Ogilvie Leads Mickelson at Bob Hope

By Sports NetworkJanuary 27, 2005, 5:00 pm
2005 Bob Hope Chrysler ClassicLA QUINTA, Calif. -- Joe Ogilvie posted a 9-under 63 at Bermuda Dunes Country Club Thursday to take the second-round lead of the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic. He stands at 17-under-par 127 and is three clear of defending champion Phil Mickelson and Fredrik Jacobson.
Mickelson, who also won this event in 2002, shot an 8-under 64 at La Quinta Country Club on Thursday, while Jacobson fired a 10-under 62 at Bermuda Dunes. The duo is knotted at 14-under-par 130.
The format for this five-day tournament is a pro-am as one professional plays with three amateurs. They split the action over four courses (the Palmer Private Course at PGA West, Bermuda Dunes Country Club, Tamarisk Country Club and La Quinta Country Club) throughout the first four rounds, then play the Palmer Course on Sunday.
Robert Damron, one of five co-leaders after Wednesday's first round, carded a 5-under 67 at La Quinta and is tied for fourth place at 13-under-par 131. Fred Couples shot a 66 at La Quinta, Billy Mayfair and Peter Lonard each posted 64s at Bermuda Dunes and Jason Allred carded a 65 at Tamarisk to join Damron four shots out of the lead.
Ogilvie, who posted two top-3 finishes in the 2004, hit a pair of poor shots on the first hole, a par-5, but sank a 15-footer for birdie. He lipped out three birdie putts in his next four holes, but drained a 12-footer for birdie at six.
His birdie putt at was a 'vicious lip out,' but the four-time winner on the Nationwide Tour bounced back. Ogilvie knocked it inside 2 feet to set up birdie at eight, then even closer at nine to make the turn at 4-under-par 32.
Ogilvie continued the fine streak around the turn. His third birdie in a row was also a tap-in at the 10th, then Ogilvie ran home an 18-foot birdie putt at 11 for his fourth in a row.
At the par-5 13th, Ogilvie converted a 4-foot birdie putt to reach 15 under par for the tournament. He got to minus-16 with a 3-foot birdie putt at 16, but found his first trouble of the round at the par-3 17th.
Ogilvie missed the green and hit a bad chip. He left with bogey, but closed his round in style. Ogilvie had 220 yards to the pin at 18 and elected to hit a 5-wood. His ball stopped 5 feet from the hole and he rolled in the eagle putt to miss the 36-hole tournament record by a shot.
'I played well, hit it close, and made the right putts, which you have to do when you shoot 63,' said Ogilvie, who tied for second at the 2004 event in New Orleans. 'It's a place that you can go low, and hopefully it can continue.'
Ogilvie held a piece of the 36-hole lead at the 2001 Greater Hartford Open, but he knows this week is a completely different deal. Players must go low in this five-round tournament, and Ogilvie is ready for the challenge.
'When you have the lead here, it's kind of a false lead,' admitted Ogilvie. 'You literally saw Duval's 59. Unless you're up by 18, which is almost impossible, no lead is safe here.'
Mickelson, who defeated Skip Kendall in a playoff last year, tallied three birdies on his opening nine. He made back-to-back birdies at 10 and 11, then collected his sixth birdie of the round at the par-five 13th.
The reigning Masters champion used two birdies in a row from the 15th to get into a share of second place.
'I had a great time,' said Mickelson, who made his 2005 season debut last week at the Buick Invitational. 'I won't know how I stand in the tournament until after Saturday. I know the scores will be low. I'm going to need to play extremely well to keep myself in contention.'
Jacobson flew out of the gate on Thursday with four consecutive birdies from his second hole, the 11th at Bermuda Dunes. He added birdies at 16 and 18 to make the turn at 6-under 30.
Jacobson birdied one and two, then closed with birdies at eight and nine to post his lowest round on the PGA Tour, besting the 64 he shot three times last year.
'I just played really solid,' said Jacobson. 'I had a good stretch of birdies and then I went dry for a couple of holes, but I finished strong. I gave myself a lot of chances.'
Joe Durant, who established a new PGA Tour record in relation to par at 36-under when he won here in 2001, carded a 6-under 66 at La Quinta. He is tied for eighth with Tim Herron, who shot a 64 at the Palmer Course, and first-round co-leader Ted Purdy, who posted a 68 at La Quinta. The trio is knotted at minus-12.
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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.