Furyk Cruising in Hawaii

By Sports NetworkDecember 5, 2003, 5:00 pm
PGA of America (150x150)KAUAI, Hawaii -- Jim Furyk, the reigning U.S. Open champion, posted a 5-under-par 67 on Friday to take the first-round lead of the PGA Grand Slam of Golf at Poipu Bay Golf Course at Hyatt Regency.
Masters winner Mike Weir is alone in second at even-par 72, while surprise British Open champion Ben Curtis is in third place at 1-over-par 73, followed by PGA Champion Shaun Micheel, who is last at 3-over-par 75.
This event is reserved for the four major winners in 2003 and is a 36-hole stroke-play event. For the first time since 1992, all four of these combatants are first-timers.
Furyk, who earned his major triumph at Olympia Fields in June, missed a chance for birdie at No. 1 but picked one up at the par-5 second hole with a routine two-putt. He then dropped a shot at the third when he missed a 15-footer for par, but the story for the next few holes was his putter.
Furyk, who finished 14th on tour in putting average, missed makeable chances for birdie at the fifth and seventh holes. He finished off his front nine with a four-footer for birdie to get to 1-under par.
The U.S. Open champion made it two in a row with a 16-footer at the 10th. That birdie gave him a one-shot lead over Weir, a lead that Furyk would not surrender on Friday.
Furyk made par at the par-3 11th but cashed in on a 12-foot birdie putt at No. 12 for his fourth three in a row. He had another makeable birdie try at the following hole but settled for a par, still holding his two-stroke advantage.
It took one hole for Furyk to return to his birdieing ways. He laid up short of the par-5 14th green, but knocked a wedge to five feet. Furyk rolled home the birdie try to get to 4-under par and take a three-shot lead over Weir.
Trouble loomed for Furyk at the par-4 15th as his drive landed in the right rough. He had an awkward stance in a bunker but skipped his second short of the green. Furyk chipped four feet past the hole and sank the par-saving putt, which allowed him to keep his three-shot lead when Weir missed a five-footer for birdie.
Furyk drove into the left rough at the reachable, par-5 18th, so he laid up short of the green. His third came up 25-feet short of the hole, but he drilled the birdie putt to pad his lead.
'I hit one or two bad putts,' admitted Furyk. 'I've been fooled on a few reads. I've been fooled on the speed of the greens. I hit them on line, not quite hard enough.'
Weir, who became the first Canadian major winner when he donned the green jacket at Augusta, was solid on Friday but only made one birdie, a six-footer at the par-3 seventh. He made two impressive par saves on the front nine, a 20-footer at the third and a difficult chip from over the green at No. 8.
At the par-3 17th, Weir missed the green short and right. He pitched to six feet but missed the par save to fall to even-par on the round, five behind Furyk.
'You need to get in the fairway out here for sure,' said Weir. 'There are tough conditions out here with mud on the ball and the wind.'
Curtis, who was the lowest-ranked player in the field when he hoisted the claret jug this summer, struggled early with some bogeys, but rebounded with an eight-foot birdie putt at No. 15.
He parred out to stay within six of the lead.
Micheel, whose 7-iron into the 72nd green at Oak Hill was the shot of the year, seemed to have trouble reading the greens Friday at Poipu Bay. He double-bogeyed the fourth when he left his first play from the bunker in the sand and things did not get better.
By the time Micheel missed a six-footer for par at the par-5 15th, he was 4 over on his round. He birdied the last thanks to a great 4-iron approach, but it will still be a tall hill to climb for the PGA Champion as he trails the U.S. Open winner by eight.
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    Kelly beats Monty with two-shot swing on final hole

    By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2018, 3:21 am

    KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii – Jerry Kelly made an 18-foot birdie putt on the final hole, Colin Montgomerie missed a 6-footer for par and Kelly turned a one-shot deficit into a victory Saturday in the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

    After Kelly drove it well right into lava rocks on the par-4 16th, leading to bogey and giving Montgomerie the lead, Montgomerie made a mistake with his tee shot on the last, finding a fairway bunker. Montgomerie's approach went over the green and after Kelly converted his birdie, the 54-year-old Scot jammed his par putt well past the hole.

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    It was the third win on the over-50 tour for the 51-year-old Kelly, who finished tied for 14th last week at the PGA Tour's Sony Open in Honolulu. That gave him confidence as he hopped over to the Big Island for his tournament debut at Hualalai. The limited-field event includes winners from last season, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.

    Kelly closed with a 6-under 66 for a three-day total of 18-under 198. Montgomerie shot 69. David Toms shot 67 and finished two shots back, and Miguel Angel Jimenez was another stroke behind after a 66.

    Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, closed with a 70 to finish at 10 under.

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    Rahm manages frustration, two back at CareerBuilder

    By Randall MellJanuary 21, 2018, 1:21 am

    Jon Rahm managed the winds and his frustrations Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge to give himself a chance to win his fourth worldwide title in the last year.

    Rahm’s 2-under-par 70 on the PGA West Stadium Course left him two shots off the lead going into the final round.

    “I wasn’t really dealing with the wind that much,” Rahm said of his frustrations. “I was dealing with not being as fluid as I was the last two days.”

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    The world’s No. 3 ranked player opened with a 62 at La Quinta Country Club on Thursday and followed it up with a 67 on Friday at PGA West. He made six birdies and four bogeys on the Stadium Course on Saturday.

    “The first day, everything was outstanding,” Rahm said. “Yesterday, my driver was a little shaky but my irons shots were perfect. Today, my driver was shaky and my irons shots were shaky. On a course like this, it’s punishing, but luckily on the holes where I found the fairway I was able to make birdies.”

    Rahm is projected to move to No. 2 in the world rankings with a finish of sixth or better on Sunday.

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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 hit a hybrid into the fairway bunker on the par-4 18th on a breezy Saturday afternoon at La Quinta Country Club, then chunked a wedge and raced a chip 20 feet past the hole.

    Kip Henley, the longtime PGA Tour caddie who guided Cook to a breakthrough victory at Sea Island in November, stepped in to give the 26-year-old former Arkansas star a quick pep talk.

    ''Kip said, 'Let's finish this like we did on the first day at the Nicklaus Course.' We made a big par putt on 18 there and he said, 'Let's just do the same thing. Let's get this line right and if you get the line right it's going in.'''

    It did, giving Cook an 8-under 64 and a one-stroke lead in the CareerBuilder Challenge going into the final round on the Stadium Course at PGA West. Fellow former Razorback Andrew Landry and Martin Piller were tied for second, and Jon Rahm and Scott Piercy were a another stroke back after a tricky day in wind that didn't get close to the predicted gusts of 40 mph.

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    ''I know that I wouldn't have wanted to play the Stadium today,'' Cook said. ''I think we got a great draw with the courses that we got to play on the days that we got to play them.''

    Cook played the final six holes on the front nine in 6 under with an eagle and four birdies.

    ''Starting on my fourth hole, I was able to make a birdie and kind of get the ball rolling and it never really stopped rolling,'' Cook said. ''Kip and I were doing really good at seeing the line on the greens.''

    After a bogey on 10, he birdied 11, 12 and 15 and parred the final three to get to 19-under 197.

    ''I think that tonight the nerves, the butterflies, all that will kind of be a little less,'' Cook said. ''I've been in the situation before and I was able to finish the job on Sunday. I think it would be a little different if I didn't play like I did on Sunday at Sea Island.''

    He's making his first start in the event.

    ''I came in from Hawaii on Monday, so I only had two days to prepare for three courses,'' Cook said.

    Landry, the second-round leader, had a 70 at the Stadium. Piller, the husband of LPGA tour player Gerina Piller, shot a 67 at La Quinta. Winless on the PGA Tour, they will join Cook in the final threesome.

    ''Piller's a good guy and we have played a lot together and same with Cookie,'' said Landry, the only player without a bogey after 54 holes. ''Hope the Hogs are going to come out on top.''

    Rahm had a 70 at the Stadium to reach 17 under. The third-ranked 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.

    ''A little bit of a survival day,'' Rahm said.

    The wind was more of a factor on the more exposed and tighter Stadium Course.

    ''The course is firming up,'' Rahm said. ''I know if we have similar wind to today, if we shoot something under par, you'll be way up there contesting it over the last few holes.''

    Piercy had a 66 at the Stadium.

    ''I controlled my ball really well today,'' he said.

    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 the Nicklaus Course, and Harkins shot 68 at the Stadium.

    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 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. He had three early straight double bogeys in a 77 on the Stadium that left him 1 over.

    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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    Phil 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 PGA West 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.