Kjeldsen In Control in Scotland

By Sports NetworkJune 21, 2003, 4:00 pm
PERTHSHIRE, Scotland -- Soren Kjeldsen carded a 5-under 67 on Saturday to take a commanding lead after 54 holes of The Diageo Championship at Gleneagles. He stands at 9-under-par 207 and owns a five-shot lead over Paul Broadhurst and Alastair Forsyth.
Defending champion Adam Scott got back into the tournament with a third-round 66 and is alone in fourth place at 3-under-par 213.
'Defending a title is important and you want to hang on to it for as long as possible,' said Scott. 'Yesterday was disappointing because the poor way I finished almost shot myself out of the tournament. But I am playing well enough to win and all I need is to get a couple of putts going my way.'
Kjeldsen, who opened the third round with a one-shot lead, flew out of the gate Saturday. He drained a three-foot birdie putt at the first, two-putted for birdie at two and sank a 15-footer for birdie at the third to get to 7-under par for the tournament.
The Dane cooled off with three pars in a row from the fourth but after that run, it was back to birdies for Kjeldsen. He holed a pair of 10-footers at seven and eight to go to minus-9and take a firm edge over the rest of the field.
'Birdieing the first three holes and going out in 31 was unbelievable,' said Kjeldsen. 'I felt really good on the range and I knew what I was doing. I felt good out there and started making a few putts.'
Kjeldsen kept it going on the back nine when he ran home a 20-foot birdie putt at No. 11. He ran into trouble at the next, the par-5 12th, when his second shot landed in the rough and he failed to reach the putting surface with his third. Kjeldsen missed a 20-footer to save par but none of his competitors were threatening his lead.
Kjeldsen got back on track with a five-foot birdie putt at the 13th but once again, trouble loomed for the 28-year-old. At the 15th, Kjeldsen dropped his approach in a greenside bunker and he blasted out 15 feet long and right of the hole. He missed the par save and also missed an 18-footer to save par at No. 17 after his 4-iron approach missed the green right.
At Gleneagles' par-5 closing hole, Kjeldsen laid up short of the green with a 4-wood, then knocked his third to 12 feet. He made the putt to regain a five-shot lead and put himself in good position for his first victory on the European Tour.
'When I started this tournament, I felt I was playing well and my main goal was to give myself a chance on Sunday,' said Kjeldsen. 'I was leading going into today and I felt really good with it. I don't know how I'll feel tomorrow morning.'
Broadhurst started slowly on Saturday with a poor drive at the first and a bad 7-iron at six. He bogeyed both holes but rebounded with a birdie at No. 9. He tapped in a three-footer for birdie at the 12th and closed his round with a 20-foot birdie putt at No. 18.
'I struggled off the tee today,' admitted Broadhurst. 'The confidence in that part of the game wasn't there and that was the difference. But I hung in well and when I was 2-over after six, who knows what might have happened, I could have been looking at a 78.'
Forsyth was 2-under as he made his way to the 13th tee. He holed a four-foot birdie putt at the hole and added a 12-footer at No. 16. Forsyth bogeyed the 17th to lose possession of second place but all in all, the Scotsman was happy with his round on Saturday.
'Overall I'm pretty pleased with the way things went today,' he said. 'I played well, and drove the ball well around here which is crucial to give yourself a chance, largely kept out of trouble and in play.'
Colin Montgomerie (69), Stephen Gallacher (67) and Miguel Angel Martin (70) share fifth place at 2-under-par 214. Paul Casey (68), Gary Orr (72) and Rolf Muntz (73) are tied for eighth at minus-1.

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    Rahm manages frustration, two back at CareerBuilder

    By Randall MellJanuary 21, 2018, 1:21 am

    Jon Rahm managed the winds and his frustrations Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge to give himself a chance to win his fourth worldwide title in the last year.

    Rahm’s 2-under-par 70 on the PGA West Stadium Course left him two shots off the lead going into the final round.

    “I wasn’t really dealing with the wind that much,” Rahm said of his frustrations. “I was dealing with not being as fluid as I was the last two days.”

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    The world’s No. 3 ranked player opened with a 62 at La Quinta Country Club on Thursday and followed it up with a 67 on Friday at PGA West. He made six birdies and four bogeys on the Stadium Course on Saturday.

    “The first day, everything was outstanding,” Rahm said. “Yesterday, my driver was a little shaky but my irons shots were perfect. Today, my driver was shaky and my irons shots were shaky. On a course like this, it’s punishing, but luckily on the holes where I found the fairway I was able to make birdies.”

    Rahm is projected to move to No. 2 in the world rankings with a finish of sixth or better on Sunday.

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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 hit a hybrid into the fairway bunker on the par-4 18th on a breezy Saturday afternoon at La Quinta Country Club, then chunked a wedge and raced a chip 20 feet past the hole.

    Kip Henley, the longtime PGA Tour caddie who guided Cook to a breakthrough victory at Sea Island in November, stepped in to give the 26-year-old former Arkansas star a quick pep talk.

    ''Kip said, 'Let's finish this like we did on the first day at the Nicklaus Course.' We made a big par putt on 18 there and he said, 'Let's just do the same thing. Let's get this line right and if you get the line right it's going in.'''

    It did, giving Cook an 8-under 64 and a one-stroke lead in the CareerBuilder Challenge going into the final round on the Stadium Course at PGA West. Fellow former Razorback Andrew Landry and Martin Piller were tied for second, and Jon Rahm and Scott Piercy were a another stroke back after a tricky day in wind that didn't get close to the predicted gusts of 40 mph.

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    ''I know that I wouldn't have wanted to play the Stadium today,'' Cook said. ''I think we got a great draw with the courses that we got to play on the days that we got to play them.''

    Cook played the final six holes on the front nine in 6 under with an eagle and four birdies.

    ''Starting on my fourth hole, I was able to make a birdie and kind of get the ball rolling and it never really stopped rolling,'' Cook said. ''Kip and I were doing really good at seeing the line on the greens.''

    After a bogey on 10, he birdied 11, 12 and 15 and parred the final three to get to 19-under 197.

    ''I think that tonight the nerves, the butterflies, all that will kind of be a little less,'' Cook said. ''I've been in the situation before and I was able to finish the job on Sunday. I think it would be a little different if I didn't play like I did on Sunday at Sea Island.''

    He's making his first start in the event.

    ''I came in from Hawaii on Monday, so I only had two days to prepare for three courses,'' Cook said.

    Landry, the second-round leader, had a 70 at the Stadium. Piller, the husband of LPGA tour player Gerina Piller, shot a 67 at La Quinta. Winless on the PGA Tour, they will join Cook in the final threesome.

    ''Piller's a good guy and we have played a lot together and same with Cookie,'' said Landry, the only player without a bogey after 54 holes. ''Hope the Hogs are going to come out on top.''

    Rahm had a 70 at the Stadium to reach 17 under. The third-ranked 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.

    ''A little bit of a survival day,'' Rahm said.

    The wind was more of a factor on the more exposed and tighter Stadium Course.

    ''The course is firming up,'' Rahm said. ''I know if we have similar wind to today, if we shoot something under par, you'll be way up there contesting it over the last few holes.''

    Piercy had a 66 at the Stadium.

    ''I controlled my ball really well today,'' he said.

    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 the Nicklaus Course, and Harkins shot 68 at the Stadium.

    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 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. He had three early straight double bogeys in a 77 on the Stadium that left him 1 over.

    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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    Phil 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.