Gutschewski Gets First Win

By Sports NetworkOctober 5, 2003, 4:00 pm
Nationwide TourSEASIDE, Calif. -- Scott Gutschewski posted an even-par 72 Sunday to coast to his first career Nationwide Tour victory at the Monterey Peninsula Classic. He completed the event at with a tournament-record score of 12-under-par 276.
 
Michael Allen fired a 5-under 67 to climb into second place. He was joined at 8-under-par 280 by Rich Barcelo and Zach Johnson, at two-time winner this season.
 
Gutschewski set all sorts of scoring records en route to the title. He established new 54- and 72-hole scoring marks and became the first player in the four-year history of the event to reach double figures under par.
 
'I thought I could win out here,' said Gutschewski. 'You always think you can win and know you can win, but doing it is a whole different animal. There are no tricks to this golf course. It's right there in front of you. I don't know what it was, but me and the course got along pretty good this week.'
 
Gutschewski opened the day with a four-stroke lead and quickly extended that. He birdied each of the first two holes at the Seaside Resort & Spa's Bayonet Golf Course to climb to 14 under.
 
Prior to this year's tournament, no player had climbed higher than 8 under par. Kyle Thompson had reached 9 under on Friday, but dropped three shots over his next two holes and never was a factor the rest of the tournament.
 
Gutschewski meanwhile, settled down and actually began to look human. Leading by eight strokes, he bogeyed the fourth and fifth to drop back to minus-12.
 
He responded in fine fashion though as he birdied Nos. 6 and 7 to get back to 14 under. He reeled off six straight pars around the turn. He dropped a shot at the 14th and another at the 16th dropping his final margin to four strokes.
 
'I was looking at the board all day so I knew where I stood,' said Gutschewski, who with the victory earns a berth into the 2004 Pebble Beach National Pro-Am championship. 'You just never know what's going to happen. Every hole is a double bogey waiting to happen and you don't have to hit that bad a golf shot to do it.'
 
Gutschewski has used a sponsor's invitation to the Omaha Classic in early August as a catalyst for his outstanding play. He ran off five consecutive top-25 finishes, which gave him a spot in the following weeks' field. He has made seven of eight cuts. He also earned a special temporary membership on the Nationwide Tour with his strong play.
 
He climbed to 65th on the tour money list entering this event. Thanks to the $81,000 first place check, Gutschewski leaps to 23rd on the money list, nearly guaranteeing him his PGA Tour card for the 2004 season which goes to the top 20 finishers on the money list.
 
'The pressure wasn't as much today,' Gutschewski said. 'For five weeks in a row, every putt I hit was big. If I lip out one putt in those weeks that went in, I'm not event here today.'
 
Barcelo, playing in the final group with Gutschewski and Joe Ogilvie, mixed two bogeys and a birdie over his opening nine holes. Around the turn, he carded two birdies and a bogey to cap an even-par round of 72.
 
Allen ran off three straight birdies to open his round. He dropped a shot at the seventh, but came back around the turn to eagle the par-5 10th. He bogeyed the 12th, but closed with birdies on the 14th and 18th for a round of 5-under 67, one of just six rounds in the 60s during the final round.
 
Johnson, who won the Rheem Classic and the Envirocare Utah Classic earlier this season, birdied four holes on the front nine to get to 8 under. On the back nine, he posted a bogey and a birdie for a round of 4-under 68 and a share of second place.
 
Roland Thatcher, who was looking to become the first Nationwide Tour player to ever win the same event in back-to-back years, was never a factor. He finished at 5-over-par 293.
 
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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.

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    Defending champ Gana co-leads Latin America Amateur

    By Randall MellJanuary 20, 2018, 11:20 pm

    Toto Gana moved into early position to try to win a return trip to the Masters Saturday by grabbing a share of the first-round lead at the Latin America Amateur Championship.

    The defending champ posted a 3-under-par 68 at Prince of Wales Country Club in his native Chile, equaling the rounds of Argentina’s Mark Montenegro and Colombia’s Pablo Torres.

    They are one shot ahead of Mexico’s Alvaro Ortiz and Mario Carmona, Argentina’s Horacio Carbonetti and Jaime Lopez Rivarola and the Dominican Republic’s Rhadames Pena.

    It’s a bunched leaderboard, with 19 players within three shots of each at the top of the board in the 72-hole event.

    “I think I have my game under control,” said Gana, 20, a freshman at Lynn University. “I hit the ball very well, and I also putted very well. So, I am confident about tomorrow.”

    The LAAC’s champion will get more than a Masters invitation. He also will be exempt into the The Amateur, the U.S. Amateur and any other USGA event he is eligible to play this year. The champion and players who finish runner-up are also exempt into the final stages of qualifying for The Open and the U.S. Open.

    The LAAC was founded by the Masters, the R&A and the USGA, with the purpose of further developing amateur golf in South America, Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean.