Jones Leads Crowded Leaderboard

By Sports NetworkJuly 16, 2005, 4:00 pm
2005 BC OpenENDICOTT, N.Y. -- Brendan Jones fired a 6-under 66 on Saturday to move to the top of a crowded leaderboard after three rounds of the B.C. Open. Jones completed 54 holes at 19-under-par 197.
Arjun Atwal, who lost in a playoff at the BellSouth Classic in April, posted a 7-under 65 to climb into a tie for second place at 18-under-par 198. He was joined there by Ryan Palmer (67) and Jason Bohn (66).
J.P. Hayes ran off six straight birdies during his round, and nine birdies in a 10-hole stretch, but a double bogey on the 15th held him to an 8-under 64. He shares fifth place with John Rollins, David Hearn, first-round co-leader Matt Hendrix and second-round leader David Edwards at 17-under-par 199.
Jones parred his first four holes before climbing up the leaderboard. He sank a 10-foot birdie putt on the par-5 fifth. The Australian birdied the seventh and made it two in a row as he two-putted for birdie on the par-5 eighth at En-Joie Golf Club.
Jones, who won last year's LaSalle Bank Open on the Nationwide Tour, dropped a pitching-wedge 10 feet from the hole at the 11th and ran that putt in for birdie to get to minus-17.
The 30-year-old's second shot to the par-5 12th stopped within 9 feet of the cup. He drained the putt to jump into the lead at 19 under. Jones parred his final six holes to end one stroke shy of the 54-hole scoring mark.
'We were on the third tee when they blew the horn. I had just hit my tee ball,' said Jones of the mid-round weather delay. 'It gave me a good chance to get my mind back on things.
'I had missed birdie putts on the first couple of holes and hit my ball left of the cart path. But now I am in a position I want to be in. I'm excited about it. I'm just going to keep doing what I've been doing.'
Atwal got his round going with a birdie on the second. He then drained four birdies in a five-hole stretch from the fifth to jump to 16 under. Around the turn, the 32-year-old birdied 12 and 16 to share second place.
Bohn, whose lone top-25 finish this year came at the Buick Invitational where he shared 11th place, parred his first five holes. He sank a birdie putt on the sixth.
The 32-year-old converted consecutive birdie chances from the eighth. Around the turn, Bohn faltered to a bogey on the 11th. He came back with a birdie on the 12th.
Bohn made it two straight with a birdie on No. 13. He capped a run of three straight birdies as he birdied the 14th to get to minus-17. Bohn's final birdie came on the par-3 17th.
Palmer could have had the lead by himself if not for two back-nine bogeys. He eagled the third to jump to 15 under. The 28-year-old then birdied Nos. 5 and 8 to get to minus-17.
The defending champion at the Funai Classic slipped to a bogey on the 10th. He got that stroke back with a birdie on No. 12. Palmer got to 19-under with back-to-back birdies from the 16th. However, he bogeyed the last to drop into a tie for second place.
Jim McGovern, Michael Bradley and Mathias Gronberg share 10th place at 16-under-par 200. Chris Smith is one stroke further back at minus-15.
Joey Sindelar, the 1987 champion here, leads a group of six players at 14-under-par 202.
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    Rahm focusing on play, not shot at No. 1

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 23, 2018, 9:06 pm

    SAN DIEGO – Jon Rahm’s meteoric rise in the world rankings could end with him reaching No. 1 with a win this week at Torrey Pines.

    After winning last week at the CareerBuilder Challenge, his fourth title in 51 weeks, Rahm has closed the gap on Dustin Johnson – less than 1.5 average points separates them.

    With Johnson not playing this week, the 23-year-old Spaniard has a chance to reach the top spot for the first time, but only if he defends his title at the Farmers Insurance Open.

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    “Beating Dustin Johnson is a really, really hard task. It’s no easy task,” he said Tuesday. “We still have four days of golf ahead and we’ll see what happens. But I’ll try to focus more on what’s going on this week rather than what comes with it if I win.

    “I’ll try my best, that’s for sure. Hopefully it happens, but we all know how hard it is to win on Tour.”

    Rahm has already become the fourth-youngest player to reach No. 2 in the world, behind Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy. 

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    Rahm: Playoff wasn't friendly, just 'nervous'

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 23, 2018, 8:53 pm

    SAN DIEGO – Too chummy? Jon Rahm says he and Andrew Landry were just expending some nervous energy on the walk up to the fairway during the first playoff hole of the CareerBuilder Challenge.

    “I wouldn’t have been that nervous if it was friendly,” Rahm said with a smile Tuesday. “I think it was something he said because we were talking going out of the first tee.

    “I didn’t know Andrew – I think it was a pretty good time to get to know him. We had at least 10 minutes to ourselves. It’s not like we were supporting each other, right? We were both in it together, we were both nervous together, and I felt like talking about it might have eased the tension out of both of us.”

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    On Sunday, two-time U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange saw the exchange on TV and tweeted: “Walking off the tee talking to each other. Are you kidding me? Talking at all?”

    Strange followed up by saying that, in a head-to-head situation, the last thing he’d want to do was make his opponent comfortable. When his comments went viral, Strange tweeted at Rahm, who won after four holes: “Hopefully no offense taken on my comment yesterday. You guys are terrific. I’m a huge fan of all players today. Made an adverse comment on U guys talking during playoff. Not for me. A fan.”

    Not surprisingly, the gregarious Rahm saw things differently.

    “We only talked going out of the first tee up until the fairway,” he said. “Besides that, all we said was, ‘Good shot, good putt, see you on the next tee.’ That’s what it was reduced to. We didn’t say much.” 

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    Tiger grouped with Reed, Hoffman at Torrey Pines

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 23, 2018, 8:35 pm

    SAN DIEGO – Tiger Woods will make his 2018 debut alongside Patrick Reed and Charley Hoffman.

    The threesome will go off Torrey Pines’ South Course at 1:40 p.m. ET Thursday at the Farmers Insurance Open. They begin at 12:30 p.m. Friday on the North Course.

    Woods is an eight-time winner at Torrey Pines, including the 2008 U.S. Open, but he hasn’t broken 70 in his last seven rounds on either course. Last year, he shot rounds of 76-72 to miss the cut.

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    Reed, who has grown close to Woods after being in his pod during the past two international team competitions, is coming off a missed cut last week at the CareerBuilder Challenge. Hoffman, a San Diego native, has only two top-10s in 20 career starts at Torrey.

    Other featured groups for the first two rounds include:

    • Jon Rahm, Jason Day and Brandt Snedeker: 1:30 p.m. Thursday off South 1, 12:20 p.m. Friday off North 10

    • Rickie Fowler, Patrick Cantlay, Xander Schauffele: 12:30 p.m. Thursday off North 10, 1:30 p.m. Friday off South 1

    • Phil Mickelson, Justin Rose, Hideki Matsuyama: 12:40 p.m. Thursday off North 10, 1:40 p.m. Friday off South 1

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    Singh's lawsuit stalls as judge denies motion

    By Rex HoggardJanuary 23, 2018, 7:54 pm

    Vijay Singh’s attempts to speed up the proceedings in his ongoing lawsuit against the PGA Tour have been stalled, again.

    Singh – who filed the lawsuit in New York Supreme Court in May 2013 claiming the Tour recklessly administered its anti-doping program when he was suspended, a suspension that was later rescinded – sought to have the circuit sanctioned for what his attorneys argued was a frivolous motion, but judge Eileen Bransten denied the motion earlier this month.

    “While the court is of the position it correctly denied the Tour’s motion to argue, the court does not agree that the motion was filed in bad faith nor that it represents a ‘persistent pattern of repetitive or meritless motions,’” Bransten said.

    It also doesn’t appear likely the case will go to trial any time soon, with Bransten declining Singh’s request for a pretrial conference until a pair of appeals that have been sent to the court’s appellate division have been decided.

    “What really should be done is settle this case,” Bransten said during the hearing, before adding that it is, “unlikely a trail will commence prior to 2019.”

    The Tour’s longstanding policy is not to comment on ongoing litigation, but earlier this month commissioner Jay Monahan was asked about the lawsuit.

    “I'll just say that we're going through the process,” Monahan said. “Once you get into a legal process, and you've been into it as long as we have been into it, I think it's fair to assume that we're going to run it until the end.”