Fernandez Grabs Two-Shot Advantage

By Sports NetworkMay 17, 2003, 4:00 pm
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Vicente Fernandez fired a 5-under 67 Saturday to take a two-stroke lead after two rounds of the Bayer Advantage Celebrity Pro-Am. Fernandez stands at 6-under-par 138 with four players sharing second place.
 
Mike McCullough and Des Smyth each shot 67s, while Jay Sigel and Allen Doyle each carded 68s to move into a tie for second place at 4-under-par 140.
 
Fernandez jumped out of the gates quickly at The National Golf Club of Kansas City. He two-putted for birdie at the par-5 second and followed that with another birdie from six feet out at the par-3 fourth.
 
The Argentinean then rolled in a 35-footer for an eagle putt at the par-5 fifth. He managed three straight pars before bogeying the ninth to make the turn at minus-4.
 
On the back side, Fernandez drained a five-footer for birdie at the par-4 12th, but dropped a shot at the next hole when he three-putted.
 
He secured first place with back-to-back birdies from the par-5 15th. He got up-and-down for birdie at the 15th, then drained a 15-footer for birdie on 16.
 
'I took advantage of most of my opportunities today,' said Fernandez. 'I won't play any different (tomorrow) than I've been playing. A lot of guys will try to catch me (Sunday).'
 
Fernandez, who won the ACE Group Classic earlier this year, will look to pick up his fifth Champions Tour title on Sunday.
 
'The win in Naples was big. I had put a lot of pressure on myself to do well before that,' Fernandez said. 'I was putting a little better then, but I might be striking the ball better now.'
 
McCullough also started quickly as he rolled in a 15-footer for eagle at the second. However he was unable to maintain that momentum as he bogeyed two straight holes from the par-3 sixth.
 
He made up for those bogeys with back-to-back birdies, both from within 10 feet, from the eighth to head to the back side at minus-1.
 
Around the turn, McCullough notched back-to-back birdies from the 11th and again from the 14th to briefly climb to minus-5. He faltered with a bogey at the 17th to drop him into a share of second.
 
'That was a big swing the last few holes there,' McCullough said. 'Tomorrow we'll find out whose nerves are strong.'
 
Smyth stumbled out of the gate with a bogey at the par-4 first. He quickly atoned for that mistake as he birdied the next two holes. Smyth then moved to 2-under with an eagle at the par-5 fifth.
 
The Irishman ran off five straight pars before dropping a shot with a bogey at the 11th. He was able to join the group at minus-4 as he birdied the 13th, before back-to-back birdies from the 15th.
 
'I got off to a bad start, but the eagle at No. 5 changed the complex of my game,' Smyth said. 'Lots of guys have a chance to win. I've been struggling with my form, so that will be tested on Sunday.'
 
James Mason and Butch Sheehan are tied for sixth place at 3-under-par 141. Hale Irwin, Tom Jenkins, Pat McDonald and Dave Stockton share eighth place one-stoke further back. McDonald's 7-under 65 was the low round of the tournament and helped him jump up 40 spots.
 
Overnight leader Jose Maria Canizares struggled to a 3-over 75. He stands at even-par 144 and shares 17th place with four other players.
 
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    Cook leads by one entering final round at CareerBuilder

    By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2018, 12:51 am

    LA QUINTA, Calif. – Austin Cook played a six-hole stretch in 6 under and shot an 8-under 64 in breezy conditions Saturday to take the lead at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

    Cook began the run at La Quinta Country Club with birdies on Nos. 4-5, eagled the sixth and added birdies on No. 7 and 9 to make the turn in 6-under 30.

    After a bogey on the 10th, he birdied Nos. 11, 12 and 15 and saved par on the 18th with a 20-footer to take a 19-under 197 total into the final round on PGA West's Stadium Course. The 26-year-old former Arkansas player is making his first start in the event. He won at Sea Island in November for his first PGA Tour title.

    Fellow former Razorbacks star Andrew Landry and Martin Piller were a stroke back. Landry, the second-round leader, had a 70 on the Stadium Course. Piller, the husband of LPGA tour player Gerina Piller, shot a 67 at La Quinta. They are both winless on the PGA Tour.


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    Jon Rahm had a 70 at the Stadium Course to reach 17 under. The top-ranked player in the field at No. 3, Rahm beat up the par 5s again, but had four bogeys – three on par 3s. He has played the 12 par 5s in 13 under with an eagle and 11 birdies.

    Scott Piercy also was two strokes back after a 66 at the Stadium.

    Adam Hadwin had a 67 at La Quinta a year after shooting a third-round 59 on the course. The Canadian was 16 under along with Grayson Murray and Brandon Harkins. Murray had a 67 on PGA West's Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course, and Harkins shot 68 on the Stadium Course.

    Phil Mickelson missed the cut in his first tournament of the year for the second time in his career, shooting a 74 on the Stadium Course to finish at 4 under – four strokes from a Sunday tee time.

    The 47-year-old Hall of Famer was playing for the first time since late October. He also missed the cut in the Phoenix Open in his 2009 opener.

    Charlie Reiter, the Palm Desert High School senior playing on the first sponsor exemption the event has given to an amateur, also missed the cut. The Southern California recruit had three early straight double bogeys in a 77 on the Stadium that left him 1 over for the week.

    John Daly had an 80 at La Quinta. He opened with a triple bogey and had six bogeys – four in a row to start his second nine – and only one birdie. The 51-year-old Daly opened with a 69 on the Nicklaus layout and had a 71 on Friday at the Stadium.

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    Mickelson misses CareerBuilder cut for first time in 24 years

    By Randall MellJanuary 21, 2018, 12:48 am

    Phil Mickelson missed the cut Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge. It’s a rare occurrence in his Hall of Fame career.

    He has played the event 15 times, going back to when it was known as the Bob Hope Classic. He has won it twice.

    How rare is his missing the cut there?

    The last time he did so, there was no such thing as a DVD, Wi-Fi, iPods, Xbox, DVR capability or YouTube.


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    The PGA Tour’s Jon Rahm didn’t exist, either.

    The last time Mickelson missed a cut in this event was 1994, nine months before Rahm was born.

    Mickelson struggled to a 2-over-par 74 in the heavy winds Saturday on the Stadium Course, missing the 54-hole cut by four shots. He hit just four of 14 fairways, just nine of 18 greens. He took a double bogey at the 15th after requiring two shots to escape the steep-walled bunker on the left side of the green.

    Mickelson won’t have to wait long to try to get back in the hunt. He’s scheduled to play the Farmers Insurance Open next week at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, Calif.

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    Defending champ Gana co-leads Latin America Amateur

    By Randall MellJanuary 20, 2018, 11:20 pm

    Toto Gana moved into early position to try to win a return trip to the Masters Saturday by grabbing a share of the first-round lead at the Latin America Amateur Championship.

    The defending champ posted a 3-under-par 68 at Prince of Wales Country Club in his native Chile, equaling the rounds of Argentina’s Mark Montenegro and Colombia’s Pablo Torres.

    They are one shot ahead of Mexico’s Alvaro Ortiz and Mario Carmona, Argentina’s Horacio Carbonetti and Jaime Lopez Rivarola and the Dominican Republic’s Rhadames Pena.

    It’s a bunched leaderboard, with 19 players within three shots of each at the top of the board in the 72-hole event.

    “I think I have my game under control,” said Gana, 20, a freshman at Lynn University. “I hit the ball very well, and I also putted very well. So, I am confident about tomorrow.”

    The LAAC’s champion will get more than a Masters invitation. He also will be exempt into the The Amateur, the U.S. Amateur and any other USGA event he is eligible to play this year. The champion and players who finish runner-up are also exempt into the final stages of qualifying for The Open and the U.S. Open.

    The LAAC was founded by the Masters, the R&A and the USGA, with the purpose of further developing amateur golf in South America, Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean.

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    LAAC returning to Casa de Campo in 2019

    By Randall MellJanuary 20, 2018, 8:23 pm

    The Latin America Amateur Championship will return to Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic in 2019 (Jan. 17-20), event organizers announced Saturday in Chile, where this year’s championship is underway.

    The LAAC champion receives an invitation to play the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club every spring.

    The champion is also exempt into The Amateur, the U.S. Amateur and any other USGA event for which he is eligible to compete. The champion and players who finish runner-up are also exempt into the final stages of qualifying for The Open and the U.S. Open.

    The LAAC was founded by the Masters, the R&A and the USGA, with the purpose of further developing amateur golf in South America, Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean.

    The championship got its start in 2015 with Chile’s Matias Dominguez winning at Pilar Golf in Argentina. In 2016, Casa de Campo hosted, with Costa Rica’s Paul Chaplet winning. At 16, he became the first player from Central America to compete in the Masters. In 2017, Chile’s Toto Gana won the title at  Club de Golf de Panama.