17-year-old Tied For BC Open Lead

By Mercer BaggsJuly 19, 2001, 4:00 pm
A $360,000 first-place check doesnt seem like much nowadays on the PGA Tour. But to a teenager, its an incomprehensible amount.
 
Unfortunately for Ty Tryon, even if he wins this weeks B.C. Open, hell have to pass on the monetary prize.
 
The soon-to-be high school junior fired a 7-under-par 65 to earn a share of the 18-hole lead in Endicott, N.Y.
 
Four months ago, Tryon tied for 39th place in the Honda Classic, where he Monday qualified for the event. This week, the 17-year-old amateur accepted a sponsor's invitation to play at the En-Joie Golf Club.
 
I had a really good time out there today, said Tryon, who played alongside Ian Leggatt and Stephen Allan. Its fun to have my family here. My brother and sister are here.
 
Tryon is tied with Edward Fryatt. The two are one shot clear of Garrett Willis, Brad Fabel, Jeff Hart, Mark Hensby and Brian Watts.
 
Watts failed to qualify for this years Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St. Annes. He lost to Mark OMeara in a playoff at Royal Birkdale in 1999.
 
Willis won this years Touchstone Energy Tucson Open; though, hes missed 13 of 21 cuts since.
 
Tryon, a student at Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando, started his first round with a two-putt bogey. However, he went on to birdie the 3rd, 4th, 6th, 8th and 9th holes to make the turn in 4-under-par 33.
 
Following another bogey at the par-4 11th, Tryon responded with birdies on Nos. 12, 14, 15 and 16. The gangly player (5-foot-11 and 165 pounds) took advantage of the long holes, playing the four par-5s in 3-under.
 
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This is the first tournament Tryon has competed in since the Dogwood Amateur last month in Atlanta, Ga.
 
I think I approach pro events a little better than amateur events, said Tryon. I feel a little more stressed at amateur events.
 
The pressure is much deserved following his performance at the Honda Classic. Tryon opened in 67 and went on to shoot rounds of 73-70-68 to finish the tournament at 10-under-par, one shot lower than John Cook, who was an assistant coach at Tryons school at the time, Lake Highland Prep.
 
Tryon, then 16, became the second youngest player to make a cut on the PGA Tour. Bob Panasik set the record in the 1957 Canadian Open at 15 years, eight months and 20 days old.
 
Tryon's grandfather is a three-time New York State amateur champion who lives in nearby Elmira. His father lost to Jeff Sluman in a New York State junior amateur several years ago.
 
Tryon avenged the family loss Thursday as he bettered Sluman by two shots.
 
News, Notes and Numbers
*Johnny McDermott is the youngest winner on tour. He won the 1911 U.S. Open at 19 years and 10 months.
 
*1997 champion Gabriel Hjertstedt withdrew from the tournament Thursday, complaining of a shoulder injury. He shot 40 on the front nine. Hjertstedts withdrawal came a day after his group won the pro-am event.
 
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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.

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.

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Mickelson starts fast, fades to 70 at La Quinta

By Will GrayJanuary 18, 2018, 11:07 pm

Phil Mickelson got off to a fast start in his first competitive round of 2018 - for six holes, at least.

The 47-year-old is making his first start since the WGC-HSBC Champions this week at the CareerBuilder Challenge, and only his third competitive appearance since the BMW Championship in September. Four birdies over his first six holes indicated that a strong opener might be in the cards, but Mickelson played his subsequent holes in 2 over.

It added up to a 2-under 70 at La Quinta Country Club, typically the easiest of the three courses in rotation this week, and left Mickelson eight shots behind Jon Rahm.

"It was fun to get back out and be competitive," Mickelson told reporters. "I for some reason am stuck on 70 here at La Quinta, whether I get off to a good start or a bad one, I end up shooting the same score."


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Mickelson stunted his momentum with a tee shot out of bounds on the par-4 eighth hole, but he managed to save bogey and otherwise drove the ball relatively well. Instead, he pointed to his normally reliable iron play as the culprit for his back-nine backslide on a day when more than 120 players in the 156-man field broke par.

Mickelson will now head to the Nicklaus Tournament Course with the Stadium Course on tap for Saturday's third round. While there were several low scores Thursday at La Quinta, Mickelson remains bullish about the birdie opportunities that still lie ahead.

"This isn't the course where I go low on," Mickelson said. "I feel more comfortable on Stadium and Nicklaus. Neither of them are nearly as tight and I tend to score a lot lower on those other two than I do here, historically."

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Rahm (62) shoots career low round at CareerBuilder

By Will GrayJanuary 18, 2018, 10:33 pm

After a banner year in 2017, Jon Rahm found a way to add yet another accolade to his growing list of accomplishments during the opening round of the CareerBuilder Challenge.

Rahm got off to a fast start at La Quinta Country Club, playing his first seven holes in 6 under en route to a 10-under 62. The score marked his career low on the PGA Tour by two shots and gave him an early lead in an event that utilizes a three-course rotation.

La Quinta was the site of Adam Hadwin's 59 during last year's event, and Rahm knew full well that a quick start opened the door to a memorably low score.

"Any time you have that going for you, you get thoughts come in your head, 60, maybe 59," Rahm told reporters. "I knew that if I kept playing good I was going to have more birdie opportunities, and I tried not to get ahead of myself and I was able to do it."

Rahm birdied his first two holes before an eagle on the par-5 fifth hole sparked him to an outward 30. He added four more birdies on the inward half without dropping a shot.

The Spaniard is the highest-ranked player in the field this week, and while many players opted for a two-week stint in Hawaii he instead came home for some practice after opening the new year with a runner-up finish at the Sentry Tournament of Champions. That decision appears to have paid some early dividends as Rahm gets set to defend a PGA Tour title for the first time next week at Torrey Pines.

Low scores were plentiful on all three courses during the opening round, and Rahm remained pleased with his effort even though he fell short of matching Hadwin's sub-60 score from a year ago.

"That's golf. You're not going to make every single putt, you're not going to hit every shot perfect," he said. "Overall, you've got to look at the bigger picture. I birdied the last hole, had a couple of great sand saves coming in, shot 10 under par. There's not much more I can ask for."