Major Names Miss Cut

By Mercer BaggsAugust 16, 2002, 4:00 pm
The cutline fell at 4-over-par 148 in the 84th PGA Championship, leaving a host of established players with plenty of time to visit the Mall of America.
 
Earlier in the week, John Daly joked with Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura that the two should make a tee time for Saturday since it is a major,' and he expected to miss the cut. He did just that, shooting 77-76 to finish at 8-over. His tournament was capsulated on the par-4 16th Thursday, when he made an 11.
 
Daly has now missed the cut in seven of his last 10 majors played. He also withdrew from the 2000 U.S. Open.
 
But Daly wasnt the premiere player to miss the cut this week. That dubious distinction belonged to defending champion David Toms.
 
Playing alongside Tiger Woods and Ernie Els, Toms shot 77-74 (+7). Toms continued his major demise since winning in Atlanta. He tied for 36th in the Masters, tied for 45th in the U.S. Open, finished 83rd in the British ' when leading after the first round - and now missed the cut.
 
Toms was just one of many Ryder Cup players to miss the cut. With all 24 team members from both the U.S. and Europe in the field this week, only half made it to the final two rounds.
 
Darren Clarke (+5), Thomas Bjorn (+5), Scott Verplank (+5), Paul Azinger (+6), Toms (+7), Colin Montgomerie (+8), Paul McGinley (+9), Scott Hoch (+11), Jesper Parnevik (+11), Niclas Fasth (+12), Lee Westwood (+14) and Phillip Price (+15) all missed the cut. United States Captain Curtis Strange finished at +13.
 
David Duval, Phil Mickelson, Sergio Garcia and Stewart Cink all made the cut on the number.
 
David Gossett, who qualified when Tiger Woods won the Buick Open, was 2-under for the tournament after birdies on the first and third holes Friday, but played his final 14 holes in 8-over. He shot 72-78.
 
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Woods, Rahm, Rickie, J-Day headline Torrey field

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 20, 2018, 12:47 am

Tiger Woods is set to make his 2018 debut.

Woods is still part of the final field list for next week’s Farmers Insurance Open, the headliner of a tournament that includes defending champion Jon Rahm, Hideki Matsuyama, Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler, Phil Mickelson and Jason Day.

In all, 12 of the top 26 players in the world are teeing it up at Torrey Pines.

Though Woods has won eight times at Torrey Pines, he hasn’t broken 71 in his past seven rounds there and hasn’t played all four rounds since 2013, when he won. Last year he missed the cut after rounds of 76-72, then lasted just one round in Dubai before he withdrew with back spasms.

After a fourth back surgery, Woods didn’t return to competition until last month’s Hero World Challenge, where he tied for ninth. 

Woods has committed to play both the Farmers Insurance Open and next month's Genesis Open at Riviera, which benefits his foundation. 

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Even on 'off' day, Rahm shoots 67 at CareerBuilder

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 20, 2018, 12:36 am

Jon Rahm didn’t strike the ball as purely Friday as he did during his opening round at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

He still managed a 5-under 67 that put him just one shot off the lead heading into the weekend.

“I expected myself to go to the range (this morning) and keep flushing everything like I did yesterday,” said Rahm, who shot a career-low 62 at La Quinta on Thursday. “Everything was just a little bit off. It was just one of those days.”

After going bogey-free on Thursday, Rahm mixed four birdies and two bogeys over his opening six holes. He managed to settle down around the turn, then made two birdies on his final three holes to move within one shot of Andrew Landry (65).

Rahm has missed only five greens through two rounds and sits at 15-under 129. 

The 23-year-old Spaniard won in Dubai to end the year and opened 2018 with a runner-up finish at the Sentry Tournament of Champions. He needs a top-6 finish or better this week to supplant Jordan Spieth as the No. 2 player in the world.

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Landry stays hot, leads desert shootout at CareerBuilder

By Associated PressJanuary 20, 2018, 12:35 am

LA QUINTA, Calif. – Andrew Landry topped the crowded CareerBuilder Challenge leaderboard after another low-scoring day in the sunny Coachella Valley.

Landry shot a 7-under 65 on Thursday on PGA West's Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course to reach 16 under. He opened with a 63 on Thursday at La Quinta Country Club.

Jon Rahm, the first-round leader after a 62 at La Quinta, was a stroke back. He had two early bogeys in a 67 on the Nicklaus layout.


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Jason Kokrak was 14 under after a 67 at Nicklaus. Two-time major champion Zach Johnson was 13 under along with Michael Kim and Martin Piller. Johnson had a 64 at Nicklaus.

Landry, Rahm, Kokrak and Johnson will finish the rotation Saturday at PGA West's Stadium Course, also the site of the final round.

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Mickelson 'displeased' with iron play; 10 back

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 20, 2018, 12:18 am

All of Phil Mickelson’s offseason work on his driver has paid off through two rounds of the CareerBuilder Challenge.

His iron play? Not as sharp, and it’s the reason why he heads into the weekend 10 shots off the lead.

“I’ve been pretty pleased, overall, with the way I’ve been driving the ball, and very displeased with the way my iron game has been,” said Mickelson, who shot 68 Friday on PGA West’s Nicklaus course. He has hit only 21 of 36 greens so far this week. “Usually my iron play is a lot better than what it’s been. So I’ll go work on it and hopefully improve each round in this tournament and build a solid foundation for the upcoming West Coast events.


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“I feel like if I continue to drive the ball the way I am, and if I got my iron play back to my normal standard, I should have the results that I’ve been expecting.”

Mickelson, of course, is always bullish this time of year, but he has been able to find 10 of 14 fairways each of the past two rounds, including at narrower La Quinta Country Club, which doesn’t always fit his eye.

“This is actually the best I’ve driven it in a lot of years,” he said.

Currently in a tie for 67th, Mickelson will need a solid round on the more difficult Stadium course Saturday to ensure that he makes the 54-hole cut. He hasn’t missed a cut in his first West Coast event of the new year since 2009.