Calcavecchia Hangs on to Win in Canada

By Sports NetworkSeptember 11, 2005, 4:00 pm
2005 Bell Canadian OpenVANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Mark Calcavecchia posted his second consecutive round over par on Sunday with a 1-over 71. It was enough to put him in the winner's circle as Calcavecchia captured the Canadian Open.
Calcavecchia finished the tournament at 5-under-par 275, which was the highest winning score on the PGA Tour this season other than the U.S. Open and PGA Championship.
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Mark Calcavecchia celebrates his first PGA Tour win since the 2001 season.
The win was Calcavecchia's 12th on the PGA Tour and his first since the 2001 Phoenix Open, where he set several tour records for scoring, which have since been broken. The four-year drought was the longest in his career.
Ben Crane, who won this year's U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee, fired a 4-under 66 on Sunday to get within one of Calcavecchia. Ryan Moore, who captured last year's NCAA Individual Championship and the U.S. Amateur title, birdied the 72nd hole to shoot an even-par 70 and join Crane in second at minus-4.
Jesper Parnevik narrowly missed a birdie try on the 18th Sunday, but carded a 2-over 72 and took fourth place at 3-under-par 277.
Calcavecchia began the final round with a one-shot lead, but with how difficult Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club played all week, pars were good scores.
He opened with four straight pars before a birdie at No. 5. He dropped a shot at the 10th as well, but still held the lead as Crane drained a 9-footer for birdie at 17 and a 15-foot par save at the last to get within two at minus-4.
Calcavecchia drove into the rough at the 13th and was forced to pitch out into the fairway. He knocked his third 10 feet right of the hole, but missed the putt to shrink his lead to one.
Once his lead was almost gone, Calcavecchia certainly gave himself some good birdie chances.
The 45-year-old drove into a greenside bunker at the short, par-4 14th and blasted out 5 feet past the stick. He missed that putt, then lipped out a 12-footer for birdie at the par-5 15th.
Calcavecchia hit his approach 40 feet long at the 16th, but his flat stick turned around as he lagged the putt to tap-in range. His 25-footer for birdie at the par-3 17th burned the left edge, but did not fall.
Moore hit a spectacular approach at the 18th that stopped 3 feet from the hole. He kicked in the short birdie putt to match Crane at 4 under as Calcavecchia had to play the difficult closing hole.
Calcavecchia hit a great drive down the fairway that left him with a 6-iron. His second rolled up to 4 feet, and Calcavecchia had two putts for the win. His first lagged close and Calcavecchia tapped in for par and the victory.
'I was so nervous out there in the fairway,' admitted Calcavecchia, who pocketed $900,000 for the win. 'I hit a great drive and the wind calmed down just perfectly. I really didn't want to hit a 5-iron and I hit a great shot.
'I didn't even think about making that one. I haven't made any all weekend, why make that one? Thank God I could two-putt.'
Joey Sindelar shot a 2-under 68 on Sunday and tied for fifth place with Jerry Kelly, who only managed a 1-over 71 in the final round. The duo came in at 2-under-par 278.
Vijay Singh, who won this title last year, struggled to a 2-over-par 72 and shared seventh place with Stephen Ames, who also shot a 72 on Sunday, and Trevor Immelman, who posted an even-par 70. The trio was knotted at 1-under- par 279.
Arjun Atwal carded a 2-under 68 and finished alone in 10th at even-par 280.
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    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 16, 2018, 2:19 am

    Former Tour Player of the Year Carlos Ortiz shot a bogey-free, 4-under-par 68 Monday to take the clubhouse lead in The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic at Sandals Emerald Bay.

    Four other players - Lee McCoy, Brandon Matthews, Sung Jae Im and Mark Anderson - were still on the course and tied with Ortiz at 6-under 210 when third-round play was suspended by darkness at 5:32 p.m. local time. It is scheduled to resume at 7:15 a.m. Tuesday.

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    Randall's Rant: Can we please have some rivalries?

    By Randall MellJanuary 16, 2018, 12:00 am

    Memo to the golf gods:

    If you haven’t finalized the fates of today’s stars for the new year, could we get you to deliver what the game has lacked for so long?

    Can we get a real, honest-to-goodness rivalry?

    It’s been more than two decades since the sport has been witness to one.

    With world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and former world No. 1 Rory McIlroy at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship this week, an early-season showdown would percolate hope that this year might be all about rivalries.

    It seems as if the stars are finally aligned to make up for our long drought of rivalries, of the recurring clashes you have so sparingly granted through the game’s history.

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    We haven’t seen a real rivalry since Greg Norman and Nick Faldo sparred in the late '80s and early '90s.

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    Phil never reached No. 1, was never named PGA Tour Player of the Year, never won a money title and never dueled with Woods on Sunday on the back nine of a major with the title on the line.  Still, it doesn’t diminish his standing as the best player not named Tiger Woods over the last 20 years. It’s a feat so noteworthy it makes him one of the game’s all-time greats.

    We’ve been waiting for an honest-to-goodness rivalry since Faldo and Norman took turns ruling at world No. 1 and dueling in big events, including the back nine of multiple majors. 

    In the '70s, we had Nicklaus-Watson. In the '60s, it was Nicklaus-Palmer. In the '40s and '50s, it was Hogan, Snead and Nelson in a triumvirate mix, and in the '20s and '30s we had Hagen and Sarazen.

    While dominance is the magic ingredient that can break a sport out of its niche, a dynamic rivalry is the next best elixir.

    Dustin Johnson looks capable of dominating today’s game, but there’s so much proven major championship talent on his heels. It’s hard to imagine him consistently fending off all these challengers, but it’s the fending that would captivate us.

    Johnson vs. McIlroy would be a fireworks show. So would Johnson vs. Thomas, or Thomas vs. Day or McIlroy vs. Rahm or Fowler vs. Koepka ... or any of those combinations.

    Spieth is a wild card that intrigues.

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    By Will GrayJanuary 15, 2018, 6:28 pm

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    "I might play more times this year than any before. I played 28 times in 2008 and I'm on track to beat that," McIlroy said. "I could get to 30 (events), depending on where I'm placed in the Race to Dubai. But I'll see."

    McIlroy's ambitious plan comes in the wake of a frustrating 2017 campaign, when he injured his ribs in his first start and twice missed chunks of time in an effort to recover. He failed to win a worldwide event and finished the year ranked outside the top 10, both of which had not happened since 2008.

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    "I've worked hard on my short game and I'm probably feeling better with the putter than I ever have," McIlroy said. "I've had a lot of time to concentrate on everything and it all feels very good and a long way down the road."

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    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 15, 2018, 6:05 pm

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    Driver: Titleist 917D3 (10.5 degrees), with Fujikura Atmos Black 6 X shaft

    Fairway Wood: Titleist 917F2 (16.5 degrees), with Aldila Tour Blue 95 TX shaft

    Hybrid: Titleist 913H (19 degrees), with UST Mamiya AXIV Core 100 Hybrid shaft

    Irons: Titleist 718 T-MB (4), 718 CB (5-6), 718 MB (7-9), with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts

    Wedges: Titleist SM7 prototype (47, 52, 56, 60 degrees), with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts

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    Ball: Titleist Pro V1x