Crowded Euro Leaderboard in China

By Sports NetworkApril 13, 2006, 4:00 pm
European TourBEIJING, China -- Christian Cevaer fired a 6-under-par 66 Thursday to take a one-stroke lead after the opening round of the Volvo China Open at Honghua International Golf Club.
A trio of Englishmen - Simon Dyson, Simon Wakefield and Ross Fisher - each posted rounds of 5-under-par 67. They share second place with Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, Peter Hanson and Jose-Filipe Lima.
Cevaer got his round going by holing out for birdie from a greenside bunker on the par-4 third. He came right back with a birdie on No. 4.
The 36-year-old parred his next two holes before moving to 3 under with a birdie on the par-4 seventh.
Cevaer dropped in his next birdie putt at the 10th. The three-time winner on the European Tour parred three in a row, then converted a birdie try on the 14th. Cevaer sank his final birdie on the 17th and parred the last to cap a bogey-free round.
'One of the keys for me today was my fine bunker play because I got it up and down four times,' Cevaer said. 'I felt really comfortable with the bunkers. It's a beautiful course. I am not a long hitter, but have posted a good score so it is more about accurate iron play and finding the right distances.'
Dyson played the back nine first on Thursday and picked up birdies on the 11th and 14th. He gave one stroke back to par with a bogey at the 18th. Dyson atoned for that error with a birdie on the second, then ran off three straight birdies from No. 5 to share second place.
Fisher also played the back nine first. He sank back-to-back birdies from the 11th, then moved to 3 under with a birdie on the 15th. Fisher, like Dyson, bogeyed 18, but then notched three birdies in a four-hole span from the fourth to get to minus-5.
Wakefield birdied four of the first six holes to get off to a hot start. However, he posted just two more birdies to go with a bogey the rest of the way to share second.
Fernandez-Castano birdied three in a row from the second to open his round. He tripped to a bogey on seven, but recovered that stroke as he birdied the ninth. The Spaniard faltered to another bogey at the 11th, but posted three birdies in a four-hole stretch from the 14th to end at minus-5.
Hanson opened with back-to-back bogeys from the 10th, but then birdied four of the next five to get to minus-2. The Swede drained consecutive birdies from the first, but stumbled to another bogey on No. 3. Hanson got that stroke back with a birdie on the fifth and made it two in a row with a birdie on six.
'It was a slow start, but I managed to turn it around,' said Hanson. 'I think I stayed patient.'
Rahil Gangjee, Jarrod Lyle, David Lynn and Miles Tunnicliff share eighth place at 4-under-par 68. Six more players are one stroke back at minus-3.
Paul Casey, who won this crown in November, posted a 1-under-par 71 and is tied for 27th.
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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 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.