Mickelson Delights Fans with Win

By Sports NetworkFebruary 6, 2005, 5:00 pm
2005 FBR OpenSCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Phil Mickelson posted a 3-under 68 on Sunday to cruise to a five-shot win at the FBR Open. Mickelson finished the event at 17-under-par 267 for his 24th career victory on the PGA Tour.
Kevin Na managed a 2-under 69 to join Scott McCarron in a tie for second at 12-under-par 272. David Toms, Steve Flesch and Tim Herron were one shot further back at 11-under-par 273.
Mickelson took control of the tournament with a 66 on Saturday that gave him a four-shot edge over Na heading into the final round at the TPC of Scottsdale course. Na closed the gap early on with a birdie at the par-4 first, but Mickelson countered with a birdie at the par-3 fourth.
Mickelson then drained a long birdie putt at the par-3 seventh to increase his lead to five strokes. He sent his drive into the left rough at the par-4 ninth, however, and walked away with a bogey after his approach came up short of the green.
The lefthander recovered at the par-5 13th despite another poor drive. Mickelson hit his tee shot into the desert but played a remarkable second shot just short of the putting surface. Mickelson then got up and down for a birdie to get back to 16 under.
Mickelson's troubles off the tee continued at the par-5 15th when his drive found the water. He took a drop and played his third shot to the left of the green. Mickelson then calmly pitched his fourth shot 3 feet past the hole and made the par putt coming back.
The 34-year-old moved on to the raucous par-3 16th and safely landed an 8-iron on the green. Mickelson two-putted for par and closed out his round with a birdie at the par-4 18th for his first win of the season.
'We had a lot of fun,' said Mickelson, who won this event for the second time in his career. 'The people here have treated us so great.'
McCarron tallied three birdies and a bogey over his first nine holes before chipping in for a birdie at the par-4 11th.
The 39-year-old added an eagle at the par-5 13th and knocked his approach within 14 feet of the hole at the par-4 17th. McCarron ran home the birdie putt en route to a round of 65.
Na cooled off after the early birdie but sank a 10-foot putt for a birdie at the 11th to get to 12 under. Na then played his tee shot into a bunker on his way to a bogey at the 12th and dropped another shot with a bogey at the par-5 13th.
The 21-year-old responded with a birdie at the 15th and picked up a birdie at the 17th to join McCarron in a tie for second.
Kenny Perry carded a 1-under 70 to finish alone in seventh place at 10-under-par 274. Charles Warren followed at 9-under-par 275.
Hunter Mahan and Marc Calcavecchia shared ninth place at 8-under-par 276.
World No. 1 Vijay Singh joined Stewart Cink, K.J. Choi, Jesper Parnevik, John Rollins, Tom Pernice, Jr., Patrick Sheehan and Joey Snyder III at 7-under-par 277.
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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.