Jake Wins GHO Again - 19 Years Later

By Sports NetworkJuly 27, 2003, 4:00 pm
CROMWELL, Conn. -- Peter Jacobsen returned to the winner's circle on the PGA Tour for the first time in eight years Sunday when he captured the Greater Hartford Open. He posted a 3-under 67 to finish at 14-under-par 266, which was good for a two-shot victory over Chris Riley.
This marks Jacobsen's first win on tour since the Buick Invitational in 1995, which was the second of his titles that year as he won at Pebble Beach as well. Jacobsen captured this championship in 1984 for his third title, and now 19 years later, it's victory No. 7.
'When I was 30 years old I thought I should have won every week,' said Jacobsen, whose $720,000 first-prize check is 10 times the size of his winnings in 1984. 'You think you're going to do it again and again. It doesn't happen that way. I think it makes this victory that much sweeter. I think I'll appreciate it a lot more.'
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Riley sent two balls out of bounds but still managed a 2-under 68 on Sunday. Todd Fischer fired a 5-under 65 to come in third place at 11-under-par 269, which was his highest finish on the PGA Tour.
Jacobsen was in charge from the beginning with a one-shot lead and he added another birdie at the third when he knocked a pitching wedge to 10 feet. At the par-4 fourth, Jacobsen missed the green but putted in from a collection area to the right of the putting surface.
He dropped a shot thanks to a missed three-footer at No. 5, but from there, Jacobsen holed clutch par saves until a turning point at No. 13. Kenny Perry, who was playing in front of Jacobsen, birdied the hole to reach 11-under par and get within one of the lead. Jacobsen then got aggressive with his approach at the par-5 hole. He laced a 3-iron to the right side of the green and lagged his eagle putt to six feet where he rolled home the birdie putt.
Perry drove into water at 17 and Riley was too far behind so Jacobsen had to negotiate the difficult closing holes at the TPC at River Highlands. Riley chipped in for eagle at the 15th so he had the honor on 16 and Jacobsen benefited from seeing Riley. Jacobsen hit a 7-iron and made a routine par but the 17th and 18th still remained.
Jacobsen blew a 3-wood down the right side of the fairway near the water but had only a lob-wedge left to the hole. He spun the ball back to four feet to set up birdie and put the finishing touches on the win.
He had some trouble at 18 when he drove into the right rough but made par to earn the two-stroke victory.
'I drove it very well and hit a lot of good iron shots,' said Jacobsen. 'It feels great. I was thinking out there today, this is the first tournament back, two-year anniversary from when I had hip surgery.'
Jacobsen is eight months shy of his 50th birthday and a date on the Champions Tour, but he may need to re-think his strategy for next season.
'I was planning on playing the Champions Tour next year when I turn 50,' said Jacobsen. 'Now, I don't know what I'm going to do. It's a nice problem to have.'
Riley opened the round one shot behind Jacobsen but struggled out of the gate, hitting his first tee shot out of bounds. He hit another one out of bounds but recovered with a chip-in eagle at 15 that was just too late.
'You just can't hit two balls out of bounds on Sunday and win an event,' Riley said. 'You know how the crowds are here in Hartford. They're just huge. Maybe I got a little caught up in the moment.'
Perry finished with a 69 to tie for fourth place with Steve Pate (67) and Craig Barlow (69) at 10-under-par 270. Briny Baird (66), Joe Durant (68) and Robert Damron (69) shared seventh at minus-9.
Shaun Micheel fired a 65 and took 10th place at 8-under-par 272.
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    After Further Review: Tiger's return comes at perfect time

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 2:19 am

    Each week, GolfChannel.com takes a look back at the week in golf. Here's what's weighing on our writers' minds.

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    It’s a good time for golf. - Rex Hoggard

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    There have been scores of talented European players whose skills didn’t translate to the PGA Tour … and maybe, in a few years, Tommy Fleetwood will prove to be no different.

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    Rahm passes Spieth to become world No. 2

    By Nick MentaJanuary 22, 2018, 1:25 am

    With his win Sunday at the CareerBuilder Challenge, Jon Rahm picked up his second PGA Tour victory and moved to No. 2 in the FedExCup points standings.

    He picked up one more No. 2, too.

    The 23-year-old Spaniard passed Jordan Spieth to move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking, behind only Dustin Johnson.

    In 19 months, since June 2016, Rahm has rocketed from No. 776 in the world to No. 2, thanks in part to his low divisor, his number of events played.

    Asked after his playoff victory over Andrew Landry to discuss his rapid ascent up the world rankings, Rahm was almost at a loss.

    “It's hard to believe to be honest, passing Jordan Spieth,” he said. “That's a three-time major champion. I only have two wins. He's got 10-plus, right? It's again – I've said it many times – I never thought I was going to be at this point in my life right now.”

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    Dating back to the start of last season on the PGA Tour, Rahm has racked up 12 top-10s, three runner-ups, and two wins.

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    Brady compares self to Woods after winning AFC title

    By Jason CrookJanuary 22, 2018, 1:05 am

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    Rahm beats Landry in playoff to win CareerBuilder

    By Nick MentaJanuary 22, 2018, 1:00 am

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    Leaderboard: Rahm (-22), Landry (-22), John Huh (-20), Adam Hadwin (-20), Martin Piller (-20), Kevin Chappell (-19), Scott Piercy (-19)

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    Rahm missed birdie putts that would have ended the tournament on the final hole of regulation and on each playoff hole. Finally, on his fourth trip down 18 of the day, his birdie bid found the cup. With the victory, Rahm passes Jordan Spieth to move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking, trailing only Dustin Johnson. He enters next week at Torrey Pines looking to defend for the first time.

    Best of the rest: A two-time Web.com winner playing his second full season on the PGA Tour, Landry shot 68 Sunday, making birdie on the 72nd hole to force extras. Once Rahm finally made birdie on the fourth playoff hole, Landry's putt to extend slid by on the right edge. This is Landry's best career finish on the PGA Tour. Had he won, he would have secured full Tour status through the 2019-20 season and earned invites to the Masters, Players, and PGA Championships.

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