Cabrera Little Share Scottish Lead

By Sports NetworkJuly 7, 2005, 4:00 pm
2005 Barclays Scottish OpenGLASGOW, Scotland -- Angel Cabrera and Stuart Little posted matching rounds of 7-under-par 64 Thursday to share the lead after the first round of The Barclays Scottish Open.
Lee Westwood, the 1998 champion, posted a 6-under-par 65 in the opening round. He is tied for third place with Paul Lawrie and Richard Sterne.
Tom Lehman, the 2006 U.S. Ryder Cup captain, heads a group at 5-under-par 66. He stands alongside Gregory Bourdy, Nick Dougherty, Thongchai Jaidee, Miguel Angel Martin and Henrik Stenson.
Cabrera opened on the back nine at Loch Lomond Golf Club and parred his first three holes. He moved into red figures with back-to-back birdies from the 13th.
The 35-year-old made the turn at minus-3 after he sank a birdie try from within 4 feet at the par-3 17th. Cabrera then birdied the first.
Cabrera caught fire down the stretch. He birdied the sixth and moved to 6 under with a birdie on the par-3 eighth. The Argentine closed with a birdie on No. 9 to share the lead.
'I really like the course, but I can't understand why I've never done very well here,' said Cabrera. 'It seems that my friend, Eduardo Romero, is the Argentine player who knows how to play this course. He won here a few years ago and I would love to be able to follow him.'
Little, who also began on the 10th tee, bogeyed his first hole. The Englishman ran off three straight birdies from the par-5 13th. He closed his opening nine with a birdie on the 18th to turn in 3 under.
The 37-year-old birdied the par-4 second and made it two in a row with a birdie at the third.
Little poured in a birdie putt on the fourth to make it three in a row, which moved him to minus-6. Little, who has worked with a sports psychologist since March, ended his round with a birdie on the par-4 ninth.
'I think he's been able to put into place quite a few issues that I had in the past. So far so good,' said Little. 'There is no question that the psychological side is the most important thing. Everyone out here has ability, but it's a case of believing in yourself. That doesn't come overnight.'
Former Masters champion Phil Mickelson is among a group of 11 players tied at 4-under-par 67. Also at minus-4 are Darren Clarke and Miguel Angel Jimenez.
Jose Maria Olazabal, Luke Donald and Colin Montgomerie, the 1999 winner, are in a group one stroke further back at minus-3.
World No. 3 Ernie Els is at minus-1, while defending champion Thomas Levet opened with an even-par 71. He stands in a tie for 77th.
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    DJ shoots 64 to surge up leaderboard in Abu Dhabi

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 1:48 pm

    Dustin Johnson stood out among a star-studded three-ball that combined to shoot 18 under par with just one bogey Friday at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

    Shaking off a sloppy first round at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Johnson matched the low round of the day with a 64 that put him within four shots of Thomas Pieters’ lead.

    “I did everything really well,” Johnson said. “It was a pretty easy 64.”

    Johnson made four bogeys during an even-par 72 on Thursday and needed a solid round Friday to make the cut. Before long, he was closer to the lead than the cut line, making birdie on three of the last four holes and setting the pace in a group that also included good rounds from Rory McIlroy (66) and Tommy Fleetwood (68).

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    Coming off a blowout victory at Kapalua, Johnson is searching for his first regular European Tour title. He tied for second at this event a year ago.

    Johnson’s second-round 64 equaled the low round of the day (Jorge Campillo and Branden Grace). 

    “It was just really solid all day long,” Johnson said. “Hit a lot of great shots, had a lot of looks at birdies, which is what I need to do over the next two days if I want to have a chance to win on Sunday.” 

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    Closing eagle moves Rory within 3 in Abu Dhabi

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 12:57 pm

    What rust? Rory McIlroy appears to be in midseason form.

    Playing competitively for the first time since Oct. 8, McIlroy completed 36 holes without a bogey Friday, closing with an eagle to shoot 6-under 66 to sit just three shots back at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

    “I’m right in the mix after two days and I’m really happy in that position,” he told reporters afterward.

    McIlroy took a 3 ½-month break to heal his body, clear his mind and work on his game after his first winless year since 2008, his first full season as a pro.

    He's back on track at a familiar playground, Abu Dhabi Golf Club, where he’s racked up eight top-11s (including six top-3s) in his past nine starts there.

    Full-field scores from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship

    McIlroy opened with a 69 Thursday, then gave himself even more chances on Day 2, cruising along at 4 under for the day when he reached the par-5 closing hole. After launching a 249-yard long iron to 25 feet, he poured in the eagle putt to pull within three shots of Thomas Pieters (65). 

    Despite the layoff, McIlroy edged world No. 1 Dustin Johnson, coming off a blowout victory at Kapalua, by a shot over the first two rounds. 

    “DJ is definitely the No. 1 player in the world right now, and one of, if not the best, driver of the golf ball," McIlroy said. "To be up there with him over these first two days, it proves to me that I’m doing the right things and gives me a lot of confidence going forward.”

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    Duke to fill in for injured Pavin at CareerBuilder

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 12:25 pm

    Ken Duke will fill in for Corey Pavin for the next two rounds of the CareerBuilder Challenge – with nothing at stake but his amateur partner’s position on the leaderboard.

    Pavin was 4 over par when he withdrew after 17 holes Thursday because of a neck injury. Tournament officials phoned Duke, the first alternate, and asked if he would take Pavin’s spot and partner with Luis Lopez for the next two rounds, even though he would not receive any official money.

    Duke accepted and explained his decision on Twitter:

    Playing on past champion’s status, the 48-year-old Duke has made only four starts this season, with a best finish of a tie for 61st at the RSM Classic.

    Pavin received a sponsor exemption into the event, his first PGA Tour start since the 2015 Colonial. 

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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.