Teams Added to Revamped Legends of Golf

By Pga Tour MediaJanuary 22, 2008, 5:00 pm
2007 Liberty Mutual Legends of GolfSAVANNAH, Ga. ' With the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf returning to its historic roots and becoming a team event again for the first time since 2001 which will count as an official win and official money, Champions Tour players are announcing their teams for the Legends Division (ages 50-59) as the April 21-27 event at the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa in Savannah, Ga., approaches.
 
Dana Quigley and Allen Doyle have thrown their names in the hat as a team. Doyle is a two-time winner of the U.S. Senior Open. The 59-year-old was named the 2001 Champions Tour Player of the Year and also won the Charles Schwab Cup that season. In his career, Doyle is an 11-time winner on the Champions Tour.
 
His teammate for the event is also an 11-time winner on Champions Tour and was also named the Champions Tour Player of the Year in 2005.
 
Quigley set the Champions Tour record for consecutive tournaments played for which he was eligible with 278 and also played 264 straight. Both Doyle and Quigley are New England natives.
 
Loren Roberts and Scott Simpson will also be teamed together in April. Roberts, an eight-time winner on the PGA TOUR and a seven-time winner on the Champions Tour, has won three major titles on the Champions Tour, including the 2006 Senior British Open. He is also the reigning Charles Schwab Cup champion. Roberts has played on two Presidents Cup teams and one Ryder Cup team for the United States.
 
Simpson has won seven PGA TOUR titles, including the 1987 U.S. Open where he defeated Seve Ballesteros and Tom Watson by one stroke at The Olympic Club. Simpson, who won the Champions Tours Wal-Mart First Open at Pebble Beach in 2006, was also a member of the U.S. Ryder Cup member in 1987.
 
Des Smyth will be teaming up with Denis Watson. Watson was chosen as the 2007 Champions Tour Rookie of the Year with two victories, including the Senior PGA Championship at Kiawah Island. Watson won three times during his PGA TOUR career.
 
Smyth, who won the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf in 2005, played 29 years on the European Tour and won eight tournaments during that time. He is a two-time winner on the Champions Tour and served as assistant captain to Ian Woosnam for the victorious 2005 European Ryder Cup team.
 
Played as an individual stroke-play event over the past six years, the new two-man, better-ball format will bring back the excitement that began in 1978. The Legends Division will remain an Official Money/Official Win competition.
 
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    Watch: McIlroy gives Fleetwood a birthday cake

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 19, 2018, 2:58 pm

    Tommy Fleetwood turned 27 on Friday. He celebrated with some good golf – a 4-under 68 in Abu Dhabi, leaving him only two shots back in his title defense – and a birthday cake, courtesy of Rory Mcllroy.

    While giving a post-round interview, Fleetwood was surprised to see McIlroy approaching with a cake in hand.

    “I actually baked this before we teed off,” McIlroy joked.

    Fleetwood blew out the three candles – “three wishes!” – and offered McIlroy a slice.  

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    DJ shoots 64 to surge up leaderboard in Abu Dhabi

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 1:48 pm

    Dustin Johnson stood out among a star-studded three-ball that combined to shoot 18 under par with just one bogey Friday at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

    Shaking off a sloppy first round at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Johnson matched the low round of the day with a 64 that put him within four shots of Thomas Pieters’ lead.

    “I did everything really well,” Johnson said. “It was a pretty easy 64.”

    Johnson made four bogeys during an even-par 72 on Thursday and needed a solid round Friday to make the cut. Before long, he was closer to the lead than the cut line, making birdie on three of the last four holes and setting the pace in a group that also included good rounds from Rory McIlroy (66) and Tommy Fleetwood (68).

    “Everyone was hitting good shots,” McIlroy said. “That’s all we were seeing, and it’s nice when you play in a group like that. You feed off one another.” 


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    Coming off a blowout victory at Kapalua, Johnson is searching for his first regular European Tour title. He tied for second at this event a year ago.

    Johnson’s second-round 64 equaled the low round of the day (Jorge Campillo and Branden Grace). 

    “It was just really solid all day long,” Johnson said. “Hit a lot of great shots, had a lot of looks at birdies, which is what I need to do over the next two days if I want to have a chance to win on Sunday.” 

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    Closing eagle moves Rory within 3 in Abu Dhabi

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 12:57 pm

    What rust? Rory McIlroy appears to be in midseason form.

    Playing competitively for the first time since Oct. 8, McIlroy completed 36 holes without a bogey Friday, closing with an eagle to shoot 6-under 66 to sit just three shots back at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

    “I’m right in the mix after two days and I’m really happy in that position,” he told reporters afterward.

    McIlroy took a 3 ½-month break to heal his body, clear his mind and work on his game after his first winless year since 2008, his first full season as a pro.

    He's back on track at a familiar playground, Abu Dhabi Golf Club, where he’s racked up eight top-11s (including six top-3s) in his past nine starts there.


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    McIlroy opened with a 69 Thursday, then gave himself even more chances on Day 2, cruising along at 4 under for the day when he reached the par-5 closing hole. After launching a 249-yard long iron to 25 feet, he poured in the eagle putt to pull within three shots of Thomas Pieters (65). 

    Despite the layoff, McIlroy edged world No. 1 Dustin Johnson, coming off a blowout victory at Kapalua, by a shot over the first two rounds. 

    “DJ is definitely the No. 1 player in the world right now, and one of, if not the best, driver of the golf ball," McIlroy said. "To be up there with him over these first two days, it proves to me that I’m doing the right things and gives me a lot of confidence going forward.”

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    Duke to fill in for injured Pavin at CareerBuilder

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 12:25 pm

    Ken Duke will fill in for Corey Pavin for the next two rounds of the CareerBuilder Challenge – with nothing at stake but his amateur partner’s position on the leaderboard.

    Pavin was 4 over par when he withdrew after 17 holes Thursday because of a neck injury. Tournament officials contacted Duke, the first alternate, and asked if he would take Pavin’s spot and partner with Luis Lopez for the next two rounds, even though he would not receive any official money.

    Duke accepted and explained his decision on Twitter:

    Playing on past champion’s status, the 48-year-old Duke has made only four starts this season, with a best finish of a tie for 61st at the RSM Classic.

    Pavin received a sponsor exemption into the event, his first PGA Tour start since the 2015 Colonial.