Major Shoot-out at Major Finale

By Sports NetworkAugust 26, 2006, 4:00 pm
2006 Jeld-Wen TraditionALOHA, Ore. -- Bobby Wadkins led by as many as four strokes during the front nine Saturday, however three bogeys over his final 10 holes cost him the outright lead.
 
Wadkins posted a 1-under 71 after a three-putt bogey at the last to end at 11-under-par 205. He was joined there by Lonnie Nielsen, who shot a bogey-free, 4-under 68 thanks to three birdies on the back nine.
 
Tom Kite
2000 champion Tom Kite is three back entering the final round.
Meanwhile, defending champion Loren Roberts is lurking one stroke behind the leaders. Like Nielsen, Roberts shot 68 Saturday to get to minus-10.
 
Tom Jenkins, who briefly shared the lead on the back nine, bogeyed his final two holes to card a 2-under 70. He shares fourth place at 8-under-par 208 with Tom Kite, who also shot 70 in round three.
 
Wadkins, who won the Senior Players Championship earlier this year, got on the board with a birdie on the third. Another birdie at the par-5 sixth at Reserve Vineyards & Golf Club moved Wadkins to 12 under, four clear of Nielsen.
 
Things quickly began to change at the ninth. Wadkins' second shot went left of the greenside bleachers. He got a free drop from the bleachers, but still could not save par.
 
Wadkins also bogeyed the 10th to slip to minus-10. As he parred the next four holes, Jenkins got into the fray.
 
Jenkins opened with birdies on one and three. He gave a stroke back with a bogey on No. 5, then parred his next six holes. Jenkins ran off three birdies in a four-hole span from the 12th to grab a share of the lead at 10 under. His late struggles cost him though.
 
Nielsen was right there as well. After four pars to open his round, Nielsen birdied the fifth from 12 feet out. He carded his next birdie at 12 to move to minus-9.
 
Wadkins hit a stellar bunker shot to 5 feet from short of the 15th green. He rolled that putt in, but Nielsen also birdied the hole to remain one back as he got up and down from a greenside bunker.
 
A two-putt birdie on the 16th moved Wadkins to 12 under, but his lead was still only one as Nielsen also two-putted for birdie.
 
At the last, Wadkins left himself 35 feet for birdie. However, he left his birdie try seven feet short and was unable to sink the par putt to fall back to 11 under.
 
'I played halfway decent, but didn't make the putts when I needed to,' stated Wadkins. 'I left some putts short. I don't like finishing with a bogey like I did today.'
 
Nielsen hit his drive at 18 into the trees on the right, then pitched out. He dropped his third on the green, but had over 47 feet for birdie. Nielsen two-putted for par to earn his share of the lead thanks to a bogey-free round.
 
'The key to the round has been to stay away from bogeys this week,' said Nielsen, who has just two bogeys over the opening 54 holes. 'The birdie on 15 was a nice confidence builder.'
 
Nielsen had a chance to take the Senior Players Championship that Wadkins won, but a bad final round doomed Nielsen.
 
'I had a chance to win at the Senior Players this year and didn't get it done,' Nielsen admitted, who shot 4-over 76 in the final round. 'It was my most disappointing round this year. It would mean a lot to me to play well tomorrow.'
 
David Edwards moved into a share of sixth place at 7-under-par 209 thanks to a 5-under 67. He stands alongside Larry Nelson (70) and Tom Purtzer (71). Keith Fergus, Bruce Fleisher, Bob Gilder, Morris Hatalsky, John Jacobs and Eduardo Romero are one stroke further back at minus-6.
 
Related Links:
  • Leaderboard - JELD-WEN Tradition
  • Full Coverage - JELD-WEN Tradition
  • Golf Channel Airtimes
  • Getty Images

    After Further Review: Tiger's return comes at perfect time

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 2:19 am

    Each week, GolfChannel.com takes a look back at the week in golf. Here's what's weighing on our writers' minds.

    On the current state of golf as Tiger Woods returns to competition ...

    Less than four days before Tiger Woods returns to official competitive golf for the first time in a year, Jon Rahm, the new second-ranked player in the world, won on the PGA Tour and Rory McIlroy made an impressive 2018 debut on the European Tour (T-3).

    Not since Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus crossed paths at the 1960 U.S. Open has there been so many superstars all poised for big seasons, with world No. 1 Dustin Johnson having already won this year and Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas both coming off stellar seasons.

    It’s a good time for golf. - Rex Hoggard


    On Tommy Fleetwood's continued success ...

    There have been scores of talented European players whose skills didn’t translate to the PGA Tour … and maybe, in a few years, Tommy Fleetwood will prove to be no different.

    He sure looks like the real deal, though.  

    His title defense in Abu Dhabi – on the strength of a back-nine 30 in windy conditions – was his third title in the past 12 months and 11th top-10 overall. A few of those have come in majors and World Golf Championship events, too, which led the reigning Race to Dubai champion to accept PGA Tour membership for this season.

    Beginning at Riviera, he plans to play exclusively in the States through May, then reassess for the rest of the year. Hope he sticks, because he’s a fun personality with tons of game. - Ryan Lavner

    Getty Images

    Rahm passes Spieth to become world No. 2

    By Nick MentaJanuary 22, 2018, 1:25 am

    With his win Sunday at the CareerBuilder Challenge, Jon Rahm picked up his second PGA Tour victory and moved to No. 2 in the FedExCup points standings.

    He picked up one more No. 2, too.

    The 23-year-old Spaniard passed Jordan Spieth to move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking, behind only Dustin Johnson.

    In 19 months, since June 2016, Rahm has rocketed from No. 776 in the world to No. 2, thanks in part to his low divisor, his number of events played.

    Asked after his playoff victory over Andrew Landry to discuss his rapid ascent up the world rankings, Rahm was almost at a loss.

    “It's hard to believe to be honest, passing Jordan Spieth,” he said. “That's a three-time major champion. I only have two wins. He's got 10-plus, right? It's again – I've said it many times – I never thought I was going to be at this point in my life right now.”

    Rahm may only have two PGA Tour titles, but this is his fourth worldwide win in the last year, dating back to last season’s Farmers Insurance Open. He also took the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and the DP World Tour Championship on his way to claiming the European Tour’s 2017 Rookie of the Year Award.

    Dating back to the start of last season on the PGA Tour, Rahm has racked up 12 top-10s, three runner-ups, and two wins.

    He will head to Torrey Pines next week ready to defend for the first time.

    Getty Images

    Brady compares self to Woods after winning AFC title

    By Jason CrookJanuary 22, 2018, 1:05 am

    Tom Brady and Tiger Woods are two of the all-time greats in their respective sports ... a fact that is not lost on the five-time Super Bowl winning quarterback.

    Fresh off leading the New England Patriots to a AFC Championship victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, Brady was asked about winning the game despite a cut on his throwing hand - which made national news heading into the matchup.

    His response invoked the name of a certain 14-time major winner, something that would be tough to pull off, if not for the fact that he is, you know, Tom Brady.

    “I think it's kind of arrogant to say it bothered me when we had a pretty good game, so I wouldn't say that," the 40-year-old told reporters after the game. "It's like when Tiger Woods said, ‘That was my C game’ and he won the tournament."

    Tiger Woods winning with his "C game" may be a distant memory for golf fans, but no matter what game he brings, his next chance to win comes next week at Torrey Pines during his official comeback to the PGA Tour.

    Brady has a shot at his sixth Super Bowl title in two weeks. The Patriots would probably benefit from him bringing a little better than his "C game" as well.

    Getty Images

    Rahm beats Landry in playoff to win CareerBuilder

    By Nick MentaJanuary 22, 2018, 1:00 am

    Jon Rahm birdied the fourth extra hole Sunday to defeat Andrew Landry in a playoff, win the CareerBuilder Challenge and move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking. Here’s how things played out in overtime at PGA West:

    Leaderboard: Rahm (-22), Landry (-22), John Huh (-20), Adam Hadwin (-20), Martin Piller (-20), Kevin Chappell (-19), Scott Piercy (-19)

    What it means: This is Rahm’s second PGA Tour win and his fourth worldwide victory in the last year, dating back to last season’s Farmers Insurance Open. Rahm took the early lead Thursday with an opening 62 and after rounds of 67-70, he started the final round two back. On Sunday, he made five birdies without dropping a single shot on the intimidating Stadium Course. In the clubhouse at 22 under, Rahm watched as Landry made birdie on 18 to force a playoff.

    Rahm missed birdie putts that would have ended the tournament on the final hole of regulation and on each playoff hole. Finally, on his fourth trip down 18 of the day, his birdie bid found the cup. With the victory, Rahm passes Jordan Spieth to move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking, trailing only Dustin Johnson. He enters next week at Torrey Pines looking to defend for the first time.

    Best of the rest: A two-time Web.com winner playing his second full season on the PGA Tour, Landry shot 68 Sunday, making birdie on the 72nd hole to force extras. Once Rahm finally made birdie on the fourth playoff hole, Landry's putt to extend slid by on the right edge. This is Landry's best career finish on the PGA Tour. Had he won, he would have secured full Tour status through the 2019-20 season and earned invites to the Masters, Players, and PGA Championships.

    Round of the day: Sam Saunders fired an 8-under 64 to register this best finish of the season, a tie for eighth at 18 under. The reigning Web.com Tour Championship winner was 9 under par through 12 holes before making bogey at 13 and parring his way into the clubhouse.

    Biggest disappointment: Overnight leader Austin Cook was eyeing his second win of the season but never contended. The RSM champion carded two double bogeys Sunday en route to a 3-over 75, dropping him from the 54-hole lead to a tie for 14th.

    Shot of the day: Rahm's putt to win:

    Quote of the day: "One of us had to do it and either one of us would have been a well-deserving champion." - Rahm on his playoff victory over Landry