Brehaut Still on Top Two More to Play

By Sports NetworkDecember 4, 2004, 5:00 pm
PGA Tour (75x100)LA QUINTA, Calif. -- Jeff Brehaut posted an even-par 72 on Saturday, but it was good enough to stay on top after four rounds of the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament. He stands at 16-under-par 272 and leads by one over Brian Davis and Rob Rashell.
Davis, an Englishman who is a member of the European Tour, posted a 3-under 69, while Rashell carded a 5-under 67. They are knotted at 15-under-par 273.
The tournament is a 108-hole event marathon, and after its completion, the top 30 players earn full exempt status on the PGA Tour in 2005. Players who finish out of the top 30 but in the top 80 will receive full exempt status on the Nationwide Tour in 2005, while the remaining players will be non-exempt members on that tour.
Play is split over the Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course and the PGA West Stadium Course over the six rounds.
Brehaut played on the PGA West Stadium Course on Saturday and did not get off to a spectacular start. He bogeyed the par-5 fifth, but reclaimed the lost stroke at the next par-5, the eighth. Brehaut dropped a shot at nine to make the turn at 1-over-par 37.
Brehaut, who has partial PGA Tour status for 2005 after finishing 149th on the money list in 2004, drained a 10-footer for birdie at the 10th to get back to 16 under par. He bogeyed 13, but came back to birdie the next. Brehaut bogeyed another par-5, the 16th, but birdied No. 18 to take his one-shot advantage with two rounds to play.
'Perseverance is the key,' said Brehaut, the Q-School medalist in 2002. 'If you've been here as many times as I have been you tend to figure it out. I've putted really well this week. If I continue to putt like I've been putting the last month then I'll be fine out there on the PGA Tour.'
Davis mixed four birdies and two bogeys over his front nine, but recorded only one birdie on the back for his 69.
Rashell had an even crazier front nine than Davis did. Rashell tallied six birdies, two bogeys and only one par. He added birdies at 12 and 14, but dropped a shot at the last for his 67.
Greg Owen carded a 3-under 69 on Saturday and is alone in fourth place at 13-under-par 275. Dan Olsen, who was alone in second following the third round, struggled to a 4-over 76 and is tied for fifth with Will MacKenzie, who shot a 68 in the fourth round. That duo is knotted at 10-under-par 278.
Phillip Price, who shocked Phil Mickelson in the singles at the 2002 Ryder Cup, shot an even-par 72 and is tied for seventh place with John Elliott (71), Carl Paulson (66), Matt Davidson (70) and Omar Uresti (75). The group is knotted at 9-under-par 279.
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    Romo set to make PGA Tour debut at Punta Cana

    By Will GrayMarch 20, 2018, 6:43 pm

    While much of the attention in golf this week will be focused on the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play in Austin, Tony Romo may send a few eyeballs toward the Caribbean.

    The former quarterback and current CBS NFL analyst will make his PGA Tour debut this week, playing on a sponsor invite at the Corales Punta Cana Resort & Club Championship in the Dominican Republic. The exemption was announced last month when Romo played as an amateur at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, and he's apparently been hard at work ever since.

    "I'll be treating it very serious," Romo told reporters Tuesday. "My wife will tell you she hasn't seen me much over the last month. But if you know me at all, I think you know if I care about something I'm going to commit to it 100 percent. So like I said. you'll get the best I've got this week."

    Romo retired from the NFL last year and plays to a plus-0.3 handicap. In addition to his participation in the Pebble Beach event, he has tried to qualify for the U.S. Open multiple times and last month played a North Texas PGA mini-tour event as an amateur.

    According to Romo, one of the key differences between pro football and golf is the fact that his former position is entirely about reactive decisions, while in golf "you're trying to commit wholeheartedly before you ever pull the club out of your bag."

    "I'm not worried about getting hit before I hit the ball," Romo said. "It's at my own tempo, my own speed, in this sport. Sometimes that's difficult, and sometimes that's easier depending on the situation."

    Romo admitted that he would have preferred to have a couple extra weeks to prepare, but recently has made great strides in his wedge game which "was not up to any Tour standard." The first-tee jitters can't be avoided, but Romo hopes to settle in after battling nerves for the first three or four holes Thursday.

    Romo hopes to derive an added comfort factor from his golf in the Dallas area, where he frequently plays with a group of Tour pros. While Steph Curry traded texts with a few pros before his tournament debut last summer on the Tour, Romo expects his phone to remain silent until he puts a score on the board.

    "I think they're waiting to either tell me 'Congrats' or 'I knew it, terrible,'" Romo said. "Something along those lines. They're probably going to wait to see which way the wind's blowing before they send them."

    Romo will tee off at 8:10 a.m. ET Thursday alongside Dru Love and Denny McCarthy.

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    Spieth vs. Reed random? Hmm, wonders Spieth

    By Rex HoggardMarch 20, 2018, 6:42 pm

    AUSTIN, Texas – Monday’s blind draw to determine the 16 pods for this week’s WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play didn’t exactly feel “blind” for Jordan Spieth, whose group includes Patrick Reed.

    Spieth and Reed have become a staple of U.S. teams in recent years, with a 7-2-2 record in the Ryder and Presidents Cup combined. So when the ping-pong ball revealed Reed’s number on Monday night Spieth wasn’t surprised.

    “It seems to me there's a bit more to this drawing than randomness,” laughed Spieth, whose pod also includes Haotong Li and Charl Schwartzel. “It's not just me and him. It's actually a lot of groups, to have Luke List and Justin [Thomas] in the same group seems too good to be true. It might be some sort of rigging that's going on, I'm not sure.”

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    Spieth will play Reed on Friday in the round-robin format and knows exactly what to expect from the fiery American.

    “I've seen it firsthand when he's been at his best. And we have history together in a couple of different playoffs, which is a match-play scenario,” Spieth said. “I've got to take care of work tomorrow and the next day for that day to even matter. But even if it doesn't matter, trust me, it will matter to both of us.”

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    U.S. Open champ Koepka (wrist) to miss Masters

    By Will GrayMarch 20, 2018, 6:12 pm

    Reigning U.S. Open champ Brooks Koepka will miss the Masters, according to a USA Today report.

    Koepka has been battling a left wrist injury since late last year, and he hasn't played since finishing last at the limited-field Sentry Tournament of Champions in early January. Weeks later he revealed that he had a partially torn Extensor Carpi Ulnaris (ECU) tendon but hoped to return in time for the season's first major.

    According to the report, Koepka only started putting this week and plans to begin hitting chips next week.

    "They said I would be about 80 percent, but I can't play 80 percent," Koepka said. "I either have to go full bore or not at all. I don't want to risk getting it re-injured and then be out a long time."

    Koepka has finished T-33 or better in each of his three prior Masters appearances, culminating in a T-11 result last year.

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    Spieth's agent leaving firm, but keeping Spieth as client

    By Rex HoggardMarch 20, 2018, 6:07 pm

    AUSTIN, Texas – Jay Danzi has stepped down as COO of Lagardère Sports U.S., and will take one of the game’s most marketable players, Jordan Spieth, with him.

    In a press release, Danzi said, “after careful consideration I feel that it’s time for a new adventure.” Danzi will represent Spieth independently.

    “It’s been a privilege having Jordan be part of the Lagardère Sports’ family for the last five years and watching him grow from a promising young player to someone who transcends the game,” said Steve Loy, Lagardère Sports president of golf. “We are also grateful for Jay’s contributions over the years, in golf and other areas of our business.”

    Lagardère Sports underwent an aggressive expansion in recent years, acquiring numerous boutique firms including Danzi’s business and Crown Sports Management.

    Although losing Spieth, the world’s fourth-ranked player, and Danzi, who took over as Lagardère COO in February 2017, is a setback, the firm still has a number of high-profile clients including Phil Mickelson, Jon Rahm and Patton Kizzire, a two-time winner on the PGA Tour this season.