DiMarco Leads Suspended Buick

By Sports NetworkAugust 1, 2003, 4:00 pm
GRAND BLANC, Mich. -- Chris DiMarco fired a sizzling round of 64 on Friday to hold the lead in the clubhouse at the suspended Buick Open. DiMarco finished at 13-under-par 131, two shots clear of David Sutherland and Paul Gow.
Defending champion Tiger Woods will have to wait until Saturday to complete his round. Woods teed off in the afternoon at Warwick Hills and sent his second shot into a greenside bunker at the par-5 first.
The top player in the game had a difficult lie in the sand but hit out and watched as the ball rolled down the putting surface and into the hole for an eagle.
Woods had a birdie try that lipped out at the third and hit his approach inside 12 feet at the fourth before the weather delay of over four hours set in.
He returned to the course and parred the fourth, but Woods continued his charge with a birdie at the seventh. Woods then added a birdie at the 10th and reached 8-under with a birdie at the 13th.
Woods was at minus-8 through 15 holes when play was finally called for darkness. U.S. Open champion Jim Furyk was also on the course at 8-under through 14 holes. Woods and Furyk will return to the course with the rest of the players who were left in the dark at 9:00 AM (ET) on Saturday.
DiMarco was one of the lucky ones who were able to get their rounds in early.
'That's a shame,' DiMarco said laughing after his round when told that inclement weather was moving in. 'I would hate to see that happen.'
DiMarco stumbled early with a bogey at the fourth but responded with a birdie at the fifth after his second shot stopped within 10 feet of the cup. He kept things going with a birdie at the sixth and drained a 25-foot putt for a birdie at the eighth.
At the par-4 ninth, DiMarco struck a 9-iron to six feet and converted for a birdie to make the turn at 8-under.
DiMarco tallied a birdie at the 10th and dropped his tee ball inside six feet at the par-3 11th. He rolled in the birdie putt and continued his fine play with a birdie at the 13th.
The 34-year-old added a birdie at the 14th and played his third shot from off the green to four feet at the par-5 16th. DiMarco ran home the short birdie try for his ninth birdie of the day.
'You know, you just go out there and see what the course gives you,' said DiMarco, who has a victory on the PGA Tour in each of the last three seasons. 'I like to scoreboard watch, but I also know that I'm going to go out and try to make birdies and play aggressively.'
Sutherland torched the front side with five birdies to make the turn at 11-under par. He cooled off on the inward half, however, with two birdies and two bogeys for a round of 67.
'I feel like my game is hopefully kind of rounding back into shape,' said Sutherland, who is finished 36 holes at 11-under-par 133. 'It's been a while since I've played a lot of competitive golf.'
Gow was in the middle of playing the 18th hole when play was halted due to the torrential rains.
'I had a wedge into the last,' said Gow. 'But the tour has done the right thing. If it's stormy out there and we are in danger, they did the right thing.'
The Australian returned to the course after the delay and parred the hole to join Sutherland in a tie for second.
'The last four weeks have been real good,' said Gow, who posted a 67 in the second round. 'It's getting better and better. So this week is probably the best it's been in probably four years. It's all sort of gelling at the right time of the season.'
Andrew Magee fired a 64 to finish in the clubhouse at 9-under-par 135 alongside Garrett Willis and Neal Lancaster. Carl Paulson was at 9-under through 15 holes.
Hal Sutton and Danny Briggs also shot rounds of 64. They joined Kenny Perry and Paul Goydos at 8-under-par 136.
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    Sergio starts season with 66 in Singapore

    By Associated PressJanuary 18, 2018, 12:56 pm

    SINGAPORE – Sergio Garcia opened his season with a 5-under 66 and a share of the clubhouse lead on Thursday in the first round of the weather-interrupted Singapore Open.

    Playing his first tournament of the year, the Masters champion rebounded after making an early bogey to collect four birdies and an eagle at the Sentosa Golf Club.

    He was later joined by American qualifier Kurt Kitayama in the clubhouse lead. Still on the course, Tirawat Kaewsiribandit was at 6 under through 16 holes when play was suspended for the day because of the threat of lightning.

    Louis Oosthuizen, the 2010 Open champion, was at 5 under through 16 holes when he also had to stop his round because of the weather.

    Of the players who did finish their opening rounds, only three were within two strokes of Garcia and Kitayama. One of them was Casey O'Toole, who aced the par-3 second with a 7-iron.

    The 38-year-old Garcia dropped his only shot of the day on the par-4 15th, his sixth hole after teeing off on the back nine, when he missed the fairway and was unable to make par. But he made amends when he birdied the par-3 17th and then eagled the par-5 18th to go out in 33.

    ''I was 1 over after (the) seventh but it didn't feel like I was playing badly,'' said Garcia, who made birdies on each of the two par 5s and one of the par 3s on the second nine. ''But then I hit two greats in a row for holes 17 and 18. I got a birdie-eagle there, so that settled me a little bit and I could play solid in the back nine and it was a great round.''

    Garcia made the shortlist for the Laureus Sports Awards in the Breakthrough of the Year category after claiming his first major at Augusta National last year and is hoping for more success this season.

    He credits the Singapore Open as having played a part in toughening him up for his Masters win because he opted to start his 2017 campaign in the stifling humidity of Southeast Asia to prepare himself for the bigger tournaments ahead.

    Although he finished tied for 11th in Singapore, Garcia won the Dubai Desert Classic the next week and was in peak form when he won the Masters two months later.

    Kitayama only secured his place in the $1 million event on Monday by finishing at the top of the qualifying competition, but he made a strong start with birdies on three of his first five holes. The 25-year-old Thai was 6 under through 13 holes but spoiled his otherwise flawless round with a bogey on his last.

    ''I started with a birdie and I just let it roll from there. I had some good tee shots, which I think, is the biggest thing for this course,'' Kitayama said. ''I'm a little tired, but I'm hanging in there. Whenever I have time off, I'll try not to think too much about golf.''

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    13-year-old beats DJ in closest-to-the-pin contest

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 18, 2018, 12:26 pm

    Dustin Johnson didn’t just get beat by Tommy Fleetwood and Rory McIlroy on Day 1 of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

    Even a 13-year-old got the best of the world No. 1.

    Oscar Murphy teed off on the 177-yard 15th hole as part of the tournament’s Beat the Pro challenge during the opening round. The Northern Irishman, one of the HSBC’s Future Falcons, carved a 3-wood toward a back-right pin, about 25 feet away, closer than both Johnson and Fleetwood.

    “An unbelievable shot,” Fleetwood said afterward, “and me and Rory both said, ‘We don’t have that in our locker.’”

    Johnson still made par on the hole, but he mixed four birdies with four bogeys Thursday for an even-par 72 that left him six shots back of Fleetwood and Hideto Tanihara after the opening round.

    Johnson, who tied for second here a year ago, is coming off a dominant performance at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, where he won by eight shots to strengthen his lead atop the world rankings. 

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    McIlroy 'really pleased' with opening 69 in Abu Dhabi

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 18, 2018, 12:10 pm

    It was an auspicious 2018 debut for Rory McIlroy.

    Playing alongside world No. 1 Dustin Johnson for his first round since October, McIlroy missed only one green and shot a bogey-free 69 at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. McIlroy is three shots back of reigning Race to Dubai champion Tommy Fleetwood, who played in the same group as McIlroy and Johnson, and Hideto Tanihara.

    Starting on the back nine at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, McIlroy began with 11 consecutive pars before birdies on Nos. 3, 7 and 8.

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    “I was excited to get going,” he told reporters afterward. “The last couple of months have been really nice in terms of being able to concentrate on things I needed to work on in my game and health-wise. I feel like I’m the most prepared for a season that I’ve ever been, but it was nice to get back out there.”

    Fleetwood, the defending champion, raced out to another lead while McIlroy and Johnson, who shot 72, just tried to keep pace.

    “Tommy played very well and I was just trying to hang onto his coattails for most of the round, so really pleased – bogey-free 69, I can’t really complain,” McIlroy said.

    This was his first competitive round in more than three months, since a tie for 63rd at the Dunhill Links. He is outside the top 10 in the world ranking for the first time since 2014. 

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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."