Haas Jake Go Low in Newport Beach

By Sports NetworkMarch 10, 2007, 5:00 pm
2007 Toshiba ClassicNEWPORT BEACH, California -- Jay Haas fired a 7-under 64 on Saturday to move into sole possession of the lead after the second round of the Toshiba Classic. He stands at 13-under-par 129 and is one clear at Newport Beach Country Club.
Peter Jacobsen, one week removed from laser back surgery, also posted a 64 in round two and is alone in second place at minus-12. R.W. Eaks, one of six co- leaders after the first round, carded a 5-under 66 on Saturday and has third to himself at 11-under-par 131.
Ben Crenshaw, also a co-leader from Friday, shot a 4-under 67 as he looks for his first Champions Tour win. He is tied for fourth place with Joe Ozaki, who posted a 64, at minus-10.
Haas was also atop the leaderboard after the first round and wasted little time in distancing himself from the pack. From the right rough, Haas hit a beautiful approach to three feet to set up birdie at the second. He birdied the par-5 third, then drained a six-footer at four to polish off three consecutive birdies.
The reigning Champions Tour Player of the Year birdied the seventh to reach 10 under par for the championship. He closed his front nine with another strong iron shot from the rough, this time a 9-iron at the ninth that stopped three feet from the flagstick. Haas kicked in the birdie putt and moved into the lead.
Haas struggled to get anything going on at the start of his second nine. He parred his first five holes on the back side at Newport Beach and some times missed some makable birdie tries.
He was now tied for the lead with Jacobsen and Eaks at 11 under par when he missed the green with his second at the par-5 16th. Haas nearly found the surface, but instead played his third to 10 feet. He drained the birdie putt to move into sole possession of first at minus-12.
Haas hit an errant drive at 16, but saved par. He used a 7-iron at the par-3 17th and stuck his ball three feet from the hole. Haas converted the birdie putt to extend his margin to two.
At the par-5 closing hole, Haas could not reach the green with his second shot. He played a nice shot to eight feet, but could not make the birdie effort.
Despite the missed opportunity at the last, Haas is still in control as he seeks his first win of the season on the elder circuit. He has two runner-ups and is second in both earnings and Charles Schwab Cup points, but would like to return to the winner's circle.
'The shots are there if you can pull them off,' said Haas. 'I had a hot putter today. Who knows what it's going to take to win here? There are a lot of good scores being shot.'
Jacobsen was equally strong on Saturday. He birdied one and three, then bogeyed the eighth, but that would be the last mistake of the round for Jacobsen.
He birdied the ninth, chipped in for birdie at the 10th, then birdied No. 11 to get to 9 under par. Jacobsen chipped in again for birdie, this time from short of the green at 14, and tapped in a short birdie putt to get to minus-11 at the 15th.
At the closing hole, Jacobsen left himself a four-footer for birdie. He drained that putt to get within one of Haas' lead as he looks for his third Champions Tour win and first non-major.
'From the operating room, to the interview room,' joked Jacobsen, whose only two wins on the tour are the 2004 U.S. Senior Open and 2005 Senior Players Championship. 'The guy we're all chasing is so good with his short clubs and putter that I'm going to have to continue to chip and putt like I did to have any chance.'
Tom Purtzer, the fourth overnight co-leader, shot a 3-under 68 and is tied for sixth place with Craig Stadler (64), Rich Karbowski (66) and Bruce Lietzke (66) at minus-nine.
Eduardo Romero and Fuzzy Zoeller, the final co-leaders from Friday, both shot rounds of 2-under 69 and share 10th place with Mark O'Meara, who posted a 5-under 66 on Saturday. The trio is knotted at 8-under-par 134.
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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 played a six-hole stretch in 6 under and shot an 8-under 64 in breezy conditions Saturday to take the lead at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

    Cook began the run at La Quinta Country Club with birdies on Nos. 4-5, eagled the sixth and added birdies on No. 7 and 9 to make the turn in 6-under 30.

    After a bogey on the 10th, he birdied Nos. 11, 12 and 15 and saved par on the 18th with a 20-footer to take a 19-under 197 total into the final round on PGA West's Stadium Course. The 26-year-old former Arkansas player is making his first start in the event. He won at Sea Island in November for his first PGA Tour title.

    Fellow former Razorbacks star Andrew Landry and Martin Piller were a stroke back. Landry, the second-round leader, had a 70 on the Stadium Course. Piller, the husband of LPGA tour player Gerina Piller, shot a 67 at La Quinta. They are both winless on the PGA Tour.

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    Jon Rahm had a 70 at the Stadium Course to reach 17 under. The top-ranked player in the field at No. 3, 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.

    Scott Piercy also was two strokes back after a 66 at the Stadium.

    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 PGA West's Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course, and Harkins shot 68 on the Stadium Course.

    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 Course 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. The Southern California recruit had three early straight double bogeys in a 77 on the Stadium that left him 1 over for the week.

    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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    Mickelson 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.

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    LAAC returning to Casa de Campo in 2019

    By Randall MellJanuary 20, 2018, 8:23 pm

    The Latin America Amateur Championship will return to Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic in 2019 (Jan. 17-20), event organizers announced Saturday in Chile, where this year’s championship is underway.

    The LAAC champion receives an invitation to play the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club every spring.

    The champion is also exempt into The Amateur, the U.S. Amateur and any other USGA event for which he is eligible to compete. 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.

    The championship got its start in 2015 with Chile’s Matias Dominguez winning at Pilar Golf in Argentina. In 2016, Casa de Campo hosted, with Costa Rica’s Paul Chaplet winning. At 16, he became the first player from Central America to compete in the Masters. In 2017, Chile’s Toto Gana won the title at  Club de Golf de Panama.