LaBelle Sets Record in First Victory

By Sports NetworkJuly 23, 2006, 4:00 pm
2006 Price Cutter Charity ChampionshipSPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Doug LaBelle II fired an 8-under 64 on Sunday to win the Price Cutter Charity Championship for his first Nationwide Tour title.
 
LaBelle established a new tournament scoring record by finishing four rounds at 27-under-par 261, winning by two shots over Australian Nick Flanagan.
 
'It hasn't sunk in yet,' said LaBelle. 'There is a lot of good competition out here. All of these guys can win, so to be the one to do it is great.'
 
Flanagan -- one of three players who set a 54-hole tournament record to share the lead overnight -- closed with a 5-under 67 to end at 25-under-par 263.
 
Justin Bolli shot a 66 and Ken Duke a 67 to share third place at minus-24 at Highland Springs Country Club.
 
The last three Nationwide Tour events all ended in a playoff. LaBelle made sure it wasn't four in a row by hitting 13-of-14 fairways and 17-of-18 greens in regulation Sunday. He opened his round with three consecutive birdies and built a four-shot lead at one point.
 
The end result was LaBelle's third bogey-free round of the week and a $100,080 check for the win.
 
'It was not as easy as it looked out there,' he contested. 'I had butterflies from the moment I got to the putting green. I had to gather my emotions out there.'
 
LaBelle was able to gather his emotions long enough to post the second-lowest winning score in relation to par in Nationwide Tour history, behind only Daniel Chopra's 30-under total at the Henrico County Open in 2004.
 
His 27-under 261 total bested the previous tournament record of 25 under established by Brad Ott two years ago.
 
'I did what I've done all week and gave myself a lot of opportunities,' said LaBelle, whose only bogey of the tournament came during the third round at the par-four seventh. 'I played great all week.'
 
Boo Weekley, who shared the third round lead with Flanagan and former U.S. Amateur champion Jeff Quinney, shot a 69 and finished alone in fifth place at 23 under.
 
Quinney stumbled all the way to a share of 10th following a final-round 73.
 
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    Watch: McIlroy gives Fleetwood a birthday cake

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 19, 2018, 2:58 pm

    Tommy Fleetwood turned 27 on Friday. He celebrated with some good golf – a 4-under 68 in Abu Dhabi, leaving him only two shots back in his title defense – and a birthday cake, courtesy of Rory Mcllroy.

    While giving a post-round interview, Fleetwood was surprised to see McIlroy approaching with a cake in hand.

    “I actually baked this before we teed off,” McIlroy joked.

    Fleetwood blew out the three candles – “three wishes!” – and offered McIlroy a slice.  

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    DJ shoots 64 to surge up leaderboard in Abu Dhabi

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 1:48 pm

    Dustin Johnson stood out among a star-studded three-ball that combined to shoot 18 under par with just one bogey Friday at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

    Shaking off a sloppy first round at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Johnson matched the low round of the day with a 64 that put him within four shots of Thomas Pieters’ lead.

    “I did everything really well,” Johnson said. “It was a pretty easy 64.”

    Johnson made four bogeys during an even-par 72 on Thursday and needed a solid round Friday to make the cut. Before long, he was closer to the lead than the cut line, making birdie on three of the last four holes and setting the pace in a group that also included good rounds from Rory McIlroy (66) and Tommy Fleetwood (68).

    “Everyone was hitting good shots,” McIlroy said. “That’s all we were seeing, and it’s nice when you play in a group like that. You feed off one another.” 


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    Coming off a blowout victory at Kapalua, Johnson is searching for his first regular European Tour title. He tied for second at this event a year ago.

    Johnson’s second-round 64 equaled the low round of the day (Jorge Campillo and Branden Grace). 

    “It was just really solid all day long,” Johnson said. “Hit a lot of great shots, had a lot of looks at birdies, which is what I need to do over the next two days if I want to have a chance to win on Sunday.” 

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    Closing eagle moves Rory within 3 in Abu Dhabi

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 12:57 pm

    What rust? Rory McIlroy appears to be in midseason form.

    Playing competitively for the first time since Oct. 8, McIlroy completed 36 holes without a bogey Friday, closing with an eagle to shoot 6-under 66 to sit just three shots back at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

    “I’m right in the mix after two days and I’m really happy in that position,” he told reporters afterward.

    McIlroy took a 3 ½-month break to heal his body, clear his mind and work on his game after his first winless year since 2008, his first full season as a pro.

    He's back on track at a familiar playground, Abu Dhabi Golf Club, where he’s racked up eight top-11s (including six top-3s) in his past nine starts there.


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    McIlroy opened with a 69 Thursday, then gave himself even more chances on Day 2, cruising along at 4 under for the day when he reached the par-5 closing hole. After launching a 249-yard long iron to 25 feet, he poured in the eagle putt to pull within three shots of Thomas Pieters (65). 

    Despite the layoff, McIlroy edged world No. 1 Dustin Johnson, coming off a blowout victory at Kapalua, by a shot over the first two rounds. 

    “DJ is definitely the No. 1 player in the world right now, and one of, if not the best, driver of the golf ball," McIlroy said. "To be up there with him over these first two days, it proves to me that I’m doing the right things and gives me a lot of confidence going forward.”

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    Duke to fill in for injured Pavin at CareerBuilder

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 12:25 pm

    Ken Duke will fill in for Corey Pavin for the next two rounds of the CareerBuilder Challenge – with nothing at stake but his amateur partner’s position on the leaderboard.

    Pavin was 4 over par when he withdrew after 17 holes Thursday because of a neck injury. Tournament officials contacted Duke, the first alternate, and asked if he would take Pavin’s spot and partner with Luis Lopez for the next two rounds, even though he would not receive any official money.

    Duke accepted and explained his decision on Twitter:

    Playing on past champion’s status, the 48-year-old Duke has made only four starts this season, with a best finish of a tie for 61st at the RSM Classic.

    Pavin received a sponsor exemption into the event, his first PGA Tour start since the 2015 Colonial.