann Rancho Mirage, CA 69 74 69 212
12. Koh, Hansoi New Westminster, BC 70 73 70 213
13. Dorothy, Dean Aiea, HI 69 72 73 214
14. Lee, Ju Young Korea 70 70 75 215
14. Maunder, Eddie Whitby, ON 74 69 72 215
14. McNally, Mike Billings, MT 70 68 77 215
14. Roberts, Dan (A) Victoria, BC 70 71 74 215
14. Tulk, Adam (A) Vancouver, BC 70 75 70 215
19. Brown, Anthony Australia 70 73 73 216
19. Shafer, Steve Phoenix, AZ 71 72 73 216
19. Wilson, Tim Surrey, BC 68 75 73 216
22. Frier, Steve Richmond, BC 75 68 75 218
23. Balloch, Jay Surrey, BC 78 72 69 219
23. Park, Pedro New Zealand 74 74 71 219
23. Tayler, Nik Australia 72 77 70 219
23. Weaver, Jordan Coquitlam, BC 71 75 73 219
23. Wilson, Wes Oklahoma City, OK 68 75 76 219
28. Lidkea, Ryan Delta, BC 69 79 72 220
28. Murray, Joseph Upland, CA 71 75 74 220
28. Wicks, Richard Australia 73 73 74 220
31. Dennison, Bevan New Zealand 71 75 75 221
32. Burraston, Dale England 72 79 71 222
33. Brown, Daniel (A) Creston, BC 73 76 74 223
33. Scoles, Marty Burnaby, BC 71 73 79 223
33. Smith, Blaise Chino, CA 72 73 78 223
36. Wiles, Trevin Sandy, UT 76 71 77 224
37. Karr, Jim Jupiter, FL 76 75 74 225
37. Robinson, John Orlando, FL 74 77 74 225
37. Young, Scott Australia 74 77 74 225
40. Moser, Nathan Surrey, BC 81 74 72 227
40. Rauberheimer, Anton (A) Smoky Lake, AB 77 73 77 227
42. Walker, Bruce Calgary, AB 79 76 74 229
43. Eide, Scott Henderson, NV 77 75 78 230
43. Jung, Johnny Maple Ridge, BC 80 73 77 230
45. Akizuki, Shingo Surrey, BC 77 79 75 231
46. Williams, Brendon Mackenzie, BC 80 77 78 235
47. Butterworth, Jim Surrey, BC 81 81 75 237
48. Keim, Kenneth (A) Calgary, AB 84 78 77 239
49. Cerrato, Jehu Surrey, BC 88 79 82 249
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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."

Full-field scores from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship

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.

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Sergio starts season with 66 in Singapore

By Associated PressJanuary 18, 2018, 12:56 pm

SINGAPORE – Sergio Garcia opened his season with a 5-under 66 and a share of the clubhouse lead on Thursday in the first round of the weather-interrupted Singapore Open.

Playing his first tournament of the year, the Masters champion rebounded after making an early bogey to collect four birdies and an eagle at the Sentosa Golf Club.

He was later joined by American qualifier Kurt Kitayama in the clubhouse lead. Still on the course, Tirawat Kaewsiribandit was at 6 under through 16 holes when play was suspended for the day because of the threat of lightning.

Louis Oosthuizen, the 2010 Open champion, was at 5 under through 16 holes when he also had to stop his round because of the weather.

Of the players who did finish their opening rounds, only three were within two strokes of Garcia and Kitayama. One of them was Casey O'Toole, who aced the par-3 second with a 7-iron.

The 38-year-old Garcia dropped his only shot of the day on the par-4 15th, his sixth hole after teeing off on the back nine, when he missed the fairway and was unable to make par. But he made amends when he birdied the par-3 17th and then eagled the par-5 18th to go out in 33.

''I was 1 over after (the) seventh but it didn't feel like I was playing badly,'' said Garcia, who made birdies on each of the two par 5s and one of the par 3s on the second nine. ''But then I hit two greats in a row for holes 17 and 18. I got a birdie-eagle there, so that settled me a little bit and I could play solid in the back nine and it was a great round.''

Garcia made the shortlist for the Laureus Sports Awards in the Breakthrough of the Year category after claiming his first major at Augusta National last year and is hoping for more success this season.

He credits the Singapore Open as having played a part in toughening him up for his Masters win because he opted to start his 2017 campaign in the stifling humidity of Southeast Asia to prepare himself for the bigger tournaments ahead.

Although he finished tied for 11th in Singapore, Garcia won the Dubai Desert Classic the next week and was in peak form when he won the Masters two months later.

Kitayama only secured his place in the $1 million event on Monday by finishing at the top of the qualifying competition, but he made a strong start with birdies on three of his first five holes. The 25-year-old Thai was 6 under through 13 holes but spoiled his otherwise flawless round with a bogey on his last.

''I started with a birdie and I just let it roll from there. I had some good tee shots, which I think, is the biggest thing for this course,'' Kitayama said. ''I'm a little tired, but I'm hanging in there. Whenever I have time off, I'll try not to think too much about golf.''

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13-year-old beats DJ in closest-to-the-pin contest

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 18, 2018, 12:26 pm

Dustin Johnson didn’t just get beat by Tommy Fleetwood and Rory McIlroy on Day 1 of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

Even a 13-year-old got the best of the world No. 1.

Oscar Murphy teed off on the 177-yard 15th hole as part of the tournament’s Beat the Pro challenge during the opening round. The Northern Irishman, one of the HSBC’s Future Falcons, carved a 3-wood toward a back-right pin, about 25 feet away, closer than both Johnson and Fleetwood.

“An unbelievable shot,” Fleetwood said afterward, “and me and Rory both said, ‘We don’t have that in our locker.’”

Johnson still made par on the hole, but he mixed four birdies with four bogeys Thursday for an even-par 72 that left him six shots back of Fleetwood and Hideto Tanihara after the opening round.

Johnson, who tied for second here a year ago, is coming off a dominant performance at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, where he won by eight shots to strengthen his lead atop the world rankings. 

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McIlroy 'really pleased' with opening 69 in Abu Dhabi

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 18, 2018, 12:10 pm

It was an auspicious 2018 debut for Rory McIlroy.

Playing alongside world No. 1 Dustin Johnson for his first round since October, McIlroy missed only one green and shot a bogey-free 69 at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. McIlroy is three shots back of reigning Race to Dubai champion Tommy Fleetwood, who played in the same group as McIlroy and Johnson, and Hideto Tanihara.

Starting on the back nine at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, McIlroy began with 11 consecutive pars before birdies on Nos. 3, 7 and 8.

Full-field scores from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship

“I was excited to get going,” he told reporters afterward. “The last couple of months have been really nice in terms of being able to concentrate on things I needed to work on in my game and health-wise. I feel like I’m the most prepared for a season that I’ve ever been, but it was nice to get back out there.”

Fleetwood, the defending champion, raced out to another lead while McIlroy and Johnson, who shot 72, just tried to keep pace.

“Tommy played very well and I was just trying to hang onto his coattails for most of the round, so really pleased – bogey-free 69, I can’t really complain,” McIlroy said.

This was his first competitive round in more than three months, since a tie for 63rd at the Dunhill Links. He is outside the top 10 in the world ranking for the first time since 2014.