Gustafsson Tops European Q-School

By Sports NetworkNovember 16, 2004, 5:00 pm
European TourSAN ROQUE -- Peter Gustafsson of Sweden carded a 4-under 68 Tuesday on the Old Course at San Roque Golf Club to earn the top card at the European Tour Qualifying School Finals. Gustafsson finished the six-day event at 9-under-par 423 to lead a group of 39 players who will be advancing to the European Tour in 2005.
 
England's Simon Wakefield, who was tied for the lead heading into the final round, struggled to a 3-over 75 to take second place alone at 6-under- par 426. Frenchman Francois Delamontagne finished third at 5-under-par 427 while Stuart Manley of Wales and Italy's Francesco Molinari tied for fourth at 3-under-par 429.
 
Other notables who secured a spot on the European Tour next year were Sven Struver, Jarrod Moseley and Philip Walton.
 
'This is worse than the Ryder Cup, the stress out there is unreal,' said Walton, a veteran of the 1995 Ryder Cup Matches. 'This whole week is unreal but I've done it.'
 
The Spanish duo of Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano and Fernando Roca shared sixth place with Sweden's Joakim Backstrom and Adam Mednick at even-par 432. Richard Finch, Lars Petter Brovold and Pelle Edberg followed at 1-over-par 433.
 
A total of nine players finished on the mark in a tie for 31st at 7-over- par 439 including Neil Cheetham, who eagled the par-5 ninth, his last, to earn his card.
 
Among those missing out on their 2005 cards were former European Tour winners Diego Borrego and Mark Mouland.

1 Peter GUSTAFSSON 71 70 72 73 69 68 423
2 Simon WAKEFIELD 69 69 71 73 69 75 426
3 Francois DELAMONTAGNE 72 67 69 74 69 76 427
4 Francesco MOLINARI 79 71 70 70 70 69 429
5 Stuart MANLEY 73 69 71 72 72 72 429
6 Fernando ROCA 76 70 77 74 69 66 432
7 Joakim BACKSTROM 71 68 74 76 73 70 432
8 G'o FERNANDEZ-CASTANO 73 71 74 74 69 71 432
9 Adam MEDNICK 77 71 72 68 69 75 432
10 Richard FINCH 80 70 73 69 73 68 433
11 Pelle EDBERG 71 73 76 68 71 74 433
12 Lars BROVOLD 79 61 69 77 70 77 433
13 Johan SKOLD 76 75 71 75 68 70 435
14 Sven STRVER 75 69 70 73 75 73 435
15 Ben MASON 76 73 73 73 73 68 436
16 Simon HURD 76 73 70 72 75 70 436
17 Philip WALTON 76 74 69 73 73 71 436
18 Niki ZITNY 74 72 75 71 70 74 436
19 Jan-Are LARSEN 78 72 68 71 70 77 436
20 Stephen BROWNE 73 77 74 73 70 70 437
21 Andr CRUSE 79 69 73 74 71 71 437
22 Titch MOORE 74 69 78 73 72 71 437
23 Ian GARBUTT 74 73 73 73 72 72 437
24 Andrea MAESTRONI 73 69 71 79 73 72 437
25 Jarrod MOSELEY 73 78 70 73 74 70 438
26 Sam LITTLE 75 73 72 77 68 73 438
27 Andrew MCLARDY 74 74 73 72 70 75 438
28 Stuart LITTLE 74 70 74 74 71 75 438
29 Dean ROBERTSON 74 71 72 72 73 76 438
30 Gregory BOURDY 78 70 68 70 73 79 438
31 Neil CHEETHAM 72 74 74 76 74 69 439
32 Mark SANDERS 75 72 69 82 71 70 439
33 Benoit TEILLERIA 72 72 73 79 72 71 439
34 Matthew BLACKEY 77 76 68 74 71 73 439
35 Martin ERLANDSSON 72 76 73 73 72 73 439
36 Marco BERNARDINI 75 70 70 78 73 73 439
37 Michael JONZON 76 71 70 73 75 74 439
38 Hernan REY 75 69 71 75 75 74 439
39 David GRIFFITHS 72 70 70 73 79 75 439
 
Failed to Qualify
40 Michael HOEY 79 73 74 72 74 68 440
41 Adam GROOM 74 73 70 80 71 72 440
42 Andr BOSSERT 71 73 75 77 71 73 440
43 Cesar MONASTERIO 74 72 72 77 72 73 440
44 Oliver WHITELEY 71 73 74 74 75 73 440
45 Fredrik WIDMARK 74 76 74 74 68 74 440
46 Birgir HAFTHORSSON 75 69 69 80 73 74 440
47 Ariel CANETE 72 74 72 77 75 71 441
48 Johan KOK 76 76 69 77 71 72 441
49 Stuart DAVIS 74 76 74 71 73 73 441
50 Paul STREETER 76 70 75 73 71 76 441
51 Gianluca BARUFFALDI 73 72 74 72 74 76 441
52 Van PHILLIPS 76 71 73 76 76 70 442
53 Sebastien DELAGRANGE 82 70 68 77 71 74 442
54 Carlos DE CORRAL 73 74 72 75 74 74 442
55 Liam BOND 78 70 72 77 75 71 443
56 Diego BORREGO 72 74 75 76 74 72 443
57 Darren LENG 76 72 70 79 74 72 443
58 Paul MARANTZ 71 74 75 75 76 72 443
59 Richard MCEVOY 74 72 74 77 72 74 443
60 David HIGGINS 75 72 74 74 74 74 443
61 Bertrand CORNUT 78 68 77 74 71 75 443
62 Lee S JAMES 76 72 71 74 75 75 443
63 Jos Manuel CARRILES 75 71 76 72 72 77 443
64 David ORR 76 69 73 79 68 78 443
65 Knud STORGAARD 80 72 72 74 74 72 444
66 Colm MORIARTY 75 74 77 72 72 74 444
67 Johan EDFORS 80 71 71 72 74 76 444
68 Mark MOULAND 69 72 77 75 75 76 444
69 Julien VAN HAUWE 77 74 70 74 78 72 445
70 Andres ROMERO 78 70 74 75 73 75 445
71 Sam OSBORNE (AM) 76 70 75 75 73 76 445
72 Roope KAKKO 75 76 74 70 75 76 446
73 Gareth PADDISON 77 73 70 74 75 77 446
74 Nicolas COLSAERTS 71 70 79 77 74 76 447
75 Jeppe HULDAHL 74 72 74 75 82 71 448
76 Per G NYMAN 76 75 75 71 79 72 448
77 Tomas Jesus MU'OZ 74 73 76 75 75 75 448
78 Jeff HALL 71 73 72 77 78 77 448
79 Manuel QUIROS 74 75 75 74 75 76 449
80 Oyvind ROJAHN 80 69 73 74 77 76 449
81 Iain STEEL 71 77 73 77 74 77 449
82 Raphael PELLICIOLI 69 77 77 75 80 74 452
83 Carlos QUEVEDO 71 74 79 74 76 79 453
84 Gregory HANRAHAN 73 71 81 73 DQ
85 Roger CHAPMAN 76 71 74 77 RT
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Monty grabs lead entering final round in season-opener

By Associated PressJanuary 20, 2018, 4:00 am

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii – Colin Montgomerie shot a second straight 7-under 65 to take a two-shot lead into the final round of the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

The 54-year-old Scot, a six-time winner on the over-50 tour, didn't miss a fairway on Friday and made five birdies on the back nine to reach 14 under at Hualalai.

Montgomerie has made 17 birdies through 36 holes and said he will have to continue cashing in on his opportunities.

''We know that I've got to score something similar to what I've done – 66, 67, something like that, at least,'' Montgomerie said. ''You know the competition out here is so strong that if you do play away from the pins, you'll get run over. It's tough, but hey, it's great.''


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First-round co-leaders Gene Sauers and Jerry Kelly each shot 68 and were 12 under.

''I hit the ball really well. You know, all the putts that dropped yesterday didn't drop today,'' Kelly said. ''I was just short and burning edges. It was good putting again. They just didn't go in.''

David Toms was three shots back after a 66. Woody Austin, Mark Calcavecchia and Doug Garwood each shot 67 and were another shot behind.

Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, was six shots back after a 67.

The limited-field tournament on Hawaii's Big Island includes last season's winners, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.

''We've enjoyed ourselves thoroughly here,'' Montgomerie said. ''It's just a dramatic spot, isn't it? If you don't like this, well, I'm sorry, take a good look in the mirror, you know?''

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The missing link: Advice from successful tour pros

By Phil BlackmarJanuary 20, 2018, 1:24 am

Today’s topic is significant in that it underscores the direction golf is headed, a direction that has me a little concerned.

Now, more than ever, it has become the norm for PGA Tour players to put together a team to assist in all aspects of their career. These teams can typically include the player’s swing coach, mental coach, manager, workout specialist, dietician, physical therapist, short-game guru, doctor, accountant, nanny and wife. Though it often concerns me the player may be missing out when others are making decisions for them, that is not the topic.

I want to talk about what most players seem to be inexplicably leaving off their teams.

One of the things that separates great players from the rest of the pack – other than talent – is the great player’s ability to routinely stay comfortable and play with focus and clarity in all situations. Though innate to many, this skill is trainable and can be learned. Don’t get too excited, the details of such a plan are too long and more suited for a book than the short confines of this article.

So, if that aspect of the game is so important, where is the representative on the player’s team who has stood on the 18th tee with everything on the line? Where is the representative on the team who has experienced, over and over, what the player will be experiencing? In other words, where is the successful former tour player on the team?

You look to tennis and many players have such a person on their team. These teacher/mentors include the likes of Boris Becker, Ivan Lendl, Jimmy Connors and Brad Gilbert. Why is it not the norm in golf?

Sure, a few players have sought out the advice of Jack Nicklaus, but he’s not part of a team. The teaching ranks also include some former players like Butch Harmon and a few others. But how many teams include a player who has contended in a major, let alone won one or more?

I’m not here to argue the value and knowledge of all the other coaches who make up a player’s team. But how can the value of a successful tour professional be overlooked? If I’m going to ask someone what I should do in various situations on the course, I would prefer to include the experienced knowledge of players who have been there themselves.

This leads me to the second part of today’s message. Is there a need for the professional players to mix with professional teachers to deliver the best and most comprehensive teaching philosophy to average players? I feel there is.

Most lessons are concerned with changing the student’s swing. Often, this is done with little regard for how it feels to the student because the teacher believes the information is correct and more important than the “feels” of the student. “Stick with it until it’s comfortable” is often the message. This directive methodology was put on Twitter for public consumption a short time back:

On the other hand, the professional player is an expert at making a score and understands the intangible side of the game. The intangible side says: “Mechanics cannot stand alone in making a good player.” The intangible side understands “people feel things differently”; ask Jim Furyk to swing like Dustin Johnson, or vice versa. This means something that looks good to us may not feel right to someone else.

The intangible side lets us know that mechanics and feels must walk together in order for the player to succeed. From Ben Hogan’s book:

“What I have learned I have learned by laborious trial and error, watching a good player do something that looked right to me, stumbling across something that felt right to me, experimenting with that something to see if it helped or hindered, adopting it if it helped, refining it sometimes, discarding it if it didn’t help, sometimes discarding it later if it proved undependable in competition, experimenting continually with new ideas and old ideas and all manner of variations until I arrived at a set of fundamentals that appeared to me to be right because they accomplished a very definite purpose, a set of fundamentals which proved to me they were right because they stood up and produced under all kinds of pressure.”

Hogan beautifully described the learning process that could develop the swings of great players like DJ, Furyk, Lee Trevino, Jordan Spieth, Nicklaus, etc.

Bob Toski is still teaching. Steve Elkington is helping to bring us the insight of Jackie Burke. Hal Sutton has a beautiful teaching facility outside of Houston. And so on. Just like mechanics and feels, it’s not either-or – the best message comes from both teachers and players.

Lately, it seems the scale has swung more to one side; let us not forget the value of insights brought to us by the players who have best mastered the game.

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Woods, Rahm, Rickie, J-Day headline Torrey field

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 20, 2018, 12:47 am

Tiger Woods is set to make his 2018 debut.

Woods is still part of the final field list for next week’s Farmers Insurance Open, the headliner of a tournament that includes defending champion Jon Rahm, Hideki Matsuyama, Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler, Phil Mickelson and Jason Day.

In all, 12 of the top 26 players in the world are teeing it up at Torrey Pines.

Though Woods has won eight times at Torrey Pines, he hasn’t broken 71 in his past seven rounds there and hasn’t played all four rounds since 2013, when he won. Last year he missed the cut after rounds of 76-72, then lasted just one round in Dubai before he withdrew with back spasms.

After a fourth back surgery, Woods didn’t return to competition until last month’s Hero World Challenge, where he tied for ninth. 

Woods has committed to play both the Farmers Insurance Open and next month's Genesis Open at Riviera, which benefits his foundation. 

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Even on 'off' day, Rahm shoots 67 at CareerBuilder

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 20, 2018, 12:36 am

Jon Rahm didn’t strike the ball as purely Friday as he did during his opening round at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

He still managed a 5-under 67 that put him just one shot off the lead heading into the weekend.

“I expected myself to go to the range (this morning) and keep flushing everything like I did yesterday,” said Rahm, who shot a career-low 62 at La Quinta on Thursday. “Everything was just a little bit off. It was just one of those days.”


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After going bogey-free on Thursday, Rahm mixed four birdies and two bogeys over his opening six holes. He managed to settle down around the turn, then made two birdies on his final three holes to move within one shot of Andrew Landry (65).

Rahm has missed only five greens through two rounds and sits at 15-under 129. 

The 23-year-old Spaniard won in Dubai to end the year and opened 2018 with a runner-up finish at the Sentry Tournament of Champions. He needs a top-6 finish or better this week to supplant Jordan Spieth as the No. 2 player in the world.