Hensby Jumps into Lead

By Sports NetworkOctober 17, 2003, 4:00 pm
MIDLAND, Texas -- Mark Hensby fired a 7-under 65 Friday to grab a one-stroke lead through two rounds of the Permian Basin Charity Classic. Hensby completed 36 holes at 10-under-par 134.
Jason Dufner posted a 6-under 66 to climb into second place. He stands alone there are 9-under-par 135. Sean Murphy posted his second straight 4-under 68 and shares third place at 8-under-par 136 with Sonny Skinner, who shot 5-under 67.
Hensby rolled in an eight-footer for birdie on the second at Midland Country Club to get his round going. He came right back with a 18-footer for birdie at the next and capped a run of three straight birdies with a two-putt birdie at the par-5 fourth.
He dropped a 5-iron within 15 feet for birdie at the eighth. Hensby, who won the rain-delayed Henrico County Open earlier this year, followed with a five-foot birdie putt at the ninth.
He made the turn at 5-under par 31 and coasted to the clubhouse.
Hensby chipped his third within eight feet to setup birdie at the par-5 15th. He came right back to drain a 15-footer for birdie at the next to cap a bogey-free round.
'It must be something in the water,' said Hensby. 'I'm playing well again here. I drove it pretty good and I putted well. I like this course.'
Dufner started his day three shots off the overnight lead. He quickly erased that deficit with birdies at the first, fifth and seventh. He capped a stellar front nine with a birdie at the par-4 ninth.
Around the turn, Dufner's run was temporarily sidetracked with a bogey at the 11th. He responded with back-to-back birdies from the 12th, however, to move to eight-under.
Dufner again notched two straight birdies, this time from the 16th, to grab a share of the lead at minus-10. However, he bogeyed the last to drop into second place.
'I didn't play so great tee to green,' Dufner said. 'I putted extremely well though. I'd rather be one up but I'm in good position.'
Murphy began his day two strokes behind overnight leader Rich Barcelo. Murphy dropped farther off the pace as he bogeyed the 15th and 16th, his sixth and seventh holes of the day.
He responded in fine fashion though as he birdied each of the next two holes to head to the front side even-par for his round.
Murphy, who owns six tour victories, birdied the second and fourth. He came right back with a birdie at the fifth and closed his round with a birdie at the seventh to tie for third.
'I got off to a slow start but after that I played pretty well,' said Murphy. 'The two birdies right after the two bogeys was a big key. I hit good smart shots on the back nine today.'
John Restino and Wes Short posted matching rounds of 5-under 67. They share fifth place at 7-under-par 137. Rick Price, Jeremy Wilkinson, David Branshaw, Jess Daley, Pete Jordan and Patrick Moore are one stroke further back at minus-6.
Barcelo, the overnight leader, stumbled to a 2-over 74. He is tied for 23rd place at 4-under-par 140.
The cut line came at 1-under-par 143. Tag Ridings, the 2002 champion, carded a 2-over 74 Friday to miss the cut by one stroke at even-par 144.
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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.