Irwin One Back Play Reduced to 36

By Sports NetworkFebruary 26, 2005, 5:00 pm
2005 Outback Pro-Am 125LUTZ, Fla.-- Morris Hatalsky posted a 4-under 67 Saturday to move to the top of the leaderboard during the second round of the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am. Hatalsky completed two rounds at 7-under-par 135.
 
The first round was suspended Friday due to heavy rain. That round was completed Saturday and 54 of the 76 players were still on the course when the second round was halted for the day due to darkness 5:55 p.m. ET.
 
With more bad weather in the forecast for Sunday, the event has officially been reduced to 36 holes for the first time in tournament history. Players will return to the course Sunday morning at 8:00 a.m. to finish the tournament.
 
'We had every intention of trying to play 54 holes, but a combination of the weather and cool temperatures this morning made things play slower than normal,' said Champions Tour tournament director Bruce Sudderth. 'We determined that we did not have enough time to complete round two in a reasonable amount of time to begin round three and finish the event.
 
'Champions Tour tournament regulations stipulate that when 50-percent of the field completes nine holes of their second round, we are bound to complete 36 holes of the tournament and we will do that either Sunday or if need be, on Monday. We do not have a good weather forecast, but our goal tomorrow is to finish the event.'
 
The Champions Tour's all-time wins leader, Hale Irwin, stands alone in second place at 6 under par through three holes of his second round at the TPC of Tampa Bay.
 
Wayne Levi and Don Pooley each posted rounds of 3-under 68 to move to 5-under-par 137. They were joined in a tie for third place by 2004 champion Mark McNulty, who has played three holes, and Vicente Fernandez, who is through two holes.
 
Hatalsky completed his first round Saturday morning. He carded two birdies and one bogey over his final six holes. In his second round, the San Diego-native tripped to a bogey at the first after his approach shot flew the green.
 
The 53-year-old bounced back with a birdie at the seventh. Hatalsky made it two straight as he drained a 20-foot birdie try at the par-4 eighth.
 
Around the turn, Hatalsky birdied the 13th from 6 feet out to get to minus-5. The two-time winner on the Champions Tour made it two in a row as his birdie attempt at the 14th dropped into the cup.
 
Hatalsky drained the fifth birdie of his round at No. 17 to move to 7 under and atop the leaderboard.
 
'Tough day out there with the wind conditions,' Hatalsky said. 'The course is playing longer. I heard after the 14th hole that this would be a 36-hole event. I felt like this was the scenario that would be developing all along.'
 
Irwin played his entire first round Saturday. He posted a 5-under 66 thanks to four birdies and an eagle on the back nine.
 
He started his second round on the 10th tee and collected a birdie at the par-5 12th before play was halted for the night.
 
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    DJ shoots 64 to surge up leaderboard in Abu Dhabi

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 1:48 pm

    Dustin Johnson stood out among a star-studded three-ball that combined to shoot 18 under par with just one bogey Friday at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

    Shaking off a sloppy first round at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Johnson matched the low round of the day with a 64 that put him within four shots of Thomas Pieters’ lead.

    “I did everything really well,” Johnson said. “It was a pretty easy 64.”

    Johnson made four bogeys during an even-par 72 on Thursday and needed a solid round Friday to make the cut. Before long, he was closer to the lead than the cut line, making birdie on three of the last four holes and setting the pace in a group that also included good rounds from Rory McIlroy (66) and Tommy Fleetwood (68).

    Coming off a blowout victory at Kapalua, Johnson is searching for his first regular European Tour title. He tied for second at this event a year ago.

    Johnson’s second-round 64 equaled the low round of the day (Jorge Campillo and Branden Grace). 

    “It was just really solid all day long,” Johnson said. “Hit a lot of great shots, had a lot of looks at birdies, which is what I need to do over the next two days if I want to have a chance to win on Sunday.” 

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    Closing eagle moves Rory within 3 in Abu Dhabi

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 12:57 pm

    What rust? Rory McIlroy appears to be in midseason form.

    Playing competitively for the first time since Oct. 8, McIlroy completed 36 holes without a bogey Friday, closing with an eagle to shoot 6-under 66 to sit just three shots back at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

    “I’m right in the mix after two days and I’m really happy in that position,” he told reporters afterward.

    McIlroy took a 3 ½-month break to heal his body, clear his mind and work on his game after his first winless year since 2008, his first full season as a pro.

    He's back on track at a familiar playground, Abu Dhabi Golf Club, where he’s racked up eight top-11s (including six top-3s) in his past nine starts there.


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    McIlroy opened with a 69 Thursday, then gave himself even more chances on Day 2, cruising along at 4 under for the day when he reached the par-5 closing hole. After launching a 249-yard long iron to 25 feet, he poured in the eagle putt to pull within three shots of Thomas Pieters (65). 

    Despite the layoff, McIlroy edged world No. 1 Dustin Johnson, coming off a blowout victory at Kapalua, by a shot over the first two rounds. 

    “DJ is definitely the No. 1 player in the world right now, and one of, if not the best, driver of the golf ball," McIlroy said. "To be up there with him over these first two days, it proves to me that I’m doing the right things and gives me a lot of confidence going forward.”

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    Duke to fill in for injured Pavin at CareerBuilder

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 12:25 pm

    Ken Duke will fill in for Corey Pavin for the next two rounds of the CareerBuilder Challenge – with nothing at stake but his amateur partner’s position on the leaderboard.

    Pavin was 4 over par when he withdrew after 17 holes Thursday because of a neck injury. Tournament officials phoned Duke, the first alternate, and asked if he would take Pavin’s spot and partner with Luis Lopez for the next two rounds, even though he would not receive any official money.

    Duke accepted and explained his decision on Twitter:

    Playing on past champion’s status, the 48-year-old Duke has made only four starts this season, with a best finish of a tie for 61st at the RSM Classic.

    Pavin received a sponsor exemption into the event, his first PGA Tour start since the 2015 Colonial. 

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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.