Course Record Gives Kite MasterCard Lead
This event, the season-opener on the 2002 Senior Tour schedule, features winners of official events from the last two years and winners of Senior Tour major championships from the last five years.
Kite, a three-time winner since joining the elder circuit in 2000, posted five birdies and two eagles amid winds that gusted up to 35 miles per hour on the Big Island of Hawaii.
'Starting the day, I don't think any of us expected scores to be this low,' said Kite, who hit 17 of 18 greens.
Kite started on the back side and produced four birdies in the last five holes of that nine. He hit the green at the par-5 fourth in two and rolled in a 12-footer for eagle, then birdied the sixth before chipping in from 30 feet for an eagle at the par-5 seventh.
Nelson, whose 16 wins as a member of the 50-and-over set include 11 over the last two seasons, shot 66 for sole possession of second place.
'It's nice to get off to a good start,' said Nelson, who admitted he hadn't played since the first week in December.
Tied for third with 5-under 67s were reigning Tradition winner Doug Tewell, 2001 Senior Tour Rookie of the Year Bob Gilder, and 60-year-old Jim Colbert, who captured this event in 1995.
Tewell holed a 4-iron at the 208-yard 8th hole for an ace, the first hole-in-one in the 19-year history of this event.
'No. 8 sets up good for me because I hit it right to left,' he said. 'That was my 11th hole-in-one, all on tour.'
Tiger Tracker: Farmers Insurance Open
Wie's goal to reach goals: Just. Stay. Healthy.
Michelle Wie’s player bio should come with medical charts.
Her caddie would be well served if he could read X-rays as well as he reads greens.
Wie is only 28, but on some days, she must feel like she’s going on 40.
That’s why one burning desire trumps all others for Wie as she begins this new year.
Wie said she’s going back and forth between conventional and left-hand low now.
And then a neck spasm knocked her out of the U.S. Women’s Open.
There also have been ongoing issues in both wrists.
“Everything we do with her swing now is to help prevent injury,” he said.
Leadbetter relishes seeing what’s possible in 2018 if there are no setbacks.
“She’s really enthusiastic about this year. She can’t wait to get back in the mix.”
How Rahm can overtake DJ for OWGR No. 1 this week
|Dustin Johnson||Jon Rahm|
|Wins||8 (1 major, 3 WGCs)||5 (3 PGA Tour, 2 Euro)|
|Top 5 finishes||20||16|
|Top 10 finishes||26||19|
|Top 25 finishes||37||26|
|MC or 0 OWGR Pts earned||4||7|
The ranking system can feel a bit overwhelming, so here are a couple of topline bullet points:
- The ranking is a 104-week period (two years) that evaluates a player’s performance.
- Events are given a certain weight and bigger events have a higher point total.
- Event 25 weeks ago: 86.96 percent of value
- Event 50 weeks ago: 59.78 percent of value
- Event 75 weeks ago: 32.61 percent of value
- Event 100 weeks ago: 5.43 percent of value
Rahm is taking advantage of the full value for three of his five professional wins.
There is still one more important piece of the formula and that’s the divisor.
|Dustin Johnson||Jon Rahm|
|Total points earned:||960.82||557.26|
|OWGR valued points||493.08||433.39|
|Projected OWGR after Farmers||10.72||10.83|
On the other side, DJ is only maintaining 51.3 percent of his total points earned.
To do that, the scenario is quite simple: Win this week.
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