Fleisher Aces Way to Top of Leaderboard

By Sports NetworkApril 29, 2006, 4:00 pm
2006 FedEx KinkoLAKEWAY, Texas -- Bruce Fleisher posted a 3-under 69 Saturday to move atop the leaderboard after two rounds of the Kinko's Classic. Fleisher completed 36 holes at 7-under-par 137.
Craig Stadler and David Edwards, who each shared the first-round lead with Fleisher and three others, both shot 70 in round two. They share second place at minus-6.
Des Smyth made a mess of the 18th hole Saturday as his closing double-bogey dropped him to 5-under-par 130 after a 69. He stands alongside another first-round co-leader, Tom Kite (71), in fourth.
Jay Haas, the fifth of six first-round co-leaders, managed an even-par 72. He was joined in sixth place at The Hills Country Club by Bob Gilder and Mark James.
Fleisher tumbled out of a share of the lead right off the bat Saturday as he bogeyed each of the first two holes. However, his five-iron tee shot at the par-three third found the bottom of the cup for a hole-in-one that got him back to minus-four overall. That was his fourth ace in his Champions Tour career.
'You start bogey-bogey, its not a good day. But when you make a hole-in-one, it changes things,' Fleisher said. 'I was just a tough day overall.'
The 18-time winner on the Champions Tour steadied himself with five straight pars. He kicked in a 3-foot birdie try on the ninth to get to minus-5, three behind Smyth.
Fleisher moved to 2-under for his round with a birdie on the 12th. A bogey on 13 by Smyth, who fell to minus-7 with the miscue, meant Fleisher was within one of the lead.
The 57-year-old Fleisher parred four straight before sinking a 5-foot birdie putt on the 17th got him to minus-7 and he parred the last.
'It is getting more and more difficult to win out here,' said Fleisher, whose last win was at the 2004 Bruno's Memorial Classic. 'I feel fortunate to be in this position, but there is a lot of golf left.'
Stadler, who fought a balky putter all day, managed two lone birdies on the fourth and 11th. He parred the other 16 holes to share second.
'I left a few out there today,' Stadler admitted. 'I putted well on Friday, but didn't putt well today. I missed a lot of short putts. You can't afford to give a lot of those putts away like I did.'
Edwards grabbed the lead early on at minus-six as he eagled the par-five second. However, he gave one stroke back with a bogey on the fourth. The 50- year-old wrapped birdies on the eighth and 10th around a bogey on No. 9. Edwards ran off eight consecutive pars to close out the round.
Smyth birdied each of the first three holes to jump to minus-five. He claimed the lead with a birdie at the sixth. The Irishman pulled two clear of the field with birdies on eight and 10.
However, his lead fell to one after his bogey on 13. At the last, Smyth found a hazard off the tee. He took five shots to reach the putting surface at the par-five last. He two-putted for double-bogey to fall to minus-five. He ended on No. 9 Friday and also double-bogeyed that hole.
Tom Jenkins carded a two-under 70 Saturday to get to three-under-par 141, where he is alone in ninth. Curtis Strange, the last of the first-round leaders, struggled to a two-over 74. He shares 10th with defending champion Jim Thorpe (70) at two-under-par 142.
Hale Irwin, the 2003 champion, stands alongside Jose Maria Canizares, Pat McGowan and Don Pooley as the final players in red figures at minus-one.
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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.