Riley Defeats NCAA Champ on Nationwide

By Sports NetworkJune 17, 2007, 4:00 pm
Nationwide TourBYRON, Minn. -- Chris Riley parred the second playoff hole Sunday to defeat Jamie Lovemark and win the Rochester Area Charities Showdown at Somerby.
 
Riley closed with a 2-under 70, while Lovemark fired a 7-under 65 as they finished at 16-under-par 272.
 
At the par-5 18th, the first playoff hole, both players made par and moved to the par-3 17th.
 
Riley made par for the win as Lovemark stumbled to a bogey to lose in just his second PGA TOUR-sanctioned start.
 
'I wasn't thinking I had to shoot a certain number today,' said Riley, who collected $90,000 for the win. 'I knew it was going to be tough. Jamie played some great golf today. It feels great to win again. This is not an easy tour to win on.'
 
Esteban Toledo, who shared the third-round lead with Jay Delsing, stumbled to a 1-over 73 in the final round. He fell into a share of third at 14-under-par 274, where he ended alongside Greg Chalmers (72).
 
Delsing, who also led after round two, faltered to a 2-over 74. He was joined at minus-13 by Patrick Sheehan, Richard Johnson, Lee Williamson, Jeremy Anderson and Gary Christian.
 
Lovemark, the reigning NCAA champion who played on a sponsor's invite this week, flew out of the gate with three birdies over the first four holes. He made the turn at 13 under after a birdie on the eighth at Somerby Golf Club.
 
The freshman at Southern California, who teed off well ahead of the leaders, birdied the 11th. Lovemark drained back-to-back birdies from the 14th to get to 16 under.
 
Lovemark, who started the round tied for 24th, still trailed by one at that point, but as he parred the final three holes the leaders fell back to him. He posted one of just two bogey-free rounds on the day.
 
So, Lovemark waited in the clubhouse as Riley finished the final eight holes. He would have been the first amateur to win on the Nationwide Tour.
 
'I didn't know what to expect,' said Lovemark, who matched Charles Howell III for the best finish by an amateur in tour history. 'This is the second-best tour in the world and I learned a lot from playing with guys like this.'
 
Riley opened with a birdie on the first, but gave that stroke back with a bogey at the par-4 third. Birdies at seven and 11 gave him a share of the lead at 16 under.
 
The former U.S. Ryder Cupper tripped to a bogey at the par-3 13th. Riley closed with a two-putt birdie, from 99 feet out, on the par-5 18th to force the extra session.
 
'The story of my week was my putter,' admitted Riley. 'I wasn't making many putts so I went into my closed and pulled out an old Ping putter. I made everything I had to this week, so that putter will stay with me for a while.'
 
Josh Broadaway and Fabian Gomez each closet with 68s. They were joined in a share of 11th at 12-under-par 276 by Jason Enloe, Chris Anderson, Chez Reavie and Tommy Tolles.
 
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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.