Wilson Leads At Spring Q-School
The 26-year-old Kincardine, ON native, now playing out of San Antonio, TX, blitzed the Rivershore Estates and Golf Links layout for a 7-under-par 65 Monday, two shots better than Rich Mawhinney of Cranbrook, B.C. Two others, including Brent Osachoff of Calgary, AB sit three strokes back and are in contention to snare one of the 15 exempt and 10 (minimum) conditional cards come Friday.
Former U.S. amateur standout Steve Scott (Wellington, FL), the runner-up to Tiger Woods in the 1996 U.S. Amateur Championships, carded an even par-72 Monday.
Cool temperatures and overcast skies welcomed golfers for Round 2 this morning, although the mercury is expected to climb this afternoon. After play Thursday, the field will be narrowed down to the low 60 scores plus ties. Those players will contest the final round Friday at The Dunes.
Monday's First Round Scores
After Thursday's fourth round, the field will be cut to the low 60 scores plus ties. The final round will be held Friday at The Dunes, with 15 exempt and a minumum 10 conditional cards to be awarded:
Wilson, Mark Kincardine, ON -_65 -7
Mawhinney, Rich Cranbrook, BC -_67 -5
Lippert, Eric Temecula, CA -_68 -4
Osachoff, Brent Calgary, AB -_68 -4
Pleis, Steve Parrish, FL -_69 -3
Rudolph, John LaJolla, CA -_69 -3
Damron, Patrick Orlando, FL -_70 -2
Johnson, Andy Orlando, FL -_70 -2
Kirk, Michael South Africa -_70 -2
Lee, Regan Pearl City, HI -_70 -2
Mosley, Dennis Glendale, AZ -_70 -2
Pearce, Mahal New Zealand -_70 -2
Saltus, Bryan Costa Mesa, CA -_70 -2
Wagenseller, David Wilmington, OH -_70 -2
Bond, Liam Wales -_71 -1
Burke, Jim Caldwell, NJ -_71 -1
Cantero, Jose Argentina -_71 -1
Davey, Steve Tallahassee, FL -_71 -1
DeBra, Daniel Temple Terrace, FL -_71 -1
Forrester, Carlton Atlanta, GA -_71 -1
Joseph, Christopher South Africa -_71 -1
McConnell, Miles Madison, WI -_71 -1
Monroe, Mark Springfield, MO -_71 -1
Osborn, Darin Chico, CA -_71 -1
Suhre, Mike Edwardsville, IL -_71 -1
Vranesh, Brian Northridge, CA -_71 -1
Wright, Steve Nanaimo, BC -_71 -1
Decker, Adam St. Petersburg, FL -_72 Even
Dompier, Chris Tucson, AZ -_72 Even
Engelhardt, Michael Okotoks, AB -_72 Even
Higley, Marcus England -_72 Even
Kennedy, Dean Vancouver, BC -_72 Even
Loar, Edward Dallas, TX -_72 Even
Marron, Kevin England -_72 Even
Maue, Mark Kitchener, ON -_72 Even
Quiroz, Alex Mexico -_72 Even
Scott, Steve Wellington, FL -_72 Even
Sunairi, Masa Japan -_72 Even
Tinker, Jim Highland Park, IL -_72 Even
Akizuki, Shingo Richmond, BC -_73 +1
Boldt, Rob Concord, CA -_73 +1
Carr, Dave Sacremento, CA -_73 +1
Chavez, Michael Santa Barbara, CA -_73 +1
Dick, Shane Australia -_73 +1
Harris, Michael Troy, MI -_73 +1
Hoff, Andrew Oregon City, OR -_73 +1
Huang, Hart Abbotsford, BC -_73 +1
Lancaster, Brooks Penticton, BC -_73 +1
Mielke, Jonstig Mesa, AZ -_73 +1
Moore, Michael Mississauga, ON -_73 +1
Scott, Drew Pinehurst, NC -_73 +1
Side, Mark England -_73 +1
Aga, Matt Loveland, CO -_74 +2
Block, Michael Palm Desert, CA -_74 +2
Haraguchi, Mike Richmond, BC -_74 +2
Mates, Sean Temecula, CA -_74 +2
Parker, Adrian Brookhaven, MS -_74 +2
Petty, Mayson Charlotte, NC -_74 +2
Ruiz, Danny Hawaiin Garden, CA -_74 +2
Suggs, David St. Louis, MO -_74 +2
Tresierra, Wayne Kamloops, BC -_74 +2
Williams, Jeff Winter Park, FL -_74 +2
Winterer, Michael Wesley Chapel, FL -_74 +2
Anders, Joey Las Cruces, NM -_75 +3
Dean, Geoffrey Palm Springs, CA -_75 +3
Devlin, Ryan Calgary, AB -_75 +3
Ecker, Eric Springfield, MO -_75 +3
Fernandez, Miguel Argentina -_75 +3
Fisher, Jason Bakersfield, CA -_75 +3
Keller, Kevin El Monte, CA -_75 +3
Kitts, Ben Summerfield, FL -_75 +3
Knight, Troy Lacombe, AB -_75 +3
Matsubara, Takayuki Japan -_75 +3
McGarry, Mike Lyndhurst, OH -_75 +3
Nakada, Takaaki Japan -_75 +3
Samoles, Mike La Mesa, CA -_75 +3
Wherry, Steve Cleveland, OH -_75 +3
Abraham, JJ Redding, CA -_76 +4
Anderson, Stuart Strathmore, AB -_76 +4
Brown, Michael Cheltenham, PA -_76 +4
Conway, Bryan Winter Springs, FL -_76 +4
Franklin, Darek Vancouver, WA -_76 +4
Gorman, Jason Hinsdale, IL -_76 +4
Knudsen, Erik Richmond, VA -_76 +4
Long, Travis Bellevue, WA -_76 +4
MacDonald, Bryce Australia -_76 +4
Machado, Claudio Argentina -_76 +4
Taylor, Nick England -_76 +4
Balloch, Jay Langley, BC -_77 +5
Brock, C.J. Marshfield, WI -_77 +5
Keating, Walter Thunder Bay, ON -_77 +5
Koehler, Brian Escondido, CA -_77 +5
Lee, Louie Kailua, HI -_77 +5
Leng, Darren England -_77 +5
Loper, Cory B. Mesa, AZ -_77 +5
Martens, Chris Surrey, BC -_77 +5
McKenzie, Luke Holland Landing, ON -_77 +5
Murata, Kazu Japan -_77 +5
Weeks, Patrick Vancouver, BC -_77 +5
Ferris, Doug Brooksville, FL -_78 +6
Larson, Keith Palm Beach, FL -_78 +6
Mackenzie, Will Greenville, NC -_78 +6
Newbolt, Timothy Kihei, HI -_78 +6
Prince, Mark Brea, CA -_78 +6
Veon, James Bakersfield, CA -_78 +6
Woerner, Charlie Los Altos, CA -_78 +6
Yonemoto, Kendal Richmond, BC -_78 +6
Berens, Chris Mt. Dora, FL -_79 +7
Botes, Wietz South Africa -_79 +7
Brown, Boyd Brooksville, FL -_79 +7
Burtner, Will Santa Clara, CA -_79 +7
Knowles, Ragan Aurora, CO -_79 +7
Lessard, Frederic Ste-Marie de Beauce, QC -_79 +7
McCann, Brian Mississauga, ON -_79 +7
Sundberg, Cody Tucson, AZ -_79 +7
Suzuki, Keiya Japan -_79 +7
Suzuki, Shoji Japan -_79 +7
Wyatt, Charles Tampa, FL -_79 +7
Asbun, Mauricio Mexico -_80 +8
Dhiman, Parshant Charlotte, NC -_80 +8
Park, Pedro Anaheim, CA -_80 +8
Buhagiar, Darren Australia -_81 +9
Iwao, Marc Japan -_81 +9
Khan, Firoz Fiji -_81 +9
Kitzan, Jon Calgary, AB -_81 +9
Ahn, Chung Korea -_82 +10
Nichols, Buddy Ojai, CA -_82 +10
Petryk, Larry Smoky Lake, AB -_82 +10
Takaoki, Yosuke Japan -_82 +10
Zamboni, Doug Sacremento, CA -_82 +10
Ferley, Wade Vancouver, BC -_84 +12
Mooney, Mike Mesa, AZ -_84 +12
Ferry, JD Miulani, HI -_85 +13
Hayashi, Nory Japan -_85 +13
Keller, Bill Mountain View, CA -_85 +13
Snyder, Jason Richmond, BC -_92 +20
Rahm passes Spieth to become world No. 2
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.
Brady compares self to Woods after winning AFC title
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."
Tom Brady, postgame, on wearing the wrap on his hand: “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. It's like when Tiger Woods said, ‘That was my C game’ and he won the tournament.”— Ryan Lavner (@RyanLavnerGC) January 22, 2018
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.
Rahm beats Landry in playoff to win CareerBuilder
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
Top-ranked amateur Niemann one back at LAAC in Chile
Argentina’s Jaime Lopez Rivarola leads the Latin America Amateur Championship at 5 under par following a round of 3-under 68 Saturday in Chile.
The former Georgia Bulldog is now 36 holes from what would be a return trip to Augusta National but his first Masters.
"The truth is that I crossed off on my bucket list playing Augusta [National], because I happened to play there," Rivarola said. "I've played every year with my university. But playing in the Masters is a completely different thing. I have been to the Masters, and I've watched the players play during the practice rounds. But [competing would be] a completely different thing."
He is followed on the leaderboard by the three players who competed in the playoff that decided last year’s LAAC in Panama: Joaquin Niemann (-4), Toto Gana (-4), and Alvaro Ortiz (-3).
Chile’s Niemann is the top-ranked amateur in the world who currently holds conditional status on the Web.com Tour and is poised to begin his career as a professional, unless of course he takes the title this week. After a disappointing 74 in Round 1, Niemann was 10 shots better in Round 2, rocketing up the leaderboard with a 7-under 64.
“Today, I had a completely different mentality, and that's usually what happens in my case," Niemann said. "When I shoot a bad round, the following day I have extra motivation. I realize and I feel that I have to play my best golf. The key to being a good golfer is to find those thoughts and to transfer them into good golf."
Niemann’s fellow Chilean and best friend Gana is the defending champion who missed the cut at the Masters last year and is now a freshman at Lynn University. His second-round 70 was a roller coaster, complete with six birdies, three eagles and a double.
Mexico’s Ortiz, the brother of three-time Web.com Tour winner Carlos, was 6 under for the week before three back-nine bogeys dropped him off the pace.
Two past champions, Matias Dominguez and Paul Chaplet, sit 5 over and 7 over, respectively.
The winner of the Latin America Amateur Championship earns an invite to this year’s Masters. He is also exempt into the The Amateur Championship, the U.S. Amateur, U.S. Open sectional qualifying, and Open Championship final qualifying.