Goosen Wins Singh Closes in on Money Title

By Sports NetworkNovember 2, 2003, 5:00 pm
PALM HARBOR, Fla. -- Retief Goosen posted a 1-under 70 on Sunday to hang on and win the Chrysler Championship. Goosen finished the tournament at 12-under-par 272 for a three-shot victory over PGA Tour money leader Vijay Singh.
Briny Baird managed a 1-over 72 to finish alone in third place at 8-under-par 276. The finish was good enough to earn Baird a spot in the top 30 on the money list and an invitation to next week's season-ending Tour Championship.
Goosen was a late entry into the field this week after passing on the Volvo Masters Andalucia on the European Tour. The decision to play in the U.S. proved to be a good one as Goosen made it three straight years with a victory on the PGA Tour, dating back to his 2001 U.S. Open title.
'It's starting out to be a great year now for me,' said Goosen, who pocketed $864,000 for the win. 'It was a bit of a slow start and so on. It's turning out to be a very good year.'
The South African carried a two-shot lead over Baird into the final round on the Copperhead Course at Westin Innisbrook and jumped out of the gate with a birdie at the first before finding trouble with a bogey at the very next hole.
Goosen dropped another shot at the par-4 sixth but hit his second shot inside four feet for a birdie at the seventh.
The 34-year-old faltered again with a bogey at the ninth but managed to recover with a 12-foot birdie putt at the 10th.
Goosen then birdied the 13th to regain a two-shot edge and got up and down for a birdie at the par-5 14th to begin to pull away from his challengers.
He coasted down the stretch and held on for the victory despite a bogey at the par-3 17th.
'I knew I just had to hang on the last few holes,' said Goosen. 'I felt fairly comfortable.'
Singh, who has now finished no worse than second in each of his last four starts, padded his lead over Tiger Woods in the race for the money title.
'I have to play a solid tournament next week,' said Singh, who has two victories in that span. 'I don't think I have to win to win the money title, but I would like to win again next week.'
A victory would have practically secured the top spot on the money list no matter the outcome of the Tour Championship, but Singh was unable to overcome Goosen's solid play.
Singh picked up his first birdie of the day at the second but stumbled with a bogey at the sixth. He ran home a six-foot putt for a birdie at the seventh to briefly pull within one of the lead but gave that shot back with a bogey at the ninth.
The 40-year-old tallied two birdies and a bogey on the inward half to take second place alone at 9-under-par 275.
'Retief played solid all day and he deserved to win,' said Singh, who shot a 70 on Sunday. 'I am a little disappointed I didn't win. I thought I had a good chance.'
Baird struggled early with a double bogey and a bogey on the front side but put together a strong finish to earn a coveted spot in the top 30.
The 32-year-old had three birdies and a bogey over his last five holes to climb to No. 22 on the money list.
Chad Campbell and Tim Petrovic shared fourth place at 6-under-par 278.
Thomas Levet had a bogey at the 17th that cost the Frenchman a spot in the top-125 on the money list. Levet was joined by Davis Love III and Dan Forsman at 5-under-par 279.
'This year I had a long season,' said Levet. 'I enjoyed my time in America. It was very, very good.'
Stephen Ames, Peter Lonard, Brad Faxon and Geoff Ogilvy tied for ninth at 4-under-par 280.
K.J. Choi, who won this event last year, finished in a tie for 40th at 2-over-par 286 but it was enough to earn the South Korean the 30th spot on the money list and an invitation to the Tour Championship.
On the other end of the spectrum, Esteban Toledo, who missed the cut this week, finished with the 125th spot on the money list and will retain his card for next season.
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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 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.