Medalist Gets Bounced at US Amateur

By Sports NetworkAugust 22, 2001, 4:00 pm
Chris Mundorf, the medalist from the stroke- play portion of the U.S. Amateur, got bounced from the championship Wednesday when Greg Earnhardt upset the 23-year-old, 1-up. Earnhardt had to play two playoff holes Wednesday morning just to qualify for the match-play segment of the 101st U.S. Amateur Championship at East Lake Golf Club.
Mundorf matched the 18-hole record for a U.S. Amateur with a nine-under-par 63 on Tuesday but missed the green long with his tee shot at the long par- three 18th on Wednesday and lost the match.
The match, the final one of the first day of match play, was all-square until the 14th when Mundorf won the hole with a birdie three. The players halved the 15th but Earnhardt won the next two holes thanks to bogeys by Mundorf, giving him a 1-up lead with one hole to play.
Earnhardt and Mundorf halved the 18th with pars as Mundorf was able to save par but it was too late as Earnhardt will move on to face Robert Hamilton, a 3 & 2 winner over Andrew Svoboda, in the second round.
The defending U.S. Amateur champion Jeff Quinney advanced with a 4 &3 win over former Arizona State teammate Chez Reavie. He will square off with Walker Cup teammate D.J. Trahan on Thursday.
'He hits it pretty far and he's pretty aggressive,' said Quinney, referring to his opponent on Thursday. 'So I'm going to have to make some birdies to beat him.'
Quinney is looking to become only the fourth player since World War II to successfully defend his title, joining Harvie Ward, Jr. (1955-56), Jay Sigel (1982-83) and Tiger Woods, who won three in row from 1994-1996.
Quinney's runner-up last year, James Driscoll also moved on Wednesday but it took him a little longer than expected. He needed 19 holes to best 43- year-old Jay Childs, who competed in his first U.S. Amateur in 21 years.
On the 19th hole, Childs found the right rough off the tee while Driscoll blew a 315-yard drive down the fairway. Childs' second shot missed the green short and left and then he flew his chip 15 feet past the hole. Driscoll wedged his approach shot on to the putting surface and collected his par, while Childs missed his par save.
'I could just tell on the first tee that he was the kind of player that could sneak up on you and the kind of guy you never heard of but could sneak up and do some crazy things at the end of the match -- like I was expecting him to chip in,' said Driscoll, who will face Casey Yates in the second round. 'I know hes played a long time and has a lot of experience. But, I cant even compare to last years match so Im not going to try. But, I am just glad to be playing (Thursday).'
Among the other morning winners were; 2000 quarterfinalist Jerry Courville and Dan Summerhays, who is the youngest player remaining in the field at 17 years of age.
Both the second and third rounds will be contested on Thursday, culminating in a 36-hole final on Sunday. Upper Bracket
Greg Earnhardt, Greensboro, N.C. (144) def. Chris Mundorf, Raleigh, N.C. (134), 1 up
Robert Hamilton, Carmichael, Calif. (141) def. Andrew Svoboda, Stamford, Conn. (141), 3 and 2
Scott Abbott, Dallas, Texas (143)def. Paul Simson, Raleigh, N.C. (139), 4 and 3
Daniel Ozley, Birmingham, Ala. (143) def. Steve Sokol, Oxford, Conn. (140), 1 up
Brooks Kelly, Sierra Vista, Ariz. (143) def. Oliver Wilson, England (137), 2 up.
Daniel Summerhays, Farmington, Utah (142) def. Michael Carlisle, Aiken, S.C. (141), 1 up
Jerry Courville, Milford, Conn. (137) def. Craig Steinberg, Los Angeles, Calif. (143), 3 and 2
Billy Harvey, Las Vegas, Nev. (142) def. Matt Hendrix, Aiken, S.C. (141), 3 and 1
James Driscoll, Brookline, Mass. (136) def. Jay Childs, Kennesaw, Ga. (143), 19 holes
Casey Yates, Fouke, Ark. (142) def. Chris Wisler, Dover, Del. (141), 4 and 3
Taichiro Kiyota, Japan (143) def. Brock Mackenzie, Yakima, Wash. (138), 1 up
Sandy Horacek, Los Angeles, Calif. (142) def. Atsushi Takase, Japan (141), 2 and 1
Nick Watney, Fresno, Calif. (136) def. Cameron Yancey, Blackstone, Va. (143), 4 and 2
Nicholas Thompson, Coral Springs, Fla.(141) def. Scott Hailes, West Bountiful, Utah (142), 2 and 1
Nick Cassini, Athens, Ga. (143) def. Ben Portie, Westminster, Colo. (138), 4 and 3
Manuel Merizalde, Colombia (142) def. John Robertson, Olympia, Wash.(141), 3 and 2
Lower Bracket
Robert Godfrey, Clemson, S.C. (135) def. Scott Feaster, Columbia, S.C. (144), 5 and 4
Brian Nosler, Lake Oswego, Ore. (141) def. Brian Quackenbush, Fairfax, Va. (141), 1 up
Jamie Elson, England (139) def. Brad Morris, Clay City, Ky. (143), 5 and 4
Michael Webb, Elberton, Ga. (142) def. Mike Plate, Ogallala, Neb. (140), 7 and 6
John Engler, Augusta, Ga. (136) def. Alan Morgan, Lake Charles, La. (143), 19 holes
Kris Mikkelsen, Woodstock, Ga. (142) def. David Griffiths, England (141), 5 and 4
D.J. Trahan, Inman, S.C. (137) def. Scott Wingfield, Las Vegas, Nev. (143), 4 and 2
Jeff Quinney, Eugene, Ore. (142)def. Chez Reavie, Mesa, Ariz. (141), 4 and 3.
Michael Sims, Bermuda (135) def. Steve Christophel, Vacaville, Calif. (143), 23 up
Simon Nash, Australia (142) def. Graeme McDowell, Northern Ireland (141), 3 and 2
John Carlson, Bagley, Minn. (143) def. Mike McCoy, West Des Moines, Iowa (138), 21 holes
Ryan Blaum, Coral Gables, Fla. (142) def. Wayne Raath, South Africa (140), 1 up
Camilo Villegas, Colombia (136) def. Richard McEvoy, England (143), 1 up
Andy Doeden, Fargo, N.Dak. (142) def. Jay Morgan, Choctaw, Okla. (141), 2 and 1.
Chris Nallen, Hackettstown, N.J. (143) def. Lucas Glover, Greenville, S.C. (138), 20 holes
Bubba Dickerson, Hilliard, Fla. (141) def. Steve Paramore, Ashland, Ohio (142), 6 and 5Pairings for Thursday's second round of match play:
Upper Bracket

7:30 a.m. - Greg Earnhardt, Greensboro, N.C. (144) vs. Robert Hamilton,
Carmichael, Calif. (141)
7:40 a.m. - Scott Abbott, Dallas, Texas (143) vs. Daniel Ozley,
Birmingham, Ala. (143)
7:50 a.m. - Brooks Kelly, Sierra Vista, Ariz. (143) vs. Daniel Summerhays,
Farmington, Utah (142)
8:00 a.m. - Jerry Courville, Milford, conn. (137) vs. Billy Harvey, Las
Vegas, Nev. (142)
8:10 a.m. - James Driscoll, Brookline, Mass. (136) vs. Casey Yates, Fouke,
Ariz. (142)
8:20 a.m. - Taichiro Kiyota, Japan (143) vs. Sandy Horacek, Los Angeles,
Calif. (142)
8:30 a.m. - Nick Watney, Fresno, Calif. vs. Nicholas Thompson, Coral
Springs, Fla. (141)
8:40 a.m. - Nick Cassini, Athens, Ga. (143) vs. Manuel Merizalde, Colombia
Lower Bracket
8:50 a.m. - Robert Godfrey, Clemson, S.C. (135) vs. Brian Nosler, Lake
Oswego, Ore. (141)
9:00 a.m. - Jamie Elson, England (139) vs. Michael Webb, Elberton, Ga.
9:10 a.m. - John Engler, Augusta, Ga. (136) vs. Kris Mikkelsen, Woodstock,
Ga. (142)
9:20 a.m. - D.J. Trahan, Inman, S.C. (137) vs. Jeff Quinney, Eugene, Ore.
9:30 a.m. - Michael Sims, Bermuda (135 vs. Simon Nash, Australia (142)
9:40 a.m. - John Carlson, Bagley, Minn. (143) vs. Ryan Blaum, Coral
Gables, Fla. (142)
9:50 a.m. - Camilo Villegas, Colombia (136) vs. Andy Doeden, Fargo, N.D.
10:00 a.m. - Chris Nalen, Hackettstown, N.J. (143) vs. Bubba Dickerson,
Hillard, Fla. (141)
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After Further Review: Tiger's return comes at perfect time

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

Each week, 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

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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.

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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.

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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 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 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