Former LSU Standout Leads Louisiana Open

By Sports NetworkApril 12, 2002, 4:00 pm
Charles Raulerson, who played his college golf at Louisiana State University, shot a sizzling round of 8-under 64 at Le Triomphe Golf and Country Club to take a two-shot lead at the Buy.Com Louisiana Open. His two-day total of 15-under 129 tied the 36-hole tournament record established by Joe Daley in 1997.
 
Steven Alker, a New Zealander playing his rookie season on the Buy.com Tour, followed up a 7-under 65 with a 66 made up of four birdies and an eagle. He finished alone in second at 13-under, one shot ahead of Marco Dawson and Hunter Haas, who each shot 65.
 
Rob McKelvey, the winner here in 2000, carded a 67 for a share of fifth place at 11-under with Larry Rinker (66) and Bruce Vaughn (68). First-round leader Roland Thatcher posted a 71 to slip to eighth place at minus-10.
 
Raulerson collected seven birdies on the front side to go out in 29 -- his career-best nine holes -- then added birdies at the 11th and 12th to reach 16-under. But he double-bogeyed the 452-yard 13th, a hole dubbed 'Gator's Jaw', after he pushed his tee shot right into the water.
 
'I went against my judgment with the driver,' said Raulerson, 38. 'I wanted to hit it down there as far as possible and have a wedge into the green. I tried to cut a little driver and I cut it right into the water. It was just a mental mistake, no doubt about it. That one rattled me a little.'
 
He quickly rebounded with a birdie at the par-5 14th, but lipped out three birdie attempts over the final four holes.
 
Alker, who won twice on the Canadian Tour in 2000 on his way to that circuit's Order of Merit title, was the only player in the field to make it through 36 holes without a bogey.
 
'It was a good atmosphere out there,' said Alker, who has also won twice on the Australasian Tour. 'It's a frame of mind out there. You get a couple of birdies and you keep going.'
 
Dawson's round included seven birdies and an ace with a 7-iron at the 168-yard, par-3 eighth, the first hole-in-one on the Buy.Com Tour this year.
 
'I hit the ball worse today than I did yesterday, but I had a better score,' said Dawson, a PGA Tour veteran who played in the big leagues last year under a medical exemption after undergoing back surgery in 2000.
 
The cut fell at 6-under-par 138, the lowest mark on the Buy.Com Tour since last year's Permian Basin Open.
 
Full field scores from the Louisiana Open
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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.