Late Birdies Give Boros Victory

By Sports NetworkJune 22, 2003, 4:00 pm
FINDLEY LAKE, N.Y. -- Guy Boros birdied each of the last two holes Sunday to win the Lake Erie Charity Classic at Peek'n Peak Resort. Boros closed with a 70 for a 13-under-par 275 total and his second career victory on the Nationwide Tour.
 
'If I had to win one on this tour, this would be it,' said Boros. 'This is like a second hometown to me.'
 
Chris Couch shot a 5-under 67 to finish one shot back at 12-under-par 276 along with Bob Heintz. Overnight leader Stan Utley, who struggled with a final-round 77, shared fourth place with Roland Thatcher and Scott Sterling at 11-under-par 277.
 
Boros, who was five shots off of Utley's pace to start the final round, battled hard to keep things under control on the front side. He opened with a birdie at the par-5 second but found trouble with a bogey at the fifth.
 
The 38-year-old recovered with back-to-back birdies from the sixth but found trouble again with a bogey at the eighth. Boros responded with a birdie at the ninth to make the turn at 13-under but trouble loomed around the turn.
 
Boros stumbled with a bogey at the 10th and added another mistake with a bogey at the 12th to stay at even-par for his round.
 
While Boros failed to make a significant move, he managed to remain in contention while his competitors, mainly Utley, struggled through problems of their own.
 
'I didn't think Stan was catchable today,' said Boros. 'Luckily, he and a couple of others came back to me this afternoon.'
 
Utley, who was in search of his first victory since 1995, collected two birdies and two bogeys over his first nine holes before collapsing completely down the stretch.
 
The 41-year-old tallied three consecutive bogeys starting at the 10th and dropped another shot at the 15th to fall back to 12-under. He was soon joined by several players in an eventual four-way tie for first.
 
'It was my tournament. I played great early on but I failed to capitalize,' said Utley. 'I didn't intend to hold on too tight but obviously there wasn't much feeling in those hands out there because I was struggling to get it to the hole.'
 
Boros kept plugging along and used a late run to secure the title. He birdied the 17th to grab a share of the lead at 12-under and grabbed the title with a 12-foot birdie at the par-4 18th.
 
Bubba Watson, Zach Johnson and Bo Van Pelt finished three shots off the pace at 10-under-par 278. They were followed by Hunter Haas, Tom Scherrer and Paul Claxton at 9-under-par 279.
 
Shane Bertsch, who was alone in second place at the start of the final round, managed a closing 77 to share 13th place at 8-under-par 280.
 
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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).

    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 phoned 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. 

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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.