Choi Trahan Lead Sergio Four Back

By Sports NetworkOctober 1, 2005, 4:00 pm
2005 Chrysler Classic of GreensboroGREENSBORO, N.C. -- D.J. Trahan holed out from the fairway for an eagle at 16 on Saturday, en route to a 6-under 66 and a share of the third-round lead with K.J. Choi at the Chrysler Classic of Greensboro. Choi posted a 5-under 67 to join Trahan at 16-under-par 200 at Forest Oaks Country Club.
 
Jason Bohn, who won this year's B.C. Open, fired a 7-under 65 and is tied for third place with Shigeki Maruyama, who shot a 66 on Saturday. The duo is knotted at minus-15.
 
Sergio Garcia
Sergio Garcia posted his third sub-70 score and stands four off the pace.
Justin Rose carded a 4-under 68 and is alone in fifth place at minus-14, while Tim Herron posted a 5-under 67 to take sole possession of sixth at 13-under-par 203.
 
Trahan was only 1-under par when he reached the par-5 13th. He sank a 12- footer for birdie at that hole, then two-putted from 20 feet for another birdie at the 15th.
 
The shot that vaulted Trahan into a share of the lead was his approach at 16. From 165 yards, Trahan's 8-iron shot bounced once, then dove into the cup for an eagle.
 
'It was funny because Justin's (Rose) shot never left the pin before me and we were yelling, 'go in' on his,' said Trahan, a Clemson product. 'Mine came in right behind him. It was amazing.'
 
Trahan ran over and hugged several members of his family and various friends that came to see him. He composed himself quickly as he knocked his tee ball to 12 feet at the par-3 17th. Trahan's right-to-lefter found the bottom of the cup and the tour rookie found himself at 16 under par.
 
Trahan found trouble off the tee at 18 when he pulled his drive. He managed to muscle his approach 50 feet short of the stick and his birdie try came up 6 feet shy of the flag. Trahan rolled that in and posted his 16-under-par score.
 
Choi, playing in the final group on Saturday, was two-under at the turn, but tallied birdies at 12 and 13 to get to 15-under par for the championship. Choi looked to be in trouble at No. 14, but drained a 12-footer to save par.
 
Choi nearly got up-and-down from left of the green for a birdie at the 15th, but his 20-footer skated over the hole. He ran home a 48-foot birdie putt at the 16th to get to minus-16, but the 35-year-old South Korean had his chances for a solo lead.
 
At the par-three 17th, Choi hit a four-iron 11 feet short of the stick. His putt died left of the hole, then he missed from 2 feet closer at the last hole, but still has a piece of the 54-hole lead. In his only two PGA Tour wins, Choi had at least a share of the third-round lead.
 
'I was little nervous on the starting holes,' admitted Choi, whose tour wins both came in 2002. 'The start is important.'
 
Trahan will be at a disadvantage come Sunday afternoon as his co-leader is 2-0 with the 54-hole lead. Despite some impressive victories as amateur and a few appearances in high-pressure team events, Trahan has never been in this position on the PGA Tour.
 
'I had some good fortune in my amateur career, I played on some great teams,' said Trahan. 'I was fortunate to be around a lot of great players and play with some good competition. I think it was a great warm-up for me to come out here and get a good career started on tour.'
 
Robert Gamez, who broke a 15-year winless drought on tour with a win last week at the Texas Open, fired a nine-under 63 and is tied for seventh place with Sergio Garcia (66) and Brandt Jobe (67). They are knotted at 12-under-par 204.
 
Olin Browne, who captured the Deutsche Bank Championship over Labor Day weekend, posted a 7-under 65 and shares 10th place with Jerry Kelly (67), Mark Wilson (66), Carl Pettersson (69) and International Presidents Cup player Tim Clark (70). The group finished three rounds at minus-11.
 
John Huston, the second-round leader, struggled to a 2-over-par 74 on Saturday and is part of a group tied for 15th place at 10-under-par 206.
 
Related Links:
  • Leaderboard - Chrysler Classic of Greensboro
  • Full Coverage - Chrysler Classic of Greensboro
  • Getty Images

    Monty grabs lead entering final round in season-opener

    By Associated PressJanuary 20, 2018, 4:00 am

    KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii – Colin Montgomerie shot a second straight 7-under 65 to take a two-shot lead into the final round of the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

    The 54-year-old Scot, a six-time winner on the over-50 tour, didn't miss a fairway on Friday and made five birdies on the back nine to reach 14 under at Hualalai.

    Montgomerie has made 17 birdies through 36 holes and said he will have to continue cashing in on his opportunities.

    ''We know that I've got to score something similar to what I've done – 66, 67, something like that, at least,'' Montgomerie said. ''You know the competition out here is so strong that if you do play away from the pins, you'll get run over. It's tough, but hey, it's great.''


    Full-field scores from the Mitsubishi Electric Championship


    First-round co-leaders Gene Sauers and Jerry Kelly each shot 68 and were 12 under.

    ''I hit the ball really well. You know, all the putts that dropped yesterday didn't drop today,'' Kelly said. ''I was just short and burning edges. It was good putting again. They just didn't go in.''

    David Toms was three shots back after a 66. Woody Austin, Mark Calcavecchia and Doug Garwood each shot 67 and were another shot behind.

    Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, was six shots back after a 67.

    The limited-field tournament on Hawaii's Big Island includes last season's winners, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.

    ''We've enjoyed ourselves thoroughly here,'' Montgomerie said. ''It's just a dramatic spot, isn't it? If you don't like this, well, I'm sorry, take a good look in the mirror, you know?''

    Getty Images

    The missing link: Advice from successful tour pros

    By Phil BlackmarJanuary 20, 2018, 1:24 am

    Today’s topic is significant in that it underscores the direction golf is headed, a direction that has me a little concerned.

    Now, more than ever, it has become the norm for PGA Tour players to put together a team to assist in all aspects of their career. These teams can typically include the player’s swing coach, mental coach, manager, workout specialist, dietician, physical therapist, short-game guru, doctor, accountant, nanny and wife. Though it often concerns me the player may be missing out when others are making decisions for them, that is not the topic.

    I want to talk about what most players seem to be inexplicably leaving off their teams.

    One of the things that separates great players from the rest of the pack – other than talent – is the great player’s ability to routinely stay comfortable and play with focus and clarity in all situations. Though innate to many, this skill is trainable and can be learned. Don’t get too excited, the details of such a plan are too long and more suited for a book than the short confines of this article.

    So, if that aspect of the game is so important, where is the representative on the player’s team who has stood on the 18th tee with everything on the line? Where is the representative on the team who has experienced, over and over, what the player will be experiencing? In other words, where is the successful former tour player on the team?

    You look to tennis and many players have such a person on their team. These teacher/mentors include the likes of Boris Becker, Ivan Lendl, Jimmy Connors and Brad Gilbert. Why is it not the norm in golf?

    Sure, a few players have sought out the advice of Jack Nicklaus, but he’s not part of a team. The teaching ranks also include some former players like Butch Harmon and a few others. But how many teams include a player who has contended in a major, let alone won one or more?

    I’m not here to argue the value and knowledge of all the other coaches who make up a player’s team. But how can the value of a successful tour professional be overlooked? If I’m going to ask someone what I should do in various situations on the course, I would prefer to include the experienced knowledge of players who have been there themselves.

    This leads me to the second part of today’s message. Is there a need for the professional players to mix with professional teachers to deliver the best and most comprehensive teaching philosophy to average players? I feel there is.

    Most lessons are concerned with changing the student’s swing. Often, this is done with little regard for how it feels to the student because the teacher believes the information is correct and more important than the “feels” of the student. “Stick with it until it’s comfortable” is often the message. This directive methodology was put on Twitter for public consumption a short time back:

    On the other hand, the professional player is an expert at making a score and understands the intangible side of the game. The intangible side says: “Mechanics cannot stand alone in making a good player.” The intangible side understands “people feel things differently”; ask Jim Furyk to swing like Dustin Johnson, or vice versa. This means something that looks good to us may not feel right to someone else.

    The intangible side lets us know that mechanics and feels must walk together in order for the player to succeed. From Ben Hogan’s book:

    “What I have learned I have learned by laborious trial and error, watching a good player do something that looked right to me, stumbling across something that felt right to me, experimenting with that something to see if it helped or hindered, adopting it if it helped, refining it sometimes, discarding it if it didn’t help, sometimes discarding it later if it proved undependable in competition, experimenting continually with new ideas and old ideas and all manner of variations until I arrived at a set of fundamentals that appeared to me to be right because they accomplished a very definite purpose, a set of fundamentals which proved to me they were right because they stood up and produced under all kinds of pressure.”

    Hogan beautifully described the learning process that could develop the swings of great players like DJ, Furyk, Lee Trevino, Jordan Spieth, Nicklaus, etc.

    Bob Toski is still teaching. Steve Elkington is helping to bring us the insight of Jackie Burke. Hal Sutton has a beautiful teaching facility outside of Houston. And so on. Just like mechanics and feels, it’s not either-or – the best message comes from both teachers and players.

    Lately, it seems the scale has swung more to one side; let us not forget the value of insights brought to us by the players who have best mastered the game.

    Getty Images

    Woods, Rahm, Rickie, J-Day headline Torrey field

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 20, 2018, 12:47 am

    Tiger Woods is set to make his 2018 debut.

    Woods is still part of the final field list for next week’s Farmers Insurance Open, the headliner of a tournament that includes defending champion Jon Rahm, Hideki Matsuyama, Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler, Phil Mickelson and Jason Day.

    In all, 12 of the top 26 players in the world are teeing it up at Torrey Pines.

    Though Woods has won eight times at Torrey Pines, he hasn’t broken 71 in his past seven rounds there and hasn’t played all four rounds since 2013, when he won. Last year he missed the cut after rounds of 76-72, then lasted just one round in Dubai before he withdrew with back spasms.

    After a fourth back surgery, Woods didn’t return to competition until last month’s Hero World Challenge, where he tied for ninth. 

    Woods has committed to play both the Farmers Insurance Open and next month's Genesis Open at Riviera, which benefits his foundation. 

    Getty Images

    Even on 'off' day, Rahm shoots 67 at CareerBuilder

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 20, 2018, 12:36 am

    Jon Rahm didn’t strike the ball as purely Friday as he did during his opening round at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

    He still managed a 5-under 67 that put him just one shot off the lead heading into the weekend.

    “I expected myself to go to the range (this morning) and keep flushing everything like I did yesterday,” said Rahm, who shot a career-low 62 at La Quinta on Thursday. “Everything was just a little bit off. It was just one of those days.”


    Full-field scores from the Career Builder Challenge

    CareerBuilder Challenge: Articles, photos and videos


    After going bogey-free on Thursday, Rahm mixed four birdies and two bogeys over his opening six holes. He managed to settle down around the turn, then made two birdies on his final three holes to move within one shot of Andrew Landry (65).

    Rahm has missed only five greens through two rounds and sits at 15-under 129. 

    The 23-year-old Spaniard won in Dubai to end the year and opened 2018 with a runner-up finish at the Sentry Tournament of Champions. He needs a top-6 finish or better this week to supplant Jordan Spieth as the No. 2 player in the world.