Pavin Rides Front-Nine 26 to Lead

By Sports NetworkJuly 27, 2006, 4:00 pm
US Bank Championship in MilwaukeeMILWAUKEE -- Corey Pavin, the 1995 U.S. Open winner, established a new PGA TOUR record on Thursday when posted a front-nine, 8-under-par 26 in the first round of the U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee.
 
'I've never done anything like that before,' said Pavin, who finished with a course-record-tying, 9-under-par 61. 'It was pretty exciting for me. It was amazing.'
 
Corey Pavin
Corey Pavin got off to a great start, but only made one birdie over his final nine holes.
The former nine-hole record of 27 was first established by Mike Souchak in the first round of the 1955 Texas Open. Two-time U.S. Open champion Andy North matched the number on the back nine of the first round of the 1975 B.C. Open. Billy Mayfair next tied the score on the back nine of the final round of the 2001 Buick Open and Robert Gamez was the last to shoot 27 when he did it during the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic.
 
The round was suspended at close to 6:00 p.m. ET Thursday as heavy rain forced a weather delay of nearly four hours. The first round will resume at 8:00 a.m. Friday morning.
 
Less than half of the field completed their first rounds with several players yet to tee off.
 
Pavin started quickly, to say the least.
 
He rolled in a 35-foot birdie putt at the first, then kicked in a short birdie putt at two that was less than a foot from the hole. Pavin hit a 7-iron to 3 feet to set up birdie at the par-3 third, then made it four in a row when he drained another long putt, this time from 38 feet at the fourth.
 
At the fifth, Pavin hit a 6-iron to 30 feet and converted that long birdie putt. He collected his sixth birdie in a row at the par-5 sixth when he wedged his third to 4 feet.
 
Things fell apart after that. At the par-3 seventh, Pavin had a look at birdie, but could not hole the putt.
 
'I kind of messed up seven, didn't I?' joked Pavin.
 
Pavin did not let the par bother him as he knocked a 7-iron to 15 feet to set up birdie at the eighth. He closed the front nine with another birdie, this one from 8 feet.
 
Pavin not only set the new PGA TOUR record, but he only took 10 putts to do it.
 
Things cooled off considerably for Pavin on the back nine. He didn't have nearly as many good looks at birdie, but at the 16th Pavin hit a wedge to 8 feet and sank the birdie putt.
 
Pavin was now 9 under par and two birdies in the final two holes would get him to golf's magical number of 59.
 
He hit a poor drive at 17, but made par. Needing an eagle on the par-5 18th for a sub-60 round, Pavin drove into the rough and had 269 yards to the flag. He could not get home in two and had to hole a 5-footer to save par.
 
Pavin did, matching Steve Lowery's course record from 1999.
 
'I wasn't thinking too much about the outcome,' acknowledged Pavin. 'I knew 59 was a possibility and I tried to keep those voices away. I was just trying to hit each shot the best I could.'
 
Arjun Atwal carded a solid round of 6-under-par 64 and is alone in second place.
 
Skip Kendall and Cameron Beckman are knotted in third place at 5-under-par 65. David Frost is 5 under through 17 holes
 
Scott Gump, Garrett Willis, Frank Lickliter and Dean Wilson all posted 4-under-par 66s on Thursday. Billy Andrade, Chris Riley and John Riegger are 4 under par on the course at Brown Deer Park Golf Club.
 
Defending champion Ben Crane parred his first hole before the horn sounded.
 
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  • Fitzpatrick one back in 2018 Euro Tour opener

    By Associated PressNovember 23, 2017, 1:37 pm

    HONG KONG – S.S.P. Chawrasia had six birdies and a bogey Thursday for a 5-under 65 and a one-stroke lead at the Hong Kong Open, the first event of the 2018 European Tour season.

    Playing in sunny but breezy conditions at the Hong Kong Golf Club, the greens had the players struggling to gauge the approach.

    ''Very tough conditions today,'' Chawrasia said. ''It's very firm greens, to be honest. I'm just trying to hit the second shot on the green and trying to make it like a two-putt.''


    Full-field scores from the UBS Hong Kong Open


    Shubhankar Sharma and Matthew Fitzpatrick (both 66) were one shot behind, while seven others were tied for fourth a further stroke behind.

    ''Hit it great tee to green,'' Fitzpatrick said. ''I think I had like seven or eight chances inside 15 feet, and on a day like today when it's so windy and such a tough golf course, with how tight it is, yeah, it was a good day.''

    Justin Rose, who won the title in 2015, shot was 2 under with five birdies and three bogeys.

    ''I think the course played a couple shots harder than it typically does,'' Rose said. ''I like this course. I think it offers plenty of birdie opportunities.''

    Masters champion Sergio GarciaRafa Cabrera Bello and defending champion Sam Brazel (69) were in a group of 16 at 1 under.

    Day, Spieth chasing Davis after Day 1 of Aussie Open

    By Jason CrookNovember 23, 2017, 6:50 am

    The PGA Tour is off this week but a couple of the circuit’s biggest stars – Jordan Spieth and Jason Day – are headlining the Emirates Australian Open, the first event in The Open Qualifying Series for the 2018 Open at Carnoustie. Here's how things look after the opening round, where Cameron Davis has opened up a two-shot lead:

    Leaderboard: Davis (-8), Taylor MacDonald (-6), Nick Cullen (-5), Day (-5), Brian Campbell (-4), Lucas Herbert (-4), Stephen Leaney (-4), Anthony Quayle (-4)

    What it means: Spieth has won this event three of the last four years, including last year, but he got off to a rocky start on Thursday. Playing in the windy afternoon wave, the world No. 2 bogeyed his first two holes but rebounded with birdies on Nos. 4 and 5. It was more of the same the rest of the way as the 24-year-old carded three more bogeys and four birdies, getting into the clubhouse with a 1-under 70. While it certainly wasn't the start he was hoping for, Spieth didn't shoot himself out of the tournament with 54 holes left to play, he has plenty of time to claw his way up the leaderboard.


    Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open


    Round of the day: With Round 1 in the books, the solo leader, Davis, is the easy pick here. The 22-year-old Aussie who turned pro last year, came out of the gates on fire, birdieing six of his first seven holes, including four in a row on Nos. 4 through 7. He did drop a shot on the ninth hole to go out in 30 but rebounded with three more birdies on the back to card a 8-under 63. Davis, who was born in Sydney and played this year on the Mackenzie Tour in Canada. He will attempt to get his Web.com Tour card next month during qualifying in Arizona.

    Best of the rest: Making his first start in his home country in four years, Day started on the 10th hole at The Australian Golf Club and made four birdies to one bogey on the back side before adding four more circles after making the turn. Unfortunately for the 30-year-old, he also added an ugly double-bogey 6 on the par-4 eighth hole and had to settle for a 5-under 66, good enough to sit T-3. Day, who has dropped to No. 12 in the world rankings, is looking for his first win on any tour since the 2016 Players Championship.

    Main storyline heading into Friday: Can the upstart 22-year-old Davis hold off the star power chasing him or will he fold to the pressure of major champions in his rearview mirror? Day (afternoon) and Spieth (morning) are once again on opposite ends of the draw on Friday as they try to improve their position before the weekend.

    Shot of the day: It’s tough to beat an ace in this category, and we had one of those on Thursday from Australian Brad Shilton. Shilton’s hole-in-one on the par-3, 188-yard 11th hole came with a special prize, a $16k watch.

    Quote of the day: “Just two bad holes. Pretty much just two bad swings for the day,” – Day, after his 66 on Thursday. 

    Watch: Shilton wins $16k timepiece with hole-in-one

    By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 2:50 am

    Australian Brad Shilton made a hole-in-one on the par-3, 188-yard 11th hole during the first round of the Australian Open, and he was rewarded handsomely for his efforts - with a Tag Heuer watch worth $16k.

    Day gets in early mix with 66 in return to Australia

    By Associated PressNovember 23, 2017, 2:32 am

    SYDNEY - Jason Day's first tournament round in Australia in four years was a 5-under 66 to put him among the leaders early Thursday at the Australian Open.

    Day's round came unhinged late with a double-bogey 6 on the par-4 eighth hole, his second-last of the day. He hit his tee shot into the trees on the left, hit back out to the fairway, missed his approach to the green and then couldn't get up and down.

    ''That was brutal,'' Day said of the 481-yard hole that played into gusting winds.

    But Day recovered quickly to birdie his last to sit three strokes behind fellow Australian and early leader Cameron Davis, who started on the first, had six front-nine birdies and shot 63 at The Australian Golf Club.

    In between the two was Australian Taylor MacDonald, who shot 65.

    ''It was a pretty solid round, I didn't miss many fairways, I didn't miss many greens,'' Day said. ''I'd give myself a seven or eight out of 10.''

    Defending champion Jordan Spieth, attempting to win the Australian Open for the third time in four years, was off to a poor start among the afternoon players, bogeying his first two holes.

    The Sydney-born Davis played most of this season on the Mackenzie Tour in Canada and will attempt to secure his Web.com card in the final round of qualifying from Dec. 7-10 in Chandler, Arizona.

    ''Everything went to plan,'' Davis said. ''I got off to a great start. I was hitting my spots and was able to keep it together on the back nine.''

    NOTES: Australian Brad Shilton had the first ace of the tournament, using a 5-iron for a hole-in-one on the par-3, 188-yard 11th hole, his second hole of the day. Australian veteran Geoff Ogilvy, the 2006 U.S. Open winner, shot 69. He and Rod Pampling (68) played the first round with Day.