Daly Leads Monty Tiger Sergio

By Sports NetworkOctober 8, 2005, 4:00 pm
SAN FRANCISCO -- John Daly overcame a shaky start on Saturday to shoot a 3-under 67 and take the third-round lead of the WGC- American Express Championship. He stands at 9-under-par 201 and is one ahead of overnight leader Colin Montgomerie.
Montgomerie, who led after the first round as well, only managed a 1-under 69 on Saturday, but is one back at minus-8. He will be in search of his first official win in the United States.
Daly has more than Monty to worry about come Sunday.
Tiger Woods shot a 2-under 68 and is tied for third place with Sergio Garcia, who posted a 67 on Saturday. The pair is knotted at 7-under-par 203.
Woods, who shared the lead during the round until a bogey at 11, had some trouble with the driver in round three. At the 14th, his drive landed under the wheel of a van that is used to cart players back to the clubhouse in the event of a weather stoppage.
On Harding Park's closing hole, Woods lost his tee ball right and it bounced on the cart path and into a hospitality tent. It came to rest on a step, but after a drop, he nearly made birdie and is in the hunt for his fourth title at this tournament.
'It was an eventful day,' said Woods. 'A couple par-4s I drove it on, put the ball under a car and balls in trees and made some putts, hit a couple bunkers, so pretty much saw most of Harding Park.'
Garcia had a chance to join Montgomerie in second. All he had to do was become only the second player to birdie No. 18 on Saturday and the other by Fred Couples, was a chip-in.
His putt from 25 feet lipped out of the hole and now the Spaniard will have to overcome a two-shot deficit if he is to claim his first victory in a World Golf Championship event.
'I'm looking forward to tomorrow,' said Garcia. 'I think I've been playing very well all year. Finally I'm starting to play a little bit better, so I think it's going to be fun.'
Daly has the lead with a round to go, but it certainly did not look like his name would be atop the leaderboard with his start. He collected a bogey at one and a double bogey at three, but the two-time major winner rebounded.
He birdied four and seven and his length once again worked out for him at the par-5 10th. Daly, who has driven several par-4s all week, reached the 10th in two and rolled in the 25-footer for eagle to get within one of Montgomerie's lead.
Daly, who won the 1991 PGA Championship and the 1995 British Open, matched the Scotsman in first with a 15-footer for birdie at the 14th. He nearly drove the green at the par-4 16th, but came up just short. Daly pitched to a foot and tapped in the birdie putt to move one clear.
Daly made a pair of pars coming in and has a chance at his sixth PGA Tour victory. He won last year's Buick Invitational, but he conceded he will have some jitters.
'It would be a nice thing to be in this position a lot, and on a great golf course and at a great event,' admitted Daly. 'I am nervous, yeah, which is good. It's good to have the butterflies. If you don't, you shouldn't be out here.'
Montgomerie ran home a 25-footer for birdie at the eighth that gave him a one- shot lead at minus-8. He calmly made pars around Harding Park, but looked to be in trouble at the 15th. Montgomerie's drive landed in a bunker, then his approach went through the green. The Scotsman chipped to 15 feet and rolled in the par save.
Montgomerie, who won last week's dunhill links championship on the European Tour, is playing with confidence and is in position for an important victory in America.
'That's what one always does come Saturday night, is to give oneself an opportunity to win, and I've done that, and we'll see what happens tomorrow,' said Montgomerie. 'It's very noisy out there, very noisy, but it's all good fun and it's good to see their heroes. We'll see what happens.'
Henrik Stenson shot a 3-under 67 and is alone in fifth place at 6-under-par 204. Stuart Appleby carded a 1-under 69 and has sole possession of sixth at minus-5.
Vijay Singh (69), David Toms (70), Sean O'Hair (71) and Jim Furyk (71) are knotted in seventh place at 4-under-par 206.
Graeme McDowell reached 7-under par, but fell victim to the par-4 18th. McDowell left the hole with a quadruple-bogey eight, but still shot a 3-under 67. He is part of a group tied for 11th place at minus-3.
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    Kelly beats Monty with two-shot swing on final hole

    By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2018, 3:21 am

    KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii – Jerry Kelly made an 18-foot birdie putt on the final hole, Colin Montgomerie missed a 6-footer for par and Kelly turned a one-shot deficit into a victory Saturday in the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

    After Kelly drove it well right into lava rocks on the par-4 16th, leading to bogey and giving Montgomerie the lead, Montgomerie made a mistake with his tee shot on the last, finding a fairway bunker. Montgomerie's approach went over the green and after Kelly converted his birdie, the 54-year-old Scot jammed his par putt well past the hole.

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    It was the third win on the over-50 tour for the 51-year-old Kelly, who finished tied for 14th last week at the PGA Tour's Sony Open in Honolulu. That gave him confidence as he hopped over to the Big Island for his tournament debut at Hualalai. The limited-field event includes winners from last season, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.

    Kelly closed with a 6-under 66 for a three-day total of 18-under 198. Montgomerie shot 69. David Toms shot 67 and finished two shots back, and Miguel Angel Jimenez was another stroke behind after a 66.

    Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, closed with a 70 to finish at 10 under.

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    Rahm manages frustration, two back at CareerBuilder

    By Randall MellJanuary 21, 2018, 1:21 am

    Jon Rahm managed the winds and his frustrations Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge to give himself a chance to win his fourth worldwide title in the last year.

    Rahm’s 2-under-par 70 on the PGA West Stadium Course left him two shots off the lead going into the final round.

    “I wasn’t really dealing with the wind that much,” Rahm said of his frustrations. “I was dealing with not being as fluid as I was the last two days.”

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    The world’s No. 3 ranked player opened with a 62 at La Quinta Country Club on Thursday and followed it up with a 67 on Friday at PGA West. He made six birdies and four bogeys on the Stadium Course on Saturday.

    “The first day, everything was outstanding,” Rahm said. “Yesterday, my driver was a little shaky but my irons shots were perfect. Today, my driver was shaky and my irons shots were shaky. On a course like this, it’s punishing, but luckily on the holes where I found the fairway I was able to make birdies.”

    Rahm is projected to move to No. 2 in the world rankings with a finish of sixth or better on Sunday.

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    Cook leads by one entering final round at CareerBuilder

    By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2018, 12:51 am

    LA QUINTA, Calif. – Austin Cook hit a hybrid into the fairway bunker on the par-4 18th on a breezy Saturday afternoon at La Quinta Country Club, then chunked a wedge and raced a chip 20 feet past the hole.

    Kip Henley, the longtime PGA Tour caddie who guided Cook to a breakthrough victory at Sea Island in November, stepped in to give the 26-year-old former Arkansas star a quick pep talk.

    ''Kip said, 'Let's finish this like we did on the first day at the Nicklaus Course.' We made a big par putt on 18 there and he said, 'Let's just do the same thing. Let's get this line right and if you get the line right it's going in.'''

    It did, giving Cook an 8-under 64 and a one-stroke lead in the CareerBuilder Challenge going into the final round on the Stadium Course at PGA West. Fellow former Razorback Andrew Landry and Martin Piller were tied for second, and Jon Rahm and Scott Piercy were a another stroke back after a tricky day in wind that didn't get close to the predicted gusts of 40 mph.

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    ''I know that I wouldn't have wanted to play the Stadium today,'' Cook said. ''I think we got a great draw with the courses that we got to play on the days that we got to play them.''

    Cook played the final six holes on the front nine in 6 under with an eagle and four birdies.

    ''Starting on my fourth hole, I was able to make a birdie and kind of get the ball rolling and it never really stopped rolling,'' Cook said. ''Kip and I were doing really good at seeing the line on the greens.''

    After a bogey on 10, he birdied 11, 12 and 15 and parred the final three to get to 19-under 197.

    ''I think that tonight the nerves, the butterflies, all that will kind of be a little less,'' Cook said. ''I've been in the situation before and I was able to finish the job on Sunday. I think it would be a little different if I didn't play like I did on Sunday at Sea Island.''

    He's making his first start in the event.

    ''I came in from Hawaii on Monday, so I only had two days to prepare for three courses,'' Cook said.

    Landry, the second-round leader, had a 70 at the Stadium. Piller, the husband of LPGA tour player Gerina Piller, shot a 67 at La Quinta. Winless on the PGA Tour, they will join Cook in the final threesome.

    ''Piller's a good guy and we have played a lot together and same with Cookie,'' said Landry, the only player without a bogey after 54 holes. ''Hope the Hogs are going to come out on top.''

    Rahm had a 70 at the Stadium to reach 17 under. The third-ranked Rahm beat up the par 5s again, but had four bogeys – three on par 3s. He has played the 12 par 5s in 13 under with an eagle and 11 birdies.

    ''A little bit of a survival day,'' Rahm said.

    The wind was more of a factor on the more exposed and tighter Stadium Course.

    ''The course is firming up,'' Rahm said. ''I know if we have similar wind to today, if we shoot something under par, you'll be way up there contesting it over the last few holes.''

    Piercy had a 66 at the Stadium.

    ''I controlled my ball really well today,'' he said.

    Adam Hadwin had a 67 at La Quinta a year after shooting a third-round 59 on the course. The Canadian was 16 under along with Grayson Murray and Brandon Harkins. Murray had a 67 on the Nicklaus Course, and Harkins shot 68 at the Stadium.

    Phil Mickelson missed the cut in his first tournament of the year for the second time in his career, shooting a 74 on the Stadium to finish at 4 under – four strokes from a Sunday tee time. The 47-year-old Hall of Famer was playing for the first time since late October. He also missed the cut in the Phoenix Open in his 2009 opener.

    Charlie Reiter, the Palm Desert High School senior playing on the first sponsor exemption the event has given to an amateur, also missed the cut. He had three early straight double bogeys in a 77 on the Stadium that left him 1 over.

    John Daly had an 80 at La Quinta. He opened with a triple bogey and had six bogeys – four in a row to start his second nine - and only one birdie. The 51-year-old Daly opened with a 69 on the Nicklaus layout and had a 71 on Friday at the Stadium.

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    Phil misses CareerBuilder cut for first time in 24 years

    By Randall MellJanuary 21, 2018, 12:48 am

    Phil Mickelson missed the cut Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge. It’s a rare occurrence in his Hall of Fame career.

    He has played the event 15 times, going back to when it was known as the Bob Hope Classic. He has won it twice.

    How rare is his missing the cut there?

    The last time he did so, there was no such thing as a DVD, Wi-Fi, iPods, Xbox, DVR capability or YouTube.

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    The PGA Tour’s Jon Rahm didn’t exist, either.

    The last time Mickelson missed a cut in this event was 1994, nine months before Rahm was born.

    Mickelson struggled to a 2-over-par 74 in the heavy winds Saturday on the PGA West Stadium Course, missing the 54-hole cut by four shots. He hit just four of 14 fairways, just nine of 18 greens. He took a double bogey at the 15th after requiring two shots to escape the steep-walled bunker on the left side of the green.

    Mickelson won’t have to wait long to try to get back in the hunt. He’s scheduled to play the Farmers Insurance Open next week at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, Calif.