Cabrera Rose 36-Hole Leaders in England

By Sports NetworkMay 25, 2007, 4:00 pm
2007 BMW PGA ChampionshipSURREY, England -- Justin Rose birdied the last three holes Friday for a 2-under 70 and a share of the second-round lead at the BMW PGA Championship with 2005 winner Angel Cabrera.
 
Cabrera eagled the first hole and added four birdies in a bogey-free 66 for an 8-under 136, one stroke better than Ross Fisher and Marcus Fraser.
 
Fisher, a 26-year-old who grew up playing at the Wentworth Club in Virginia Water and is a member, finished birdie-eagle-birdie for a 67 that left him third along with Fraser, who shot 70.
 
Rose, who had not played because of a back injury since finishing fifth in the U.S. Masters six weeks ago, made five bogeys along with his seven birdies.
 
'I'm certainly happy with my score,' Rose said. 'Birdieing the last three turned a bad day into a good day. I didn't play that well, missed some fairways, and bogeyed all the tough par-4s.'
 
Rose holed out from 14 feet on the 16th, two-putted from 40 feet at the 610-yard 17th, and blasted out of a greenside bunker to get within eight feet at the par-5 18th.
 
Cabrera began by knocking in an 8-iron from 173 yards at No. 1 for an eagle 2.
 
The Argentine used his driver only four times in his round.
 
'I always love coming here. It seems to bring the best out of me,' he said.
 
Padraig Harrington, who last week became the first native to win the Irish Open in 25 years, was 6 under after a second successive 69. He can claim a $1.34 million bonus if he wins this week.
 
Miguel Angel Jimenez shot a 68 to join Harrington, first-round co-leader Paul Broadhurst (72), Matthew Millar (69) and Shiv Kapur (71).
 
Paul Casey, who won the World Match Play title on the same course in September, continued his recovery from a quadruple-bogey 9 on Thursday by shooting 67 to get to 4 under 140.
 
Ernie Els, who supervised changes to the course, slipped from a first-round 68 to a 76 Friday.
 
'I don't know quite what happened. I made bogey at 7 and got a bit angry then I doubled the 10th and dropped another one at 11,' he said.
 
He fell eight strokes off the lead.
 
'I believe I can still catch the leaders, but I can't afford to go wandering mentally like I did today,' he said.
 
Two-time U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen shot a 74 and missed the cut with a 6-over 150.
 
'Same old story at Wentworth for me, unfortunately,' Goosen said. 'The course is good, but I still don't like the greens.'
 
Colin Montgomerie shot an erratic 76, but just made the cut at 2-over 146.
 
Among those failing to get to the weekend were Darren Clarke (76-148) and 2005 U.S. Open champion Michael Campbell (75-153).
 
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    Watch: McIlroy gives Fleetwood a birthday cake

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 19, 2018, 2:58 pm

    Tommy Fleetwood turned 27 on Friday. He celebrated with some good golf – a 4-under 68 in Abu Dhabi, leaving him only two shots back in his title defense – and a birthday cake, courtesy of Rory Mcllroy.

    While giving a post-round interview, Fleetwood was surprised to see McIlroy approaching with a cake in hand.

    “I actually baked this before we teed off,” McIlroy joked.

    Fleetwood blew out the three candles – “three wishes!” – and offered McIlroy a slice.  

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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).

    “Everyone was hitting good shots,” McIlroy said. “That’s all we were seeing, and it’s nice when you play in a group like that. You feed off one another.” 


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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.


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    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 contacted 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.