Harrington Trails Dredge by One in Scotland

By Sports NetworkOctober 7, 2006, 4:00 pm
2006 Dunhill Links Championship ST. ANDREWS, Scotland -- Bradley Dredge only managed a 1-under 71 on Saturday at Kingsbarns, but it was enough to stay in the lead after three rounds of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. He finished 54 holes at 13-under-par 202 and is one ahead with one round to go.
Padraig Harrington bogeyed his 16th and 17th holes on Saturday, but birdied 18 to polish off a 3-under 68 at Carnoustie. He is alone in second place at minus-12.
For the first three rounds, players competed over three courses -- Kingsbarns, Carnoustie and the Old Course at St. Andrews. Sunday's final round will be staged at St. Andrews.
American Edward Loar shot a 2-under 70 at St. Andrews and is alone in third place at 9-under-par 206. Ernie Els and Vijay Singh both played Carnoustie on Saturday with the South African posting an even-par 71 to Singh's 72. The pair is knotted at minus-8.
Temperatures were low at all three courses and, with the wind, all played difficultly on Saturday.
Dredge broke into red figures for the first time Saturday with a birdie at the par-5 third. He parred his next five holes, but dropped a shot at the par-5 ninth.
The Welshman reclaimed the lost stroke at the very next hole with a birdie at 10. Once again, Dredge went on a par run, which was a good score, with five in a row.
Dredge reached 14 under par thanks to a birdie at the par-5 16th, but that two-stroke margin was short-lived as he bogeyed No. 17. Dredge parred the closing hole to take a one-shot lead into Sunday.
Dredge will be in search of his third European Tour victory and second of the season. Last month, Dredge cruised to the winner's circle at the European Masters, something that will give him confidence in the final round.
'I take some confidence from my victory in Switzerland and I'm looking forward to tomorrow,' said Dredge. 'I will be playing with Padraig Harrington and he's a good guy, so I will enjoy that.'
Harrington tallied birdies at three and six to make the turn at 2-under-par 34. He drained a 20-foot birdie putt at the 10th, but bogeyed the par-4 11th.
The Irishman sank a 30-foot birdie putt at the 12th and converted a short birdie putt at 14. He was cruising up the leaderboard, but problems hit late in his round.
At the par-3 16th, Harrington missed a 3-footer for par. One hole later, Harrington was in a bunker with his second after some indecision about club choice and made another bogey.
Harrington got one back at 18 when his 8-foot birdie putt found the bottom of the cup.
'I played well early on and hit it superb for 11 holes,' said Harrington, who is still in the mix for the Order of Merit title with a win late in the season. 'Coming home, I hit some good and some bad shots and made some bogeys. While I was disappointed to make the bogeys it was a tough, tough golf course.'
Joakim Backstrom (67), 1999 British Open champion Paul Lawrie (72) and European Ryder Cupper Robert Karlsson (71) are knotted in sixth place at minus-7.
Simon Khan (71), Hennie Otto (71), Simon Dyson (75), Nick Dougherty (71), Anthony Wall (69) and another member of Ian Woosnam's victorious Ryder Cup team, Henrik Stenson (71), share ninth place at 6-under-par 209.
Several big-name players missed the 54-hole cut of 1-under-par 214. Paul McGinley (215), David Howell (217), defending champion Colin Montgomerie (220) and Darren Clarke (224) all missed Sunday's final round.
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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 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."

    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.