Cink Leads Ryder Cup Teammates by Five

By Sports NetworkAugust 21, 2004, 4:00 pm
AKRON, Ohio -- Stewart Cink chipped in for birdie at the last to close a third round of 2-under 68 Saturday and take a five-shot lead heading into the final round. Cink completed 54 holes at 11-under-par 199.
Cink owns at least a share of the 54-hole lead for the seventh time in his career on the PGA Tour. However, he has not won any of the previous six events. Cink's best finish in those events was second place, which he has done three times, most recently at the Funai Classic last October.
Chris DiMarco, who played his way onto the United States Ryder Cup team with his playoff loss in the PGA Championship last weekend, posted a 3-under 67 to move to 6-under-par 204. He shares second place with David Toms, who double bogeyed the last for a round of 69, and Tiger Woods, who scrambled his way to an even-par 70.
Rod Pampling, Rory Sabbatini and Scott Verplank, who missed out on the U.S. Ryder Cup squad, are one stroke further back at minus-5.
After weather problems over each of the first two days, players completed their second rounds Saturday morning. The entire third round was completed as scheduled on Saturday.
Cink, who was selected as one of Hal Sutton's U.S. Ryder Cup captain's picks on Monday, closed his second round with five straight pars for a 68.
He returned to Firestone Country Club's first tee for his third round and opened with a par. Cink then got going with a birdie at the second to move to 10 under.
Cink, who owns three come-from-behind wins on tour, came right back to drain a 20-foot birdie putt at the third. From there, Cink showed off an excellent short game as he parred his next nine holes.
The 31-year-old Cink two-putted for par five times and he got up-and-down from off the green four times for par.
Cink lost his drive into the left rough off the 13th tee. After hacking out of the rough, he knocked his third shot to 12 feet. He missed his par putt and moved to the 14th tee at 10 under with a two-shot lead.
Cink ran off four straight pars heading to the 18th as his challengers fell off the pace. He knocked his second shot from the right rough just over the green and chipped his third into the cup for birdie and a five-stroke cushion.
'It's nice to finish off with a birdie, but there's still a lot in front of me,' Cink said. 'I've been around the tour eight years now and I've played a lot out here, and I know that anything can happen in 18 holes. I'm definitely not counting my chickens yet.'
Woods ran off three straight birdies late in his second round to move into a tie for second heading into the third round. He opened round three with a two-putt birdie at the second, but stumbled to a bogey at the next.
The three-time winner of this event two-putted for par on his next five holes before getting up-and-down for par at the ninth.
Woods dropped an 8-iron 9 feet from the cup to set up birdie at the 10th. After his second shot hit a tree and came up short of the 11th green, Woods walked away with his second bogey of the round.
He battled back at the par-3 12th. Woods dropped his tee shot within 7 feet and sank that birdie try. Woods did not hit a fairway the rest of the way as he hit just four of 14 fairways on the day.
Woods scrambled to four straight pars, but his poor driving caught up with him at the 17th. His tee shot went way right and bounced back towards the fairway after hitting a hospitality tent. He left his second shot short in a bunker and was unable to get up-and-down for par. He two-putted from the fringe at the last for a round of even-par 70.
'I hit it so good this morning it was scary.' said Woods. 'I didn't miss one single shot and consequently I made three straight birdies. Then I come out here (for round three) and played like an idiot.'
Woods will likely extend his lead as the No. 1 golfer in the world as the two players who could have passed him in the rankings, Ernie Els and Vijay Singh, are well back. Singh is tied for 36th after a 3-under 67, while Els is tied for 72nd.
Toms, the 2001 PGA champion, collected three birdies over a four-hole stretch from the second. However, he mixed a bogey in at the par-4 fourth. He moved within two shots of the lead with a birdie at the 14th.
Toms pulled his drive way left at the last. His second remained in the rough and his third came up just short of the putting surface. Toms pitched on before two-putting for double bogey to drop to minus-6.
DiMarco picked up three birdies over his first 10 holes to climb to 6 under. He bogeyed the 13th, before birdieing the 15th for a share of second place.
'I was able to birdie three of the par-3s, and that's usually going to help you,' DiMarco said. 'Three twos on the card usually is pretty good. I made some really good par savers too.'
Jerry Kelly fired a 6-under 64 to move into a tie for eighth place. He is joined there by Charles Howell III (68), Angel Cabrera (67) and Luke Donald (65). Todd Hamilton, Robert Allenby, Bob Tway and Lee Westwood are one stroke further back at minus-3.
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    Kelly beats Monty with two-shot swing on final hole

    By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2018, 3:21 am

    KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii – Jerry Kelly made an 18-foot birdie putt on the final hole, Colin Montgomerie missed a 6-footer for par and Kelly turned a one-shot deficit into a victory Saturday in the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

    After Kelly drove it well right into lava rocks on the par-4 16th, leading to bogey and giving Montgomerie the lead, Montgomerie made a mistake with his tee shot on the last, finding a fairway bunker. Montgomerie's approach went over the green and after Kelly converted his birdie, the 54-year-old Scot jammed his par putt well past the hole.

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    It was the third win on the over-50 tour for the 51-year-old Kelly, who finished tied for 14th last week at the PGA Tour's Sony Open in Honolulu. That gave him confidence as he hopped over to the Big Island for his tournament debut at Hualalai. The limited-field event includes winners from last season, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.

    Kelly closed with a 6-under 66 for a three-day total of 18-under 198. Montgomerie shot 69. David Toms shot 67 and finished two shots back, and Miguel Angel Jimenez was another stroke behind after a 66.

    Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, closed with a 70 to finish at 10 under.

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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.