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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    What's in the bag: CareerBuilder winner Rahm

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 10:37 pm

    Jon Rahm defeated Andrew Landry in a playoff to earn his second PGA Tour title at the CareerBuilder Challenge. Here's what's in his bag:

    Driver: TaylorMade M4 (9.5 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft

    Fairway wood: TaylorMade M3 (19 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft

    Irons: TaylorMade P790 (3), P750 (4-PW), with Project X 6.5 shafts

    Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind (52, 56 degrees), Milled Grind Hi-Toe (60 degrees), with Project X 6.5 shafts

    Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Red

    Ball: TaylorMade TP5x

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    Strange irked by Rahm-Landry friendly playoff

    By Jason CrookJanuary 22, 2018, 9:45 pm

    Curtis Strange knows a thing or two about winning golf tournaments, and based on his reaction to the CareerBuilder Challenge playoff on Sunday, it’s safe to say he did things a little differently while picking up 17 PGA Tour victories in his Hall-of-Fame career.

    While Jon Rahm and Andrew Landry were “battling” through four extra holes, Strange, 62, tweeted his issues with the duo’s constant chit-chat and friendly banter down the stretch at La Quinta Country Club, where Rahm eventually came out on top.

    The two-time U.S. Open champ then engaged with some followers to explain his point a little more in depth.

    So, yeah ... don't think he's changing his perspective on this topic anytime soon ever.

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    Randall's Rant: The Euros won't just roll over

    By Randall MellJanuary 22, 2018, 9:36 pm

    The Ryder Cup may not be the King Kong of golf events yet, but you can hear the biennial international team event thumping its chest a full eight months out.

    As anticipation for this year’s big events goes, there is more buzz about Europe’s bid to hold off a rejuvenated American effort in Paris in September than there is about the Masters coming up in April.

    Thank Europe’s phenomenal success last weekend for that.

    And Rory McIlroy’s impassioned remarks in Abu Dhabi.

    And the provocative bulletin board material a certain Sports Illustrated writer provided the Europeans a couple months ago, with a stinging assault on the Euro chances that read like an obituary.

    McIlroy was asked in a news conference before his 2018 debut last week what he was most excited about this year.

    The Ryder Cup topped his list.

    Though McIlroy will be trying to complete the career Grand Slam at Augusta National come April, he talked more about the Ryder Cup than he did any of the game’s major championships.

    When asked a follow-up about the American team’s resurgence after a task-force overhaul and the injection of young, new star power, McIlroy nearly started breaking down the matchup. He talked about the young Americans and how good they are.

    “Yeah, the Americans have been, obviously, very buoyant about their chances and whatever, but it’s never as easy as that. ... The Ryder Cup’s always close,” McIlroy said. “I think we’ll have a great team, and it definitely won’t be as easy as they think it’s going to be.”



    McIlroy may have been talking about Alan Shipnuck’s bold prediction after the American Presidents Cup rout last fall.

    Or similar assertions from TV analysts.

    “The Ryder Cup is dead – you just don’t know it yet,” Shipnuck wrote. “One of the greatest events in sport is on the verge of irrelevancy. The young, talented, hungry golfers from the United States, benefitting from the cohesive leadership of the Task Force era, are going to roll to victory in 2018 in Paris.”

    European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn won’t find words that will motivate the Euros more than that as he watches his prospective players jockey to make the team.

    And, boy, did they jockey last weekend.

    The Euros dominated across the planet, not that they did it with the Ryder Cup as some rallying cry, because they didn’t. But it was a heck of an encouraging start to the year for Bjorn to witness.

    Spain’s Jon Rahm won the CareerBuilder Challenge on the PGA Tour, England’s Tommy Fleetwood started the week at Abu Dhabi paired with American and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and won the European Tour event, and Spain’s Sergio Garcia won the Singapore Open in a rout on the Asian Tour.

    And McIlroy looked close to being in midseason form, tying for third in his first start in three months.

    Yes, it’s only January, and the Ryder Cup is still a long way off, with so much still to unfold, but you got an early sense from McIlroy how much defending European turf will mean to him and the Euros in Paris in September.

    The Masters is great theater, the U.S. Open a rigorous test, The Open and the PGA Championship historically important, too, but the Ryder Cup touches a nerve none of those do.

    The Ryder Cup stokes more fervor, provokes more passion and incites more vitriol than any other event in golf.

    More bulletin board material, too.

    Yeah, it’s a long way off, but you can already hear the Ryder Cup’s King Kong like footsteps in its distant approach. Watching how the American and European teams come together will be an ongoing drama through spring and summer.

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    Quail Hollow officials promise players easier conditions

    By Rex HoggardJanuary 22, 2018, 9:14 pm

    Quail Hollow Club - a staple on the PGA Tour since 2003 - debuted as a longer, tougher version of itself at last year’s PGA Championship, receiving mixed reviews from players.

    The course played to a lengthened 7,600 yards at last year’s PGA and a 73.46 stroke average, the toughest course in relation to par on Tour in 2017. As a result, it left some players less than excited to return to the Charlotte, N.C.-area layout later this spring for the Wells Fargo Championship.

    It’s that lack of enthusiasm that led officials at Quail Hollow to send a video to players saying, essentially, that the course players have lauded for years will be back in May.

    The video, which includes Quail Hollow president Johnny Harris and runs nearly five minutes, begins with an explanation of how the first hole, which played as a 524-yard par 4 at the PGA, will play much shorter at the Wells Fargo Championship.

    “I had a number of my friends who were playing in the tournament tell me that tee was better suited as a lemonade stand,” Harris joked of the new tee box on the fourth hole. “I doubt we’ll ever see that tee used again in competition.”

    Harris also explained that the greens, which became too fast for some, will be “softer” for this year’s Wells Fargo Championship.