Frances Jacquelin Opens with 62

By Sports NetworkAugust 28, 2003, 4:00 pm
European TourMUNICH, Germany -- Raphael Jacquelin tied the course record of 10-under-par 62 Thursday to grab a two-stroke lead after the first round of the BMW International Open.
 
Defending champion Thomas Bjorn heads a group of four players tied for second two shots behind Jacquelin. Bjorn is tied with David Howell, Gary Emerson and Marcel Siem at 8-under-par 64.
 
Jacquelin cruised through a bogey-free round at Golfclub Mnchen Nord- Eichenried. He began on the back nine and quickly ran off three straight birdies from the 11th to get off to a hot start.
 
He added back-to-back birdies from the 15th before rolling home his sixth birdie of the side at the 18th.
 
On the front nine, Jacquelin again drained back-to-back birdies from the third to move to minus-8, where he joined Bjorn and Siem, who had both completed their rounds.
 
Jacquelin moved ahead with a birdie at No. 6. He extended his lead to two strokes with a birdie at the par-4 ninth. His 10-under round tied the course record first set in 1989 by David Feherty and later tied six times.
 
'I played great, of course,' said Jacquelin, who is still searching for his first European Tour win. 'I just tried to be confident on every shot as I am hitting the ball very well at the moment. It is all about confidence. I tried to really concentrate on that and it worked. I hit all the par-5s in two except the ninth which helped.'
 
Bjorn also got going on the back nine, but did not fare as well on the side as Jacquelin did. Bjorn managed just a birdie on the 18th to make the turn at minus-1.
 
Around the turn, Bjorn burst up the leaderboard. He rolled home back-to-back birdies from the third and birdied the par-4 fifth to climb to 4-under. That began a run of five straight birdies that moved him into second place.
 
'I was getting a bit frustrated over the first few holes but my caddie told me to stay patient as you can easily birdie five holes in a row on this course, and that was exactly what I did to finish,' said Bjorn, who also won here in 2000. 'The last nine holes were very, very good. I haven't hit the ball as well as that since the Open. When you shoot 29 you have to be happy. This is a good start and gives you an opportunity for the rest of the week.'
 
Siem birdied four of the five par-4s on the back nine and also birdied the par-5 18th to open his round. Around the turn, he drained birdies on three of four holes from the fourth to grab a share of second.
 
Siem used his local knowledge to his advantage. He was a member at Golfclub Mnchen Nord-Eichenried for five years and won the club championship before turning pro.
 
Emerson, who was in the last group to tee off the back nine, had a similar round to Bjorn. He birdied the 18th, his first birdie of the day, before catching fire around the turn.
 
He managed back-to-back birdies from the first. Emerson also birdied the fifth before an eagle on No. 6. He then closed out his round with consecutive birdies from the eighth.
 
Howell notched three birdies over the first six holes. He ran off four straight birdies around the turn, starting at the par-3 eighth. Howell stumbled with bogeys on the 12th and 14th, but mixed a birdie in between at the 13th. He closed out his round with birdies on Nos. 16 and 18.
 
Robert Karlsson, Paul Casey and Lee Westwood share sixth place at 7-under- par 65. Peter Hedblom, Martin Maritz, Gary Evans, Fredrik Andersson and Ian Poulter are tied one stroke back at minus-6.
 
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    13-year-old beats DJ in closest-to-the-pin contest

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 18, 2018, 12:26 pm

    Dustin Johnson didn’t just get beat by Tommy Fleetwood and Rory McIlroy on Day 1 of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

    Even a 13-year-old got the best of the world No. 1.

    Oscar Murphy teed off on the 177-yard 15th hole as part of the tournament’s Beat the Pro challenge during the opening round. The Northern Irishman, part of the HSBC’s Future Falcons, carved a 3-wood toward the back-right hole location, about 25 feet away, closer than both Fleetwood and Johnson.

    “An unbelievable shot,” Fleetwood said afterward, “and me and Rory both said, ‘We don’t have that in our locker.’”


    Johnson still made par on the hole, but he mixed four birdies with four bogeys Thursday for an even-par 72 that left him six shots back after the opening round. He tied for second here a year ago.

    Johnson is coming off a dominant performance at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, where he won by eight shots to strengthen his lead atop the world rankings. 

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    McIlroy 'really pleased' with opening 69 in Abu Dhabi

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 18, 2018, 12:10 pm

    It was an auspicious 2018 debut for Rory McIlroy.

    Playing alongside world No. 1 Dustin Johnson for his first round since October, McIlroy missed only one green and shot a bogey-free 69 at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. McIlroy is three shots back of reigning Race to Dubai champion Tommy Fleetwood, who played in the same group as McIlroy and Johnson.

    Starting on the back nine at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, McIlroy began with 11 consecutive pars before birdies on Nos. 3, 7 and 8.


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    “I was excited to get going,” he told reporters afterward. “The last couple of months have been really nice in terms of being able to concentrate on things I needed to work on in my game and health-wise. I feel like I’m the most prepared for a season that I’ve ever been, but it was nice to get back out there.”

    Fleetwood, the defending champion, raced out to another lead while McIlroy and Johnson, who shot 72, just tried to keep pace.

    “Tommy played very well and I was just trying to hang onto his coattails for most of the round, so really pleased – bogey-free 69, I can’t really complain,” McIlroy said.

    This was his first competitive round in four months, since a tie for 63rd at the Dunhill Links. He is outside the top 10 in the world ranking for the first time since 2014. 

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    Hadwin returns to site of last year's 59

    By Will GrayJanuary 17, 2018, 11:04 pm

    Adam Hadwin had a career season last year, one that included shooting a 59 and winning a PGA Tour event. But those two achievements didn't occur in the same week.

    While Hadwin's breakthrough victory came at the Valspar Championship in March, it was at the CareerBuilder Challenge in January when he first made headlines with a third-round 59 at La Quinta Country Club. Hadwin took a lead into the final round as a result, but he ultimately couldn't keep pace with Hudson Swafford.

    He went on to earn a spot at the Tour Championship, and Hadwin made his first career Presidents Cup appearance in October. Now the Canadian returns to Palm Springs, eager to improve on last year's result and hoping to earn a spot in the final group for a third straight year after a T-6 finish in 2016.

    "A lot of good memories here in the desert," Hadwin told reporters. "I feel very comfortable here, very at home. Lots of Canadians, so it's always fun to play well in front of those crowds and hopefully looking forward to another good week."

    Hadwin's 59 last year was somewhat overshadowed, both by the fact that he didn't win the event and that it came just one week after Justin Thomas shot a 59 en route to victory at the Sony Open. But he's still among an exclusive club of just eight players to have broken 60 in competition on Tour and he's eager to get another crack at La Quinta on Saturday.

    "If I'm in the same position on 18, I'm gunning for 58 this year," Hadwin said, "not playing safe for 59."

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    Rahm: If I thought like Phil, I could not hit a shot

    By Will GrayJanuary 17, 2018, 10:39 pm

    When it comes to Jon Rahm and Phil Mickelson, there are plenty of common bonds. Both starred at Arizona State, both are now repped by the same agency and Rahm's former college coach and agent, Tim Mickelson, now serves full-time as his brother's caddie.

    Those commonalities mean the two men have played plenty of practice rounds together, but the roads quickly diverge when it comes to on-course behavior. Rahm is quick, fiery and decisive; Mickelson is one of the most analytical players on Tour. And as Rahm told reporters Wednesday at the CareerBuilder Challenge, those differences won't end anytime soon.

    "I don't need much. 'OK, it's like 120 (yards), this shot, right," Rahm said. "And then you have Phil, it's like, 'Oh, this shot, the moisture, this going on, this is like one mile an hour wind sideways, it's going to affect it one yard. This green is soft, this trajectory. They're thinking, and I'm like, 'I'm lost.' I'm like, 'God if I do that thought process, I could not hit a golf shot.'"


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    The tactics may be more simplified, but Rahm can't argue with the results. While Mickelson is in the midst of a winless drought that is approaching five years, Rahm won three times around the world last year and will defend a PGA Tour title for the first time next week at Torrey Pines.

    Both men are in the field this week in Palm Springs, where Mickelson will make his 2018 debut with what Rahm fully expects to be another dose of high-level analytics for the five-time major winner with his brother on the bag.

    "It's funny, he gets to the green and then it's the same thing. He's very detail-oriented," Rahm said of Mickelson. "I'm there listening and I'm like, 'Man, I hope we're never paired together for anything because I can't think like this. I would not be able to play golf like that. But for me to listen to all that is really fun."