Appleby Holding On in Houston

By Sports NetworkApril 22, 2006, 4:00 pm
2006 Shell Houston OpenHUMBLE, Texas -- Stuart Appleby bogeyed the final hole Saturday, but still managed a 3-under 69 to extend his lead to two strokes after three rounds of the Shell Houston Open. Appleby completed 54 holes at 14-under-par 202.
Mathias Gronberg fired a 5-under 67 to climb into second place at 12-under-par 204. Bob Estes (66) and Jerry Smith (69) share third at minus-10. K.J. Choi (67) stands alongside Trevor Immelman (71) in fifth place at 9-under-par 207.
Mathias Gronberg
Mathias Gronberg was the 2003 PGA TOUR Q-School medalist.
Two-time defending champion Vijay Singh, who has won this title three times overall, struggled badly with six bogeys and a double-bogey in the third round. He did manage five birdies in a round of 3-over 75, but that dropped him into a tie for 51st at 1-under-par 215.
The second and third rounds were both completed Saturday after thunderstorms on Friday delayed action for over two hours (play was eventually suspended due to darkness).
Appleby closed his second round with two pars to lead by one over Greg Owen. The Australian was joined in the lead at minus-11 when Owen birdied the first hole of the third round.
Unfortunately for the Englishman, a bogey at the third was a sign of things to come. He struggled to a 3-over 75 to tumble back to 7-under-par 209 and a tie for 13th.
Appleby got up and down from a greenside bunker for birdie on the par-5 fourth to get to 12 under, two clear of Owen. He picked up his next birdie on the sixth hole of the Tournament Course at Redstone Golf Club, where he chipped in from over the green.
'The par-5 I made a nice little 5-foot birdie putt,' Appleby said. 'That was a sneaky one down the hill. Then I chipped in from over the back of the green on six. It was a very difficult chip and it went in. That was a very fortunate shot there because I really was thinking four would be a good score to walk away with, so three was a bonus.'
The 1999 Shell Houston Open winner drained a birdie putt from over 30 feet at the seventh to grab a four-shot lead on Brett Wetterich.
Appleby three-putted for bogey on eight and could only par his next two holes. He stuck his approach within 3 feet to set up birdie on 11, and was even closer on the 12th. He dropped his second shot inside two feet for a kick-in birdie that got him to 15 under par.
The seven-time winner on the PGA TOUR parred his next five holes. Appleby missed the putting surface at the last and was unable to save par from a greenside bunker.
'Anyone in here wants the story to be about them at the end of the day,' said Appleby, who has won three of the previous four times he has led after three rounds. 'We have not really had any typical Texas winds that would keep us away from flags, so you can still be reasonably aggressive.'
Gronberg opened with seven consecutive pars. He then birdied the next three holes to move to 10 under and a tie for second, three behind Appleby.
The Swede birdied the 12th, then made an 8-footer for birdie on 13 to remain within three. Gronberg parred three straight before missing the green short and left on No. 17.
He could not save par there and slipped to 11 under. No matter, as Gronberg drained a 28-foot birdie putt at the last to get within two of the leader.
'I'm obviously very pleased with the way I played today. I had a very slow round going,' Gronberg said. 'I parred the first seven holes and didn't make a few opportunities where I could have birdied. Then I hit a great bunker shot on eight and that got my round going.'
Wetterich double-bogeyed the 18th hole to cap a round of 3-under 69. That dropped him to 8-under-par 208 and into a tie for seventh. He stands alongside Jeff Gove, Paul Goydos, Richard S. Johnson, J.L. Lewis and Wes Short.
Owen is one stroke further back and shares 13th place with Nick Watney, Jeffrey Overton and 2002 PGA champion Rich Beem.
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    Kelly beats Monty with two-shot swing on final hole

    By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2018, 3:21 am

    KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii – Jerry Kelly made an 18-foot birdie putt on the final hole, Colin Montgomerie missed a 6-footer for par and Kelly turned a one-shot deficit into a victory Saturday in the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

    After Kelly drove it well right into lava rocks on the par-4 16th, leading to bogey and giving Montgomerie the lead, Montgomerie made a mistake with his tee shot on the last, finding a fairway bunker. Montgomerie's approach went over the green and after Kelly converted his birdie, the 54-year-old Scot jammed his par putt well past the hole.

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    It was the third win on the over-50 tour for the 51-year-old Kelly, who finished tied for 14th last week at the PGA Tour's Sony Open in Honolulu. That gave him confidence as he hopped over to the Big Island for his tournament debut at Hualalai. The limited-field event includes winners from last season, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.

    Kelly closed with a 6-under 66 for a three-day total of 18-under 198. Montgomerie shot 69. David Toms shot 67 and finished two shots back, and Miguel Angel Jimenez was another stroke behind after a 66.

    Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, closed with a 70 to finish at 10 under.

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    Rahm manages frustration, two back at CareerBuilder

    By Randall MellJanuary 21, 2018, 1:21 am

    Jon Rahm managed the winds and his frustrations Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge to give himself a chance to win his fourth worldwide title in the last year.

    Rahm’s 2-under-par 70 on the PGA West Stadium Course left him two shots off the lead going into the final round.

    “I wasn’t really dealing with the wind that much,” Rahm said of his frustrations. “I was dealing with not being as fluid as I was the last two days.”

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    The world’s No. 3 ranked player opened with a 62 at La Quinta Country Club on Thursday and followed it up with a 67 on Friday at PGA West. He made six birdies and four bogeys on the Stadium Course on Saturday.

    “The first day, everything was outstanding,” Rahm said. “Yesterday, my driver was a little shaky but my irons shots were perfect. Today, my driver was shaky and my irons shots were shaky. On a course like this, it’s punishing, but luckily on the holes where I found the fairway I was able to make birdies.”

    Rahm is projected to move to No. 2 in the world rankings with a finish of sixth or better on Sunday.

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    Cook leads by one entering final round at CareerBuilder

    By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2018, 12:51 am

    LA QUINTA, Calif. – Austin Cook hit a hybrid into the fairway bunker on the par-4 18th on a breezy Saturday afternoon at La Quinta Country Club, then chunked a wedge and raced a chip 20 feet past the hole.

    Kip Henley, the longtime PGA Tour caddie who guided Cook to a breakthrough victory at Sea Island in November, stepped in to give the 26-year-old former Arkansas star a quick pep talk.

    ''Kip said, 'Let's finish this like we did on the first day at the Nicklaus Course.' We made a big par putt on 18 there and he said, 'Let's just do the same thing. Let's get this line right and if you get the line right it's going in.'''

    It did, giving Cook an 8-under 64 and a one-stroke lead in the CareerBuilder Challenge going into the final round on the Stadium Course at PGA West. Fellow former Razorback Andrew Landry and Martin Piller were tied for second, and Jon Rahm and Scott Piercy were a another stroke back after a tricky day in wind that didn't get close to the predicted gusts of 40 mph.

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    ''I know that I wouldn't have wanted to play the Stadium today,'' Cook said. ''I think we got a great draw with the courses that we got to play on the days that we got to play them.''

    Cook played the final six holes on the front nine in 6 under with an eagle and four birdies.

    ''Starting on my fourth hole, I was able to make a birdie and kind of get the ball rolling and it never really stopped rolling,'' Cook said. ''Kip and I were doing really good at seeing the line on the greens.''

    After a bogey on 10, he birdied 11, 12 and 15 and parred the final three to get to 19-under 197.

    ''I think that tonight the nerves, the butterflies, all that will kind of be a little less,'' Cook said. ''I've been in the situation before and I was able to finish the job on Sunday. I think it would be a little different if I didn't play like I did on Sunday at Sea Island.''

    He's making his first start in the event.

    ''I came in from Hawaii on Monday, so I only had two days to prepare for three courses,'' Cook said.

    Landry, the second-round leader, had a 70 at the Stadium. Piller, the husband of LPGA tour player Gerina Piller, shot a 67 at La Quinta. Winless on the PGA Tour, they will join Cook in the final threesome.

    ''Piller's a good guy and we have played a lot together and same with Cookie,'' said Landry, the only player without a bogey after 54 holes. ''Hope the Hogs are going to come out on top.''

    Rahm had a 70 at the Stadium to reach 17 under. The third-ranked 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.

    ''A little bit of a survival day,'' Rahm said.

    The wind was more of a factor on the more exposed and tighter Stadium Course.

    ''The course is firming up,'' Rahm said. ''I know if we have similar wind to today, if we shoot something under par, you'll be way up there contesting it over the last few holes.''

    Piercy had a 66 at the Stadium.

    ''I controlled my ball really well today,'' he said.

    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 the Nicklaus Course, and Harkins shot 68 at the Stadium.

    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 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. He had three early straight double bogeys in a 77 on the Stadium that left him 1 over.

    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.

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    Phil misses CareerBuilder cut for first time in 24 years

    By Randall MellJanuary 21, 2018, 12:48 am

    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.

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    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.