Choi-ce Win KJ Takes Greensboro

By Sports NetworkOctober 2, 2005, 4:00 pm
2005 Chrysler Classic of GreensboroGREENSBORO, N.C. -- K.J. Choi birdied his first four holes Sunday as he ran away with the Chrysler Classic of Greensboro. He posted a 6-under 66 to win the title at 22-under-par 266.
 
The win was Choi's third on the PGA Tour. He captured the Compaq Classic of New Orleans and the Tampa Bay Classic in the 2002 season and now believes more victories are in his future.
 
K.J. and David Choi
K.J. Choi celebrates his third PGA Tour victory with son David.
'The third time is very important,' admitted Choi, who pocketed $900,000 for the victory. 'Turning the third time into four and five is easier in the mind.'
 
Shigeki Maruyama holed out from a greenside bunker at the 18th en route to a 5-under 67. He finished alone in second place at 20-under-par 268 at Forest Oaks Country Club.
 
Charles Warren (65), Brandt Jobe (67) and 2005 B.C. Open champion Jason Bohn (70) shared third place at minus-17.
 
Choi got the flat stick going early as he drained a 17-foot birdie putt at the first hole. He two-putted for another birdie from 40 feet at the par-5 second, then rolled in a pair of 8-footers for birdie to pull ahead of the field.
 
His round certainly had some hiccups. He three-putted for a bogey at the fifth, but got the stroke back on the next hole when he sank a 12-footer for birdie.
 
Choi collected one more birdie on the front nine as he converted a 10-footer at the par-5 ninth. He missed a 4-foot par save at the 10th and his lead dipped to two, but an errant 5-iron sealed his victory.
 
At the par-3 12th, Choi hit a 5-iron into a greenside bunker. He blasted out 12 feet short of the stick, but the ball rolled into the cup for the unlikely birdie.
 
Choi ran home a 4-foot birdie putt at the 13th and that provided a three-shot cushion. He played conservatively from there, but did get a brief scare from Maruyama.
 
Maruyama came up short of the green with his approach at the 18th. He landed in a greenside bunker, but holed out from the trap, inching within two strokes of Choi's lead.
 
Choi had some testy putts coming into the winner's circle. He left himself close to 4 feet at the 17th, but converted. Choi had almost the same distance on 18, but calmly stroked it in and was off to hoist the trophy.
 
It might not come as a surprise that Choi played well this week. Last week, he missed out on The Presidents Cup as he finished 13th in automatic qualifying and International captain Gary Player elected not to add him to the team.
 
Choi also got a putting tip earlier in the week, so a lot added up to the victory.
 
'Literally 10 minutes before I went out for my first round, this feel came back to me like in 2002 when I had two victories,' said Choi, who missed Jesper Parnevik's 1999 tournament record by a single stroke. 'That same feeling came back to me. I was able to carry that throughout the tournament.'
 
Maruyama came up just short and knows that had he been able to get it going early in his round and match Choi, he could have picked up the win.
 
'I could hear K.J. making birdies at the beginning, and I couldn't make the putts the first few holes,' said Maruyama. 'I had good birdies on the fourth and fifth. I played very good golf on the last day, but K.J. just played very well.'
 
J.L. Lewis (66), Tim Clark (68), Jerry Kelly (68), Justin Rose (71) and Tim Herron tied for sixth at minus-15.
 
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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 Web.com 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.