Pinneo Price Still on Top in NY

By Sports NetworkAugust 20, 2005, 4:00 pm
2005 Xerox ClassicROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Todd Pinneo and Rick Price each posted rounds of 2-under 68 on Saturday and remained atop the leaderboard after three rounds of the Xerox Classic. The pair is knotted at 12-under-par 198 and are one ahead at Irondequoit County Club.
Monday qualifier Andrew Pratt carded a 4-under 66 and is alone in third place at 11-under-par 199. Eric Axley also shot a 66 and is tied for fourth with Scott Gardiner, who posted a 3-under 67, at minus-10.
Pinneo flew out of the gate on Saturday with a birdie at the first and an eagle at the par-5 third. He dropped a shot at the eighth, but reclaimed the lost stroke with a birdie at No. 9 to make the turn in 32.
The 32-year-old parred his first five holes on the back nine, but found trouble with the flat stick at the 15th. Pinneo missed a 3-footer for par to fall back to 12 under par for the championship and it looked like he would lose another shot at 17.
His drive at the par-4 hole hit a tree and bounced back into the fairway. Pinneo's approach ran through the green and settled against the back collar of rough. His chip only went 2 feet, but he holed the putt from the fringe to save par.
'I got a pretty good break on 17, then I hit a good second shot and didn't get a good break,' said Pinneo. 'I hung in there and tried to make that putt and it happened to fall in the right side for me.'
Price made the turn at 2 under par and got it to 13 under for the tournament with a birdie at 11. He dropped shots at back-to-back holes at 13 and 14, but rolled in a 15-foot birdie putt at the par-3 15th to get to minus-12.
Price bogeyed 16 to lose ground to Pinneo, but Price's approach at 18 got him back into the lead. He found the fairway off the tee, then hit his second to 2 feet. He tapped in the short birdie putt to get into a share of first place.
'I hit some good shots on the back side, but I'm playing solid and pleased with my performance so far,' said Price. 'It's a funny game. It seems like I'm starting to put a bunch of good rounds together. It's nice.'
Both leaders will be in search of their first victories on the Nationwide Tour come Sunday. Price is a seven-year veteran of the circuit and Pinneo is a tour rookie, but both have the same philosophy for the final round.
'Just keep doing what I'm doing,' said Price. 'Play my game and not worry about what anyone else is doing. I can't control what they're doing so I'm just going to keep playing the way I am.'
'I'm going to try and do the same thing I did the first three days,' said Pinneo. 'Be patient, have fun and slow down a little bit more than I did today. After that, we'll see what happens.'
Brian Henninger and Jeff Quinney both fired 65s on Saturday and share sixth place at minus-9. First-round leader Bubba Dickerson carded a 2-under 68 and is tied for eighth place with Brent Schwarzrock (67) and Kim Felton (70). That trio is knotted at 8-under-par 202.
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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.

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    Quail Hollow officials promise players easier conditions

    By Rex HoggardJanuary 22, 2018, 9:14 pm

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    The course played to a lengthened 7,600 yards at last year’s PGA and a 73.46 stroke average, the toughest course in relation to par on Tour in 2017. As a result, it left some players less than excited to return to the Charlotte, N.C.-area layout later this spring for the Wells Fargo Championship.

    It’s that lack of enthusiasm that led officials at Quail Hollow to send a video to players saying, essentially, that the course players have lauded for years will be back in May.

    The video, which includes Quail Hollow president Johnny Harris and runs nearly five minutes, begins with an explanation of how the first hole, which played as a 524-yard par 4 at the PGA, will play much shorter at the Wells Fargo Championship.

    “I had a number of my friends who were playing in the tournament tell me that tee was better suited as a lemonade stand,” Harris joked of the new tee box on the fourth hole. “I doubt we’ll ever see that tee used again in competition.”

    Harris also explained that the greens, which became too fast for some, will be “softer” for this year’s Wells Fargo Championship.