Clark Tops Clarke at Loch Lomond

By Sports NetworkJuly 10, 2005, 4:00 pm
2005 Barclays Scottish OpenGLASGOW, Scotland -- Tim Clark posted a 4-under 67 on Sunday to capture the Barclays Scottish Open. He finished at 19-under-par 265 and won by two at Loch Lomond Golf Club.
 
'It was a tussle out there,' said Clark. 'It was a tough day. I struck the ball great all week. Today, under the pressure on the last few holes, to have it come through again, was really great.'
 
Darren Clarke
Darren Clarke was smoking in Sunday's final round but it wasn't enough to overtake Tim Clark.
Darren Clarke carded a 5-under 66 on Sunday and joined third-round co-leader Maarten Lafeber in a tie for second at 17-under-par 267. Lafeber shot a 2-under 69, but got one prize for tying for second. He earned a spot in next week's British Open field because he was the lowest finisher not otherwise eligible.
 
Ian Poulter fired a 6-under 65 to come in alone in fourth place at minus-16.
 
The beginning of the final round saw a wild flurry of action with Clarke holing out for eagle from the fourth fairway and Angel Cabrera holing out from a bunker for a birdie at the same hole.
 
Clark birdied the first and third holes to stay on top of the leaderboard, but Lafeber was more spectacular in how he remained in first. He knocked his approaches at the first and second holes inside a foot for tap-in birdies.
 
Clarke reached the green with his drive at the par-4 ninth and two-putted for birdie to join Clark and Lafeber in the lead at 17-under par. Clark knocked his tee ball to 4 feet at the par-3 eighth and converted the birdie putt to go one ahead at minus-18.
 
Clarke bogeyed the 11th to fall two back, but Clark would come back to the field. Clark came up short at the 235-yard, par-3 11th and bogeyed the hole.
 
At the par-3 13th, Clarke reached the green in two and two-putted for a birdie to tie for the lead once again with Clark and Lafeber. Lafeber birdied the 12th to move one ahead, but Clark evened things with a 7-footer for birdie at 13. Lafeber missed a 4-footer for birdie at the same hole so he and Clark were tied at 18-under par.
 
Lafeber hit a poor approach at the par-4 15th and three-putted for a bogey. He was one down and made par at 16 along with Clark. Clarke was in the clubhouse at 17-under par, so the championship was Clark's to lose.
 
Clark hit his tee ball at the par-3 17th to the back fringe. Lafeber knocked his to almost the exact same spot, but Clark had the honor and left his birdie try almost 2 feet short. Lafeber's putt grazed the right edge, but did not fall.
 
At the 18th, both players split the fairway and Lafeber played first. His ball landed 30 feet short of the cup on the right fringe. Clark played his second 15 feet short of the hole.
 
Lafeber came up short with his birdie putt, but tapped in for par. Clark's putt fell into the center of the cup and that matched Tom Lehman's 1997 tournament record.
 
'I really did want to make that putt on the last,' admitted Clark, who tied for third at this year's U.S. Open. 'I didn't want to have to make one for par there, so it was great to see that go in.'
 
Clark collected his third European Tour win and his second this season. He won the South African Open earlier this year and captured the same event three years prior.
 
Cabrera finished with a 1-under 70 and tied for fifth place with Luke Donald and Nick Dougherty, who both shot rounds of 4-under 67. The group came in at 15-under-par 269.
 
Miguel Angel Jimenez shot a 3-under 68 and tied for eighth place with Peter Hedblom (67) and Alastair Forsyth (71). The trio was knotted at minus-14.
 
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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.