Dyson Rolling Norman DQd

By Sports NetworkMay 15, 2004, 4:00 pm
04 BMW Asian OpenSHANGHAI, China -- Simon Dyson, who is looking for his first European Tour title, fired a 6-under 66 Saturday to take command of the BMW Asian Open. Dyson, who stands at 15-under-par 201, stretched his lead to six strokes heading to the final round.
Miguel Angel Jimenez, who had climbed within four shots of Dyson, double- bogeyed his final hole to fall back to 9-under-par 207 after a round of 70. He is joined at minus-9 by Prayad Marksaeng (67). Jean-Francois Lucquin is one stroke further back at 8-under-par 208.
Lian-Wei Zhang, who became the Chinese golfer to win on the European Tour when he won the 2003 Caltex Masters, carded a 2-under 70. He shares fifth place with Australian Adam Groom and Irishman Paul McGinley at 7-under-par 209.
Dyson, who held the 36-hole lead for the first time in his career, did not look like someone who has never won a European Tour title. His experience on the Asian Tour, where he won three times in the 2000, is paying off.
The Englishman picked up his first birdie at the par-5 second. He then carded back-to-back pars before catching fire.
Dyson rolled in a birdie at the fifth and came right back to birdie No. 6 at the Tomson Shanghai Pudong Golf Club to climb to minus-12 and a four-shot cushion on the field. He was not done there either.
The 26-year-old birdied the seventh and eighth to make it four straight birdies. Dyson made it five in a row when he birdied the ninth to move six strokes clear of the field.
While others tried to make a run at him, Dyson calmly parred the final nine holes to maintain that six-stroke lead. Dyson is playing just his third event since cracking a bone in his arm at the Caltex Masters in March.
'I had it at a 90-degree angle for about three weeks and just couldn't move it at all,' said Dyson of his arm. 'About four weeks later it was fine. This is my third tournament back and I haven't felt any side effects. It still feels a bit weak but it doesn't hurt, that's the main thing.'
Jimenez, winner of the Johnnie Walker Classic and Algarve Open de Portugal earlier this year, climbed within four strokes of Dyson's lead but stumbled to a double bogey at the last.
The Spaniard, a former European Ryder Cup performer, was 4 under through 14 holes of his round when things took a turn for the worse. He faltered to a bogey at the 16th, but came back to birdie 17. His struggles on the final hole closed a round of 2-under 70 and dropped him six shots behind Dyson.
Marksaeng moved up the leaderboard quickly. He eagled the par-4 first to get to 6 under. The native of Thailand stumbled to a bogey at the par-4 fourth but recovered with birdies at Nos. 6 and 8 to get to 7 under.
Around the turn, Marksaeng birdied the 10th before moving into a share of second place with a birdie at the par-4 14th. He parred in to remain in second, six shots behind Dyson.
Greg Norman had continued his solid play in just his second European event of the season, but was disqualified after the round. The Australian took an incorrect drop on the 17th hole costing him a chance at his best finish of the 2004 season.
'Greg Norman dropped in a wrong place in taking relief from the water hazard on the 17th hole,' said Andy McFee, the European Tour's Senior Referee. 'He dropped within two club-lengths of the yellow line rather than keeping the point of entry between himself and the hole. To drop correctly, he would have had to either return to the tee or use the drop-zone.
'As the place where he dropped was 60 to 70 yards, in advance of the drop zone, this was a serious breach of the Water Hazard Rule and as it was not corrected before teeing off the next hole, he was subject to a penalty of disqualification.'
Alex Cejka and Des Terblanche share eighth place at 6-under-par 210. K.J. Choi, a regular on the American PGA Tour, posted a 1-under 71 and stands at 5-under-par 211. Yuan-Chi Chen, Jyoti Randhawa, Jeev Milkha Singh and Marcus Both are one stroke further back at minus-4.
Padraig Harrington, who won this event last year, closed with back-to-back bogeys to end at 1-over 73 for his round. He stands at 1-over-par 217 in a tie for 40th place.
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    One & Done: 2018 CareerBuilder Challenge

    By Will GrayJanuary 17, 2018, 5:55 pm

    Beginning in 2018, Golf Channel is offering a "One & Done" fantasy game alternative. Choose a golfer and add the salary they earn at the event to your season-long total - but know that once chosen, a player cannot be used again for the rest of the year.

    Log on to www.playfantasygolf.com to start your own league and make picks for this week's event.

    Here are some players to consider for One & Done picks this week at the CareerBuilder Challenge, where Hudson Swafford returns as the defending champion:

    Zach Johnson. The two-time major champ has missed the cut here three years in a row. So why include him in One & Done consideration? Because the three years before that (2012-14) included three top-25s highlighted by a third-place finish, and his T-14 at the Sony Open last week was his fifth straight top-25 dating back to September.

    Bud Cauley. Cauley has yet to win on Tour, but that could very well change this year - even this week. Cauley ended up only two shots behind Swafford last year and tied for 14th the year prior, as four of his five career appearances have netted at least a top-40 finish. He opened the new season with a T-7 in Napa and closed out the fall with a T-8 at Sea Island.

    Adam Hadwin. Swafford left last year with the trophy, but it looked for much of the weekend like it would be Hadwin's tournament as he finished second despite shooting a 59 in the third round. Hadwin was also T-6 at this event in 2016 and now with a win under his belt last March he returns with some unfinished business.

    Charles Howell III. If you didn't use him last week at the Sony Open, this could be another good spot for the veteran who has four top-15 finishes over the last seven years at this event, highlighted by a playoff loss in 2013. His T-32 finish last week in Honolulu, while not spectacular, did include four sub-70 scores.

    David Lingmerth. Lingmerth was in that 2013 playoff with Howell (eventually won by Brian Gay), and he also lost here in overtimei to Jason Dufner in 2016. The Swede also cracked the top 25 here in 2015 and is making his first start since his wife, Megan, gave birth to the couple's first child in December. Beware the sleep-deprived golfer.

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    DJ: Kapalua win means nothing for Abu Dhabi

    By Associated PressJanuary 17, 2018, 2:55 pm

    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates – Dustin Johnson's recent victory in Hawaii doesn't mean much when it comes to this week's tournament.

    The top-ranked American will play at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship for the second straight year. But this time he is coming off a victory at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, which he won by eight shots.

    ''That was two weeks ago. So it really doesn't matter what I did there,'' said Johnson, who finished runner-up to Tommy Fleetwood in Abu Dhabi last year. ''This is a completely new week and everybody starts at even par and so I've got to start over again.''

    In 2017, the long-hitting Johnson put himself in contention despite only making one eagle and no birdies on the four par-5s over the first three rounds.

    ''The par 5s here, they are not real easy because they are fairly long, but dependent on the wind, I can reach them if I hit good tee balls,'' the 2016 U.S. Open champion said. ''Obviously, I'd like to play them a little better this year.''

    The tournament will see the return of Paul Casey as a full member of the European Tour after being away for three years.

    ''It's really cool to be back. What do they say, absence makes the heart grow fonder? Quite cheesy, but no, really, really cool,'' said the 40-year-old Englishman, who is now ranked 14th in the world. ''When I was back at the Open Championship at Birkdale, just the reception there, playing in front of a home crowd, I knew this is something I just miss.''

    The Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship starts Thursday and also features former No. 1 Rory McIlroy, who is making a comeback after more than three months off.

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    Kuchar joins European Tour as affiliate member

    By Will GrayJanuary 17, 2018, 2:52 pm

    Months after he nearly captured the claret jug, Matt Kuchar has made plans to play a bit more golf in Europe in 2018.

    Kuchar is in the field this week at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, and he told reporters in advance of the opening round that he has opted to join the European Tour as an affiliate member:

    As an affiliate member, Kuchar will not have a required minimum number of starts to make. It's the same membership status claimed last year by Kevin Na and Jon Rahm, the latter of whom then became a full member and won two European Tour events in 2017.

    Kuchar made six European Tour starts last year, including his runner-up performance at The Open. He finished T-4 at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open in his lone European Tour start that wasn't co-sanctioned by the PGA Tour.

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    Hot Seat: Rory jumps into the fire early

    By Randall MellJanuary 17, 2018, 2:11 pm

    The world’s top tours head to desert regions this week, perfect locales for The Hot Seat, the gauge upon which we measure the level of heat the game’s top personalities are facing ...

    Sahara sizzle: Rory McIlroy

    McIlroy won’t have to look far to see how his form measures up to world No. 1 Dustin Johnson at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

    McIlroy will make his 2018 debut with Johnson in his face, literally.

    McIlroy will be grouped with Johnson and Tommy Fleetwood in the first two rounds.

    Players like to downplay pairings early in a tournament, but it’s hard to believe McIlroy and Johnson won’t be trying to send each other messages in this European Tour event in the United Arab Emirates. That’s the alpha-dog nature of world-class players looking to protect their turf, or in the case of McIlroy, take back his turf.

    “When you are at the elite level, you are always trying to send a message,” Trevor Immelman said about pairings during Tiger Woods’ return at the Hero World Challenge last month.

    And that was an offseason event.

    “They want to show this guy, ‘This is what I got,’” Immelman said.

    As early season matchups go, Abu Dhabi is a heavyweight pairing that ought to be fun.

    So there will be no easing into the new year for McIlroy after taking off the last three months to regroup from the stubborn rib injury that plagued him last season. He is coming off a winless year, and he will be doing so alongside a guy who just won the first PGA Tour event of 2018 in an eight-shot rout. Johnson’s victory in Hawaii two weeks ago was his fifth since McIlroy last won.

    “Mentally, I wasn’t in a great place, and that was because of where I was physically,” McIlroy said of 2017. “I feel prepared now. I feel ready, and I feel ready to challenge. I feel really good about where I’m at with my health. I’ve put all that behind me, which has been great.”

    Sonoran Smolder: Phil Mickelson

    Mickelson will turn 48 this summer.

    His world ranking is sliding, down to No. 43 now, which is the lowest he has ranked in 24 years.

    It’s been more than four years since he last won, making him 0 for his last 92 starts.

    There’s motivation in all of that for Mickelson. He makes his 2018 debut at the CareerBuilder Challenge in the Palm Springs area this week talking like a man on a renewed mission.

    There’s a Ryder Cup team to make this season, which would be his 12th straight, and there’s a career Grand Slam to claim, with the U.S. Open returning to Shinnecock Hills, where Mickelson finished second in ’04.

    While Mickelson may not feel old, there are so many young stars standing in his way that it’s hard not to be constantly reminded that time isn’t on his side in these events anymore.

    There has only been one player in the history of the game to win a major championship who was older than Mickelson is right now. Julius Boros won the PGA Championship when he was 48 back in 1968.

    Campaign fever: Jordan Spieth

    Spieth’s respect in the game’s ranks extends outside the ropes.

    He was just selected to run for the PGA Tour Player Advisory Council’s chairman position. He is facing Billy Hurley III in an election to see who will succeed Davis Love III on the Tour’s Policy Board next year.

    Spieth, just 24, has already made Time Magazine’s list of the “100 Most Influential People.” He made that back in 2016, with the magazine writing that “he exemplifies everything that’s great about sports.” Sounds like a campaign slogan.