Remesy Tops Van de Velde in Playoff

By Sports NetworkJune 26, 2005, 4:00 pm
2005 Open de FranceVERSAILLES, France -- Jean-Francois Remesy double-bogeyed the first playoff hole Sunday, but it was good enough to defeat Jean Van de Velde and repeat as the winner of the Open de France.
 
Remesy and Van de Velde both closed with rounds of 2-under 71 to end at 11- under-par 173. Van de Velde finished with a bogey on the 72nd hole, after his tee shot found water, to force the extra session.
 
'What a day, what a week,' said Van de Velde. 'It was fun playing against Jean-Francois. He is a tough competitor. He played really well. He made a little mistake on 17, but I made equally on 18.'
 
The duo returned to the par-5 18th tee for the playoff. Both players found the fairway off the tee, but the pressure then got to each man.
 
Van de Velde's second shot flew long, left of the green and bounced into the water. Remesy, with an obvious opening, mis-hit his second shot and found the water short of the green.
 
Remesy took his drop and pitched his third 10 feet. Van de Velde, meanwhile, dropped where his ball went into the water instead of in the drop zone that Remesy played from.
 
Van de Velde pitched his fourth into a greenside bunker and the ball plugged in the sand. He blasted out into the rough. Van de Velde played his sixth inside of Remesy, but wouldn't need to putt.
 
Remesy two-putted for double bogey from 12 feet to become the first repeat winner since Nick Faldo in 1988-89.
 
'This is completely different to last year,' said Remesy. 'It is a shame for Jean as he also deserved the title, but I am very pleased to win it. Two times in a row is incredible. The playoff we were both exhausted and it was difficult to really finish that.'
 
The final round was completed Sunday despite a weather delay of nearly four hours. A strong thunderstorm brought drenching rain to the Albatross Course at Le Golf National.
 
Soren Hansen moved into a tie for the lead late on his opening nine, but faltered down the stretch to shoot even-par 71. He ended alone in third place at 8-under-par 276.
 
Frenchmen Francois Delamontagne and Gregory Havret shared fourth place at 5-under-par 279. They were joined there by Englishman Richard Finch and Australian Peter O'Malley.
 
Remesy was steady throughout his round. He opened with a birdie on the par- 3 second to get to 10 under.
 
The 41-year-old then birdied the sixth and made the turn at minus-12 after a birdie on the ninth. Remesy parred his next seven holes. He stumbled to a bogey on the 17th before a par at the last.
 
Van de Velde, well known for his late collapse at the 1999 British Open, birdied the first. He made it two in a row as he holed out from a greenside bunker on the second.
 
The 39-year-old bogeyed the par-4 seventh for the second straight round to fall back to minus-11. Van de Velde atoned for the mistake with a birdie on the ninth.
 
Van de Velde ran in birdie putts on 12 and 14 to get to 13 under and take a one-shot lead. He missed the green at the par-3 16th and was unable to get up and down for his par.
 
The Frenchman drove into the water on the 18th. He took his drop and found the putting surface with his third. Van de Velde was unable to make his par-saving putt though. The bogey dropped him to 11 under and back to the 18th tee for the playoff.
 
Van de Velde, playing this week on a sponsor's invitation, has missed most of the last two years after a pair of knee surgeries.
 
'I had a good chance and couldn't close it out, but I am pretty tough with myself,' Van de Velde said. 'I have to look at it a different way. I haven't been in this position the last three years and haven't been able to play golf the last two, so at least I am playing well, and all I can hope is to have another chance pretty soon.'
 
Bradley Dredge closed with a 3-under 68 to end in a tie for eighth place at 4-under-par 280. He was joined there by Anders Hansen, Jonathan Lomas, Jose Maria Olazabal and Eduardo Romero. Romero, who shared the lead entering the final round with Van de Velde and Remesy, struggled to a final-round, 5-over 76.
 
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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.