Rain Wreaks Havoc in New Zealand

By Sports NetworkFebruary 23, 2007, 5:00 pm
Nationwide TourCHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand -- Rain wreaked havoc Friday with the second round of the New Zealand PGA Championship. The second delay forced by rain caused the second round to be suspended for the night.
 
The second round will resume Saturday morning at 8:00 a.m. local time, which is 2:00 p.m. (ET) Friday.
 
Michael Letzig, who shared ninth place entering the second round, fired a 4-under 68 to move into a share of the lead at 7-under-par 137.
 
Letzig was joined atop the leaderboard by three players who were unable to complete their rounds.
 
Peter Senior, Chez Reavie and Ryan Howison all stand at minus-7. Senior and Reavie have each completed 13 holes, while Howison, the first-round leader, finished 10 holes of round two at Clearwater Resort.
 
Letzig, a tour rookie, started on the back nine and traded a bogey for a birdie from the 10th and again from the 13th. From there, it was all birdies and pars.
 
The 26-year-old moved to minus-4 with a birdie on the par-three 16th. Letzig parred four straight around the turn.
 
Letzig dropped in a birdie effort on the par-4 third and got within one of the lead with a birdie at the fifth. He moved to 7 under when his birdie putt on seven found the bottom of the cup. Letzig parred the final two holes to end there.
 
'I feel like we've had the tough conditions with the wind (Thursday) afternoon and then the rain this morning, but I'll take it,' Letzig stated. 'I'm happy with what I've got.'
 
Howison, who also started on the back nine, birdied No. 10 to take the lead at minus-8. After seven consecutive pars, he stumbled to a bogey on 18 to fall back into a share of the lead. After he parred the first, play was stopped for the day.
 
Senior has been steady through his second round. He has posted 12 pars and a single birdie on the par-4 seventh.
 
Reavie was 1-over for his round through six holes with a bogey on 13. He moved within one of the lead thanks to back-to-back birdies from the 16th. Reavie birdie the third to join the group at minus-7. Play was stopped after he parred his next hole.
 
Sal Spallone is alone in fifth place at minus-6. He was 3-under through 13 holes of the second round before play stopped.
 
Phil Tataurangi (68) and James Nitties (70) share sixth place at 5-under-par 130. They were joined there by Matthew Jones, who was minus-1 through the six holes that he completed.
 
Bradley Hughes, who shared second place here in 2004, is among those tied for ninth at minus-4. Hughes has posted rounds of 71-69 through two rounds. He was joined there by David Hearn (through nine holes), Lee Williamson (eight) and Chris Nallen (five).
 
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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.