Reid Looking for Back-to-Back Victories

By Sports NetworkJune 4, 2005, 4:00 pm
POLK CITY, Iowa -- Mike Reid, fresh off his major triumph last week, posted a 5-under 66 on Saturday to take the second-round lead of the Allianz Championship. He stands at 7-under-par 135 at the Tournament Club of Iowa and owns a two-shot lead.
Overnight co-leader Tom Jenkins shot a 1-over 72 in the second round and is tied for second place. Bruce Fleisher (70), Bob Gilder (66) and Morris Hatalsky (67) joined Jenkins at 5-under-par 137.
Reid took advantage of the par-5 opening hole when his three-wood second shot landed in the front bunker. He blasted out to 12 feet and converted the birdie try.
The 50-year-old tour rookie birdied the par-5 fourth, but made a mess of the par-3 fifth. Reid's 5-iron landed 60 feet from the hole and he three-putted for a bogey. He hit a 9-iron to 14 feet to set up a birdie at the seventh and made the turn at 2-under 33.
At the par-5 13th, Reid hit a 5-wood to 5 feet and rolled in the eagle putt. He parred his next three holes, then reached the green in two at the par-5 17th. Reid two-putted from 40 feet to polish off his round and take his two-shot edge.
'The round today hinged on the par-5s,' said Reid. 'I took advantage of those today and played the rest of the golf course well enough. I'm pleased with the round.'
Reid was not sure if he would ready to play this week after an amazing Sunday afternoon last week. Reid trailed Jerry Pate by three shots on the 72nd hole, but eagled and when Pate made bogey, it was on to a playoff.
Reid birdied the first extra hole at Laurel Valley and collected not only his first Champions Tour major, but his first victory. Now, he has a chance to become the fourth multiple winner this year on tour and the second to win back-to-back events after Jim Thorpe turned the trick last month.
'I was a little concerned coming into this week that I wouldn't be focused,' admitted Reid. 'I knew I've been playing well. Once I got a few holes in on Friday, I found myself focusing so that was good. This course forces you to pay attention.'
Jenkins was even on his front nine, but a lone bogey at the 12th dropped him into a share of second. Fleisher collected two birdies and a bogey on the front nine, but parred his final 11 holes.
Gilder made the turn at 2 under and flew up the leaderboard with his play early on the back nine. He drained a 15-foot birdie putt at 10 and a 10-foot birdie putt at 11 to reach 4 under for the championship. Gilder two-putted for birdie at the 13th to get into the logjam in second.
'I'm looking forward to seeing how I do on this course tomorrow,' said Gilder, who switched to the claw putting grip on Friday. 'Six birdies, I'm happy with that.'
Hatalsky tallied four birdies in his round, but seemed to be in trouble at the 16th. He rolled in a 10-foot par save to finish off his bogey-free round.
Defending champion D.A. Weibring shot a 4-under 67 and is tied for sixth place with Gil Morgan (67), Mike McCullough (68) and James Mason (69). The group is knotted at 4-under-par 138.
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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 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.

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    Mickelson starts fast, fades to 70 at La Quinta

    By Will GrayJanuary 18, 2018, 11:07 pm

    Phil Mickelson got off to a fast start in his first competitive round of 2018 - for six holes, at least.

    The 47-year-old is making his first start since the WGC-HSBC Champions this week at the CareerBuilder Challenge, and only his third competitive appearance since the BMW Championship in September. Four birdies over his first six holes indicated that a strong opener might be in the cards, but Mickelson played his subsequent holes in 2 over.

    It added up to a 2-under 70 at La Quinta Country Club, typically the easiest of the three courses in rotation this week, and left Mickelson eight shots behind Jon Rahm.

    "It was fun to get back out and be competitive," Mickelson told reporters. "I for some reason am stuck on 70 here at La Quinta, whether I get off to a good start or a bad one, I end up shooting the same score."

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    Mickelson stunted his momentum with a tee shot out of bounds on the par-4 eighth hole, but he managed to save bogey and otherwise drove the ball relatively well. Instead, he pointed to his normally reliable iron play as the culprit for his back-nine backslide on a day when more than 120 players in the 156-man field broke par.

    Mickelson will now head to the Nicklaus Tournament Course with the Stadium Course on tap for Saturday's third round. While there were several low scores Thursday at La Quinta, Mickelson remains bullish about the birdie opportunities that still lie ahead.

    "This isn't the course where I go low on," Mickelson said. "I feel more comfortable on Stadium and Nicklaus. Neither of them are nearly as tight and I tend to score a lot lower on those other two than I do here, historically."