Wood Leads First Round Of Spring Q-School
The 23-year-old opened with a 3-under 69 and leads Australian Michael Curtain by one shot heading into Tuesdays second round. Dave Carr is two shots back, while eight others are at even-par 72.
Wood has played three Tour events this year after qualifying for the Scottsdale Swing at McCormick Ranch and the Lewis Chitengwa Memorial Championship, and receiving an exemption into the Michelin Ixtapa Classic. His best finish was a tie for 22nd at McCormick Ranch. On Monday, he carded a 2-under 34 on his front nine and rode that momentum to the early lead.
I just want to play solid this week, and this was a good way to start, said Wood. It is a lot easier playing relaxed then having to try to play catch-up later in the week.
The former Golden State Tour winner, who also advanced to the second stage of PGA Tour Qualifying last fall, realizes that he has cleared the first hurdle in the 90-hole marathon here in Kamloops. He had a chance to play with former U.S. amateur champion Hank Kuehne at McCormick Ranch earlier this year, and feels the experience should benefit him as the week goes on.
Playing with Hank made me realize there are lot of golfers on the Canadian Tour with high aspirations and a promising future. I was expecting good play, I just didnt know what I was getting into. But I am excited about getting the chance to come to Canada- it is the best thing for me right now.
Curtain, who turned pro in January, also holds status on the Davidoff Tour in Asia.
I thought it would be a good thing for me to come over here, said the 23-year-old. With the amount of events I was going to get into in Asia, it was silly for me to stay at home. I want to stay competitive and get all the experience I can in my rookie season.
Paul Scaletta, who finished second at last months Barefoot Classic after qualifying for the event, carded a 1-over 73 Monday. Should Scaletta earn a card here, he would move into 21st spot in the Order of Merit standings.
The field will be reduced to the low 60 scores plus ties after Thursdays fourth round. Those remaining will compete for one of 15 exempt and a minimum 10 non-exempt cards for the remainder of the 2002 Canadian Tour season to be awarded Friday.
First Round Scores
Wood, JeffFortuna, CA- 69-3
Curtain, MichaelAustralia- 70-2
Carr, DaveSacramento, CA- 71-1
Corrigan, MarkKamloops, B.C.- 72Even
Flugstad, BrianKenmore, WA- 72Even
Fukushima, KentGrande Prairie, AB- 72Even
Gibbs, JonathonBoise, ID- 72Even
Knowles, RaganAurora, CO- 72Even
Omelia, BryanVan Nuys, CA- 72Even
Risdon, DustinStrathmore, AB- 72Even
Stinson, KyleEdmonton, AB- 72Even
Brunson, DanielGreenville, SC- 731
Bykowski, ColinKelowna, B.C.- 731
Correa, LarrySan Diego, CA- 731
Hamilton, RobertCarmichael, CA- 731
Kureluk, JamieCalgary, AB- 731
Scaletta, PaulRichmond, VA- 731
Valentin, JeromeMission Viejo, CA- 731
Yamanaka, MotoNorwalk, CA- 731
Yoshitake, MasaVictoria, B.C.- 731
Bensel, KenBelligham, WA- 742
Burns, GordToronto, ON- 742
Forsman, JohanDenver, CO- 742
Jacques, RyanDexter, MO- 742
Petryk, LarrySmoky Lake, AB- 742
Snelling, JustinBoise, ID- 742
Dawson, PhilipShinyle Springs, CA- 753
Gentry, BrianTahoe City, CA- 753
Goma, ShinichiCoquitlam, B.C.- 753
Hong, ChangKorea- 753
Nitta, DaisukeJapan- 753
Serna, AntonioMexico- 753
Aga, MattLoveland, CO- 764
Buttar, BlairLeduc, AB- 764
Chubb, MatthewToronto, ON- 764
Karr, JimJupiter, FL- 764
Williams, MikeAntelope, CA- 764
Bach, TedSundre, AB- 775
Belbin, ChadKamloops, BC- 775
Fisher, JasonBakersfield, CA- 775
Hayashi, NoryJapan- 775
Nelson, BirkPhilomath, OR- 775
Takase, AtsushiNorthridge, CA- 775
Arps, JarrodAustralia- 786
Davey, SteveTallahassee, FL- 786
Hall, RichardEngland- 786
Havens, DavidCharlottesville, VA- 786
Moore, MichaelMississauga, ON- 786
Burke, JimCaldwell, NJ- 797
Park, PedroNew Zealand- 797
Yoo, RichardKorea- 797
Berthiaume, Marc-AndreMontreal, QC- 808
Hague, RyanVernon, B.C.- 808
Hogan, PatIndianopolis, IN- 808
Brown, MichaelGrenelefe, FL- 819
Michals, JayHouston, TX- 819
Webb, MikeEagle, ID- 819
Wright, SteveNanaimo, B.C.- 819
Duru, PaschalNigeria- 8210
Kubo, ShoheiNew Zealand- 8210
Wammer, PaulWestbank, B.C.- 8210
Crumb, JeffOliver, B.C.- 8412
Douglas, RobStratford, ON- 8412
Patrick, DarylCalgary, AB- 8412
Reid, ScottConover, NC- 8412
Mignone, MarkMission Viejo, CA- 8513
Danbom, JeffMilford, IA- 8614
McGarry, MikeLyndhurst, OH- 8614
Douglas, DarriekBermuda- 8715
Harding, TySanta Clara, CA- 8816
Kennedy, DeanVancouver, BCGW/D
Van Donk, DanDrain, ORGW/D
Cook leads by one entering final round at CareerBuilder
LA QUINTA, Calif. – Austin Cook played a six-hole stretch in 6 under and shot an 8-under 64 in breezy conditions Saturday to take the lead at the CareerBuilder Challenge.
Cook began the run at La Quinta Country Club with birdies on Nos. 4-5, eagled the sixth and added birdies on No. 7 and 9 to make the turn in 6-under 30.
After a bogey on the 10th, he birdied Nos. 11, 12 and 15 and saved par on the 18th with a 20-footer to take a 19-under 197 total into the final round on PGA West's Stadium Course. The 26-year-old former Arkansas player is making his first start in the event. He won at Sea Island in November for his first PGA Tour title.
Fellow former Razorbacks star Andrew Landry and Martin Piller were a stroke back. Landry, the second-round leader, had a 70 on the Stadium Course. Piller, the husband of LPGA tour player Gerina Piller, shot a 67 at La Quinta. They are both winless on the PGA Tour.
Jon Rahm had a 70 at the Stadium Course to reach 17 under. The top-ranked player in the field at No. 3, Rahm beat up the par 5s again, but had four bogeys – three on par 3s. He has played the 12 par 5s in 13 under with an eagle and 11 birdies.
Scott Piercy also was two strokes back after a 66 at the Stadium.
Adam Hadwin had a 67 at La Quinta a year after shooting a third-round 59 on the course. The Canadian was 16 under along with Grayson Murray and Brandon Harkins. Murray had a 67 on PGA West's Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course, and Harkins shot 68 on the Stadium Course.
Phil Mickelson missed the cut in his first tournament of the year for the second time in his career, shooting a 74 on the Stadium Course to finish at 4 under – four strokes from a Sunday tee time.
The 47-year-old Hall of Famer was playing for the first time since late October. He also missed the cut in the Phoenix Open in his 2009 opener.
Charlie Reiter, the Palm Desert High School senior playing on the first sponsor exemption the event has given to an amateur, also missed the cut. The Southern California recruit had three early straight double bogeys in a 77 on the Stadium that left him 1 over for the week.
John Daly had an 80 at La Quinta. He opened with a triple bogey and had six bogeys – four in a row to start his second nine – and only one birdie. The 51-year-old Daly opened with a 69 on the Nicklaus layout and had a 71 on Friday at the Stadium.
Mickelson misses CareerBuilder cut for first time in 24 years
Phil Mickelson missed the cut Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge. It’s a rare occurrence in his Hall of Fame career.
He has played the event 15 times, going back to when it was known as the Bob Hope Classic. He has won it twice.
How rare is his missing the cut there?
The last time he did so, there was no such thing as a DVD, Wi-Fi, iPods, Xbox, DVR capability or YouTube.
The PGA Tour’s Jon Rahm didn’t exist, either.
The last time Mickelson missed a cut in this event was 1994, nine months before Rahm was born.
Mickelson struggled to a 2-over-par 74 in the heavy winds Saturday on the PGA West Stadium Course, missing the 54-hole cut by four shots. He hit just four of 14 fairways, just nine of 18 greens. He took a double bogey at the 15th after requiring two shots to escape the steep-walled bunker on the left side of the green.
Mickelson won’t have to wait long to try to get back in the hunt. He’s scheduled to play the Farmers Insurance Open next week at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, Calif.
Defending champ Gana co-leads Latin America Amateur
Toto Gana moved into early position to try to win a return trip to the Masters Saturday by grabbing a share of the first-round lead at the Latin America Amateur Championship.
The defending champ posted a 3-under-par 68 at Prince of Wales Country Club in his native Chile, equaling the rounds of Argentina’s Mark Montenegro and Colombia’s Pablo Torres.
They are one shot ahead of Mexico’s Alvaro Ortiz and Mario Carmona, Argentina’s Horacio Carbonetti and Jaime Lopez Rivarola and the Dominican Republic’s Rhadames Pena.
It’s a bunched leaderboard, with 19 players within three shots of each at the top of the board in the 72-hole event.
“I think I have my game under control,” said Gana, 20, a freshman at Lynn University. “I hit the ball very well, and I also putted very well. So, I am confident about tomorrow.”
The LAAC’s champion will get more than a Masters invitation. He also will be exempt into the The Amateur, the U.S. Amateur and any other USGA event he is eligible to play this year. The champion and players who finish runner-up are also exempt into the final stages of qualifying for The Open and the U.S. Open.
The LAAC was founded by the Masters, the R&A and the USGA, with the purpose of further developing amateur golf in South America, Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean.
LAAC returning to Casa de Campo in 2019
The Latin America Amateur Championship will return to Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic in 2019 (Jan. 17-20), event organizers announced Saturday in Chile, where this year’s championship is underway.
The LAAC champion receives an invitation to play the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club every spring.
The champion is also exempt into The Amateur, the U.S. Amateur and any other USGA event for which he is eligible to compete. The champion and players who finish runner-up are also exempt into the final stages of qualifying for The Open and the U.S. Open.
The championship got its start in 2015 with Chile’s Matias Dominguez winning at Pilar Golf in Argentina. In 2016, Casa de Campo hosted, with Costa Rica’s Paul Chaplet winning. At 16, he became the first player from Central America to compete in the Masters. In 2017, Chile’s Toto Gana won the title at Club de Golf de Panama.