Roe Havret Share Telecom Lead

By Sports NetworkApril 29, 2004, 4:00 pm
04 Open de ItaliaMILAN, Italy -- Mark Roe and Gregory Havret fired matching rounds of 8-under-par 64 on Thursday to share the opening-round lead of the Telecom Open Italia.
Michael Campbell posted a 7-under 65 to join Christopher Hanell in a tie for third. Mark Foster, Graeme McDowell, David Lynn and Cesar Monasterio followed at 6-under-par 66.
Roe started on the 10th at Castello di Tolcinasco Golf & Country Club and ran off three birdies over his first six holes.
The Englishman continued his fine play on the front side with back-to-back birdies starting at the par-4 second and a birdie at the par-4 sixth that moved him to 6 under.
At the par-5 ninth, Roe reached the green in two and drained his eagle try to enter the clubhouse in the lead.
Havret, who won this event in 2001, had a strong start to his round with birdies on each of his first two holes. He added two straight birdies from the fourth but found trouble with a bogey at the seventh.
The Frenchman recovered quickly, however, with back-to-back birdies starting at the par-3 eighth to make the turn at minus-5.
Havret tallied another birdie at the 12th and knocked his approach inside 14 feet at the par-4 17th. Havret converted the birdie try and added a birdie at the last to join Roe in first.
Campbell, who has committed himself to the European Tour in 2004 after a season in which he split time on the PGA Tour, played the back side first and collected three birdies early on to go out in 33.
The New Zealander added a birdie at the first and caught fire down the stretch to remain one shot back.
He birdied the seventh and dropped his tee shot inside 18 feet at the par-3 eighth. Campbell sank the putt and two-putted for a birdie at the ninth to complete a bogey-free round.
'I knew I was playing well enough to shoot this score,' said Campbell, a six-time winner on the European Tour. 'All the par-5s are reachable in two I think.'
Hanell, who earned his first career victory on the European Tour at the Madeira Island Open earlier this year, reached 8 under with a 22-foot birdie putt at the eighth but found the water at the ninth en route to a closing bogey.
'I went for it and it wasn't the right choice,' Hanell said of his play on the ninth. 'I'm looking forward to the next three days.'
Angel Cabrera, Thomas Levet, Marcel Siem, Martin Maritz, Jamie Spence, Anthony Wall, Joakim Haeggman, Gary Evans and Martin Erlandsson share ninth place at 5-under-par 67.
Two-time Italian Open winner Ian Poulter was one shot further back in a tie for 18th.
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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.

    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."

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    Rahm (62) shoots career low round at CareerBuilder

    By Will GrayJanuary 18, 2018, 10:33 pm

    After a banner year in 2017, Jon Rahm found a way to add yet another accolade to his growing list of accomplishments during the opening round of the CareerBuilder Challenge.

    Rahm got off to a fast start at La Quinta Country Club, playing his first seven holes in 6 under en route to a 10-under 62. The score marked his career low on the PGA Tour by two shots and gave him an early lead in an event that utilizes a three-course rotation.

    La Quinta was the site of Adam Hadwin's 59 during last year's event, and Rahm knew full well that a quick start opened the door to a memorably low score.

    "Any time you have that going for you, you get thoughts come in your head, 60, maybe 59," Rahm told reporters. "I knew that if I kept playing good I was going to have more birdie opportunities, and I tried not to get ahead of myself and I was able to do it."

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    Rahm birdied his first two holes before an eagle on the par-5 fifth hole sparked him to an outward 30. He added four more birdies on the inward half without dropping a shot.

    The Spaniard is the highest-ranked player in the field this week, and while many players opted for a two-week stint in Hawaii he instead came home for some practice after opening the new year with a runner-up finish at the Sentry Tournament of Champions. That decision appears to have paid some early dividends as Rahm gets set to defend a PGA Tour title for the first time next week at Torrey Pines.

    Low scores were plentiful on all three courses during the opening round, and Rahm remained pleased with his effort even though he fell short of matching Hadwin's sub-60 score from a year ago.

    "That's golf. You're not going to make every single putt, you're not going to hit every shot perfect," he said. "Overall, you've got to look at the bigger picture. I birdied the last hole, had a couple of great sand saves coming in, shot 10 under par. There's not much more I can ask for."