Rose Moves Out Front at the Hope

By Sports NetworkJanuary 19, 2007, 5:00 pm
2006 Bob Hope Chrysler ClassicPALM DESERT, Calif. -- Justin Rose posted a 6-under 66 on Friday to move into sole possession of the lead after three rounds of the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic.
 
He stands at 18-under-par 198 and is two in front of Scott Verplank, who shared the overnight lead with Rose.
 
This is the only five-round tournament on the PGA TOUR schedule. The format sees each player grouped with amateurs over the first four rounds before the cut is made.
 
The golfers compete on four courses -- Bermuda Dunes Country Club, the Arnold Palmer Private Course at PGA West, La Quinta Country Club and The Classic Club, which will host the final round on Sunday.
 
Rose carded his 66 at the Palmer Course at PGA West. Verplank shot a 4-under 68 at Bermuda Dunes to complete 54 holes at minus-16.
 
First-round leader Robert Allenby (70/CC), Lucas Glover (66/BD) and John Rollins (69/LQ) are knotted in third place at 13-under-par 203. Charley Hoffman shot a 4-under 68 at the Palmer Course and is alone in sixth place at minus-12.
 
The conditions, as they have been all week, were trying on Friday. The temperatures dropped considerably and the wind gusted over 20 miles per hour.
 
Rose was not immune from the conditions either, but was out in one of the later rounds on Friday. He teed off on the 10th hole at the Palmer Course and wasted little time in breaking into red figures.
 
At the par-5 11th, Rose hit a fairway-wood to 6 feet and drained the putt for eagle. He added back-to-back birdies from the 13th, but dropped a shot at No. 16.
 
Rose, an Englishman who tied for fourth as an amateur at the 1998 British Open, two-putted for birdie at the par-5 18th hole. He kept the strong play going with an 8-foot birdie putt at the first to keep the pace with Verplank at 17-under par.
 
When Verplank tallied a late bogey in his round, Rose was alone in the lead. Rose had a chance to pad the lead, but missed a 4-foot birdie try at the second.
 
Rose holed a pair of five-foot par saves at four and five, then took a two-shot lead with a birdie at the par-5 sixth. He parred out for the 54-hole lead as he is in search of his first win on the PGA TOUR.
 
Like everyone in the field, Rose was talking about the impact of the weather.
 
'The conditions were surprising today,' acknowledged Rose. 'Luckily I managed to keep my end of the bargain with the scoring which is good. I played very, very well today because there was some demanding par-fours out there.'
 
Verplank, who tied for second last year behind Chad Campbell last year, flew out of the gate on Friday with a birdie at the first hole. He added a 15-foot birdie putt at the sixth to move to 14 under par for the championship.
 
At the par-five eighth, Verplank reached the green in two and came up short on his 35-foot eagle try. He tapped in a short birdie putt, then sank a 4-footer for birdie at the ninth.
 
Verplank, twice an American Ryder Cupper, birdied the 14th to get minus-17, but trouble loomed. At the par-4 16th, Verplank's approach ran through the green to the back fringe. He chipped to 6 feet, but missed the par putt. Verplank parred his final two, including a 7-foot par save at 17 and a missed 6-footer for birdie at the last.
 
Verplank was just happy to complete his round in such trying conditions.
 
'When I left home and came out here, I thought I was headed to Palm Springs, but I think I ended up in Seattle or something,' joked Verplank. 'You like to leave the golf course thinking you got everything out of your round and I didn't today, but with conditions tough like today, I'm just happy to be done.'
 
Reigning Masters champion Phil Mickelson, making his first appearance since the Ryder Cup in September, is still floundering. He recorded a birdie and an eagle in his first four holes, but only played even-par the rest of the way.
 
Mickelson shot a 3-under 69 at the Classic Club and is part of a large group tied for 41st place at seven-under-par 209.
 
Charles Warren (66/LQ), John Senden (68/BD), Joe Durant (69/LQ), Matt Kuchar (71/PW), Dean Wilson (67/PW) and Heath Slocum (69/BD) are tied for seventh place at minus-11.
 
Campbell shot a 2-under 70 at the Palmer Course on Friday, but is danger of missing the cut. He stands in a tie for 83rd place at 2-under-par 214.
 

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    Kelly beats Monty with two-shot swing on final hole

    By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2018, 3:21 am

    KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii – Jerry Kelly made an 18-foot birdie putt on the final hole, Colin Montgomerie missed a 6-footer for par and Kelly turned a one-shot deficit into a victory Saturday in the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

    After Kelly drove it well right into lava rocks on the par-4 16th, leading to bogey and giving Montgomerie the lead, Montgomerie made a mistake with his tee shot on the last, finding a fairway bunker. Montgomerie's approach went over the green and after Kelly converted his birdie, the 54-year-old Scot jammed his par putt well past the hole.


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    It was the third win on the over-50 tour for the 51-year-old Kelly, who finished tied for 14th last week at the PGA Tour's Sony Open in Honolulu. That gave him confidence as he hopped over to the Big Island for his tournament debut at Hualalai. The limited-field event includes winners from last season, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.

    Kelly closed with a 6-under 66 for a three-day total of 18-under 198. Montgomerie shot 69. David Toms shot 67 and finished two shots back, and Miguel Angel Jimenez was another stroke behind after a 66.

    Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, closed with a 70 to finish at 10 under.

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    Rahm manages frustration, two back at CareerBuilder

    By Randall MellJanuary 21, 2018, 1:21 am

    Jon Rahm managed the winds and his frustrations Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge to give himself a chance to win his fourth worldwide title in the last year.

    Rahm’s 2-under-par 70 on the PGA West Stadium Course left him two shots off the lead going into the final round.

    “I wasn’t really dealing with the wind that much,” Rahm said of his frustrations. “I was dealing with not being as fluid as I was the last two days.”


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    The world’s No. 3 ranked player opened with a 62 at La Quinta Country Club on Thursday and followed it up with a 67 on Friday at PGA West. He made six birdies and four bogeys on the Stadium Course on Saturday.

    “The first day, everything was outstanding,” Rahm said. “Yesterday, my driver was a little shaky but my irons shots were perfect. Today, my driver was shaky and my irons shots were shaky. On a course like this, it’s punishing, but luckily on the holes where I found the fairway I was able to make birdies.”

    Rahm is projected to move to No. 2 in the world rankings with a finish of sixth or better on Sunday.

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    Cook leads by one entering final round at CareerBuilder

    By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2018, 12:51 am

    LA QUINTA, Calif. – Austin Cook hit a hybrid into the fairway bunker on the par-4 18th on a breezy Saturday afternoon at La Quinta Country Club, then chunked a wedge and raced a chip 20 feet past the hole.

    Kip Henley, the longtime PGA Tour caddie who guided Cook to a breakthrough victory at Sea Island in November, stepped in to give the 26-year-old former Arkansas star a quick pep talk.

    ''Kip said, 'Let's finish this like we did on the first day at the Nicklaus Course.' We made a big par putt on 18 there and he said, 'Let's just do the same thing. Let's get this line right and if you get the line right it's going in.'''

    It did, giving Cook an 8-under 64 and a one-stroke lead in the CareerBuilder Challenge going into the final round on the Stadium Course at PGA West. Fellow former Razorback Andrew Landry and Martin Piller were tied for second, and Jon Rahm and Scott Piercy were a another stroke back after a tricky day in wind that didn't get close to the predicted gusts of 40 mph.


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    ''I know that I wouldn't have wanted to play the Stadium today,'' Cook said. ''I think we got a great draw with the courses that we got to play on the days that we got to play them.''

    Cook played the final six holes on the front nine in 6 under with an eagle and four birdies.

    ''Starting on my fourth hole, I was able to make a birdie and kind of get the ball rolling and it never really stopped rolling,'' Cook said. ''Kip and I were doing really good at seeing the line on the greens.''

    After a bogey on 10, he birdied 11, 12 and 15 and parred the final three to get to 19-under 197.

    ''I think that tonight the nerves, the butterflies, all that will kind of be a little less,'' Cook said. ''I've been in the situation before and I was able to finish the job on Sunday. I think it would be a little different if I didn't play like I did on Sunday at Sea Island.''

    He's making his first start in the event.

    ''I came in from Hawaii on Monday, so I only had two days to prepare for three courses,'' Cook said.

    Landry, the second-round leader, had a 70 at the Stadium. Piller, the husband of LPGA tour player Gerina Piller, shot a 67 at La Quinta. Winless on the PGA Tour, they will join Cook in the final threesome.

    ''Piller's a good guy and we have played a lot together and same with Cookie,'' said Landry, the only player without a bogey after 54 holes. ''Hope the Hogs are going to come out on top.''

    Rahm had a 70 at the Stadium to reach 17 under. The third-ranked Rahm beat up the par 5s again, but had four bogeys – three on par 3s. He has played the 12 par 5s in 13 under with an eagle and 11 birdies.

    ''A little bit of a survival day,'' Rahm said.

    The wind was more of a factor on the more exposed and tighter Stadium Course.

    ''The course is firming up,'' Rahm said. ''I know if we have similar wind to today, if we shoot something under par, you'll be way up there contesting it over the last few holes.''

    Piercy had a 66 at the Stadium.

    ''I controlled my ball really well today,'' he said.

    Adam Hadwin had a 67 at La Quinta a year after shooting a third-round 59 on the course. The Canadian was 16 under along with Grayson Murray and Brandon Harkins. Murray had a 67 on the Nicklaus Course, and Harkins shot 68 at the Stadium.

    Phil Mickelson missed the cut in his first tournament of the year for the second time in his career, shooting a 74 on the Stadium to finish at 4 under – four strokes from a Sunday tee time. The 47-year-old Hall of Famer was playing for the first time since late October. He also missed the cut in the Phoenix Open in his 2009 opener.

    Charlie Reiter, the Palm Desert High School senior playing on the first sponsor exemption the event has given to an amateur, also missed the cut. He had three early straight double bogeys in a 77 on the Stadium that left him 1 over.

    John Daly had an 80 at La Quinta. He opened with a triple bogey and had six bogeys – four in a row to start his second nine - and only one birdie. The 51-year-old Daly opened with a 69 on the Nicklaus layout and had a 71 on Friday at the Stadium.

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    Phil misses CareerBuilder cut for first time in 24 years

    By Randall MellJanuary 21, 2018, 12:48 am

    Phil Mickelson missed the cut Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge. It’s a rare occurrence in his Hall of Fame career.

    He has played the event 15 times, going back to when it was known as the Bob Hope Classic. He has won it twice.

    How rare is his missing the cut there?

    The last time he did so, there was no such thing as a DVD, Wi-Fi, iPods, Xbox, DVR capability or YouTube.


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    The PGA Tour’s Jon Rahm didn’t exist, either.

    The last time Mickelson missed a cut in this event was 1994, nine months before Rahm was born.

    Mickelson struggled to a 2-over-par 74 in the heavy winds Saturday on the PGA West Stadium Course, missing the 54-hole cut by four shots. He hit just four of 14 fairways, just nine of 18 greens. He took a double bogey at the 15th after requiring two shots to escape the steep-walled bunker on the left side of the green.

    Mickelson won’t have to wait long to try to get back in the hunt. He’s scheduled to play the Farmers Insurance Open next week at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, Calif.