Price Prevails in Portugal Again

By Sports NetworkApril 29, 2001, 4:00 pm
Phillip Price fired an 8-under 64 on Sunday to come from behind and win the Portuguese Open. Price's 15-under 273 was two better than Padraig Harrington, who owned a piece of the lead after all three rounds, and Germany's Sven Struver.

This marked the second victory on the European Tour for Price, whose last win was at this event in 1994. He lost out on the championship last year when Gary Orr drained a 12-foot eagle at 18.

Price comments on his 2nd Portuguese Open win
'I think I'm relieved more than anything,' said Price, who had four second-place finishes last year. 'I've finished second so many times that I was thinking over the last three holes, I really do not want to blow this. I've found it difficult to win so to get the job done today was very, very pleasing.'

Stephen Scahill, one of the five co-leaders after the third round, tied for fourth with Alastair Forsyth and Ignacio Garrido. The trio finished at 11-under followed by Brett Rumford and Alex Cejka at minus 10.
Phillip Price approach shotPrice opened with five birdies in his first six holes, but overshot the green at the 7th and took bogey. Birdies at 10, 13 and 14 gave Price the outright lead, but once again he gave the charging field hope when he three-putted the 15th green for bogey.

The Welshman bounced back when he pitched in from the left rough for birdie at 16, followed by his 10th birdie of the round at 17.
Harrington had opportunities to challenge Price.
He missed a 12-foot birdie putt at 15 and then an eight-footer for birdie at 16. The Irishman's bid for the championship ended at 17 when he drove into a bush and after receiving a free drop because he was behind a television stand, failed to make birdie.

'I hit 18 greens and if somebody had told me I was going to play tee to green the way I did, I would have been thrilled,' said Harrington, who posted a 2-under 70 on Sunday. 'I should have had a better score. The four par-5s hurt me badly because I didn't birdie any of them and I reached all four, that was a pity.'
Price vaulted to 11th on the Order of Merit and sixth on the European Ryder Cup point list.
'I want to be a top player,' said Price. 'Winning was a goal and the Ryder Cup was another for this year. It was pleasing to get the job done here.'

Striver, also a co-leader after Saturday's round, birdied three of his last six to shoot a two-under 70 and share second place.

Simon Dyson and David Gilford, the other co-leader after round three, struggled on Sunday. Both shot 2-over 74s with Gilford mixing three bogeys and a birdie. Dyson double-bogeyed the 6th and closed with a bogey at the last. The pair ended up in a tie for ninth at minus 9.
Full-field scores from the Algarve Open de Portugal.
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Rahm focusing on play, not shot at No. 1

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 23, 2018, 9:06 pm

SAN DIEGO – Jon Rahm’s meteoric rise in the world rankings could end with him reaching No. 1 with a win this week at Torrey Pines.

After winning last week at the CareerBuilder Challenge, his fourth title in 51 weeks, Rahm has closed the gap on Dustin Johnson – less than 1.5 average points separates them.

With Johnson not playing this week, the 23-year-old Spaniard has a chance to reach the top spot for the first time, but only if he defends his title at the Farmers Insurance Open.

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“Beating Dustin Johnson is a really, really hard task. It’s no easy task,” he said Tuesday. “We still have four days of golf ahead and we’ll see what happens. But I’ll try to focus more on what’s going on this week rather than what comes with it if I win.

“I’ll try my best, that’s for sure. Hopefully it happens, but we all know how hard it is to win on Tour.”

Rahm has already become the fourth-youngest player to reach No. 2 in the world, behind Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy. 

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Rahm: Playoff wasn't friendly, just 'nervous'

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 23, 2018, 8:53 pm

SAN DIEGO – Too chummy? Jon Rahm says he and Andrew Landry were just expending some nervous energy on the walk up to the fairway during the first playoff hole of the CareerBuilder Challenge.

“I wouldn’t have been that nervous if it was friendly,” Rahm said with a smile Tuesday. “I think it was something he said because we were talking going out of the first tee.

“I didn’t know Andrew – I think it was a pretty good time to get to know him. We had at least 10 minutes to ourselves. It’s not like we were supporting each other, right? We were both in it together, we were both nervous together, and I felt like talking about it might have eased the tension out of both of us.”

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On Sunday, two-time U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange saw the exchange on TV and tweeted: “Walking off the tee talking to each other. Are you kidding me? Talking at all?”

Strange followed up by saying that, in a head-to-head situation, the last thing he’d want to do was make his opponent comfortable. When his comments went viral, Strange tweeted at Rahm, who won after four holes: “Hopefully no offense taken on my comment yesterday. You guys are terrific. I’m a huge fan of all players today. Made an adverse comment on U guys talking during playoff. Not for me. A fan.”

Not surprisingly, the gregarious Rahm saw things differently.

“We only talked going out of the first tee up until the fairway,” he said. “Besides that, all we said was, ‘Good shot, good putt, see you on the next tee.’ That’s what it was reduced to. We didn’t say much.” 

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Tiger grouped with Reed, Hoffman at Torrey Pines

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 23, 2018, 8:35 pm

SAN DIEGO – Tiger Woods will make his 2018 debut alongside Patrick Reed and Charley Hoffman.

The threesome will go off Torrey Pines’ South Course at 1:40 p.m. ET Thursday at the Farmers Insurance Open. They begin at 12:30 p.m. Friday on the North Course.

Woods is an eight-time winner at Torrey Pines, including the 2008 U.S. Open, but he hasn’t broken 70 in his last seven rounds on either course. Last year, he shot rounds of 76-72 to miss the cut.

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Reed, who has grown close to Woods after being in his pod during the past two international team competitions, is coming off a missed cut last week at the CareerBuilder Challenge. Hoffman, a San Diego native, has only two top-10s in 20 career starts at Torrey.

Other featured groups for the first two rounds include:

• Jon Rahm, Jason Day and Brandt Snedeker: 1:30 p.m. Thursday off South 1, 12:20 p.m. Friday off North 10

• Rickie Fowler, Patrick Cantlay, Xander Schauffele: 12:30 p.m. Thursday off North 10, 1:30 p.m. Friday off South 1

• Phil Mickelson, Justin Rose, Hideki Matsuyama: 12:40 p.m. Thursday off North 10, 1:40 p.m. Friday off South 1

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Singh's lawsuit stalls as judge denies motion

By Rex HoggardJanuary 23, 2018, 7:54 pm

Vijay Singh’s attempts to speed up the proceedings in his ongoing lawsuit against the PGA Tour have been stalled, again.

Singh – who filed the lawsuit in New York Supreme Court in May 2013 claiming the Tour recklessly administered its anti-doping program when he was suspended, a suspension that was later rescinded – sought to have the circuit sanctioned for what his attorneys argued was a frivolous motion, but judge Eileen Bransten denied the motion earlier this month.

“While the court is of the position it correctly denied the Tour’s motion to argue, the court does not agree that the motion was filed in bad faith nor that it represents a ‘persistent pattern of repetitive or meritless motions,’” Bransten said.

It also doesn’t appear likely the case will go to trial any time soon, with Bransten declining Singh’s request for a pretrial conference until a pair of appeals that have been sent to the court’s appellate division have been decided.

“What really should be done is settle this case,” Bransten said during the hearing, before adding that it is, “unlikely a trail will commence prior to 2019.”

The Tour’s longstanding policy is not to comment on ongoing litigation, but earlier this month commissioner Jay Monahan was asked about the lawsuit.

“I'll just say that we're going through the process,” Monahan said. “Once you get into a legal process, and you've been into it as long as we have been into it, I think it's fair to assume that we're going to run it until the end.”