Gossetts 59 Highlights 4th Round at Q-School

By Mercer BaggsDecember 2, 2000, 5:00 pm
David Gossett's classmates certainly made the right choice when they voted the Germantown Tenn., resident 'Most Likely to Succeed' in his senior year of high school.
 
Saturday, the 1999 U.S. Amateur champion fired a 13-under-par 59 on the Jack Nicklaus Private Course at PGA West in La Quinta, Calif. The round, as impressive as it was, was also much needed as it put the 21-year-old in position to earn his 2001 PGA Tour card.
 
Playing the fourth of six rounds in the PGA Qualifying Tournament finals, Gossett recorded 11 birdies and an ace at the par-3 3rd, his 12th of the day, en route to the historic number.
 
'It was a great round but I have an uphill battle with two days to go, but this puts me much closer to my dream of making the PGA Tour,' said Gossett.
 
How surprising was Gossett's 59? Well, in seven pro starts this season, the former Texas Longhorn missed all seven cuts and failed to break 70 in each round played. In fact, Gossett began this week's final stage with rounds of 70-76-71.
 
At 1-over-par through three rounds, Gossett was mired in 129th position halfway through the Q-School finals. Thirteen strokes-to-par later, he's back in contention, tied for 25th, with the top 35 and ties following the conclusion of play earning their 2001 PGA Tour playing privileges.
 
'Certainly any time you make birdies and play good golf you're going to pass people,' said Gossett. 'And that was my objective going out today. I figured if I could make some birdies, hang in there and throw up three great rounds I would be in good position when Monday rolls around.'
 
Two years ago, David Duval shot 59 in the final round of the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic on the Arnold Palmer Private Course at PGA West. Saturday, it was Gossett's turn on the neighboring Nicklaus-design.
 
Gossett began his day with a birdie at the par-4 10th. He added a second birdie at the 12th, and then posted a series of red numbers on holes 14-17.
 
Upon making the turn at 6-under, Gossett birdied the par-4 1st, before holing an 8-iron at the 3rd. A par 5 at the 4th and another par at the 5th meant Gossett had to play his final four holes in 4-under to reach the magical number.
 
He did just that.
 
Gossett birdied each of his final four holes, including holing an eight-foot putt at the last for his first sub-60, and sub-70 score, for that matter.
 
South African Andrew McLardy leads through 72 holes. The 26-year-old carded seven birdies to just one bogey for a 6-under-par 66. At 27-under-par for the tournament, McLardy is three strokes clear of Australian Stephen Allan, who shot 65 on Saturday.
 
Along with Gossett in 25th place is Joe Daley. The former PGA Tour player was cruising his way through the fourth round before disaster struck at the par-3 17th. First, Daley hit his tee shot into the water. Then, faced with a three-foot putt for double-bogey, Daley struck his ball dead center into the cup - only it didn't stay there. The ball seemed to hit the back of the cup, inside the cylinder, and pop out. A flabbergasted Daley threw his cap down in frustration before eventually accepting his triple bogey 6.
 
'That the damnedest thing I've ever seen,' said Daley, who bogeyed the 18th to drop four shots in his final two holes.
 
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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.