Gilder Shoots 63 for SBC Senior Open Lead

By Sports NetworkJuly 20, 2002, 4:00 pm
Chicago, Ill. -- Bob Gilder picked up four shots over the last three holes Saturday to surge into the lead after two rounds of the SBC Senior Open.
The 51-year-old Oregon native, who was named the Senior Tour's 2001 Rookie of the Year after winning twice and posting 11 other top-10s last season, set a new course record with a nine-under-par 63 at the Port Course at Harborside International, which is hosting this event for the first time.
Gilder closed with seven straight threes -- two pars, four birdies and an eagle at the par-five 18th -- to claim the top spot at 11-under-par 133.
'Things were working today,' said Gilder. 'I figured something out at the practice tee and the momentum just built as the round went along. Everything fell into place.'
Bobby Wadkins spread seven birdies around a bogey-free 65 and took over second place at 10-under.
Dick Mast, who shot 64 seven times while on the PGA Tour, carded that number Saturday thanks in big part to a run of six birdies in a row. He moved into a tie for third at eight-under 136 with John Mahaffey (65) and Tom Wargo (69).
Gilder began the second round four shots out of the lead but made his presence felt with three birdies in the front nine. He made the turn at five-under and, after parring the first two holes on the back, knocked a nine-iron to three feet for a birdie at the 12th. Two holes later Gilder rolled in a 10-foot putt for birdie to get to seven-under par.
Gilder parred the 195-yard 15th but stuffed his approaches in tight for back- to-back birdies at 16 and 17.
'I nearly knocked the flag down on two of the last three holes,' he said.
After knocking his second shot with a three-wood to the fringe at the 522-yard finishing hole, Gilder sank a 20-foot eagle putt to match his low round on the 50-and-over circuit.
Two weeks ago at the Canada Senior Open, Gilder established his senior best with an eight-under 63 in the second round en route to a fifth-place finish. It marked his eighth top-10 showing of the season, with his best result a tie for second at the Siebel Classic in March.
Wadkins, who became the youngest winner in Senior Tour history (50 years, 10 days) at last year's Long Island Classic, has three runner-up finishes already this season, including a share of second at the Senior PGA Championship.
Mast has struggled in 2002 with just two top-10s in 18 starts, but racked up a total of 10 birdies Saturday. His six-birdie streak -- the second-longest on tour in this year -- stretched from the eighth to the 13th, and featured four putts from inside five feet and a 35-footer at the par-four 10th.
'I switched putters yesterday and I seemed to roll the ball better today,' said Mast, who took 25 putts Saturday as compared to 33 in round one.
Although Mast has never won on the PGA or Senior Tours, he did record four victories on the Tour.
Rodger Davis (69), Terry Mauney (69) and Roy Vucinich (70) were in sixth place at seven-under-par 137.
Hale Irwin, a three-time winner of this event, finished five strokes off the pace after a one-under 71. Just one shot back after opening with a five-under 67, Irwin actually slipped to two-under through 12 holes Saturday but produced four birdies over the final six holes.
First-round leader Ted Goin bogeyed two of his first three holes and dropped into a tie for 14th place at minus-five. He posted a second-round 73.
Defending champion Dana Quigley, who shot himself out of the tournament Friday with a six-over 78, notched his second hole-in-one on the Senior Tour on his way to a 69 on Saturday. He used a seven-iron from 163 yards to ace the par- three 13th. Quigley will begin the final round 14 shots back at three-over.
Full field scores from the SBC Senior Open
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Closing eagle moves Rory within 3 in Abu Dhabi

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 12:57 pm

What rust? Rory McIlroy appears to be in midseason form.

Playing competitively for the first time since Oct. 8, McIlroy completed 36 holes without a bogey Friday, closing with an eagle to shoot 6-under 66 to sit just three shots back at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

“I’m right in the mix after two days and I’m really happy in that position,” he told reporters afterward.

McIlroy took a 3 ½-month break to heal his body, clear his mind and work on his game after his first winless year since 2008, his first full season as a pro.

He's back on track at a familiar playground, Abu Dhabi Golf Club, where he’s racked up eight top-11s (including six top-3s) in his past nine starts there.

Full-field scores from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship

McIlroy opened with a 69 Thursday, then gave himself even more chances on Day 2, cruising along at 4 under for the day when he reached the par-5 closing hole. After launching a 249-yard long iron to 25 feet, he poured in the eagle putt to pull within three shots of Thomas Pieters (65). 

Despite the layoff, McIlroy edged world No. 1 Dustin Johnson, coming off a blowout victory at Kapalua, by a shot over the first two rounds. 

“DJ is definitely the No. 1 player in the world right now, and one of, if not the best, driver of the golf ball," McIlroy said. "To be up there with him over these first two days, it proves to me that I’m doing the right things and gives me a lot of confidence going forward.”

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Duke to fill in for injured Pavin at CareerBuilder

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 12:25 pm

Ken Duke will fill in for Corey Pavin for the next two rounds of the CareerBuilder Challenge – with nothing at stake but his amateur partner’s position on the leaderboard.

Pavin was 4 over par when he withdrew after 17 holes Thursday because of a neck injury. Tournament officials phoned Duke, the first alternate, and asked if he would take Pavin’s spot and partner with Luis Lopez for the next two rounds, even though he would not receive any official money.

Duke accepted and explained his decision on Twitter:

Playing on past champion’s status, the 48-year-old Duke has made only four starts this season, with a best finish of a tie for 61st at the RSM Classic.

Pavin received a sponsor exemption into the event, his first PGA Tour start since the 2015 Colonial. 

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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