Campbell Rallies for Bay Hill Victory

By Sports NetworkMarch 21, 2004, 5:00 pm
04 Bay Hill InvitationalORLANDO, Fla. -- Chad Campbell fired a six-under 66 Sunday to erase a four-stroke deficit and win the Bay Hill Invitational by six shots. Campbell completed the event at 18-under-par 270.
Australia's Stuart Appleby, the overnight leader, struggled throughout his round on his way to a four-over 76. He finished alone in second place at 12- under-par 276.
Adam Scott and Scott Verplank were one stroke further back at minus-11.
Tiger Woods, who was trying to win this event for a record fifth straight time, managed a one-over 73 and completed the event at even-par 288.
The only history made on Sunday was Campbell's comeback. He turned a four- stroke deficit into a six-shot win over the final 10 holes at Bay Hill Golf Club and Lodge.
'I knew I had a long road to go today, so I just stayed real patient,' said Campbell, who picked up $900,000 for his second PGA Tour win. 'I really started to make a move on the back nine and he (Appleby) made a couple of bogies and with that I moved into the lead.'
Campbell got his round going with a birdie at the par-three second, but Appleby again climbed four strokes clear of Campbell when he birdied the sixth from six feet out.
Campbell's comeback really got going with back-to-back birdies from the eighth to move to 15-under-par. Appleby, meanwhile, bogeyed the ninth to drop to minus-16.
'Nine definitely was a turning point,' Appleby said. 'I didn't hit a great drive and thought I hit a really good second shot. Left myself in a vulnerable position and he holes the putt, and I was like, okay, he's holed his. Then I didn't make mine.'
The par-four 11th proved to be another turning point. Appleby found a fairway bunker off the tee and knocked his second into greenside bunker. Appleby was unable to save his par from there and fell into a tie for the lead at 15- under.
Both players birdied the par-five 12th to get to 16-under.
The Australian fell out of the lead for good with a three-putt bogey at the 14th. Campbell then created some breathing room for himself.
He rolled home a birdie putt at the 15th from 25 feet out. Campbell then two- putted for birdie at the par-five 16th to grab a three-shot lead.
Appleby continued his slide from the top. He three-putted from the back of the green on 17 for bogey and took two penalty strokes en route to a double-bogey at the last.
Campbell, who played with tournament host Arnold Palmer during the opening two rounds, calmly two-putted for par on each of the last two holes to earn his first title after last year's Tour Championship.
'Playing with him the first two days was so awesome,' said Campbell of his pairing with Palmer. 'It was such a good experience for me. Especially not knowing how many more tournaments he'll play in and just getting the experience of playing with him was such an inspiration.'
Appleby lost for the first time when holding the lead entering the final round. Three times previously he had held at least a share of first entering the final round and all three times he went on to win.
'I really screwed up the back nine,' said Appleby. 'I felt all right all day, but Chad just kept making every putt. I was trying to just ignore that and continue to do what I needed to do and hit my shots. It just was a day where I think he played great.
'Playing with Chad for two days, looking back now, I can't even think of a poor shot he hit in two days. He hardly dropped a shot in two days. Great golf, great golf.'
Jerry Kelly used a three-under 69 Sunday to climb into fifth place at 10- under-par 278. First and second round leader Shigeki Maruyama stumbled to a closing one-over 73 and shared sixth place at eight-under-par 280 with Stephen Ames, Darren Clarke and Zach Johnson.
John Daly, who won the Buick Invitational earlier this year, closed with an entertaining round of 73. He had three birdies over four holes on the front nine.
Then to close his round, Daly posted double-bogey on 15, eagle on 16, bogey on No. 17 and double-bogey at the last. He finished at minus-seven, where he was joined by Dennis Paulson.



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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.

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    Defending champ Gana co-leads Latin America Amateur

    By Randall MellJanuary 20, 2018, 11:20 pm

    Toto Gana moved into early position to try to win a return trip to the Masters Saturday by grabbing a share of the first-round lead at the Latin America Amateur Championship.

    The defending champ posted a 3-under-par 68 at Prince of Wales Country Club in his native Chile, equaling the rounds of Argentina’s Mark Montenegro and Colombia’s Pablo Torres.

    They are one shot ahead of Mexico’s Alvaro Ortiz and Mario Carmona, Argentina’s Horacio Carbonetti and Jaime Lopez Rivarola and the Dominican Republic’s Rhadames Pena.

    It’s a bunched leaderboard, with 19 players within three shots of each at the top of the board in the 72-hole event.

    “I think I have my game under control,” said Gana, 20, a freshman at Lynn University. “I hit the ball very well, and I also putted very well. So, I am confident about tomorrow.”

    The LAAC’s champion will get more than a Masters invitation. He also will be exempt into the The Amateur, the U.S. Amateur and any other USGA event he is eligible to play this year. The champion and players who finish runner-up are also exempt into the final stages of qualifying for The Open and the U.S. Open.

    The LAAC was founded by the Masters, the R&A and the USGA, with the purpose of further developing amateur golf in South America, Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean.