Rose Wilson on Top at Nissan

By Sports NetworkFebruary 16, 2006, 5:00 pm
2006 Nissan OpenPACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. -- Justin Rose and Dean Wilson carded matching rounds of 7-under-par 64 Thursday to share the lead with round one of the Nissan Open suspended due to darkness.
Two-time winner Fred Couples opened with a 5-under-par 66. He was joined in a tie for third place by 2000 runner-up Jesper Parnevik, 1998 winner Billy Mayfair and Bob Estes.
Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods had plenty of ups and downs in his 2-under 69.
Tiger Woods, who has never won here in 10 career starts, including two as an amateur, posted a 2-under-par 69 and is tied for 31st.
First-round play at Riviera Country Club was suspended with eight players remaining on the course. Those eight players will resume their opening rounds at 11:00 a.m. ET on Friday. The second round will start as scheduled at 10:00 a.m.
Woods was all over the place during his opening round. He birdied the first, but bogeyed the next. The 30-year-old then double-bogeyed the par-3 fourth after missing the green well left of the putting surface.
The reigning Masters and British Open champion managed to get those two strokes back with birdies on six and seven. Woods got into the red at minus-2 as he birdied the ninth and 10th.
Woods got to 3 under with a birdie on the par-5 17th. However, the world's No. 1 player bogeyed the last to end at minus-2. Woods is battling a cold that bothered him throughout the round.
'I am disgusted at how I'm hitting it,' Woods said. 'Wishing my head would clear up, wishing this fever would break. It's not going to happen. Considering everything, I will take 2 under in a heartbeat though. Anything under par is a great score the way I feel.'
Rose opened his round on the back nine at Riviera. He dropped in back-to-back birdies from the 11th. After parring his next three holes, Rose rolled in a birdie effort on the 16th to get to 3 under.
Around the turn, Rose birdied the par-5 first to move to minus-4. He kept climbing the leaderboard as he birdied the par-3 fourth.
The 25-year-old came back two holes later with another birdie. Rose birdied No. 8 to grab a share of the lead.
'I am obviously really happy to get off to a good start,' said Rose, who has won twice on the European Tour. 'It's always nice to feel like you get into the tournament from the word go. That's what happened today. I birdied my second and third holes. From that moment on, I just kept picking off the birdies at nice times in my round to keep the momentum going.'
Wilson also began on the second nine and he two-putted for birdie on his first hole to get off to a quick start. He collected his second birdie on the 13th, his fourth.
The 36-year-old caught fire around the turn. Wilson birdied the par-5 17th and came right back to birdie the 18th.
The Hawaiian picked up his third straight birdie on the first to get to minus-5. Wilson, who has won six times in Japan, dropped in consecutive birdies from the sixth to move to 7 under. He parred his final two holes to share the lead with Rose.
'I started on the back side, and I played really nice. I started off hitting a driver on the first hole, the 10th, and got it on the green and just two-putted from there,' Wilson said. 'So that got me off to a good start. My first nine holes, I just played really nice. I don't think I missed a fairway or a green. I had some good momentum to build on.'
Chad Campbell, who lost to Adam Scott in last year's playoff, opened with a 4-under 67. He was joined in a tie for seventh place by U.S. Ryder Cup captain Tom Lehman, Rod Pampling, Corey Pavin, Rory Sabbatini, Harrison Frazar and Trevor Immelman. Jason Schultz and Craig Barlow are also at minus-4, but have to complete the 18th hole.
Scott is one shot behind that group at minus-3.
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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 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.