Campbell Gets Hots Grabs Lead in England

By Sports NetworkMay 14, 2005, 4:00 pm
European TourWARWICKSHIRE, England -- Michael Campbell birdied his final four holes Saturday to card a tournament-best, 5-under 67 and grab a three-stroke lead through three rounds of the Daily Telegraph Dunlop Masters. Campbell completed 54 holes at 6-under-par 210.
Overnight leader Brian Davis stumbled to a 1-over 73. He was joined in a tie for second place at 3-under-par 213 by David Howell (72) and Steve Webster (70). Thomas Bjorn stands alone in fifth place at minus-2 after a 1-over 73 on Saturday.
Campbell had a steady front nine in the breezy, cool conditions on the Arden Course at the Marriott Forest of Arden Hotel & Country Club. He rolled in a birdie try on the par-four second.
The New Zealander came back with a birdie on the ninth to move to minus-3. Campbell tripped to a bogey on the 10th, but got that stroke back with his third birdie in three days on the par-5 12th.
Campbell faltered to another bogey at the 14th to drop back to minus-2. The 36-year-old ran home a 35-foot birdie putt on the 15th to begin a solid stretch of golf.
The six-time winner on the European Tour made it two in a row with an 18-foot birdie putt on the par-4 16th to get to 4 under and a share of the lead.
Campbell was not done. He two-putted for birdie on the par-5 17th to get to 5 under. Campbell capped a run of four straight birdies as he chipped in from over the green at the last to finish off a round of 67.
'I consider myself a pretty good front runner,' said Campbell, whose last win came at the 2003 Irish Open. 'I think the boys chasing me know that as well.'
Davis opened with five straight pars before converting back-to-back birdie putts from the sixth to climb to 6 under and a one-shot lead. However, around the turn the Englishman struggled to three straight bogeys from the 10th to fall out of the lead.
The 30-year-old got one stroke back with a birdie on the par-4 14th. Davis tripped to another bogey on the par-5 17th before a par at the last.
Howell got off to a hot start with birdies at two and three to grab the early lead. He fell out of the top spot with a bogey on No. 5. The Englishman moved back to 5 under with a birdie on the par-5 seventh.
The 29-year-old struggled mightily on the back nine. He bogeyed the 10th, 13th and 14th to tumble back to minus-2. Howell recovered one stroke with a birdie on 17 to share second place.
'I just got on a bad run and lost some momentum,' said Howell. 'I had a couple of putts about six feet which could have changed the day, but missed them. I would rather be in Michael's position, but three shots around here is nothing on a course like this.'
Webster stumbled out of the gate with a bogey on the first that dropped him to even-par. He atoned for that error with birdies at two and four. However, Webster struggled to a double-bogey on the sixth to again drop to even-par.
The Englishman caught fire from there. He rolled in a birdie try on the seventh, his third in three days on that hole. Webster came back with a birdie on the ninth to make the turn at 2 under.
Webster moved to minus-4 thanks to birdies at the 11th and 12th. However, he tripped to a bogey on 16 to end at 3 under.
'I feel I am more focused on getting the job done than I was last year and that is why my results have been consistent this year,' Webster said. 'Hopefully I can continue that tomorrow.'
Gary Murphy fired a 4-under 68 to move into a tie for sixth place at even-par 216. He was joined there by Maarten Lafeber (70), Paul Broadhurst (70), Robert-Jan Derksen (70) and Oliver Wilson (71). Soren Hansen and Simon Khan are one stroke further back at plus-1.
Barry Lane, the defending champion, bogeyed three holes on the back nine en route to a 1-over 73. He stands in a tie for 16th at 3-over-par 219.
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    Kelly beats Monty with two-shot swing on final hole

    By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2018, 3:21 am

    KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii – Jerry Kelly made an 18-foot birdie putt on the final hole, Colin Montgomerie missed a 6-footer for par and Kelly turned a one-shot deficit into a victory Saturday in the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

    After Kelly drove it well right into lava rocks on the par-4 16th, leading to bogey and giving Montgomerie the lead, Montgomerie made a mistake with his tee shot on the last, finding a fairway bunker. Montgomerie's approach went over the green and after Kelly converted his birdie, the 54-year-old Scot jammed his par putt well past the hole.

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    It was the third win on the over-50 tour for the 51-year-old Kelly, who finished tied for 14th last week at the PGA Tour's Sony Open in Honolulu. That gave him confidence as he hopped over to the Big Island for his tournament debut at Hualalai. The limited-field event includes winners from last season, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.

    Kelly closed with a 6-under 66 for a three-day total of 18-under 198. Montgomerie shot 69. David Toms shot 67 and finished two shots back, and Miguel Angel Jimenez was another stroke behind after a 66.

    Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, closed with a 70 to finish at 10 under.

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    Rahm manages frustration, two back at CareerBuilder

    By Randall MellJanuary 21, 2018, 1:21 am

    Jon Rahm managed the winds and his frustrations Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge to give himself a chance to win his fourth worldwide title in the last year.

    Rahm’s 2-under-par 70 on the PGA West Stadium Course left him two shots off the lead going into the final round.

    “I wasn’t really dealing with the wind that much,” Rahm said of his frustrations. “I was dealing with not being as fluid as I was the last two days.”

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    The world’s No. 3 ranked player opened with a 62 at La Quinta Country Club on Thursday and followed it up with a 67 on Friday at PGA West. He made six birdies and four bogeys on the Stadium Course on Saturday.

    “The first day, everything was outstanding,” Rahm said. “Yesterday, my driver was a little shaky but my irons shots were perfect. Today, my driver was shaky and my irons shots were shaky. On a course like this, it’s punishing, but luckily on the holes where I found the fairway I was able to make birdies.”

    Rahm is projected to move to No. 2 in the world rankings with a finish of sixth or better on Sunday.

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    Cook leads by one entering final round at CareerBuilder

    By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2018, 12:51 am

    LA QUINTA, Calif. – Austin Cook hit a hybrid into the fairway bunker on the par-4 18th on a breezy Saturday afternoon at La Quinta Country Club, then chunked a wedge and raced a chip 20 feet past the hole.

    Kip Henley, the longtime PGA Tour caddie who guided Cook to a breakthrough victory at Sea Island in November, stepped in to give the 26-year-old former Arkansas star a quick pep talk.

    ''Kip said, 'Let's finish this like we did on the first day at the Nicklaus Course.' We made a big par putt on 18 there and he said, 'Let's just do the same thing. Let's get this line right and if you get the line right it's going in.'''

    It did, giving Cook an 8-under 64 and a one-stroke lead in the CareerBuilder Challenge going into the final round on the Stadium Course at PGA West. Fellow former Razorback Andrew Landry and Martin Piller were tied for second, and Jon Rahm and Scott Piercy were a another stroke back after a tricky day in wind that didn't get close to the predicted gusts of 40 mph.

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    ''I know that I wouldn't have wanted to play the Stadium today,'' Cook said. ''I think we got a great draw with the courses that we got to play on the days that we got to play them.''

    Cook played the final six holes on the front nine in 6 under with an eagle and four birdies.

    ''Starting on my fourth hole, I was able to make a birdie and kind of get the ball rolling and it never really stopped rolling,'' Cook said. ''Kip and I were doing really good at seeing the line on the greens.''

    After a bogey on 10, he birdied 11, 12 and 15 and parred the final three to get to 19-under 197.

    ''I think that tonight the nerves, the butterflies, all that will kind of be a little less,'' Cook said. ''I've been in the situation before and I was able to finish the job on Sunday. I think it would be a little different if I didn't play like I did on Sunday at Sea Island.''

    He's making his first start in the event.

    ''I came in from Hawaii on Monday, so I only had two days to prepare for three courses,'' Cook said.

    Landry, the second-round leader, had a 70 at the Stadium. Piller, the husband of LPGA tour player Gerina Piller, shot a 67 at La Quinta. Winless on the PGA Tour, they will join Cook in the final threesome.

    ''Piller's a good guy and we have played a lot together and same with Cookie,'' said Landry, the only player without a bogey after 54 holes. ''Hope the Hogs are going to come out on top.''

    Rahm had a 70 at the Stadium to reach 17 under. The third-ranked Rahm beat up the par 5s again, but had four bogeys – three on par 3s. He has played the 12 par 5s in 13 under with an eagle and 11 birdies.

    ''A little bit of a survival day,'' Rahm said.

    The wind was more of a factor on the more exposed and tighter Stadium Course.

    ''The course is firming up,'' Rahm said. ''I know if we have similar wind to today, if we shoot something under par, you'll be way up there contesting it over the last few holes.''

    Piercy had a 66 at the Stadium.

    ''I controlled my ball really well today,'' he said.

    Adam Hadwin had a 67 at La Quinta a year after shooting a third-round 59 on the course. The Canadian was 16 under along with Grayson Murray and Brandon Harkins. Murray had a 67 on the Nicklaus Course, and Harkins shot 68 at the Stadium.

    Phil Mickelson missed the cut in his first tournament of the year for the second time in his career, shooting a 74 on the Stadium to finish at 4 under – four strokes from a Sunday tee time. The 47-year-old Hall of Famer was playing for the first time since late October. He also missed the cut in the Phoenix Open in his 2009 opener.

    Charlie Reiter, the Palm Desert High School senior playing on the first sponsor exemption the event has given to an amateur, also missed the cut. He had three early straight double bogeys in a 77 on the Stadium that left him 1 over.

    John Daly had an 80 at La Quinta. He opened with a triple bogey and had six bogeys – four in a row to start his second nine - and only one birdie. The 51-year-old Daly opened with a 69 on the Nicklaus layout and had a 71 on Friday at the Stadium.

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    Phil misses CareerBuilder cut for first time in 24 years

    By Randall MellJanuary 21, 2018, 12:48 am

    Phil Mickelson missed the cut Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge. It’s a rare occurrence in his Hall of Fame career.

    He has played the event 15 times, going back to when it was known as the Bob Hope Classic. He has won it twice.

    How rare is his missing the cut there?

    The last time he did so, there was no such thing as a DVD, Wi-Fi, iPods, Xbox, DVR capability or YouTube.

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    The PGA Tour’s Jon Rahm didn’t exist, either.

    The last time Mickelson missed a cut in this event was 1994, nine months before Rahm was born.

    Mickelson struggled to a 2-over-par 74 in the heavy winds Saturday on the PGA West Stadium Course, missing the 54-hole cut by four shots. He hit just four of 14 fairways, just nine of 18 greens. He took a double bogey at the 15th after requiring two shots to escape the steep-walled bunker on the left side of the green.

    Mickelson won’t have to wait long to try to get back in the hunt. He’s scheduled to play the Farmers Insurance Open next week at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, Calif.