Jacobson Grabs Lead in Portugal

By Sports NetworkApril 17, 2003, 4:00 pm
ALGARVE, Portugal -- Fredrik Jacobson of Sweden fired a course-record 8-under-par 64 Thursday to take the lead after the opening round of the Algarve Open de Portugal. Greg Owen was two shots off the pace at 6-under-par 66.
Jacobson, who earned his first victory on the European Tour early this season at the Hong Kong Open, is making his first start since injuring his wrist at the Caltex Masters. The 28-year-old got things going with three consecutive birdies starting at the third and collected back-to-back birdies from the seventh to go out in 32.
'I went to see a doctor in Sweden but they couldn't find anything serious on the X-rays, it is probably just a little bit of inflammation,' said Jacobson. 'It is still there a little bit now but I can't rest any longer.
He shared the lead with Owen throughout the back nine and took sole possession of first with a birdie at the 15th. Owen matched him at 6-under with a birdie at the par-5 17th but Jacobson drained a 12-foot putt at the very same hole to regain the outright lead.
Jacobson then added a birdie at the last to shatter the course record by two strokes.
'I felt very comfortable once I had got started and made a few birdies,' said Jacobson. 'It is fair to say that I am amazed to have shot 64 because it has been such a long break and I am normally a bit of a slow starter. But it is nice to get a good round in.'
Owen also faired well in the afternoon. The Englishman torched the front nine with a stretch of four consecutive birdies starting at the par-4 second and added a birdie at the eight to make the turn at 5-under.
The 31-year-old stumbled with a bogey at the 14th but recovered with two birdies down the stretch to finish alone in second.
'It is nice to see yourself peppering the flag and that is what I'm working on with my brain trainer, just try and visualize what you do on your home course when you are out playing tournaments,' said Owen. 'It is the same game after all, just a different location.'
Bradley Dredge, who captured the Madeira Island Open last month, was joined by Carlos Rodiles in a tie for third at 3-under-par 69.
Graeme McDowell, Gustavo Rojas, Euan Little, Brian Davis and Van Phillips, who won this event in a playoff in 1999, were one shot further back at 2-under- par 70.
Anders Hansen, Klas Eriksson, Philip Walton, Mark Roe, Andrew Coltart, Marcel Siem, Lee S. James and David Lynn finished tied for 10th at 1-under-par 71.
A total of 17 players were under par at the difficult Vale do Lobo layout and the majority of the players in the field found themselves on the other end of the draw.
Two-time champion Phillip Price carded a 1-over 73 while fellow Ryder Cup member Lee Westwood's struggles continued with a dismal 81.

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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.