Dodd Hands Howell Second Straight Playoff Loss

By Sports NetworkMay 22, 2005, 4:00 pm
MAYNOOTH, Ireland -- Stephen Dodd birdied the first playoff hole Sunday to defeat David Howell for his second victory of the season at the Nissan Irish Open.
Dodd and Howell finished regulation tied atop the leaderboard at 9-under-par 279 after both players birdied the 72nd hole. They returned to the par-5 18th to begin the extra session and Howell split the fairway, while Dodd left his drive in the right rough.
Howell was unlucky with his approach, however, and sent his second shot into the rough to the right of the green. Dodd reached the putting surface with his second shot and two-putted for the win.
'Obviously I didn't expect to win twice in the starts that I've had,' said Dodd. 'But at the same time, I've put a lot of hard work in the last couple of years, and I feel like the work I've put in has finally paid off.'
Dodd held the 36-hole lead at Carton House Golf Club, but a 72 on Saturday left him four shots off the pace of Nick Dougherty heading into the final round. Dodd had a solid front nine with three birdies and a bogey before a birdie at the par-3 12th gave him a share of the lead at 8 under.
He added a birdie at the par-5 15th to move to minus-9, but stumbled to a bogey at the 17th. Dodd then birdied the closing hole to take the lead in the clubhouse after a round of 68.
Howell took the lead with a birdie at the ninth, but fell one back with a bogey at the 11th. Howell, who lost the Dunlop Masters in a playoff last week, found further trouble with a double bogey at the 14th.
The Englishman recovered in style with an eagle at the par-5 15th and closed with a birdie at the last for a round of 70 to join Dodd in the lead.
'Last week, I was gutted after losing the playoff, but today I wasn't,' Howell said. 'I was really pleased with how I finished. I drove it terribly today. I was laughing, really. I couldn't do anything but keep trying, and to get in the playoff I didn't surprise myself, but I'm proud of myself for doing it the way I drove the ball.'
Dougherty struggled to a 74 on Sunday to share third place with Angel Cabrera at 7-under-par 281. Padraig Harrington posted a 69 to finish one shot further back at 6-under-par 282 along with Lee Westwood and Nick O'Hern.
Francois Delamontagne finished alone in eighth place at 5-under-par 283. Richard Sterne, Oliver Wilson, Philip Golding and Steven O'Hara followed at 4-under-par 284.
Simon Dyson, Jose-Filipe Lima, David Carter and Colm Moriarty finished at 3-under-par 285. Darren Clarke was next at 2-under-par 286.
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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.