Kuehne Sluman Repeat as Champions

By Sports NetworkNovember 14, 2004, 5:00 pm
04 Franklin Templeton ShootoutNAPLES, Fla. -- Hank Kuehne and Jeff Sluman combined to shoot an 11-under 61 on Sunday to repeat as champions of the Franklin Templeton Shootout. They completed the 54-hole event at 29-under-par 187.
Steve Flesch and Justin Leonard, who shared the lead after round two with Kuehne and Sluman, carded their third straight round of 9-under 63 to finish in second at 27-under-par 189. Loren Roberts and Mark Calcavecchia took third place one stroke further back at minus-26 after a final-round 61.
Sunday saw teams use a scramble format. Each player hit their own tee shots and after choosing the best one, each player hit his second shot from there and so on until the hole is complete.
Kuehne and Sluman got off to a hot start with birdies on each of the first three holes. They played the next two holes at even-par to maintain a one-shot edge over the hard-charging, father-son duo of Jay and Bill Haas.
The big-hitting Kuehne and Sluman picked up another birdie at the sixth when Sluman sank a 5-foot putt, but were joined atop the leaderboard at minus-22 by the Haas', who birdied nine and 10.
Kuehne and Sluman carded birdies at eight and nine to move one shot clear of the Haas duo. The Haas' briefly joined Kuehne and Sluman in the lead at 24- under with a birdie at the 16th.
Things got real interesting from there. Sluman sank a 6-foot birdie putt at the 13th to get to 25 under. The Haas duo birdied No. 17 to tie them for the lead. Calcavecchia and Roberts, meanwhile, birdied the 15th to make it a three-way tie for the lead.
Flesch and Leonard made it a four-way tie for first when they birdied the 14th.
However, Kuehne and Sluman regained the lead by themselves when Kuehne rolled in a 6-footer for birdie at the 14th. They were briefly joined at 25 under by Calcavecchia and Roberts, who birdied the 17th.
Kuehne and Sluman ran away from the field from there. Sluman drained a 9- footer for birdie at the 16th and made it two in a row with a two-putt birdie on 17. The duo closed the event in style when Kuehne ran in a 15-foot birdie putt at the last to finish two strokes clear of the field.
'Its been a fantastic experience for me again,' Kuehne said. 'Jeff hit a really good putt at 16. I said if we birdied the rest of the way from there, we'd be okay.'
They become the second pair to repeat as champions. Brad Faxon and Scott McCarron titled here in 2000 and 2001.
'I came in here loose and carefree,' said Sluman. 'If it shows us anything maybe its the way we should play on tour. I didn't expect to win and then we made birdie at 16 and it kind of put us over the top.'
The Haas duo closed with their second straight 11-under 61 and finished at 25- under-par 191. They shared fourth place with tournament host Greg Norman and McCarron, who closed with a 62.
Scott Hoch and Kenny Perry took sixth place at 24-under-par 192, while Rory Sabbatini and John Daly were one stroke further back at minus-23.
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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.