Power Serg Garcia Wins Byron Nelson

By Sports NetworkMay 16, 2004, 4:00 pm
IRVING, Texas -- Sergio Garcia used a par on the first playoff hole Sunday to hang on and win the EDS Byron Nelson Championship for his fourth career victory on the PGA Tour.
'I pulled it through,' said Garcia. 'I felt like I hit a lot of shots the way I wanted. I was trying to play aggressive and smart at the same time.'
Garcia took the 54-hole lead with a brilliant 65 Saturday at the TPC at Four Seasons. He battled with the wind and the course during the final round to fall back into a share of first after regulation at 10-under-par 270 along with Robert Damron and Dudley Hart.
The trio returned to the treacherous 18th tee to begin the extra session and Hart made things difficult for himself after his drive found the left rough. Damron followed and split the fairway while Garcia sent his drive to the left side.
Damron knocked his second to the front half of the green some 40 feet from the hole. Hart then launched his approach from the rough over the green and eliminated himself with a poor chip from behind the putting surface.
Garcia hit a hesitant second shot that rolled within 30 feet of the hole. Damron's birdie try rolled 5 feet past the hole while Garcia's putt came within a few feet of the cup.
Damron, who won this event in a playoff in 2001, quickly attempted his par putt but missed in his rush. Garcia took full advantage and tapped in for his first victory on the PGA Tour since the 2002 Mercedes Championships.
Garcia took control of the tournament with some excellent ball striking on Saturday. Sunday was a different story, however.
'It was a difficult day out there,' said Garcia. 'The wind was very tricky. It was all over the place.'
He jumped out of the gate with a birdie at the opening hole but gave that shot back with a bogey at the next.
Garcia was on in two at the par-5 seventh and walked away with birdie only to falter again with a bogey at the eighth after he missed the fairway off the tee.
At the par-4 15th, Garcia hit another poor drive and after he advanced the ball, Garcia played his third to 22 feet.
The Spaniard failed to save par to fall back into the logjam at minus-10. Garcia then parred his way in to secure a spot in the playoff after a round of 71.
Damron took the most exciting path to the extra session with a tremendous shot at the 15th.
The 31-year-old holed out from the fairway for an eagle with a 7-iron to move to 10 under en route to a round of 66.
Hart mixed a pair of birdies with a couple of bogeys on the front side but put pressure on the leaders with a birdies at the 14th and the 16th.
At the par-3 17th, Hart knocked his tee shot to 35 feet and drained the putt to earn a place in the playoff.
Tiger Woods missed a playoff by a single stroke for the second straight week but the top player in the game made a push down the stretch.
Woods remained erratic off the tee, missing virtually every fairway. His roller-coaster round seemed to right itself on the closing holes, however, including a lengthy birdie putt at the 17th that moved him to minus-9.
Woods hit another bad drive at the 18th and could do no better than par to share fourth place with Tim Herron (64) and Duffy Waldorf (68) at 9-under-par 271.
'A little bit disappointed because obviously I didn't play well, and I had a chance, even as poorly as I played,' said Woods, who carded a 69 in the third round. 'Just one of those things where I needed to try to keep it going, give myself looks at putts.'
Ernie Els, Nick Price, Stephen Leaney and Shigeki Maruyama finished one shot further back at 8-under-par 272.
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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