Course Record Gives Romero Lead

By Sports NetworkJune 24, 2005, 4:00 pm
2005 Open de FranceVERSAILLES, France -- Eduardo Romero fired a course-record, 9-under 62 on Friday to move into the lead after two rounds of the Open de France. Romero completed 36 holes at 10-under-par 132.
 
Frenchman Jean Van de Velde, who led after Round 1 was completed earlier on Friday, stands at 8-under-par 134 after a 1-under 70. He was joined there by Jonathan Lomas (69) and Soren Hansen (69). Francois Delamontagne and Martin Erlandsson are one stroke further back at minus-7.
 
The first round was completed early Friday after being suspended for the night Thursday due to lightning. The second round finished on Friday despite afternoon times being delayed for over two hours.
 
Romero, who played 27 holes on Friday due to Thursday's delay, got off to a hot start on his second round with a birdie on No. 10, his first. He came right back with birdies on 11 and 12 on the Albatross Course at Le Golf National to move to minus-4.
 
The Argentinean holed out from a greenside bunker for birdie on the par-5 14th. Romero rolled in a 12-foot birdie putt from the back fringe at the par-3 16th.
 
The 50-year-old drained a 20-foot birdie try on 18 to make the turn at minus-7. Romero's 29 on his first nine holes was the best nine-hole score of his European Tour career.
 
Romero, who won this title in 1991, parred the first four holes of his back nine. He then rolled in an 8-foot birdie putt on the fifth, his 14th, to get to 8 under. Romero birdied Nos. 7 and 8, both from within 15 feet, to establish a new course record by two strokes.
 
Romero's last win on the European Tour came at the 2002 Scottish Open.
 
With a win or a second-place finish this week, Romero would gain entry into this year's British Open Championship. He is scheduled to play the 36-hole qualifier at Sunningdale on Monday.
 
'I managed to qualify last year at Sunningdale in a playoff, but it's another year on now and it might be too much for me,' said Romero, who matched his best European Tour round with his 62. 'So I want to win here.'
 
Van de Velde birdied three of his first six holes to get to 10 under and a share of the lead with Romero. However, the Frenchman played his final 12 holes at plus-2 with two bogeys and 10 pars.
 
Lomas opened with a birdie on the first, but tripped to a bogey on No. 2. The Englishman converted consecutive birdies tries from the third to move to 8 under. After a birdie on the sixth, he bogeyed seven and nine.
 
The 37-year-old got one of those strokes back with a birdie on the 10th. Lomas moved back to 9 under with a birdie at the 14th. He fell back to 8 under with a bogey on the 17th.
 
Hansen ran off three straight birdies from the 12th to jump to 9 under. However, he faltered to a double bogey on the 15th and a bogey on 16. Around the turn, he birdied the first and third to get back into a share for second. He parred his final six holes.
 
Jean-Francois Remesy moved into a tie for seventh at 5-under-par 137 after a 2-under 69. He was joined there by Niclas Fasth, Peter O'Malley and Marcel Siem.
 
The cut line fell at 2-over-par 144 with 85 players advancing to the weekend. A pair of Frenchmen, Gregory Bourdy and Raphael Jacquelin, missed the cut by a single stroke.
 
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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.