Ferrie Captures Playoff Win in Spain

By Sports NetworkApril 27, 2003, 4:00 pm
TENERIFE, Canary Islands -- England's Kenneth Ferrie birdied the second hole of a playoff Sunday to win the Canarias Open de Espana. The victory is Ferrie's first on the European Tour.
 
'I feel great, although no doubt it will take some time to sink in,' said Ferrie. 'I've won a couple of times on the Challenge Tour but this is the next step up for me.'
 
Ferrie carded a 69 to finish regulation at 22-under-par 266 along with Ireland's Peter Lawrie and Peter Hedblom of Sweden. The trio played the par-5 18th as the first hole of a playoff and after all three players made birdie, it was back to the tee for a second extra hole.
 
Both Hedblom and Lawrie found the rough off the tee while Ferrie hit a perfect drive down the center of the fairway.
 
Lawrie sent his second shot to the back of the green, leaving a difficult play for birdie. Hedblom was also unlucky in his approach when he missed to the right of the putting surface.
 
Ferrie had a clear view to the green and hit his second to 12 feet. His eagle try failed to find the bottom of the cup, but he tapped in for a decisive birdie and a breakthrough victory.
 
Ferrie earned his card in 2000 but was back at Qualifying School the following year but with this victory, he can enjoy a two-year exemption.
 
The 24-year-old was part of a six-way tie for first to start the final round. He parred his first six holes before a bogey at the seventh but recovered mightily with a long eagle putt at the par-5 eighth.
 
Ferrie bogeyed the 10 but responded with a birdie at the very next hole. After a bogey at the 13th, Ferrie ran off three consecutive birdies starting at the par-4 15th to join the leaders at 22-under.
 
Ferrie had the chance to take the lead outright at the last but an errant drive and an unfortunate second shot left him with only a par at the par-5 closing hole.
 
'Thankfully my finish was just good enough,' said Ferrie. 'I made a bogey at the 13th but hit back well with three birdies to get into the playoff.'
 
Denmark's Mads Vibe-Hastrup fired a 7-under 65 to finish one shot out of the playoff at 21-under-par 267. He was joined by Brian Davis in a tie for fourth.
 
Charl Schwartzel, who held a share of the lead after the opening round, posted a 68 to finish at 20-under-par 268 alongside Gary Evans, Santiago Luna and Paul Casey.
 
Jose Maria Olazabal, Phillip Price, Markus Brier, Richard Green, Anthony Wall, Paul McGinley, Marten Olander, Peter Fowler and Simon Khan were one shot further back at 19-under-par 269.
 
Sergio Garcia, who captured this event last year, shot a 68 to finish in a tie for 19th with fellow Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez and Argentina's Ricardo Gonzalez at 18-under-par 270.
 
Pablo Martin-Benavides, the amateur who held a share of the lead coming into the final round, had a rough front nine with a triple-bogey at the fourth.
 
The 17-year-old struggled with a final-round 74 to finish in a group at 17-under-par 271.
 
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    Ortiz takes Web.com Tour clubhouse lead in Bahamas

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 16, 2018, 2:19 am

    Former Web.com Tour Player of the Year Carlos Ortiz shot a bogey-free, 4-under-par 68 Monday to take the clubhouse lead in The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic at Sandals Emerald Bay.

    Four other players - Lee McCoy, Brandon Matthews, Sung Jae Im and Mark Anderson - were still on the course and tied with Ortiz at 6-under 210 when third-round play was suspended by darkness at 5:32 p.m. local time. It is scheduled to resume at 7:15 a.m. Tuesday.

    Ortiz, a 26-year-old from Guadalajara, Mexico, is in search of his fourth Web.com Tour victory. In 2014, the former University of North Texas standout earned a three-win promotion on his way to being voted Web.com Tour Player of the Year.

    McCoy, a 23-year-old from Dunedin, Fla., is looking to become the first player to earn medalist honors at Q-School and then win the opening event of the season.

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    Randall's Rant: Can we please have some rivalries?

    By Randall MellJanuary 16, 2018, 12:00 am

    Memo to the golf gods:

    If you haven’t finalized the fates of today’s stars for the new year, could we get you to deliver what the game has lacked for so long?

    Can we get a real, honest-to-goodness rivalry?

    It’s been more than two decades since the sport has been witness to one.

    With world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and former world No. 1 Rory McIlroy at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship this week, an early-season showdown would percolate hope that this year might be all about rivalries.

    It seems as if the stars are finally aligned to make up for our long drought of rivalries, of the recurring clashes you have so sparingly granted through the game’s history.

    We’re blessed in a new era of plenty, with so many young stars blossoming, and with Tiger Woods offering hope he may be poised for a comeback. With Johnson, McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, Justin Thomas, Jon Rahm, Hideki Matsuyama, Brooks Koepka and Rickie Fowler among today’s dynamic cast, the possibility these titans will time their runs together on the back nine of Sundays in majors excites.

    We haven’t seen a real rivalry since Greg Norman and Nick Faldo sparred in the late '80s and early '90s.

    Woods vs. Phil Mickelson didn’t really count. While Lefty will be remembered for carving out a Hall of Fame career in the Tiger era, with 33 victories, 16 of them with Tiger in the field, five of them major championships, we get that Tiger had no rival, not in the most historic sense.


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    Phil never reached No. 1, was never named PGA Tour Player of the Year, never won a money title and never dueled with Woods on Sunday on the back nine of a major with the title on the line.  Still, it doesn’t diminish his standing as the best player not named Tiger Woods over the last 20 years. It’s a feat so noteworthy it makes him one of the game’s all-time greats.

    We’ve been waiting for an honest-to-goodness rivalry since Faldo and Norman took turns ruling at world No. 1 and dueling in big events, including the back nine of multiple majors. 

    In the '70s, we had Nicklaus-Watson. In the '60s, it was Nicklaus-Palmer. In the '40s and '50s, it was Hogan, Snead and Nelson in a triumvirate mix, and in the '20s and '30s we had Hagen and Sarazen.

    While dominance is the magic ingredient that can break a sport out of its niche, a dynamic rivalry is the next best elixir.

    Dustin Johnson looks capable of dominating today’s game, but there’s so much proven major championship talent on his heels. It’s hard to imagine him consistently fending off all these challengers, but it’s the fending that would captivate us.

    Johnson vs. McIlroy would be a fireworks show. So would Johnson vs. Thomas, or Thomas vs. Day or McIlroy vs. Rahm or Fowler vs. Koepka ... or any of those combinations.

    Spieth is a wild card that intrigues.

    While he’s not a short hitter, he isn’t the power player these other guys are, but his iron game, short game, putter and moxie combine to make him the most compelling challenger of all. His resolve, resilience and resourcefulness in the final round of his British Open victory at Royal Birkdale make him the most interesting amalgam of skill since Lee Trevino.

    Woods vs. any of them? Well, if we get that, we promise never to ask for anything more.

    So, if that cosmic calendar up there isn’t filled, how about it? How about a year of rivalries to remember?

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    McIlroy: 2018 may be my busiest season ever

    By Will GrayJanuary 15, 2018, 6:28 pm

    With his return to competition just days away, Rory McIlroy believes that the 2018 season may be the most action packed of his pro career.

    The 28-year-old has not teed it up since the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in early October, a hiatus he will end at this week's Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. It will be the start of a busy spring for the Ulsterman, who will also play next week in Dubai before a run of six PGA Tour events leading up to the Masters.

    Speaking to the U.K.'s Telegraph, McIlroy confirmed that he will also make a return trip to the British Masters in October and plans to remain busy over the next 12 months.

    "I might play more times this year than any before. I played 28 times in 2008 and I'm on track to beat that," McIlroy said. "I could get to 30 (events), depending on where I'm placed in the Race to Dubai. But I'll see."

    McIlroy's ambitious plan comes in the wake of a frustrating 2017 campaign, when he injured his ribs in his first start and twice missed chunks of time in an effort to recover. He failed to win a worldwide event and finished the year ranked outside the top 10, both of which had not happened since 2008.

    But having had more than three months to get his body and swing in shape, McIlroy is optimistic heading into the first of what he hopes will be eight starts in the 12 weeks before he drives down Magnolia Lane.

    "I've worked hard on my short game and I'm probably feeling better with the putter than I ever have," McIlroy said. "I've had a lot of time to concentrate on everything and it all feels very good and a long way down the road."

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    What's in the Bag: Sony Open winner Kizzire

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 15, 2018, 6:05 pm

    Patton Kizzire earned his second PGA Tour victory by winning a six-hole playoff at the Sony Open in Hawaii. Take a look inside his bag.

    Driver: Titleist 917D3 (10.5 degrees), with Fujikura Atmos Black 6 X shaft

    Fairway Wood: Titleist 917F2 (16.5 degrees), with Aldila Tour Blue 95 TX shaft

    Hybrid: Titleist 913H (19 degrees), with UST Mamiya AXIV Core 100 Hybrid shaft

    Irons: Titleist 718 T-MB (4), 718 CB (5-6), 718 MB (7-9), with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts

    Wedges: Titleist SM7 prototype (47, 52, 56, 60 degrees), with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts

    Putter: Scotty Cameron GoLo Tour prototype

    Ball: Titleist Pro V1x