Scott Campbell Tied on Top at Nissan

By Sports NetworkFebruary 20, 2005, 5:00 pm
2005 Nissan OpenPACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. -- Rain continued to fall at Riviera Country Club Sunday, forcing the suspension of the third round of the Nissan Open. Adam Scott and Chad Campbell are tied for the lead at the weather- plagued event.
The only question is, what's next?
Here's what is official. The third round is scheduled to resume at 10:30 a.m. (et) Monday.
Tournament officials say that the intention is to play 72 holes, but that seems unrealistic due to heavier storms forecasted for Monday. If no more golf can be played, the scores from the 12 players who finished holes in the third round will be wiped out and the tournament will revert to a 36-hole event. That would mean Scott and Campbell would have a playoff.
If more than half of the field complete the third round on Monday, players would be obligated to finish the third round, which could make for a Tuesday finish.
That would cause even more problems because the WGC-Match Play Championship begins on Wednesday.
'We're getting into waters here that I can never remember being in,' said Mark Russell, PGA Tour Tournament Director. 'We're not going to make a decision on anything until the morning. We're going to wait and see. We'll make every effort to play.'
The last time a PGA Tour event was shortened to 36 holes was the 1996 Buick Challenge, which was won by Michael Bradley. The 2002 Southern Farm Bureau Classic was shortened to 54 holes before Luke Donald claimed victory.
The tournament has been plagued by weather all week. On Friday, there was a four-hour delay and on Saturday, not a single shot was struck. Sunday's second round featured a two-hour stoppage, then the completion of the round.
Another delay stopped the third round with no player completing more than two holes.
Scott finished his second round on Sunday and birdied his final hole to shoot a five-under 66. He is tied with Campbell, who posted a six-under 65 on Friday, at nine-under-par 133.
Darren Clarke carded a three-under 68 and is tied for third place with Brian Davis, the first-round leader who did not hit a single shot in his second round until Sunday. Davis posted a two-under 69 and matched Clarke at minus- eight.
Scott, who opened the second round on the back nine, collected four birdies through his first 12 holes to get within one of Campbell's lead. He knew that there was the possibility of the tournament being reduced to 36 holes, so Scott needed a birdie coming in to tie Campbell.
At the ninth, his 18th, Scott missed the fairway right, which hurt more than usual considering play has been contested under lift, clean and place. He was able to get an eight-iron on his ball and hit his approach 20 feet left of the hole.
Scott drained the birdie putt to grab his share of the lead.
'I had a pretty good line and it was probably one of my better strokes. It was nice to see that go down,' said Scott, who won last year's Players Championship. 'I knew what I had to do there today. The goal was to get to at least nine-under and see what happens.'
Scott, a three-time winner on the PGA Tour, would love to add victory No. 4, although it might not be an official win. If the tournament is trimmed to 36 holes, the win would not be official, but the prize money would be.
'That seems strange, but I'm not sure why,' said Scott. 'Do you not get to put that down on your profile? I don't know. Does it count at all? I guess there must be a reason for it. I can't think of one though.'
Colin Montgomerie, who lost a playoff to Steve Elkington at Riviera for the 1995 PGA Championship, fired a second-round, seven-under 64. He is tied for fifth place with J.L. Lewis, who carded a 65 on Sunday, at seven-under-par 135.
Robert Allenby (67), Aaron Baddeley (67), Billy Mayfair (66), Bob Tway (68), Kevin Sutherland (69) and Fred Funk (67) share seventh place at minus-six.
Tiger Woods needed a solo fourth or better to regain the No. 1 world ranking. Since the tournament will most likely be reduced, world ranking points will be worth 75 percent of their value. That means Woods will now need at least a third-place finish to unseat Vijay Singh from first.
Woods double-bogeyed his final hole in Sunday's second round and shot a one- under 70. He is part of a group tied for 13th at five-under-par 137.
Two-time defending champion Mike Weir posted a second-round, two-over 73 and is knotted in 37th place at minus-two.
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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.