Emerson Maintains Top Position at KLM Open

By Sports NetworkJune 11, 2005, 4:00 pm
European TourHILVERSUM, Netherlands -- England's Gary Emerson used a pair of eagles to shoot a 1-under 69 on Saturday and keep the lead through three rounds of the KLM Open. He stands at 9-under-par 201 and is one ahead at Hilversumsche Golf Club.
Paul Broadhurst birdied two of his final three holes for a 1-under 69. He is tied for second place with Spain's Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, who fired a 4-under 66, at minus-eight.
Markus Brier posted a 1-under 69 and is alone in fourth place at 6-under-par 204.
Emerson began the third round with a one-shot lead, but quickly extended the advantage. His sand wedge approach from 125 yards at the first took a few hops then fell into the cup for an eagle, which gave him a three-shot lead at minus-10.
The Englishman plodded along with pars until the par-4 sixth. His tee shot landed in the fairway, but he hit his second heavy and landed in rough near a greenside bunker. Emerson's ball embedded in the rough so he was able to place the ball, but came up short of the green with his third. He chipped his fourth to a foot and tapped in for a bogey.
Emerson still owned a two-shot lead, but that evaporated one hole later. His drive at the seventh landed in the trees on the right and forced him to pitch back into the fairway. Emerson's third landed in a greenside bunker, where he blasted out to 12 feet. He missed the bogey putt and fell to 7 under par thanks to the double-bogey.
Luckily for Emerson, all of his closest competitors were making mistakes in the rain as well. He still was on top of the leaderboard, but appeared to be in trouble at No. 9.
Emerson's drive at the ninth clipped a tree and fell only 150 yards from the tee box. His second landed in a bunker 55 yards from the putting surface and he blasted out to 10 feet. Emerson holed the clutch par putt to keep first place.
Fernandez-Castano matched Emerson in the lead at minus-7 after a birdie by the Spaniard at the 14th. At the par-5 12th, Emerson split the short grass with his tee ball, then knocked his second to 10 feet. He drained the eagle putt to go to 9-under par and reclaim his two-shot lead.
Emerson parred out his remaining holes.
'It is hard to keep on an even keel after a start like that and I had a sticky patch in the middle of the round, but I never felt it slipping away from me,' said Emerson, whose only tour victory came at last year's Russian Open. 'It's going to be a big day for me tomorrow, but I'm determined to take it one step at a time.'
Both Fernandez-Castano and Broadhurst trimmed the margin. Fernandez-Castano rolled in a 3-footer for birdie at the last to get within one, but Broadhurst had more work to get into second.
The Englishman birdied the 16th to get to 7 under par for the championship. At the par-4 17th, Broadhurst sank an 8-footer for birdie to go to 8 under par.
Broadhurst had a chance to tie Emerson at the last. His drive went well left of the fairway, but he had a playable lie. Broadhurst knocked his third 10 feet past the hole on the fringe, but missed the birdie try.
'It certainly was an up-and-down day for me,' admitted Broadhurst, who captured this year's Open de Portugal. 'But I knuckled down and battled back well because you are going to make bogeys out there, I don't care who you are, the way it was set up. Nobody was going away either so you just have to try and hang around.'
Maarten Lafeber, the 2003 winner, shot an even-par 70 and is tied for fifth place with Peter Senior (68) and Alessandro Tadini (71). The trio is knotted at 5-under-par 205.
Miguel Angel Martin and Andrew Oldcorn posted matching rounds of even-par 70 and are tied for eighth place at minus-4. Defending champion David Lynn (7) and Steven O'Hara (72) share 10th at 3-under-par 207.
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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 Web.com 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.