Rose Leads Curtis by One

By Sports NetworkAugust 27, 2005, 4:00 pm
PGA Tour (75x100)CROMWELL, Conn. -- Justin Rose struggled with his game Saturday, but managed an even-par 72 to keep his lead through three rounds of the Buick Championship. He stands at 12-under-par 198.
 
Ben Curtis, playing in the final group with Rose, posted a 3-under 67. His bogey on the 17th left him one behind Rose at 11-under-par 199.
 
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Corey Pavin's last PGA Tour win came in 1996 at the Colonial.
Defending champion Woody Austin fired a 5-under 65. He was joined in third place at 8-under-par 202 by Tjaart van der Walt, Jerry Kelly and Corey Pavin, who was a playoff loser here in 1991.
 
Rose struggled out of the gate with a bogey on the first. That was his first bogey on the week, and not his last. After three pars, he dropped another stroke on the fifth at the TPC at River Highlands.
 
The 25-year-old fought back with a 7-foot birdie putt on the sixth to get back to minus-11. Rose missed the green long and left at the par-4 seventh. No matter, as he putted the ball through the chipping area with his 3-wood and rolled it into the cup for birdie.
 
After a pair of pars, Rose again lost his second shot long, this time left of the 10th green. He blasted a chip shot through the trees onto the fringe, but he was unable to save par from there.
 
Rose got back to 12 under as his 9-iron approach to the 12th stopped within 3 feet of the cup. He kicked that in for birdie, but more trouble loomed.
 
After a three-putt par on the par-5 13th, Rose found a greenside bunker with his approach at the 14th. He was unable to save par and he fell to minus-11 and a tie for the lead with Curtis.
 
Rose came right back to roll in a 10-foot birdie try on the 15th. Curtis matched him, though. Rose two-putted for par on 16 and 18, while getting up and down for par on 17 to close with three straight pars.
 
'I'm very happy. This is the first time I've had a chance to win this year and I'm enjoying it,' said Rose, who has won four times overseas. 'We separated ourselves a little bit, but somebody always makes a run, so you have to expect that.'
 
Rose leads after three rounds for the first time in his PGA Tour career.
 
'I had the lead the best part of Friday and Saturday and I'm comfortable with it on Sunday,' Rose said. 'So I might as well have it now. Sleeping on it shouldn't be too much of a problem.'
 
Curtis, meanwhile, opened with a birdie on the third. The 2003 British Open winner got within two shots of Rose with a birdie on the seventh.
 
The 28-year-old Curtis reeled off five straight pars around the turn. After laying up at the par-5 13th, he got up and down for birdie from 98 yards out to move within one of Rose.
 
Curtis found himself tied for the lead as Rose bogeyed 14. Curtis ran home a 10-foot birdie try on 15 to match Rose's birdie.
 
However, Curtis lost his tee shot right off the tee at the 17th and found water guarding the fairway. After taking his drop, he knocked his third to 20 feet, but could only two-putt for bogey to end on shot shy of Rose.
 
Darron Stiles, who was the first player on the course, fired a 7-under 63 to move into seventh place at 7-under-par 203. Tim Petrovic and Kevin Sutherland are one stroke further back at minus-6.
 
Michael Putnam, who turned professional this week instead of playing in the U.S. Amateur, struggled to a 1-over 71. He shares 10th place at 5-under-par 205 with Darren Clarke, Brad Faxon, Spencer Levin, Spike McRoy and Nick Watney.
 
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    What's in the bag: CareerBuilder winner Rahm

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 10:37 pm

    Jon Rahm defeated Andrew Landry in a playoff to earn his second PGA Tour title at the CareerBuilder Challenge. Here's what's in his bag:

    Driver: TaylorMade M4 (9.5 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft

    Fairway wood: TaylorMade M3 (19 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft

    Irons: TaylorMade P790 (3), P750 (4-PW), with Project X 6.5 shafts

    Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind (52, 56 degrees), Milled Grind Hi-Toe (60 degrees), with Project X 6.5 shafts

    Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Red

    Ball: TaylorMade TP5x

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    Strange irked by Rahm-Landry friendly playoff

    By Jason CrookJanuary 22, 2018, 9:45 pm

    Curtis Strange knows a thing or two about winning golf tournaments, and based on his reaction to the CareerBuilder Challenge playoff on Sunday, it’s safe to say he did things a little differently while picking up 17 PGA Tour victories in his Hall-of-Fame career.

    While Jon Rahm and Andrew Landry were “battling” through four extra holes, Strange, 62, tweeted his issues with the duo’s constant chit-chat and friendly banter down the stretch at La Quinta Country Club, where Rahm eventually came out on top.

    The two-time U.S. Open champ then engaged with some followers to explain his point a little more in depth.

    So, yeah ... don't think he's changing his perspective on this topic anytime soon ever.

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    Randall's Rant: The Euros won't just roll over

    By Randall MellJanuary 22, 2018, 9:36 pm

    The Ryder Cup may not be the King Kong of golf events yet, but you can hear the biennial international team event thumping its chest a full eight months out.

    As anticipation for this year’s big events goes, there is more buzz about Europe’s bid to hold off a rejuvenated American effort in Paris in September than there is about the Masters coming up in April.

    Thank Europe’s phenomenal success last weekend for that.

    And Rory McIlroy’s impassioned remarks in Abu Dhabi.

    And the provocative bulletin board material a certain Sports Illustrated writer provided the Europeans a couple months ago, with a stinging assault on the Euro chances that read like an obituary.

    McIlroy was asked in a news conference before his 2018 debut last week what he was most excited about this year.

    The Ryder Cup topped his list.

    Though McIlroy will be trying to complete the career Grand Slam at Augusta National come April, he talked more about the Ryder Cup than he did any of the game’s major championships.

    When asked a follow-up about the American team’s resurgence after a task-force overhaul and the injection of young, new star power, McIlroy nearly started breaking down the matchup. He talked about the young Americans and how good they are.

    “Yeah, the Americans have been, obviously, very buoyant about their chances and whatever, but it’s never as easy as that. ... The Ryder Cup’s always close,” McIlroy said. “I think we’ll have a great team, and it definitely won’t be as easy as they think it’s going to be.”



    McIlroy may have been talking about Alan Shipnuck’s bold prediction after the American Presidents Cup rout last fall.

    Or similar assertions from TV analysts.

    “The Ryder Cup is dead – you just don’t know it yet,” Shipnuck wrote. “One of the greatest events in sport is on the verge of irrelevancy. The young, talented, hungry golfers from the United States, benefitting from the cohesive leadership of the Task Force era, are going to roll to victory in 2018 in Paris.”

    European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn won’t find words that will motivate the Euros more than that as he watches his prospective players jockey to make the team.

    And, boy, did they jockey last weekend.

    The Euros dominated across the planet, not that they did it with the Ryder Cup as some rallying cry, because they didn’t. But it was a heck of an encouraging start to the year for Bjorn to witness.

    Spain’s Jon Rahm won the CareerBuilder Challenge on the PGA Tour, England’s Tommy Fleetwood started the week at Abu Dhabi paired with American and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and won the European Tour event, and Spain’s Sergio Garcia won the Singapore Open in a rout on the Asian Tour.

    And McIlroy looked close to being in midseason form, tying for third in his first start in three months.

    Yes, it’s only January, and the Ryder Cup is still a long way off, with so much still to unfold, but you got an early sense from McIlroy how much defending European turf will mean to him and the Euros in Paris in September.

    The Masters is great theater, the U.S. Open a rigorous test, The Open and the PGA Championship historically important, too, but the Ryder Cup touches a nerve none of those do.

    The Ryder Cup stokes more fervor, provokes more passion and incites more vitriol than any other event in golf.

    More bulletin board material, too.

    Yeah, it’s a long way off, but you can already hear the Ryder Cup’s King Kong like footsteps in its distant approach. Watching how the American and European teams come together will be an ongoing drama through spring and summer.

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    Quail Hollow officials promise players easier conditions

    By Rex HoggardJanuary 22, 2018, 9:14 pm

    Quail Hollow Club - a staple on the PGA Tour since 2003 - debuted as a longer, tougher version of itself at last year’s PGA Championship, receiving mixed reviews from players.

    The course played to a lengthened 7,600 yards at last year’s PGA and a 73.46 stroke average, the toughest course in relation to par on Tour in 2017. As a result, it left some players less than excited to return to the Charlotte, N.C.-area layout later this spring for the Wells Fargo Championship.

    It’s that lack of enthusiasm that led officials at Quail Hollow to send a video to players saying, essentially, that the course players have lauded for years will be back in May.

    The video, which includes Quail Hollow president Johnny Harris and runs nearly five minutes, begins with an explanation of how the first hole, which played as a 524-yard par 4 at the PGA, will play much shorter at the Wells Fargo Championship.

    “I had a number of my friends who were playing in the tournament tell me that tee was better suited as a lemonade stand,” Harris joked of the new tee box on the fourth hole. “I doubt we’ll ever see that tee used again in competition.”

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