Pooley on Top Simpson Fires 61 in Seattle

By Sports NetworkAugust 19, 2006, 4:00 pm
Champions TourSNOQUALMIE, Wash. -- Don Pooley posted a 7-under 65 Saturday to move atop the leaderboard after two rounds of the Greater Seattle Classic. Pooley completed 36 holes at 12-under-par 132.
 
Former U.S. Open champion Scott Simpson fired a course-record, 11-under 61 to move into a share of second place at 11-under-par 133. He was joined there by first-round leader Massy Kuramoto (70).
 
Tom Kite carded a 64 to move into a tie for fourth place at minus-9. He stands alongside Graham Marsh (69) and Des Smyth (66).
 
Pooley was hot early as he birdied three of the first four holes on the TPC at Snoqualmie Ridge to move to minus-8. He gave a stroke back with a bogey on the sixth.
 
The 54-year-old, who won the 2002 U.S. Senior Open, atoned for that mistake with a birdie on the par-four seventh. Pooley rolled in an 8-footer for birdie at eight to move to minus-9.
 
Pooley, who owns two Champions Tour wins, grabbed a piece of the lead with a birdie on the 11th. He got up and down for birdie on the par-5 15th to get to 11-under. He drained a long birdie effort on the 17th to end at minus-12.
 
'That wasn't even makeable and that went in,' joked Pooley of his long birdie putt on 17. 'I got a new putter this week and its working pretty darn good. I hit the ball very well today and made a whole bunch of putts. That was a very good putting day.'
 
Simpson started on the back nine Saturday and flew out of the gate with three straight birdies from the 10th. He then carded back-to-back birdies from the 14th to get to 5 under through six holes.
 
The 50-year-old birdied three straight from the 17th as he played his first 10 holes in minus-8. With a 59 in his sights, Simpson birdied the third, but parred his next two.
 
Simpson got to minus-10 with a 10-foot birdie putt on the par-3 sixth. He still had a chance to shoot 59, but his 8-foot eagle putt on the eighth slid by the hole.
 
He tapped in for birdie and then needed an ace on the par-3 ninth to post 59. Simpson, however, pulled his tee shot well left of the green. He pitched inside two feet and tapped in for par.
 
'It was fun, a lot of fun,' Simpson stated. 'That was the best round I ever shot. It didn't seem that hard, because I just kept hitting a lot of good shots. I putted much better today too. I haven't putted well recently.
 
'I knew with three holes to go that I had a shot for 59. That was pretty cool. I've never been there before. I just missed putts on 16 and 17. I knew I had a shot if I made that putt on 17.'
 
Kuramoto was up and down all day. He birdied the first, but struggled to three straight bogeys from the fifth to slide to minus-7. He birdied eight and nine to get back to even-par for his round and 9-under overall.
 
The 50-year-old from Japan wrapped bogeys on 10 and 12 around a birdie on the 11th. Kuramoto birdied 13 and made it two in row as he also converted a birdie on 14. He drained a 6-footer for birdie at the last to end in a share of second.
 
Mark Johnson fired a 7-under 65 to move into a share of seventh at 8-under-par 136. Johnson was joined there by David Edwards (71), Walter Hall (68), Wayne Levi (68) and Doug Tewell (69). Keith Fergus, Mike McCullough and Mike San Filippo are one stroke further back at minus-7.
 
The Golf Channel will televise all three rounds beginning Friday at 4:30 p.m. ET.
 
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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.