Hall of Famer Singh Leads in Houston

By Sports NetworkApril 21, 2005, 4:00 pm
2005 Shell Houston OpenHUMBLE, Texas -- Defending champion Vijay Singh fired an 8-under-par 64 on Thursday to tie the course record and lead after the opening round of the Shell Houston Open.
Gavin Coles shot a 7-under-par 65 to share second place with Brendan Jones.
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Vijay Singh had eight birdies and no bogeys in his round of 64.
Singh, who was voted into the Golf Hall of Fame on Wednesday, played the back side first at Redstone Golf Club and picked up his first birdie of the day at the par-5 12th. Singh then two-putted for a birdie at the par-5 15th and kept on rolling with a birdie at the par-4 16th.
'Things like that doesn't just sink in,' Singh said of being chosen for the Hall of Fame. 'It's no big deal at this particular moment. I mean, it's a great feeling to have, but I think weeks and months from now, it's going to be a really big deal for me.'
At the par-4 17th, Singh dropped an 8-iron inside 16 feet and drained the birdie putt to make it three in a row. The former No. 1 player in the world then dropped his approach within a foot of the hole for a tap-in birdie at the par-4 second to move to 5 under.
'It sets up for longer hitters if you're hitting the ball straight,' said Singh. 'I drove the ball pretty straight and pretty long. When you do that, you have a lot of looks at the holes for birdies.'
Singh hit a wedge to 4 feet at the par-4 sixth and converted the short birdie try before his second shot to the par-4 seventh landed within 4 feet of the hole. Singh rolled in the putt for another birdie to move to minus-7.
The 42-year-old closed his round in style at the par-5 ninth and pitched his third shot to a foot for another kick-in birdie.
'You've got to focus on what you're doing,' said Singh, a two-time winner of this event. 'My focus this week is coming out here and playing the Houston Open. This is my real focus.'
Coles ran off back-to-back birdies from the second and drained a 40-footer for a birdie at the par-3 fifth to jump to 3 under. Coles then birdied the sixth and knocked his tee shot inside 10 feet for a birdie at the par-3 eighth.
The Australian tallied a birdie at the ninth and sank a 30-foot putt for a birdie at the 12th. Coles dropped his tee shot within 3 feet for a birdie at the par-3 13th to join Singh at 8 under but he found trouble at the par-4 16th after his second shot landed in a greenside bunker.
Coles was unable to get up and down for his only bogey of the day. He then parred his two remaining holes to finish within one shot of Singh.
'I just kept hitting it on the fairway and hitting it on the green and a few went in,' said Coles. 'Just every time I sort of looked at it, I seemed to read the right line.'
Jones started with a bogey at the 10th, but recovered with three consecutive birdies beginning at the par-3 13th. The Australian then tallied four birdies on the front nine to join Coles in a tie for second.
Jeff Maggert, Jimmy Walker, Tim Herron, Ted Purdy, Chris Smith, Carl Paulson, Greg Owen and Brett Quigley are knotted at 5-under-par 67.
John Daly, Joe Ogilvie, Brian Bateman, Paul Claxton, Tom Byrum and Geoff Ogilvy are one shot further back at 4-under-par 68.
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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.

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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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    Quote of the day: "Shot 10 under par. There's not much more I can ask for." - Rahm

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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 Web.com 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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    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.