Casey Clarke Campbell 1-2-3 in England

By Sports NetworkMay 12, 2006, 4:00 pm
2006 Quinn Direct British MastersSUTTON COLDFIELD, England -- Paul Casey fired a 6-under 66 in Friday's second round to grab a three-stroke lead after 36 holes of the British Masters. Casey stands at 11-under-par 133 after two rounds.
Darren Clarke, who shared the first-round lead with Peter Hanson, shot 70 on Friday and is alone in second place at 8-under-par 136.
Stephen Gallacher and Peter O'Malley each posted 66s in round two to move into a share of third place. They are both at minus-7 and were joined there by Ian Poulter (69), reigning U.S. Open champion Michael Campbell (70) and Johan Edfors (69).
Casey opened on the front nine with a birdie at the first. He came back with a birdie on the third, as he birdied each of those two holes for the second day in a row. Those birdies moved him to minus-7.
The Englishman dropped in the third birdie of his round on the sixth. Casey made it two in a row with a birdie on the seventh. He parred five straight around the turn from there.
The 28-year-old moved to 10 under with a birdie on the 13th. Casey birdied the par-5 15th for the second straight round before parring the final three holes to lead by three and close his second straight bogey-free round.
'There's a lot of golf left,' Casey admitted. 'I've been fortunate to keep it out of trouble. I'm obviously going to aim to do that over the weekend, but there are other guys behind me who I am sure have had their ups and downs and they could get a run going over the weekend. It is far from over.'
Clarke got going with a birdie on No. 2. He got to 8 under with a birdie at the fourth. However, Clarke gave a stroke back to par as he bogeyed the par-3 seventh.
The Ulsterman parred six consecutive holes from there. Clarke slipped back to even-par for his round and minus-6 overall after a bogey on the par-3 14th.
Clarke came back to birdie 15 and made it two straight as he also birdied the 16th to get within three of Casey's lead.
'It's an awful lot closer to the lead than I thought I was going to be,' said Clarke. 'I've hit quite a few good shots and if I can do that and roll a few putts in again tomorrow, hopefully I'll close the gap.'
Hanson managed an even-par 72 at The Belfry and slipped into a tied for eighth at 6-under-par 138. He was joined there by Gary Emerson (70), Jarmo Sandelin (71), Graeme Storm (64) and Graeme McDowell (68).
The cut fell at even-par 144 with 70 players advancing to the weekend. Among the notables missing the cut were: Johnnie Walker Classic winner Kevin Stadler (145), four-time European Ryder Cupper Lee Westwood (145), last week's Italian Open champ Francesco Molinari (145), 1999 British Open champion Paul Lawrie (147) and eight-time Order of Merit winner Colin Montgomerie (147).
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    Kelly, Sauers co-lead in Hawaii; Monty, Couples in mix

    By Associated PressJanuary 19, 2018, 3:52 am

    KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii - Fresh off a solid performance on Oahu, Jerry Kelly shot an 8-under 64 on the Big Island on Thursday to share the first-round lead at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

    The 51-year-old Kelly, who tied for 14th at the PGA Tour's Sony Open last week in Honolulu, birdied five of his final seven holes to shoot 30 on the back nine at Hualalai. He won twice last season, his first on the over-50 tour.

    Gene Sauers also shot 64, going bogey-free amid calm conditions. Thirty-two of the 44 players broke par in the limited-field event, which includes winners from last season, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.

    Rocco Mediate and Colin Montgomerie were one shot back, and Fred Couples, Kevin Sutherland and Kirk Triplett were another shot behind.

    Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, was in the middle of the pack after a 69.

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    Rahm (62) fires career low round

    By Will GrayJanuary 19, 2018, 12:03 am

    The scores were predictably low during the opening round of the CareerBuilder Challenge, where the top-ranked player in the field currently sits atop the standings. Here's how things look after the first day in Palm Springs as Jon Rahm is out to an early advantage:

    Leaderboard: Jon Rahm (-10), Austin Cook (-9), Andrew Landry (-9), Jason Kokrak (-9), Brandon Harkins (-8), Martin Piller (-8), Aaron Wise (-8), Beau Hossler (-8)

    What it means: Rahm is coming off a runner-up finish two weeks ago at Kapalua, and he picked up right where he left off with a 10-under 62 at La Quinta Country Club. It marked his lowest career round on the PGA Tour, and it gave him a one-shot lead heading to the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Cook is the only player within two shots of Rahm who has won already on Tour.

    Round of the day: Rahm got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under, and he made it around La Quinta without dropping a shot. The 62 bettered his previous career low on Tour by two shots and it included an eagle on the par-5 fifth hole to go along with eight birdies.

    Best of the rest: Cook was a winner earlier this season at the RSM Classic, and he's now in the mix for trophy No. 2 following a 9-under 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Like Rahm, he opened with a seven-hole stretch at 6 under and turned in a scorecard without a bogey. He'll now head to the more difficult Stadium Course for his second round.

    Biggest disappointment: Patrick Reed blitzed the three-course rotation in Palm Springs en route to his first career Tour title back in 2014, but he's unlikely to repeat that feat after opening with a 2-over 74 on the Nicklaus Tournament course. Reed made only one birdie against three bogeys and was one of only 32 players in the 156-man field who failed to break par in the opening round.

    Main storyline heading into Friday: Rahm deserves the spotlight, as he entered the week as one of the event's headliners and did nothing to lose that billing in the opening round. But the pack of contenders is sure to keep pace, while players like Phil Mickelson (-2) will look to put up a low score in order to build some momentum heading into the weekend.

    Shot of the day: Wesley Bryan's 7-under 65 on the Nicklaus Tournament course was helped in large part by an eagle on the par-4 10th, where he holed a 54-degree wedge from 112 yards away. Bryan went on to birdie the next hole amid a five-hole stretch of 5 under play.

    Quote of the day: "Shot 10 under par. There's not much more I can ask for." - Rahm

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    Recent winner Cook contending at CareerBuilder

    By Will GrayJanuary 18, 2018, 11:45 pm

    Patton Kizzire is currently the only two-time PGA Tour winner this season, but Austin Cook hopes to join him this week at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

    Cook won for the first time in November at the RSM Classic, a victory that catapaulted him from the Tour graduate category into an entirely new echelon. Cook notched a pair of top-25 finishes over the last two weeks in Hawaii, and he's again in the mix after an opening 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course left him one shot behind Jon Rahm.

    "Today was great," Cook told reporters. "The conditions were perfect, but I always loved desert golf and I was just hitting the ball well and seeing good lines on the greens and hitting good putts."

    Cook got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under highlighted by an eagle on the par-5 fourth hole. He briefly entertained the notion of a sub-60 round after birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 before closing with six pars and a birdie.

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    Cook was a relative unknown before his victory at Sea Island earlier this season, but now with the flexibility and confidence afforded by a win he hopes to build on his burgeoning momentum this week in California.

    "That was a big, proud moment for myself, knowing that I can finish a tournament," Cook said. "I think it was one of those things that I've proven to myself that now I can do it, and it just meant the world to me."

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    Photo: Fleetwood's phone cover is picture of Bjorn

    By Jason CrookJanuary 18, 2018, 11:40 pm

    There's phone covers and then there are Phone Covers.

    Paul Casey has himself a Phone Cover, showing off the protective case that features a picture of his wife at last year's U.S. Open.

    Now, it appears, Tommy Fleetwood has joined the movement.

    Fleetwood, last year's season-long Race to Dubai winner, has a phone cover with a picture of Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn on it. And not even a current Thomas Bjorn. This is a young Bjorn. A hair-having Bjorn.


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    The 26-year-old is a virtual lock for this year's European Ryder Cup team, but just in case, he's carrying around a phone with a picture of the team captain attached to the back of it.

    It's a bold strategy, Cotton. Let's see if it pays off for him.