Broadhurst Birdies 72nd for Repeat Win

By Sports NetworkApril 2, 2006, 4:00 pm
European TourPORTIMAO, Portugal -- Paul Broadhurst got up-and-down for a birdie at the par-5 18th on Sunday to walk away with a one-shot victory over fellow Englishman Anthony Wall at the Algarve Open de Portugal.
 
Broadhurst fired a final-round, 5-under 67 to reach 17-under-par 271 for the tournament -- the same score he shot to win this event last year.
 
Last year's victory was Broadhurst's first in a decade, and it came only after Barry Lane and Paul Lawrie faltered down the stretch. In this win -- the sixth of his career -- it was Broadhurst who nearly coughed up the winner's check.
 
Broadhurst, 40, bogeyed 17 to fall into a tie with clubhouse leader Wall, coming up just right on a 25-foot par putt. He then knocked his second shot at 18 over the green and into the gallery.
 
Maybe a disastrous situation for some, but not for a player with Broadhurst's short game. His pin-seeking chip ended just over a foot from the hole, and the European Tour veteran calmly rolled in the birdie putt.
 
'I tried to play it like it was a normal day, and just chip it down there,' Broadhurst said afterward. 'It wasn't that difficult of a shot, I didn't think.'
 
Easy shot or not, the chip ended Wall's chances to possibly come away with win No. 2 in a playoff. The 2000 Alfred Dunhill Championship birdied 18 and also fired a 5-under 67 in the final round to get to 16-under-par 272.
 
Andres Romero finished one stroke further back in third place after a 6-under 66. Overnight leader Ricardo Gonzalez managed just a 1-under 71 and ended up in a fourth-place tie with Charl Schwartzel (68) at minus-14.
 
In the third round, Gonzalez tied the course record with an 8-under 64 to snatch the lead from Broadhurst, who had led since the first round after also matching the course record.
 
But while players like Gonzalez were settling for pars and the odd birdie, Broadhurst was making strides on the front nine.
 
After beginning his round in second place at 12 under, Broadhurst birdied four consecutive holes from No. 2 to reach minus-16. The first three birdies all came on par 4s, the fourth on the 493-yard, par-5 fifth.
 
Broadhurst added another birdie at the par-4 seventh to make the turn at 17 under. After another birdie at 12, Broadhurst led by three shots over Romero until a double bogey at 13 whittled his advantage to just a stroke.
 
However, Romero bogeyed 16 ahead of the final group, while Broadhurst birdied the par-4 14th. With his lead again at three shots -- this time over three players -- Broadhurst was afforded some comfort.
 
It didn't last -- his par try at 17 just missed the hole -- but Broadhurst managed to rally, and his birdie at 18 was his fourth straight on the 476-yard finishing hole.
 
'I made it hard down the stretch, but I didn't really hit too many bad shots,' said Broadhurst. 'I knew Wall had birdied 18 and I knew I needed a birdie at the last to retain [the title].'
 
The long-hitting Gonzalez said after Saturday's round that the Le Meridien Penina course wasn't really set up for a player of his style. It was better suited for short hitters and good putters.
 
Indeed, Broadhurst fit into one of those categories this week. He needed just 25 putts or less in three of his four rounds, and never once three-putted.
 
'I just changed something on the putting green, just a slight technical change,' Broadhurst admitted. 'I was getting a great roll from distance. It was fantastic.'
 
Jose Manuel Lara finished alone in sixth place at minus-13 after a 6-under 66 on Sunday. Markus Brier and Mattias Eliasson were two strokes further back after matching 69s.
 
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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 Web.com 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.