Edfors Wins Casey Campbell Crumble

By Sports NetworkMay 14, 2006, 4:00 pm
2006 Quinn Direct British MastersSUTTON COLDFIELD, England -- Johan Edfors closed with a 2-under 70 on Sunday to win the British Masters by one stroke over three players. Edfors finished the event at 11-under-par 277.
 
The win made Edfors the first two-time winner this season on the European Tour. He claimed his first tour win in March at the TCL Classic.
 
'It feels great of course,' Edfors said. 'I told myself I was going to buy a car after my first win and I haven't done that yet. I guess I have to buy that car now. This was a fantastic win for me.'
 
Gary Emerson nearly made a huge comeback for the win. He fired 5-under 67 to end at 10-under-par 278 and shared second place with Jarmo Sandelin (70) and Stephen Gallacher (71).
 
Overnight leader Paul Casey had a two-stroke lead through eight holes Sunday, but things fell apart from there. He played holes nine through 11 at 4 over par and bogeyed two of the last three holes as well, to fall back to minus-9.
 
Casey shared fifth place with defending U.S. Open champion Michael Campbell, who also struggled to a 2-over 74. Paul Broadhurst was one stroke further back at 8-under-par 280 after a 4-under 68 at The Belfry.
 
Edfors bogeyed the par-4 first for the third time in four days to slip to minus-8. At the time, he was five strokes behind Casey. Edfors reclaimed that lost stroke with a birdie at the par-5 third.
 
The Swede birdied the par-3 seventh for the third consecutive day. That got him to 10 under, but he was still four behind Casey, who had birdied the fifth.
 
Edfors parred his next seven holes. The 30-year-old rammed home a birdie putt on the 15th to grab a one-stroke lead as Casey tumbled down the leaderboard.
 
Casey had bogeyed the ninth, double bogeyed No. 10 and bogeyed the 11th to fall back to minus-10.
 
Edfors birdied the par-5 17th to move to 12 under and two strokes clear of the field. He did three-putt for bogey from the right fringe at the last to fall back to minus-11.
 
'I didn't get off to a good start with that bogey there on one,' admitted Edfors. 'I didn't know until 13 that I was tied for the lead. I knew if I could take advantage of the par-5s I would have a good chance of getting it done. I made a great putt on 15 and another on 17.'
 
Casey dropped another stroke on the 16th to fall back to 9 under. He lipped out an eagle putt on 17 and settled for birdie. He had a chance to force a playoff with a birdie on 18, but he missed the green long and left and walked off with another bogey.
 
Campbell had gotten within one of Casey's lead with a birdie on No. 3. However, the New Zealander double bogeyed the ninth, then dropped shots on 12 and 14 as well.
 
The 37-year-old Campbell got those strokes back with birdies at 15 and 17, giving him a chance to force a playoff with a birdie at the last. He three-putted from the fringe on 18 for a closing bogey.
 
Sandelin and Gallacher played one group ahead of Edfors. Sandelin birdied three of the first five holes. He posted four bogeys and three birdies the rest of the way to post 10 under.
 
Gallacher carded his lone birdies at five and 13. He slipped to his only bogey on the ninth.
 
Emerson was four groups ahead of Edfors and was 1 under through four holes with two birdies and a bogey. From there, Edfors notched four birdies to share second at minus-10.
 
Tom Whitehouse, Jonathan Lomas and Graeme McDowell shared eighth place at 7-under-par 281. Oliver Wilson, Order of Merit leader David Howell and Darren Clarke were one stroke further back at minus-7.
 
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    What's in the bag: CareerBuilder winner Rahm

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 10:37 pm

    Jon Rahm defeated Andrew Landry in a playoff to earn his second PGA Tour title at the CareerBuilder Challenge. Here's what's in his bag:

    Driver: TaylorMade M4 (9.5 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft

    Fairway wood: TaylorMade M3 (19 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft

    Irons: TaylorMade P790 (3), P750 (4-PW), with Project X 6.5 shafts

    Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind (52, 56 degrees), Milled Grind Hi-Toe (60 degrees), with Project X 6.5 shafts

    Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Red

    Ball: TaylorMade TP5x

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    Strange irked by Rahm-Landry friendly playoff

    By Jason CrookJanuary 22, 2018, 9:45 pm

    Curtis Strange knows a thing or two about winning golf tournaments, and based on his reaction to the CareerBuilder Challenge playoff on Sunday, it’s safe to say he did things a little differently while picking up 17 PGA Tour victories in his Hall-of-Fame career.

    While Jon Rahm and Andrew Landry were “battling” through four extra holes, Strange, 62, tweeted his issues with the duo’s constant chit-chat and friendly banter down the stretch at La Quinta Country Club, where Rahm eventually came out on top.

    The two-time U.S. Open champ then engaged with some followers to explain his point a little more in depth.

    So, yeah ... don't think he's changing his perspective on this topic anytime soon ever.

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    Randall's Rant: The Euros won't just roll over

    By Randall MellJanuary 22, 2018, 9:36 pm

    The Ryder Cup may not be the King Kong of golf events yet, but you can hear the biennial international team event thumping its chest a full eight months out.

    As anticipation for this year’s big events goes, there is more buzz about Europe’s bid to hold off a rejuvenated American effort in Paris in September than there is about the Masters coming up in April.

    Thank Europe’s phenomenal success last weekend for that.

    And Rory McIlroy’s impassioned remarks in Abu Dhabi.

    And the provocative bulletin board material a certain Sports Illustrated writer provided the Europeans a couple months ago, with a stinging assault on the Euro chances that read like an obituary.

    McIlroy was asked in a news conference before his 2018 debut last week what he was most excited about this year.

    The Ryder Cup topped his list.

    Though McIlroy will be trying to complete the career Grand Slam at Augusta National come April, he talked more about the Ryder Cup than he did any of the game’s major championships.

    When asked a follow-up about the American team’s resurgence after a task-force overhaul and the injection of young, new star power, McIlroy nearly started breaking down the matchup. He talked about the young Americans and how good they are.

    “Yeah, the Americans have been, obviously, very buoyant about their chances and whatever, but it’s never as easy as that. ... The Ryder Cup’s always close,” McIlroy said. “I think we’ll have a great team, and it definitely won’t be as easy as they think it’s going to be.”



    McIlroy may have been talking about Alan Shipnuck’s bold prediction after the American Presidents Cup rout last fall.

    Or similar assertions from TV analysts.

    “The Ryder Cup is dead – you just don’t know it yet,” Shipnuck wrote. “One of the greatest events in sport is on the verge of irrelevancy. The young, talented, hungry golfers from the United States, benefitting from the cohesive leadership of the Task Force era, are going to roll to victory in 2018 in Paris.”

    European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn won’t find words that will motivate the Euros more than that as he watches his prospective players jockey to make the team.

    And, boy, did they jockey last weekend.

    The Euros dominated across the planet, not that they did it with the Ryder Cup as some rallying cry, because they didn’t. But it was a heck of an encouraging start to the year for Bjorn to witness.

    Spain’s Jon Rahm won the CareerBuilder Challenge on the PGA Tour, England’s Tommy Fleetwood started the week at Abu Dhabi paired with American and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and won the European Tour event, and Spain’s Sergio Garcia won the Singapore Open in a rout on the Asian Tour.

    And McIlroy looked close to being in midseason form, tying for third in his first start in three months.

    Yes, it’s only January, and the Ryder Cup is still a long way off, with so much still to unfold, but you got an early sense from McIlroy how much defending European turf will mean to him and the Euros in Paris in September.

    The Masters is great theater, the U.S. Open a rigorous test, The Open and the PGA Championship historically important, too, but the Ryder Cup touches a nerve none of those do.

    The Ryder Cup stokes more fervor, provokes more passion and incites more vitriol than any other event in golf.

    More bulletin board material, too.

    Yeah, it’s a long way off, but you can already hear the Ryder Cup’s King Kong like footsteps in its distant approach. Watching how the American and European teams come together will be an ongoing drama through spring and summer.

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    By Rex HoggardJanuary 22, 2018, 9:14 pm

    Quail Hollow Club - a staple on the PGA Tour since 2003 - debuted as a longer, tougher version of itself at last year’s PGA Championship, receiving mixed reviews from players.

    The course played to a lengthened 7,600 yards at last year’s PGA and a 73.46 stroke average, the toughest course in relation to par on Tour in 2017. As a result, it left some players less than excited to return to the Charlotte, N.C.-area layout later this spring for the Wells Fargo Championship.

    It’s that lack of enthusiasm that led officials at Quail Hollow to send a video to players saying, essentially, that the course players have lauded for years will be back in May.

    The video, which includes Quail Hollow president Johnny Harris and runs nearly five minutes, begins with an explanation of how the first hole, which played as a 524-yard par 4 at the PGA, will play much shorter at the Wells Fargo Championship.

    “I had a number of my friends who were playing in the tournament tell me that tee was better suited as a lemonade stand,” Harris joked of the new tee box on the fourth hole. “I doubt we’ll ever see that tee used again in competition.”

    Harris also explained that the greens, which became too fast for some, will be “softer” for this year’s Wells Fargo Championship.