Putzer Torches Toshiba Course in 60

By Sports NetworkMarch 19, 2004, 5:00 pm
04 Toshiba Senior ClassicNEWPORT BEACH, Calif. -- Tom Purtzer birdied the par-5 18th Friday to shoot a course-record, 11-under-par 60 and open a four-stroke lead after one round of the Toshiba Senior Classic.
Joe Inman carded a 7-under-par 64 to take second place. Morris Hatalsky is one stroke further back at minus-6, while John Bland, David Eger, Fuzzy Zoeller and Keith Fergus share fourth place at 5-under-par 66.
Purtzer got hot early and it carried him throughout his round. He drained a birdie putt at the first at Newport Beach Country Club, and came back with another birdie at the third.
The 2003 SBC Classic winner rolled in another birdie at the fourth and made it three straight when he birdied the fifth. Purtzer then sank a seven-foot birdie try at the 10th to get to 5 under.
'I hit some good shots on the front side,' said Purtzer. 'Usually when you go low, you tighten up. I did start to get anxious on the back side.'
The 52-year-old sank another birdie try at the 12th. After converting a birdie at the 14th, Purtzer jumped to minus-9 when he sank a five-footer for eagle at the par-5 15th.
Purtzer came right back to birdie the 16th. He had a chance to shoot 59 with the 18th being a par-5, but he missed the green. He did manage to get up-and-down for birdie to shoot 60. It was the fifth time in Champions Tour history that a player has shot 60.
'I really wasn't expecting much,' a subdued Purtzer said. 'I've been having trouble driving the ball and you've got to hit the fairway here. Once I made the eagle, I thought I had a chance at 59.'
Inman nearly matched Purtzer's magic, but a pair of front nine bogeys side- tracked him. He picked up birdies at the second and the par-4 fifth, however, Inman dropped a shot at No. 6.
The 56-year-old came right back to birdie the par-4 seventh. Inman again faltered to a bogey at the eighth to drop back to minus-1 but fought right back to birdie the ninth.
Inman dropped in back-to-back birdies from the 11th and again from the 14th to move to six-under. The two-time Pacific Bell Senior Classic winner birdied the 17th for solo second place.
'I was just magic today with my putter,' said Inman. 'I only made two bad swings all day. I've improved each week this year. I'm looking forward to playing now. This is the best place to be when you're playing well.'
John Jacobs, the reigning Senior PGA champion, posted a 4-under-par 67. He is joined there by Lonnie Nielson, Leonard Thompson and Bob Eastwood.
Champions Tour rookie Mark McNulty is one stroke further back at minus-3. He stands alongside Dave Stockton, Bruce Summerhays, Bobby Wadkins, Tom Wargo, Isao Aoki, Andy Bean and Bruce Fleisher in a tie for 12th.
Rodger Davis, the defending champion, opened with an even-par 71.
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  • Fitzpatrick one back in 2018 Euro Tour opener

    By Associated PressNovember 23, 2017, 1:37 pm

    HONG KONG – S.S.P. Chawrasia had six birdies and a bogey Thursday for a 5-under 65 and a one-stroke lead at the Hong Kong Open, the first event of the 2018 European Tour season.

    Playing in sunny but breezy conditions at the Hong Kong Golf Club, the greens had the players struggling to gauge the approach.

    ''Very tough conditions today,'' Chawrasia said. ''It's very firm greens, to be honest. I'm just trying to hit the second shot on the green and trying to make it like a two-putt.''

    Full-field scores from the UBS Hong Kong Open

    Shubhankar Sharma and Matthew Fitzpatrick (both 66) were one shot behind, while seven others were tied for fourth a further stroke behind.

    ''Hit it great tee to green,'' Fitzpatrick said. ''I think I had like seven or eight chances inside 15 feet, and on a day like today when it's so windy and such a tough golf course, with how tight it is, yeah, it was a good day.''

    Justin Rose, who won the title in 2015, shot was 2 under with five birdies and three bogeys.

    ''I think the course played a couple shots harder than it typically does,'' Rose said. ''I like this course. I think it offers plenty of birdie opportunities.''

    Masters champion Sergio GarciaRafa Cabrera Bello and defending champion Sam Brazel (69) were in a group of 16 at 1 under.

    Day, Spieth chasing Davis after Day 1 of Aussie Open

    By Jason CrookNovember 23, 2017, 6:50 am

    The PGA Tour is off this week but a couple of the circuit’s biggest stars – Jordan Spieth and Jason Day – are headlining the Emirates Australian Open, the first event in The Open Qualifying Series for the 2018 Open at Carnoustie. Here's how things look after the opening round, where Cameron Davis has opened up a two-shot lead:

    Leaderboard: Davis (-8), Taylor MacDonald (-6), Nick Cullen (-5), Day (-5), Brian Campbell (-4), Lucas Herbert (-4), Stephen Leaney (-4), Anthony Quayle (-4)

    What it means: Spieth has won this event three of the last four years, including last year, but he got off to a rocky start on Thursday. Playing in the windy afternoon wave, the world No. 2 bogeyed his first two holes but rebounded with birdies on Nos. 4 and 5. It was more of the same the rest of the way as the 24-year-old carded three more bogeys and four birdies, getting into the clubhouse with a 1-under 70. While it certainly wasn't the start he was hoping for, Spieth didn't shoot himself out of the tournament with 54 holes left to play, he has plenty of time to claw his way up the leaderboard.

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    Round of the day: With Round 1 in the books, the solo leader, Davis, is the easy pick here. The 22-year-old Aussie who turned pro last year, came out of the gates on fire, birdieing six of his first seven holes, including four in a row on Nos. 4 through 7. He did drop a shot on the ninth hole to go out in 30 but rebounded with three more birdies on the back to card a 8-under 63. Davis, who was born in Sydney and played this year on the Mackenzie Tour in Canada. He will attempt to get his Web.com Tour card next month during qualifying in Arizona.

    Best of the rest: Making his first start in his home country in four years, Day started on the 10th hole at The Australian Golf Club and made four birdies to one bogey on the back side before adding four more circles after making the turn. Unfortunately for the 30-year-old, he also added an ugly double-bogey 6 on the par-4 eighth hole and had to settle for a 5-under 66, good enough to sit T-3. Day, who has dropped to No. 12 in the world rankings, is looking for his first win on any tour since the 2016 Players Championship.

    Main storyline heading into Friday: Can the upstart 22-year-old Davis hold off the star power chasing him or will he fold to the pressure of major champions in his rearview mirror? Day (afternoon) and Spieth (morning) are once again on opposite ends of the draw on Friday as they try to improve their position before the weekend.

    Shot of the day: It’s tough to beat an ace in this category, and we had one of those on Thursday from Australian Brad Shilton. Shilton’s hole-in-one on the par-3, 188-yard 11th hole came with a special prize, a $16k watch.

    Quote of the day: “Just two bad holes. Pretty much just two bad swings for the day,” – Day, after his 66 on Thursday. 

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    Day gets in early mix with 66 in return to Australia

    By Associated PressNovember 23, 2017, 2:32 am

    SYDNEY - Jason Day's first tournament round in Australia in four years was a 5-under 66 to put him among the leaders early Thursday at the Australian Open.

    Day's round came unhinged late with a double-bogey 6 on the par-4 eighth hole, his second-last of the day. He hit his tee shot into the trees on the left, hit back out to the fairway, missed his approach to the green and then couldn't get up and down.

    ''That was brutal,'' Day said of the 481-yard hole that played into gusting winds.

    But Day recovered quickly to birdie his last to sit three strokes behind fellow Australian and early leader Cameron Davis, who started on the first, had six front-nine birdies and shot 63 at The Australian Golf Club.

    In between the two was Australian Taylor MacDonald, who shot 65.

    ''It was a pretty solid round, I didn't miss many fairways, I didn't miss many greens,'' Day said. ''I'd give myself a seven or eight out of 10.''

    Defending champion Jordan Spieth, attempting to win the Australian Open for the third time in four years, was off to a poor start among the afternoon players, bogeying his first two holes.

    The Sydney-born Davis played most of this season on the Mackenzie Tour in Canada and will attempt to secure his Web.com card in the final round of qualifying from Dec. 7-10 in Chandler, Arizona.

    ''Everything went to plan,'' Davis said. ''I got off to a great start. I was hitting my spots and was able to keep it together on the back nine.''

    NOTES: Australian Brad Shilton had the first ace of the tournament, using a 5-iron for a hole-in-one on the par-3, 188-yard 11th hole, his second hole of the day. Australian veteran Geoff Ogilvy, the 2006 U.S. Open winner, shot 69. He and Rod Pampling (68) played the first round with Day.