Irwin Captures 43rd Champions Tour Title

By Sports NetworkSeptember 4, 2005, 4:00 pm
2005 WalMart First Tee OpenPEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- Hale Irwin tallied four birdies in his final eight holes on Sunday to shoot a 4-under 68 and win the First Tee Open at Pebble Beach. He finished at 13-under-par 203 and won by a stroke over three players.
Defending champion Craig Stadler (67), Morris Hatalsky (67) and second-round co-leader Gil Morgan (69) shared second place at 12-under-par 204.
Hale Irwin
Hale Irwin parred the famed par-3 seventh at Pebble Beach en route to his 43rd Champions Tour victory.
Jim Thorpe (66), Bruce Fleisher (66) and Don Pooley (68) tied for fifth place at minus-11.
Irwin had a very up-and-down front side on Sunday as he shared the overnight lead with Morgan, but played the first 11 holes in even-par. Morgan cruised into the lead as he made it around the same span of holes in 3 under par.
Irwin's fortune changed at the par-3 12th. He drained a 45-foot birdie putt from the other side of the green to get to 10 under par for the championship. He made it two in a row with a 6-footer to reach 11 under par and trail Morgan and Stadler by a single stroke.
The par-5 14th knocked out both Morgan and Stadler. Stadler, a few groups ahead of Irwin and Morgan, knocked his third on the putting surface, but the ball spun back into the fairway. His pitch stopped 12 feet from the stick and he missed the putt to fall out of first.
Stadler wasted little time in getting back into the lead. He rolled in a 35-foot birdie putt at the 15th to get back to 12-under and soon the top spot would be his alone.
Morgan hit almost the same third shot into 14 and left with the same result, a bogey. Morgan would not make another birdie the rest of the way and fell down the board.
Irwin's approach at the 15th stopped 10 feet from the hole. He poured that birdie putt in and was now tied for the lead at 12 under par.
Hatalsky joined the lead with a short birdie putt at 16, but he and Stadler had to scramble to save pars at 17. Both found the bunker short of the green at 17, but both got up and down.
Irwin got a tad lucky on the par-3 17th. His ball hit the hill guarding the flagstick and slowed it down. The ball stopped 10 feet past the cup and he rolled it in for a birdie and the lead at minus-13.
Both Stadler and Hatalsky laid up short of the green with their second shots at Pebble Beach's famous par-5 closing hole. Neither left themselves with good birdie tries as Hatalsky two-putted from the top of the green 35 feet away and Stadler missed from 30 feet.
They waited to see if Irwin would slip up on his way into the clubhouse. His drive went a little right at 18 and he laid up to 149 yards. Irwin knocked his approach 25 feet left of the hole and he two-putted for his third win of the 2005 season and 43rd on the Champions Tour, extending his record further.
Mark McNulty fired a 7-under 65 on Sunday to finish alone in eighth at minus-10.
Jay Haas shot a 3-under 69 in the final round and Lonnie Nielsen managed a 1-under 71 to share ninth place at 8-under-par 206.
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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.