Plenty of Red in Greensboro

By Sports NetworkOctober 5, 2006, 4:00 pm
2006 Chrysler Classic of GreensboroGREENSBORO, N.C. -- Brent Geiberger, the 2004 champion, John Rollins and Nick Watney all fired rounds of 8-under-par 64 on Thursday to share the first-round lead of the Chrysler Classic of Greensboro.
 
John Senden, Robert Gamez, Tag Ridings, Mike Sposa, James Driscoll and Charley Hoffman are knotted in fourth place at 6-under-par 66 at Forest Oaks Country Club.
 
Brent Geiberger
2004 champion Brent Geiberger made eight birdies and no bogeys in the first round.
Thursday saw near perfect weather conditions and, therefore, scoring conditions were optimal. Ninety-eight players broke par in Thursday's opening round.
 
Geiberger parred his first six holes before he knocked an 8-iron to 15 feet to set up birdie at the seventh. He found a bunker with his second at the par-5 ninth, but blasted out to 3 feet for another birdie.
 
He continued his strong play around the turn when he hit a 9-iron 6 feet behind the hole at the 10th. Geiberger converted that birdie putt, then parred 11 before a huge birdie run.
 
Geiberger's 6-iron tee ball at the 12th ran to the back fringe, but he sank the 14-foot birdie putt to reach 4 under par. He two-putted for a birdie at 13, hit an 8-iron inside a foot for a birdie at 14, then made a 5-footer at 15 to cap off four consecutive birdies.
 
The 38-year-old got to 8 under par at the long, par-3 17th. Geiberger played a 3-iron 15 feet left of the hole and converted the breaking birdie putt. He parred the 18th to shoot his lowest round of the season.
 
'That was a nice way to start off the tournament for sure,' said Geiberger. 'I played solid today. I missed a little birdie putt on the third hole and I got a little pissed off and made sure I made some the rest of the way.'
 
This is reminiscent of 2004 as Geiberger came into that event needing a big paycheck to earn his PGA TOUR card for the following year. He won that tournament and now, 144th on the money list, needs a strong finish in 2006 if he is to play the PGA TOUR in 2007.
 
'I haven't really been thinking about it,' said Geiberger. 'I feel pretty comfortable out there playing. It's very similar to '04. I would love to start out the year right now because it would be a completely different story.'
 
Rollins flew out of the gate on Thursday with a 12-foot birdie putt at the first. He parred the next two, but converted a 10-footer for birdie at the par-3 fourth.
 
At the par-4 sixth, Rollins knocked his approach close and tapped in the short birdie putt. He made it two in a row at seven when his 11-foot birdie try found the bottom of the cup. Rollins closed out his front nine in style when his second at the par-5 hole missed the putting surface. He chipped to 8 feet and ran home the birdie putt to make the turn at 5-under-par 31.
 
The second nine featured much of the same for Rollins, who finished 11th on this year's United States Ryder Cup team. He holed a 15-foot birdie putt at No. 11, then took advantage of par -5s on the back nine. Rollins two-putted for birdies at both holes and walked to the par-3 17th tee at 7 under par.
 
Rollins pulled a 3-iron out of the bag at 227-yard 17th and admitted after the round it was the wrong club. He missed the green, then chipped across the green with his second. Rollins almost chipped in for par, but instead tapped in for bogey.
 
He redeemed himself at the par-4 closing hole. Rollins rolled in a 32-foot birdie putt to polish off his 8 under par and join Geiberger atop the leaderboard.
 
'You can't win today, so I knew that even if I made par on 18, I was still in good position,' said Rollins, who won this year's B.C. Open for his second TOUR victory. 'I was disappointed with the tee shot on 17, but I didn't let it get to me.'
 
Watney began on the back nine Thursday and collected a birdie at his first. He added a 12-foot birdie putt at 12, an 8-footer at 13 and a 20-foot putt at 14 to reach 4 under par through his first five holes.
 
Watney tallied one more birdie on his first nine, a 50-footer at the 16th.
 
At the first, Watney sank a 15-foot birdie putt, but dropped a shot when he missed a 5-foot par putt at the third. Watney recorded birdies at four, seven and nine to join the leaders.
 
'I putted very well, made some early so it was nice,' said Watney. 'Putting has kind of been holding me back lately, so it was nice to see some putts fall.'
 
Tim Clark, the top-ranked player in the field at No. 20, shot a 5-under-par 67 and is tied for 10th place with defending champion K.J. Choi, Brian Gay, Jonathan Byrd, Chris Smith, Ryan Moore, Rob Whittaker, Robert Damron, Arjun Atwal, Kris Cox, John Engler and last week's playoff loser, Joe Durant.
 
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    By Associated PressNovember 18, 2017, 3:24 pm

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    The 37-year-old Rose made a gutsy par save on the final hole after a bogey-free round for a 7-under 65 Saturday and overall 15-under 201.

    The Englishman leads South African Dylan Frittelli, who produced the day's best score of 63, and Spain's Jon Rahm, who played in the same group as Rose and matched his 65.

    Rose is looking to be Europe's season-ending No. 1 for the second time. His leading rival for the Race to Dubai title, Tommy Fleetwood, is only two shots behind here after a second straight 65 on the Earth course of Jumeirah Golf Estates.

    Fleetwood did his chances no harm by overcoming a stuttering start before making eight birdies in his final 11 holes to also post a 65. The 26-year-old Englishman was tied for fourth place at 13 under, alongside South African Dean Burmester (65) and Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat (67), who closed with five birdies in a row.

    ''So, last day of the season and I've got a chance to win the Race to Dubai,'' Fleetwood said. ''It's cool.''


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    Masters champion Sergio Garcia, the only other player with a chance to win the Race to Dubai title, is tied for 13th on 10 under after a 67.

    Fleetwood had a lead of 256,737 points going into the final tournament and needs to equal or better Rose's finishing position to claim the title. If Rose doesn't finish in the top five and Garcia doesn't win, Fleetwood will have done enough.

    Rose is hoping to win a third straight tournament after triumphs in China and Turkey.

    Rose, who made some long putts for birdies apart from chipping in on the 13th hole, looked to be throwing away his advantage on the par-5 18th, when his second shot fell agonizingly short of the green and into the water hazard. But with his short game in superb condition, the reigning Olympic champion made a difficult up-and-down shot to stay ahead.

    ''That putt at the last is a big confidence-builder. That broke about 18 inches right-to-left downhill. That's the kind of putt I've been hoping to make. That was a really committed stroke. Hopefully I can build on that tomorrow,'' said Rose. ''I know what I need to do to stay at the top of the leaderboard. If I slip up tomorrow, he's (Fleetwood) right there. He's done everything he needs to do on his end, so it's a lot of fun.''

    The last player to win three tournaments in a row on the European Tour was Rory McIlroy, when he won the Open Championship, the WGC-Bridgestone and the PGA Championship in 2014.

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    ''I wanted to keep going. Let's bring the tee times forward for tomorrow,'' quipped Fleetwood after closing with a birdie on the 18th. ''Just one of them strange days where nothing was going at all. A couple sloppy pars on the par 5s, and a bad tee shot on fifth and I was 1-over through seven on a day where scoring has been really good ... Ninth and 10th, felt like we had something going ... it was a really good last 11 holes.''

    If Park is nervous, she sure doesn't show it

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    She says she always gets nervous starting a round.

    You don’t believe it, though.

    She looks like she would be comfortable directing a sky full of Boeing 737s as an air traffic controller at Incheon International Airport . . .

    Or talking people off the ledges of skyscrapers . . .

    Or disarming ticking bombs . . .

    “In terms of golf, I always get nervous,” she insists.

    Everything about Park was at odds with that admission Friday, after she took control halfway through the CME Group Tour Championship.

    Her Korean nickname is “Dan Gong,” which means “Shut up and attack.” Now that sounds right. That’s what she looks like she is doing, trying to run roughshod through the Tour Championship in a historic sweep of all the LPGA’s most important awards and honors.

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    She is 11 shots up on world No. 1 Shanshan Feng.

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    There’s a long way to go, but Park is in position to make an epic sweep, to win the Tour Championship, that CME Globe jackpot, the Rolex Player of the Year Award, the Rolex Rookie of the Year Award, the Vare Trophy for low scoring average, the LPGA money-winning title and the Rolex world No. 1 ranking.

    Nobody’s ever dominated a weekend like that in women’s golf.

    It’s all there for the taking now, if Park can keep this going.

    Park has another nickname back in South Korea. Her fans call her “Namdalla.” That means “I am different.” She’ll prove that if she owns this weekend.

    Park, 24, isn’t assuming anything. She’s humbly aware how much talent is flooding the LPGA, how the tour’s depth was underscored in a year where five different players have reigned as world No. 1, five different players won majors and 22 different winners stepped forward in 32 events.

    “I don’t think it’s quite that far a lead,” Park said of her three-shot advantage. “Two, three shots can change at any moment.”

    About those nerves that Park insists plague her, even Hall of Famer Judy Rankin can’t see it.

    Not when Park unsheathes a driver on a tee box.

    “She’s the most fearless driver of the ball out here,” Rankin said. “I would put Lexi a close second and everybody else a distant third. She hits drivers on holes where you shouldn’t, and she hits it long and she just throws it right down there between hazard stakes that are 10 yards apart, like it’s nothing. Now, that’s a little hyperbole, but she will hit driver almost everywhere.”

    David Jones, Park’s caddie, will attest to that. He was on Park’s bag when she won the U.S. Women’s Open in July and won the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open in August.

    “She reaches for driver a lot because she is a good driver,” Jones said. “She isn’t reckless. She’s as accurate with a driver as she is a 3-wood.”

    Park and Thompson played together in the first round. Park is eighth on tour in driving distance, averaging 270 yards per drive, and Thompson is third, averaging 274.

    Thompson loves to hit driver, too, but . . . 

    “Lexi hit a lot of 3-woods compared to us when we played together yesterday,” Jones said.

    Jones doesn’t find himself talking Park out of hitting driver much.

    “It’s really simple,” Jones said. “When you hit driver as straight as she does, why mess around?”

    Count Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee, a student of the swing, among admirers of Park’s abilities.

    “No other swing in the game comes close to her technical perfection and elegance in my opinion,” Chamblee tweeted Friday.

    Come Sunday, Park hopes to complete a perfect sweep of the LPGA’s most important awards.

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