Monty Fires 60 but Falls Short in Jakarta

By Sports NetworkMarch 27, 2005, 5:00 pm
European TourThaworn Wiratchant fired his third 7-under 63 of the tournament Sunday to cruise to a five-stroke win at the Enjoy Jakarta Standard Chartered Indonesia Open.
 
Wiratchant completed the event with a score of 25-under-par 255 to become the second native of Thailand to win an event on the European Tour's International schedule.
 
His total of 255 was the lowest aggregate score in European Tour history, though preferred lies rules were in play.
 
Raphael Jacquelin posted a 5-under 65 in the final round to take second place at 20-under-par 260. Adam Fraser, who aced the par-3 17th in the final round, posted one of the six rounds of 8-under 62 shot during the tournament to finish alone in third place at 19-under-par 261.
 
Colin Montgomerie, who likely needed to win the event to return to the top 50 in the world rankings and gain entry into The Masters, fired a 10-under 60 in the final round to climb into a tie for fourth place at minus-18. He was joined there by Frankie Minoza, who closed with a 4-under 66.
 
The tournament was able to finish on schedule as both the third and fourth rounds were completed on Sunday after there were weather delays each of the first three days.
 
Wiratchant carded three birdies in the final nine holes of his third round Sunday before starting his final round with a three-stroke lead at minus-18.
 
The Thailand native was starting to feel pressure from other players early in the final round, but regained full control of the event as he converted back- to-back birdie putts from the par-3 fourth at Cengkareng Golf Club.
 
Wiratchant moved to 21 under when he birdied the par-5 ninth. He continued his hot play around the turn as he drained another birdie putt on No. 10. Wiratchant completed a run of three straight birdies as his birdie putt at the 11th found the bottom of the cup.
 
He converted a birdie putt at the par-4 13th to climb to 24 under. Wiratchant tripped to just his second bogey of the tournament at the par-4 14th. Both his bogies during the tournament came on No. 14.
 
Wiratchant came right back with a birdie on 15 and closed with a birdie at the last to finish at 25 under for his first win on the European Tour.
 
'Winning a co-sanctioned event has been on my mind,' said Wiratchant, who joined Thongchai Jaidee as the two Thai winners on the European Tour. 'I've been trying for a while and my dream has now become a reality. The weather disruptions earlier this week made it hard for us, but I just tried to ignore them.'
 
Jacquelin, who played two groups ahead of Wiratchant, put some early pressure on the eventual champion as he birdied three of his first six holes. Jacquelin birdied the ninth for the fourth straight round to move to 19 under. He only managed one more birdie on the way in however.
 
Montgomerie began the final round 10 strokes behind Wiratchant. He parred the first five holes of his final round as he started on the 10th tee. The Scotsman moved to 9 under with a birdie on the par-4 15th.
 
The seven-time Ryder Cup performer then went on a run that put him into the European Tour record books.
 
Montgomerie birdied 17 and 18 to make the turn at 11 under. He then birdied the first seven holes of the front nine to become the first player in European Tour history to birdie nine consecutive holes. However, he could only par the eighth and ninth, where he missed a 10-foot birdie putt, to post a 60.
 
'I had a golden opportunity,' said Montgomerie of his chance to break 60. 'I hit my sand wedge in there to about 10 feet, but the grain grabbed the ball and it didn't really roll the way the other putts had. I don't know what I took on the 15th tee, but I want more of it.'
 
Japan's Eiji Mizoguchi posted a 4-under 66 in the final round to finish alone in sixth place at 17-under-par 263. Chris Williams, Marcus Both, Ariel Canete and Gary Simpson finished one stroke further back at minus-15.
 
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    Stock Watch: Strange grumpy; Tiger Time again?

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 23, 2018, 1:00 pm

    Each week on GolfChannel.com, we’ll examine which players’ stocks and trends are rising and falling in the world of golf.

    RISING

    Jon Rahm (+9%): This should put his whirlwind 17 months in the proper context: Rahm (38) has earned four worldwide titles in 25 fewer starts – or a full season quicker – than Jordan Spieth (63). This kid is special.

    Tommy Fleetwood (+7%): Putting on a stripe show in windy conditions, the Englishman defended his title in Abu Dhabi (thanks to a back-nine 30) and capped a 52-week period in which he won three times, contended in majors and WGCs, and soared inside the top 15 in the world.

    Sergio (+3%): Some wholesale equipment changes require months of adjustments. In Garcia’s case, it didn’t even take one start, as the new Callaway staffer dusted the field by five shots in Singapore.

    Rory (+2%): Sure, it was a deflating Sunday finish, as he shot his worst round of the week and got whipped by Fleetwood, but big picture he looked refreshed and built some momentum for the rest of his pre-Masters slate. That’s progress.

    Ken Duke (+1%): Looking ahead to the senior circuit, Duke, 48, still needs a place to play for the next few years. Hopefully a few sponsors saw what happened in Palm Springs, because his decision to sub in for an injured Corey Pavin for the second and third rounds – with nothing at stake but his amateur partner’s position on the leaderboard – was as selfless as it gets.


    FALLING

    Austin Cook (-1%): The 54-hole leader in the desert, he closed with 75 – the worst score of anyone inside the top 40. Oy.

    Phil (-2%): All of that pre-tournament optimism was tempered by the reality of his first missed cut to start the new year since 2009. Now ranked 45th in the world, his position inside the top 50 – a spot he’s occupied every week since November 1993 – is now in jeopardy.

    Careful What You Wish For (-3%): Today’s young players might (foolishly) wish they could have faced Woods in his prime, but they’ll at least get a sense this week of the spectacle he creates. Playing his first Tour event in a year, and following an encouraging warmup in the Bahamas, his mere presence at Torrey is sure to leave everyone else to grind in obscurity.

    Curtis Strange (-5%): The two-time U.S. Open champ took exception with the chummy nature of the CareerBuilder playoff, with Rahm and Andrew Landry chatting between shots. “Are you kidding me?” Strange tweeted. “Talking at all?” The quality of golf was superb, so clearly they didn’t need to give each other the silent treatment to summon their best.

    Brooks Koepka (-8%): A bummer, the 27-year-old heading to the DL just as he was starting to come into his own. The partially torn tendon in his left wrist is expected to knock him out of action until the Masters, but who knows how long it’ll take him to return to game shape.

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    What's in the bag: CareerBuilder winner Rahm

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 10:37 pm

    Jon Rahm defeated Andrew Landry in a playoff to earn his second PGA Tour title at the CareerBuilder Challenge. Here's what's in his bag:

    Driver: TaylorMade M4 (9.5 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft

    Fairway wood: TaylorMade M3 (19 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft

    Irons: TaylorMade P790 (3), P750 (4-PW), with Project X 6.5 shafts

    Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind (52, 56 degrees), Milled Grind Hi-Toe (60 degrees), with Project X 6.5 shafts

    Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Red

    Ball: TaylorMade TP5x

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    Strange irked by Rahm-Landry friendly playoff

    By Jason CrookJanuary 22, 2018, 9:45 pm

    Curtis Strange knows a thing or two about winning golf tournaments, and based on his reaction to the CareerBuilder Challenge playoff on Sunday, it’s safe to say he did things a little differently while picking up 17 PGA Tour victories in his Hall-of-Fame career.

    While Jon Rahm and Andrew Landry were “battling” through four extra holes, Strange, 62, tweeted his issues with the duo’s constant chit-chat and friendly banter down the stretch at La Quinta Country Club, where Rahm eventually came out on top.

    The two-time U.S. Open champ then engaged with some followers to explain his point a little more in depth.

    So, yeah ... don't think he's changing his perspective on this topic anytime soon ever.

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    Randall's Rant: The Euros won't just roll over

    By Randall MellJanuary 22, 2018, 9:36 pm

    The Ryder Cup may not be the King Kong of golf events yet, but you can hear the biennial international team event thumping its chest a full eight months out.

    As anticipation for this year’s big events goes, there is more buzz about Europe’s bid to hold off a rejuvenated American effort in Paris in September than there is about the Masters coming up in April.

    Thank Europe’s phenomenal success last weekend for that.

    And Rory McIlroy’s impassioned remarks in Abu Dhabi.

    And the provocative bulletin board material a certain Sports Illustrated writer provided the Europeans a couple months ago, with a stinging assault on the Euro chances that read like an obituary.

    McIlroy was asked in a news conference before his 2018 debut last week what he was most excited about this year.

    The Ryder Cup topped his list.

    Though McIlroy will be trying to complete the career Grand Slam at Augusta National come April, he talked more about the Ryder Cup than he did any of the game’s major championships.

    When asked a follow-up about the American team’s resurgence after a task-force overhaul and the injection of young, new star power, McIlroy nearly started breaking down the matchup. He talked about the young Americans and how good they are.

    “Yeah, the Americans have been, obviously, very buoyant about their chances and whatever, but it’s never as easy as that. ... The Ryder Cup’s always close,” McIlroy said. “I think we’ll have a great team, and it definitely won’t be as easy as they think it’s going to be.”



    McIlroy may have been talking about Alan Shipnuck’s bold prediction after the American Presidents Cup rout last fall.

    Or similar assertions from TV analysts.

    “The Ryder Cup is dead – you just don’t know it yet,” Shipnuck wrote. “One of the greatest events in sport is on the verge of irrelevancy. The young, talented, hungry golfers from the United States, benefitting from the cohesive leadership of the Task Force era, are going to roll to victory in 2018 in Paris.”

    European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn won’t find words that will motivate the Euros more than that as he watches his prospective players jockey to make the team.

    And, boy, did they jockey last weekend.

    The Euros dominated across the planet, not that they did it with the Ryder Cup as some rallying cry, because they didn’t. But it was a heck of an encouraging start to the year for Bjorn to witness.

    Spain’s Jon Rahm won the CareerBuilder Challenge on the PGA Tour, England’s Tommy Fleetwood started the week at Abu Dhabi paired with American and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and won the European Tour event, and Spain’s Sergio Garcia won the Singapore Open in a rout on the Asian Tour.

    And McIlroy looked close to being in midseason form, tying for third in his first start in three months.

    Yes, it’s only January, and the Ryder Cup is still a long way off, with so much still to unfold, but you got an early sense from McIlroy how much defending European turf will mean to him and the Euros in Paris in September.

    The Masters is great theater, the U.S. Open a rigorous test, The Open and the PGA Championship historically important, too, but the Ryder Cup touches a nerve none of those do.

    The Ryder Cup stokes more fervor, provokes more passion and incites more vitriol than any other event in golf.

    More bulletin board material, too.

    Yeah, it’s a long way off, but you can already hear the Ryder Cup’s King Kong like footsteps in its distant approach. Watching how the American and European teams come together will be an ongoing drama through spring and summer.