Campbell Takes Command at Hope

By Sports NetworkJanuary 19, 2006, 5:00 pm
2006 Bob Hope Chrysler ClassicPALM DESERT, Calif. -- Chad Campbell continued his fine play on Thursday as he posted a bogey-free, 6-under 66 to move to the top of the leaderboard after two rounds of the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic. He finished 36 holes at 15-under-par 129 and is four ahead.
 
Pat Perez, who fired a 60 on Wednesday, struggled early on Thursday thanks to heavy wind. He bogeyed three of his first six holes, but managed a 1-over-par 73. John Senden fired a 9-under 63 to join Perez in second place at minus-11.
 
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Steve Elkington (70) and Olin Browne (69) are knotted in fourth place at 10-under-par 134.
 
In this 90-hole event, play is spread over four courses (Classic Club, La Quinta, the Palmer Course at PGA West and Bermuda Dunes) through the first rounds. The final round will be played at the Classic Club, a new course added to the rotation this year.
 
In addition, competitors are paired with three amateur partners over the opening four rounds.
 
Campbell played La Quinta on Thursday and has yet to commit a bogey in this tournament.
 
Campbell, who tied for second to David Toms last week at the Sony Open in Hawaii, did not collect his first birdie until the par-5 fifth. He reached the front edge of the green with his second and two-putted. One hole later, also a par 5, Campbell got out in two with a 4-iron and two-putted for birdie from 25 feet.
 
The 30th ranked player in the world used a 9-iron for his approach to the par-4 eighth. He ran home the 15-foot birdie putt to reach 12 under par for the tournament.
 
On the back nine, Campbell wasted little time in making birdie. At the 10th, he knocked a 6-iron to four feet to set up birdie. He only parred the par-5 11th, but took advantage of the next long hole. Campbell once again found the front edge of the green and he once again two-putted for birdie.
 
'I really capitalized on the par 5s,' acknowledged Campbell, a two-time winner on the PGA Tour. 'I birdied three out of the four par 5s, so that was kind of key.'
 
Campbell had one birdie left in his round. At the 17th, he played an 8-iron to 6 feet and rolled in the birdie putt.
 
'I played great again today,' admitted Campbell. 'I hit a lot of good shots. I drove it in the fairway a lot, gave myself a lot of opportunities and was able to make a few putts.'
 
Perhaps Campbell played so well because he was the least recognized in his group. He played with musicians, Justin Timberlake, Darius Rucker of Hootie & The Blowfish, and Alice Cooper.
 
'It was a great group,' said Campbell. 'They are all really good guys and I enjoyed it. They hit some good golf shots and we just had a good time out there.'
 
Phil Mickelson, a two-time winner of this event, who made his 2006 debut this week, posted a 3-under 69 on Thursday. He is tied for sixth place with Kevin Sutherland (67) and Tom Pernice, Jr. (70) at minus-9.
 
Former champions Mike Weir (69) and Joe Durant (65) are part of a large group tied for ninth place at 8-under-par 136. D.A. Points (67), Billy Andrade (68), Richard S. Johnson (69), Alex Cejka (67), John Huston (71), Lee Janzen (65), Scott Verplank (68) and Joe Ogilvie (70) are tied seven shots behind Campbell.
 
Defending champion Justin Leonard only carded an even-par 72 at La Quinta. He is tied for 35th place at minus-5.
 
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    After Further Review: Tiger's return comes at perfect time

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 2:19 am

    Each week, GolfChannel.com takes a look back at the week in golf. Here's what's weighing on our writers' minds.

    On the current state of golf as Tiger Woods returns to competition ...

    Less than four days before Tiger Woods returns to official competitive golf for the first time in a year, Jon Rahm, the new second-ranked player in the world, won on the PGA Tour and Rory McIlroy made an impressive 2018 debut on the European Tour (T-3).

    Not since Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus crossed paths at the 1960 U.S. Open has there been so many superstars all poised for big seasons, with world No. 1 Dustin Johnson having already won this year and Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas both coming off stellar seasons.

    It’s a good time for golf. - Rex Hoggard


    On Tommy Fleetwood's continued success ...

    There have been scores of talented European players whose skills didn’t translate to the PGA Tour … and maybe, in a few years, Tommy Fleetwood will prove to be no different.

    He sure looks like the real deal, though.  

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    Rahm passes Spieth to become world No. 2

    By Nick MentaJanuary 22, 2018, 1:25 am

    With his win Sunday at the CareerBuilder Challenge, Jon Rahm picked up his second PGA Tour victory and moved to No. 2 in the FedExCup points standings.

    He picked up one more No. 2, too.

    The 23-year-old Spaniard passed Jordan Spieth to move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking, behind only Dustin Johnson.

    In 19 months, since June 2016, Rahm has rocketed from No. 776 in the world to No. 2, thanks in part to his low divisor, his number of events played.

    Asked after his playoff victory over Andrew Landry to discuss his rapid ascent up the world rankings, Rahm was almost at a loss.

    “It's hard to believe to be honest, passing Jordan Spieth,” he said. “That's a three-time major champion. I only have two wins. He's got 10-plus, right? It's again – I've said it many times – I never thought I was going to be at this point in my life right now.”

    Rahm may only have two PGA Tour titles, but this is his fourth worldwide win in the last year, dating back to last season’s Farmers Insurance Open. He also took the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and the DP World Tour Championship on his way to claiming the European Tour’s 2017 Rookie of the Year Award.

    Dating back to the start of last season on the PGA Tour, Rahm has racked up 12 top-10s, three runner-ups, and two wins.

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    Brady compares self to Woods after winning AFC title

    By Jason CrookJanuary 22, 2018, 1:05 am

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    Rahm beats Landry in playoff to win CareerBuilder

    By Nick MentaJanuary 22, 2018, 1:00 am

    Jon Rahm birdied the fourth extra hole Sunday to defeat Andrew Landry in a playoff, win the CareerBuilder Challenge and move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking. Here’s how things played out in overtime at PGA West:

    Leaderboard: Rahm (-22), Landry (-22), John Huh (-20), Adam Hadwin (-20), Martin Piller (-20), Kevin Chappell (-19), Scott Piercy (-19)

    What it means: This is Rahm’s second PGA Tour win and his fourth worldwide victory in the last year, dating back to last season’s Farmers Insurance Open. Rahm took the early lead Thursday with an opening 62 and after rounds of 67-70, he started the final round two back. On Sunday, he made five birdies without dropping a single shot on the intimidating Stadium Course. In the clubhouse at 22 under, Rahm watched as Landry made birdie on 18 to force a playoff.

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    Best of the rest: A two-time Web.com winner playing his second full season on the PGA Tour, Landry shot 68 Sunday, making birdie on the 72nd hole to force extras. Once Rahm finally made birdie on the fourth playoff hole, Landry's putt to extend slid by on the right edge. This is Landry's best career finish on the PGA Tour. Had he won, he would have secured full Tour status through the 2019-20 season and earned invites to the Masters, Players, and PGA Championships.

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