Austrias Brier Wins European Tour Event

By Sports NetworkJune 11, 2006, 4:00 pm
European TourOBERWALTERSDORF, Austria -- Austrian Markus Brier posted a 3-under 68 on Sunday to win the BA-CA Golf Open by three strokes. Brier completed his first tour win at 18-under-par 266.
Brier, who won this event twice when it was part of the Challenge Tour, pulled away from the field with four birdies on the back nine.
'Unbelievable! I had tears in my eyes on the 18th green,' Brier admitted. 'It's just the best winning at home. Maybe the first one was special because it was my first win on the Challenge Tour, but now on the European Tour where I've been for seven years now, it's really unbelievable.'
Soren Hansen fired a 6-under 65 to take second place at 15-under-par 269. Simon Dyson managed just one birdie, to go with one bogey, in the final round as he ended alone in third at minus-14.
Richard Green set the new course record with his 8-under 63. That helped him jump into fourth place at 13-under-par 271. Gary Murphy took fifth at miuus-10 after a closing 65.
Brier made things interesting early in the final round. He tripped to bogeys on two and three to slip into a share of the lead with Dyson at 13 under.
With Hansen and Colin Montgomerie making charges at the lead, Brier settled in with five straight pars. He then two-putted for birdie on the par-5 ninth.
'I was hitting the ball okay early on,' Brier said. 'I was getting a little bit shaky, but I made a few good swings on five and six and that got me into the game. With the birdie on nine, that got me going.'
However, when he parred the 10th, Hansen joined him in the lead at 14 under. Hansen was on fire to that point with birdies on five, eight, nine and 10. He poured in his fourth straight birdie on No. 11 at Fontana Golf Club to tie Brier at minus-14.
Brier responded to the challenge with a 7-foot birdie putt on the 11th to regain the lead. He drained a long birdie putt at the 13th to pad his lead to two strokes over Hansen.
The Austrian two-putted for birdie at the par-5 15th and closed with a two- putt birdie from the back fringe at the par-5 closing hole for the final three-stroke margin.
'When I got my second shot over the water, I just had to really calm down,' Brier said. 'It was my goal to win and I didn't have a good season until this week. I didn't miss a fairway all day and never got into big trouble so that was key.'
Hansen two-putted for birdie at the 15th, but gave that stroke back with a bogey at the next. He did close with a birdie to end alone in second.
'I didn't really think I had a chance to win with the way Simon and Markus played all week,' stated Hansen. 'I just wanted to have a good go at it. I haven't played well for a long time. It was just a little bit unfortunate on 16 I made a stupid bogey with a wedge in my hand, but otherwise I played fantastic.'
Dyson, who played alongside Brier, tripped to a lone bogey at the third, but still shared the lead at that point. However, he parred the next 12 holes before a birdie at 16 helped him shoot even par for his round.
'I am very disappointed. I struck the ball beautiful again from tee to green,' Dyson admitted. 'I just didn't hole a thing on the greens all day. The 9-foot putt I holed on 16 was the longest putt I made all day. For four days, that's the best I've struck it, ever, probably.'
Montgomerie, the eight-time Order of Merit winner, ran off three straight birdies from the second to move within one of the lead at 12 under. However, he struggled mightily on the back nine with three bogeys and two double bogeys. That dropped him all the way into a share of 13th at minus-5.
Miguel Angel Jimenez (67) and Jean-Francois Lucquin (69) shared sixth place at 9-under-par 275. Emanuele Canonica, Darren Fichardt and Steven Jeppesen were two strokes further back at minus-7.
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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.