Crowded Leaderboard in Virginia

By Sports NetworkMay 20, 2005, 4:00 pm
RICHMOND, Va. -- Blaine McCallister and Joe Daley each posted rounds of 3-under 69 on Friday to move into a tie for the lead during the second round of the Henrico County Open.
They stand at 9-under-par 135 alongside Tom Scherrer (67) and Kevin Durkin (71). Chad Collins (13 holes), John E. Morgan (11), David Peoples (11) and Camilo Villegas (seven) are also at 9 under.
The second round was delayed for nearly three hours due to inclement weather. There was also a 17-minute delay during the round to clear some standing water on the 17th tee of The Dominion Club.
The round was eventually suspended for the night due to darkness. Second-round play will resume at 7:30 a.m. ET Saturday. The cut will be made at the end of the round and the third round will start at about 10:30 a.m.
McCallister played the back side first Friday. He picked up a birdie on the 10th and another on 15 to get to minus-8. After stumbling to a bogey on the 17th, the five-time winner on the PGA Tour carded birdies on one and four to get to 9 under. He parred out to remain there.
'The last two days, I've played some good golf,' McCallister said. 'Today it felt like the course played 7,600 yards, while yesterday it seemed like 6,600. It was a whole different course.'
Daley also got going on the back nine. He carded one bogey to go with three birdies over his first nine hole to make the turn at minus-8. On the front nine, the 44-year-old bogeyed the first, but then birdied three of his next four holes. He fell back to 9 under with a bogey on the seventh.
Scherrer birdied three of his first six holes from the 10th to start his round. He faltered to a bogey on 16, but got that stroke back with a birdie on 18. The two-time winner on the Nationwide Tour birdied two and four to share the lead. He parred his final five holes to remain there.
Durkin, who shared the lead after round one with Morgan and John Elliott, opened with birdies on the fourth and fifth to move to 10 under. Durkin stumbled to a bogey on the seventh and another on 13 to fall behind the leaders. He got one shot back with a birdie on 14. He parred the remaining four holes to share first.
'Battling the elements is the best way to describe what we went through this morning,' said Durkin. 'It was just a nasty day all around.'
Collins reeled off three straight birdies from the fifth to get to 10 under. He bogeyed the eighth and parred his next five holes before play was halted for the night.
Morgan has notched 10 pars and one birdie over his 11 holes, while Peoples has two birdies and nine pars through 11 holes.
Villegas, who tied for third place last week at the Rheem Classic, opened with back-to-back birdies from the 10th. After a double bogey on the par-4 13th, Villegas birdied 14 and 15. He parred the next before played was called for the night.
Robin Freeman, Bill Haas, Derek Watson, Martin Laird and Jason Enloe all finished their rounds and are one stroke behind the leaders at minus-8. Jason Gore and Nathan Green are also at 8 under par, but are still on the course. There are eight more players two shots off the lead.
Elliott, who shared the first round lead, struggled to a 3-over 75. He is tied for 27th at 5-under-par 139.
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    Hadwin returns to site of last year's 59

    By Will GrayJanuary 17, 2018, 11:04 pm

    Adam Hadwin had a career season last year, one that included shooting a 59 and winning a PGA Tour event. But those two achievements didn't occur in the same week.

    While Hadwin's breakthrough victory came at the Valspar Championship in March, it was at the CareerBuilder Challenge in January when he first made headlines with a third-round 59 at La Quinta Country Club. Hadwin took a lead into the final round as a result, but he ultimately couldn't keep pace with Hudson Swafford.

    He went on to earn a spot at the Tour Championship, and Hadwin made his first career Presidents Cup appearance in October. Now the Canadian returns to Palm Springs, eager to improve on last year's result and hoping to earn a spot in the final group for a third straight year after a T-6 finish in 2016.

    "A lot of good memories here in the desert," Hadwin told reporters. "I feel very comfortable here, very at home. Lots of Canadians, so it's always fun to play well in front of those crowds and hopefully looking forward to another good week."

    Hadwin's 59 last year was somewhat overshadowed, both by the fact that he didn't win the event and that it came just one week after Justin Thomas shot a 59 en route to victory at the Sony Open. But he's still among an exclusive club of just eight players to have broken 60 in competition on Tour and he's eager to get another crack at La Quinta on Saturday.

    "If I'm in the same position on 18, I'm gunning for 58 this year," Hadwin said, "not playing safe for 59."

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    Rahm: If I thought like Phil, I could not hit a shot

    By Will GrayJanuary 17, 2018, 10:39 pm

    When it comes to Jon Rahm and Phil Mickelson, there are plenty of common bonds. Both starred at Arizona State, both are now repped by the same agency and Rahm's former college coach and agent, Tim Mickelson, now serves full-time as his brother's caddie.

    Those commonalities mean the two men have played plenty of practice rounds together, but the roads quickly diverge when it comes to on-course behavior. Rahm is quick, fiery and decisive; Mickelson is one of the most analytical players on Tour. And as Rahm told reporters Wednesday at the CareerBuilder Challenge, those differences won't end anytime soon.

    "I don't need much. 'OK, it's like 120 (yards), this shot, right," Rahm said. "And then you have Phil, it's like, 'Oh, this shot, the moisture, this going on, this is like one mile an hour wind sideways, it's going to affect it one yard. This green is soft, this trajectory. They're thinking, and I'm like, 'I'm lost.' I'm like, 'God if I do that thought process, I could not hit a golf shot.'"

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    The tactics may be more simplified, but Rahm can't argue with the results. While Mickelson is in the midst of a winless drought that is approaching five years, Rahm won three times around the world last year and will defend a PGA Tour title for the first time next week at Torrey Pines.

    Both men are in the field this week in Palm Springs, where Mickelson will make his 2018 debut with what Rahm fully expects to be another dose of high-level analytics for the five-time major winner with his brother on the bag.

    "It's funny, he gets to the green and then it's the same thing. He's very detail-oriented," Rahm said of Mickelson. "I'm there listening and I'm like, 'Man, I hope we're never paired together for anything because I can't think like this. I would not be able to play golf like that. But for me to listen to all that is really fun."

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    DJ changes tune on golf ball distance debate

    By Will GrayJanuary 17, 2018, 9:16 pm

    World No. 1 Dustin Johnson is already one of the longest hitters in golf, so he's not looking for any changes to be made to golf ball technology - despite comments from him that hinted at just such a notion two months ago.

    Johnson is in the Middle East this week for the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, and he told BBC Sport Wednesday that he wouldn't be in favor of making changes to the golf ball in order to remedy some of the eye-popping distances players are hitting the ball with ever-increasing frequency.

    "It's not like we are dominating golf courses," Johnson said. "When was the last time you saw someone make the game too easy? I don't really understand what all the debate is about because it doesn't matter how far it goes; it is about getting it in the hole."

    Johnson's rhetorical question might be answered simply by looking back at his performance at the Sentry Tournament of Champions earlier this month, an eight-shot romp that featured a tee shot on the 433-yard 12th hole that bounded down a slope to within inches of the hole.

    Johnson appeared much more willing to consider a reduced-distance ball option at the Hero World Challenge in November, when he sat next to tournament host Tiger Woods and supported Woods' notion that the ball should be addressed.

    "I don't mind seeing every other professional sport, they play with one ball. All the pros play with the same ball," Johnson said. "In baseball, the guys that are bigger and stronger, they can hit a baseball a lot further than the smaller guys. ... I think there should be some kind of an advantage for guys who work on hitting it far and getting that speed that's needed, so having a ball, like the same ball that everyone plays, there's going to be, you're going to have more of an advantage."

    Speaking Wednesday in Abu Dhabi, Johnson stood by the notion that regardless of whether the rules change or stay the same, he plans to have a leg up on the competition.

    "If the ball is limited then it is going to limit everyone," he said. "I'm still going to hit it that much further than I guess the average Tour player."

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    LPGA lists April date for new LA event

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 17, 2018, 8:18 pm

    The LPGA’s return to Los Angeles will come with the new Hugel-JTBC Open being played at Wilshire Country Club April 19-22, the tour announced Wednesday.

    When the LPGA originally released its schedule, it listed the Los Angeles event with the site to be announced at a later date.

    The Hugel-JTBC Open will feature a 144-player field and a $1.5 million purse. It expands the tour’s West Coast swing, which will now be made up of four events in California in March and April.

    The LPGA last played in Los Angeles in 2005. Wilshire Country Club hosted The Office Depot in 2001, with Annika Sorenstam winning there.