Goosen Notches First Win of the Season

By Sports NetworkAugust 7, 2005, 4:00 pm
2005 The INTERNATIONALCASTLE ROCK, Colo. -- Retief Goosen collected seven points in the final round Sunday to erase a nine-point deficit and win The International. Goosen finished with 32 points.
Brandt Jobe, who had 34 points after three rounds and led by nine points, struggled to minus-three points in the final round to fall into second place with 31.
Retief Goosen
Retief Goosen came from nine points back for his first title of the season.
Jeff Brehaut picked up 16 points during Sunday's two rounds to move into third place with 29. Long-hitting Hank Kuehne got 10 points in the final round to end in fourth with 27, while Charles Howell III picked up just four points over the final two rounds to end alone in fifth with 26 points.
After Thursday's play was completely washed out, the first and second rounds were pushed back one day and the final 36 holes were played on Sunday.
The International uses the modified Stableford scoring system in which players are awarded eight points for double-eagles, five for eagles and two for birdies. They lose one point for bogeys and three points for double-bogeys or worse.
Goosen, who played the back nine first in the third round, went off the front side in the final round Sunday. He opened with a birdie on the first at Castle Pines Golf Club to move to 27 points.
'I got off to a very good start this morning starting on the 10th,' said Goosen. 'I birdied two of the first three holes and then played pretty solid and then made very bad bogeys on Nos. 17, 18 and 1. That really put my momentum down a bit, but I played okay after that. Then started off well again this afternoon.'
The two-time U.S. Open champion picked up two more points with a birdie on the third. Goosen lost one point with a bogey on the seventh.
Goosen came right back with birdies on eight and nine to jump to 32 points. Around the turn, he struggled to a bogey on No. 10.
The 36-year-old faltered to the third bogey of his final round on the par-4 13th to drop back to 30 points. Goosen parred his next three holes before birdieing the 17th to get to 32 points. That would prove to be the winning putt as he parred the last and Jobe was unable to catch him.
'Obviously when you win a tournament, you put four good rounds together, and I haven't been doing that this year,' said Goosen, who earned $900,000 for the win. 'I would have three good rounds with a bad round in between.
'I think I putted quite nicely this week, and that sort of is the key. I worked quite hard on my putting in the last two months to get that to where I was striking the ball well, so it saved me a few strokes this week.'
Jobe ended his third round with three straight birdies to enter the final round with a nine-point lead. He opened with a birdie on the first to move to 36 points.
The 40-year-old bogeyed the second. Jobe picked up on No. 4 after hitting his bunker shot well over a green and under a tree. The pick up meant he dropped three points on the hole and that dropped him to 32 points.
Jobe slid to 30 points after bogeys on seven and eight. He cruised around the turn with five straight pars.
The Oklahoma-native dropped another shot on the 14th to give back another point. Jobe birdied the 17th to get within one of Goosen. Jobe needed a birdie at the last to win, but he could only manage a par to end alone in second place.
'It's a great week. I did play some good golf,' Jobe said. 'Unfortunately I played nine terrible holes this afternoon.'
Jobe is playing this season on a major medical exemption after missing plenty of time over the past two years due to a hand injury.
'In 2003, I shattered what's called the hook of the hamate,' said Jobe. 'I had surgery in 2003 and was out most of the year. I started in 2004 and playing at my fourth tournament, I shattered it again, and went back to the same doctor. It's never happened. I was like some freak of nature because surgery is supposed to take away the bone. There's not supposed to be anything there.
'The second one was worse because when he went in there I guess it had some artery problems and a bunch of things, and I lost the feeling in my hand. But it took a good seven or eight months until I was feeling pretty healthy, and that's kind of when I started up this year.'
Rod Pampling, the 2004 champion, collected 12 points over the last two rounds, to move into a share of sixth place with 24 points. He was joined there by Tim Clark, Tim Petrovic and Joey Snyder III. Scott McCarron and former Masters champion Phil Mickelson were one point further back with 23.
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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)

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    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.

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    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 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."

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    "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.

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