Ogilvie Remains on Top at Bob Hope

By Sports NetworkJanuary 28, 2005, 5:00 pm
2005 Bob Hope Chrysler ClassicLA QUINTA, Calif. -- Joe Ogilvie carded a 6-under 66 at Tamarisk on Friday to remain in the lead after the third round of the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic. He stands at 23-under-par 193 and is two clear of Peter Lonard.
Ogilvie matched Joe Durant's 2001, 54-hole record at 193. Durant cruised to victory that year and in the process, established a new PGA Tour record for lowest score in relation to par at 36 under par.
'I'm very pleased,' said Ogilvie, who is winless on the PGA Tour. 'I'll be in good shape. I'm happy where I am. We'll see what happens.'
Lonard fired a 64 at Tamarisk and is alone in second at 21-under-par 195. Fredrik Jacobson, who shared second place after Thursday's second round, posted a 67 at Tamarisk and owns third place at minus-19.
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.
Ryuji Imada and Jerry Kelly each carded 8-under 64s at Bermuda Dunes and share fourth place with Robert Damron, who shot a 68 at the Palmer Course. The trio is knotted at 17-under-par 199.
They all will be trying to catch Ogilvie, whose 66 on Friday was his highest round of the tournament.
He opened on the back nine at Tamarisk and broke into red figures at the par-5 12th. Ogilvie reached the middle of the green with a 3-wood and two-putted from 20 feet for birdie.
Ogilvie went on a birdie run to close out his first nine. He sank an 18-footer for birdie at 15, a 25-footer at 16, an 18-footer at 17, and polished off his front nine with a 12-foot birdie putt at the par-5 last. Ogilvie's closing stretch of birdies gave him a 5-under 31, but was all due to the flat stick.
'I easily could have shot 37 instead of 31,' admitted Ogilvie.
Ogilvie collected his fifth consecutive birdie at the first. He landed in a greenside bunker with a 5-iron at the par-5 hole, then blasted out to 6 feet and converted the putt.
Ogilvie was not as fortunate at the next par-5, the fourth. He missed the green with a 5-wood, then hit a bad chip from a difficult lie. Ogilvie three-putted from the spot where his pitch landed for a bogey.
He closed his round perfectly at No. 9. Ogilvie's drive landed in the short grass, then he hit an 8-iron to 3 feet to set up birdie and match Durant's record.
'The way I played, 66 was a gift,' said Ogilvie, who posted two top-3 finishes in 2004. 'I think I was a little defensive with the driver today, and I haven't been defensive the whole week. Once I get off the tee, I feel like I'm playing as well as anybody can be. I just have to get off the tee a little bit better, I think.'
Lonard also began on the back nine at Tamarisk and opened with a birdie at the par-3 11th. He tallied three birdies in a row at the end of the front nine, and then added another at the first.
Lonard birdied the par-5 fourth to reach 19 under par for the championship. He ran off three consecutive birdies from the sixth to get within one of the lead. The Australian fell one back with a birdie at his last, but the former Presidents Cup member is happy to be back in the mix.
Last week, Lonard was in the final group over the last two rounds with eventual winner Tiger Woods and Tom Lehman. Lonard struggled to a 71-77 over the final two rounds tied for 14th.
'Last week was probably the first time I got in contention for two years, I think, in America anyway, so I just think if I'm in contention two out of the first three tournaments in America at the start of the year, well, I'm doing all right.' said Lonard.
Davis Love III recorded 11 birdies and no bogeys at Tamarisk for a 61. He shares seventh place with John Senden (64) and Billy Mayfair (69), who both played Tamarisk, Champions Tour Player of the Year Craig Stadler, who posted a 65 at Bermuda Dunes, and Tim Clark (64) and defending champion Phil Mickelson (70), who teed it up at the Palmer Course. The group is tied at 16-under-par 200.
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    Ortiz takes Web.com Tour clubhouse lead in Bahamas

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 16, 2018, 2:19 am

    Former Web.com Tour Player of the Year Carlos Ortiz shot a bogey-free, 4-under-par 68 Monday to take the clubhouse lead in The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic at Sandals Emerald Bay.

    Four other players - Lee McCoy, Brandon Matthews, Sung Jae Im and Mark Anderson - were still on the course and tied with Ortiz at 6-under 210 when third-round play was suspended by darkness at 5:32 p.m. local time. It is scheduled to resume at 7:15 a.m. Tuesday.

    Ortiz, a 26-year-old from Guadalajara, Mexico, is in search of his fourth Web.com Tour victory. In 2014, the former University of North Texas standout earned a three-win promotion on his way to being voted Web.com Tour Player of the Year.

    McCoy, a 23-year-old from Dunedin, Fla., is looking to become the first player to earn medalist honors at Q-School and then win the opening event of the season.

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    Randall's Rant: Can we please have some rivalries?

    By Randall MellJanuary 16, 2018, 12:00 am

    Memo to the golf gods:

    If you haven’t finalized the fates of today’s stars for the new year, could we get you to deliver what the game has lacked for so long?

    Can we get a real, honest-to-goodness rivalry?

    It’s been more than two decades since the sport has been witness to one.

    With world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and former world No. 1 Rory McIlroy at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship this week, an early-season showdown would percolate hope that this year might be all about rivalries.

    It seems as if the stars are finally aligned to make up for our long drought of rivalries, of the recurring clashes you have so sparingly granted through the game’s history.

    We’re blessed in a new era of plenty, with so many young stars blossoming, and with Tiger Woods offering hope he may be poised for a comeback. With Johnson, McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, Justin Thomas, Jon Rahm, Hideki Matsuyama, Brooks Koepka and Rickie Fowler among today’s dynamic cast, the possibility these titans will time their runs together on the back nine of Sundays in majors excites.

    We haven’t seen a real rivalry since Greg Norman and Nick Faldo sparred in the late '80s and early '90s.

    Woods vs. Phil Mickelson didn’t really count. While Lefty will be remembered for carving out a Hall of Fame career in the Tiger era, with 33 victories, 16 of them with Tiger in the field, five of them major championships, we get that Tiger had no rival, not in the most historic sense.

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    Phil never reached No. 1, was never named PGA Tour Player of the Year, never won a money title and never dueled with Woods on Sunday on the back nine of a major with the title on the line.  Still, it doesn’t diminish his standing as the best player not named Tiger Woods over the last 20 years. It’s a feat so noteworthy it makes him one of the game’s all-time greats.

    We’ve been waiting for an honest-to-goodness rivalry since Faldo and Norman took turns ruling at world No. 1 and dueling in big events, including the back nine of multiple majors. 

    In the '70s, we had Nicklaus-Watson. In the '60s, it was Nicklaus-Palmer. In the '40s and '50s, it was Hogan, Snead and Nelson in a triumvirate mix, and in the '20s and '30s we had Hagen and Sarazen.

    While dominance is the magic ingredient that can break a sport out of its niche, a dynamic rivalry is the next best elixir.

    Dustin Johnson looks capable of dominating today’s game, but there’s so much proven major championship talent on his heels. It’s hard to imagine him consistently fending off all these challengers, but it’s the fending that would captivate us.

    Johnson vs. McIlroy would be a fireworks show. So would Johnson vs. Thomas, or Thomas vs. Day or McIlroy vs. Rahm or Fowler vs. Koepka ... or any of those combinations.

    Spieth is a wild card that intrigues.

    While he’s not a short hitter, he isn’t the power player these other guys are, but his iron game, short game, putter and moxie combine to make him the most compelling challenger of all. His resolve, resilience and resourcefulness in the final round of his British Open victory at Royal Birkdale make him the most interesting amalgam of skill since Lee Trevino.

    Woods vs. any of them? Well, if we get that, we promise never to ask for anything more.

    So, if that cosmic calendar up there isn’t filled, how about it? How about a year of rivalries to remember?

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    McIlroy: 2018 may be my busiest season ever

    By Will GrayJanuary 15, 2018, 6:28 pm

    With his return to competition just days away, Rory McIlroy believes that the 2018 season may be the most action packed of his pro career.

    The 28-year-old has not teed it up since the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in early October, a hiatus he will end at this week's Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. It will be the start of a busy spring for the Ulsterman, who will also play next week in Dubai before a run of six PGA Tour events leading up to the Masters.

    Speaking to the U.K.'s Telegraph, McIlroy confirmed that he will also make a return trip to the British Masters in October and plans to remain busy over the next 12 months.

    "I might play more times this year than any before. I played 28 times in 2008 and I'm on track to beat that," McIlroy said. "I could get to 30 (events), depending on where I'm placed in the Race to Dubai. But I'll see."

    McIlroy's ambitious plan comes in the wake of a frustrating 2017 campaign, when he injured his ribs in his first start and twice missed chunks of time in an effort to recover. He failed to win a worldwide event and finished the year ranked outside the top 10, both of which had not happened since 2008.

    But having had more than three months to get his body and swing in shape, McIlroy is optimistic heading into the first of what he hopes will be eight starts in the 12 weeks before he drives down Magnolia Lane.

    "I've worked hard on my short game and I'm probably feeling better with the putter than I ever have," McIlroy said. "I've had a lot of time to concentrate on everything and it all feels very good and a long way down the road."

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    What's in the Bag: Sony Open winner Kizzire

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 15, 2018, 6:05 pm

    Patton Kizzire earned his second PGA Tour victory by winning a six-hole playoff at the Sony Open in Hawaii. Take a look inside his bag.

    Driver: Titleist 917D3 (10.5 degrees), with Fujikura Atmos Black 6 X shaft

    Fairway Wood: Titleist 917F2 (16.5 degrees), with Aldila Tour Blue 95 TX shaft

    Hybrid: Titleist 913H (19 degrees), with UST Mamiya AXIV Core 100 Hybrid shaft

    Irons: Titleist 718 T-MB (4), 718 CB (5-6), 718 MB (7-9), with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts

    Wedges: Titleist SM7 prototype (47, 52, 56, 60 degrees), with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts

    Putter: Scotty Cameron GoLo Tour prototype

    Ball: Titleist Pro V1x