Atwal Earns Maiden Title at Singapore Masters

By Sports NetworkFebruary 24, 2002, 5:00 pm
Arjun Atwal of India posted a 4-under 68 in the final round to coast to a five-stroke victory at the Singapore Masters Sunday. Atwal's 14-under 274 total made him the first Indian golfer to win on the European Tour.
Australia's Richard Green finished second at 9-under 279, one shot ahead of England's Nick Faldo.
Atwal started the day one ahead of Nick O'Hern of Australia and quickly distanced himself from the rest of the field with three birdies on the front nine to make the turn at 13-under.
The 28-year-old added another birdie at the par-5 11th and cruised at even-par the rest of the way.
'It's quite an achievement to be the first Indian golfer to win on the European Tour,' said Atwal, who joined Jeev Milka Singh as the only Indians to earn full membership on the tour after graduating from the European Q-School last November. 'Jeev has come close, finished second and third in South Africa. I didn't expect to win so quickly but I will take it.'
Atwal joined Japan's Isao Aoki and Taiwan's Lu Liang-Huan and Yeh Wei-tse as the fourth Asian golfer to win on the European circuit.
'Hopefully it will do wonders for golf in India,' said Atwal. 'We have had a bunch of guys who have won on the Davidoff Tour but to win on the European Tour is a totally different ball game. Hopefully it will show all the young kids who have started playing seriously in India and are thinking of turning pro that there is a future in golf for them.'
Green provided a short-lived challenge to Atwal after a short birdie at the first and another at the seventh to climb to 8-under. However, it was not enough to overcome the eventual winner.
'It was probably better than expected,' said Green, who posted his best finish since capturing the 1997 Dubai Desert Classic. 'I hadn't been playing that great in Australia but things have been turning around. I had a few chances today. I made probably two mistakes which I thought cost me. You always want a chance to win and I gave it a good shot but it was Arjun's day.'
Faldo (70) used a stretch of four consecutive birdies from the 11th to post his best finish since the 2001 Volvo PGA Championship.
'It's nice to be up there,' he said. 'It's good for me to play under pressure. I have found what works at the weekend when I am under pressure and have to keep working on those feelings, The more I can groove those and get that little bit more confidence, the better.'
American Ted Purdy (73) was joined by Thailand's Thavorn Wiratchant (72) in a tie for fourth at 7-under 281.
A group of four finished at 6-under 282, including Sweden's Richard S. Johnson, last week's winner at the ANZ Championship. He was joined by South Africa's James Kingston (70), Chris Williams of England (71) and American Jim Johnson (74).
This event is co-sanctioned by the European and Davidoff Tours.
Full-field scores from the Singapore Masters
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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 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.