Scott Fires Sunday 61 for Qatar Title

By Sports NetworkJanuary 27, 2008, 5:00 pm
European TourDOHA, Qatar -- Trailing by three shots entering the final round, Adam Scott fired an 11-under 61 Sunday to cruise to a three-shot win at the Qatar Masters.
Scott, who set the course record, completed the tournament at 20-under-par 268. Mark Pilkington and Robert Karlsson had set the old course record of 63 in 2001. Scott's total of 268 matched the tournament record that Paul Lawrie set in 1999.
'Well today was pretty special,' said an understated Scott. 'It didn't feel any different than any other day, but everything was going the right way. Right from the first green, rolling in a nice 15-18 footer there, it just went right in the middle. Everything was feeling good from there and I just ran with it.'
Scott, who also won this crown in 2002, collected his sixth European Tour win, but his first since the 2005 Johnnie Walker Classic.
The 61 was a personal best for Scott and was one stroke off the European Tour record. His previous best on the European Tour was 63, which he shot four times. On the PGA TOUR, Scott has carded four 62s.
'It's days like these that get your juices going,' Scott said. 'To go out and shoot 61 is certainly, under the conditions, the best-ever round.'
Scott's final two-round score of 126 was two strokes shy of the best closing 36 holes in European Tour history.
Henrik Stenson, the 2006 champion, gave Scott a run for his money as he closed with a 7-under 65 at Doha Golf Club, but it was only good enough to finish three back at minus-17.
Charl Schwartzel was two strokes further back at 15-under-par 273 after a final-round, 5-under 67.
Third-round leader Johan Edfors managed a 2-under 70 to end alone in fourth at minus-14. Lee Westwood matched Stenson's 65 to take fifth at minus-13. That was Westwood's fourth straight top-5 finish dating back to the 2007 season.
Scott got off to a flying start as he opened with a birdie on each of the first five holes. His birdie at the third gave him a share of the lead, while the birdies on four and five moved him two clear of Edfors.
'It's not the first time I've had a run, but for a Sunday of a tournament in contention it was a nice feeling to get out there and get the lead early,' Scott stated. 'I always like to consider myself a player who is not afraid of taking it deep and when you're on those runs you've just got to go with it.'
The Australian parred the sixth for the fourth straight day, but came back with a birdie on the seventh to get to 15 under.
Scott parred his next two, then birdied 10 and 11. Both of those birdies kept him two ahead of Stenson, who had birdied the ninth and 10th playing one group behind the leader.
He birdied the par-4 12th, then carded a pair of pars. Scott then birdied the 15th for the second straight day to take a four-shot lead. That birdie also got him to 10 under for his round.
With a chance at shooting 59, Scott parred the 16th and birdied 17 to get to 20 under. Needing an eagle at the par-5 18th to shoot 59, Scott only managed a par, but it was enough for a three-stroke win.
Stenson, who was searching for his seventh European Tour win, carded a bogey-free round of his own to keep the pressure on Scott.
The Swede ran off three birdies in a four-hole span from the third to jump to 13 under, where he trailed by two.
Stenson connected on back-to-back birdies from the ninth to remain two back. His challenge slowed as he parred four straight holes from the 11th. He birdied 15 and 16, but each was only good enough to keep him three back.
Needing a birdie and an eagle over the last two holes, Stenson managed to par both to finish three behind Scott.
'I'm delighted. I had a good finish in Abu Dhabi due to a good short game and good putting and I kept that going this week,' Stenson said. 'I tried my hardest. There is not much you could do about what Scott did.'
Edfors, a three-time winner during the 2006 season, was just 1 under after eight. However, he stumbled to bogeys on the ninth and 10th to slide to 11 under, where he trailed by six.
He ran off three birdies in a four-hole span from the 13th to get back to 14 under, but parred the last two to end alone in fourth.
Colin Montgomerie closed with his second straight 3-under 69 to take sixth at 11-under-par 277. Christian Cevaer, Nick Dougherty, Sergio Garcia, Jyoti Randhawa, David Howell and Anton Haig were one shot further back at minus-10.
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    CareerBuilder purse payouts: Rahm wins $1.062 million

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 12:50 pm

    Jon Rahm defeated Andrew Landry on the fourth hole of sudden death to win the CareerBuilder Challenger. Here's a look at how the purse was paid out in La Quinta, Calif.:

    1 Jon Rahm -22 $1,062,000
    2 Andrew Landry -22 $637,200
    T3 Adam Hadwin -20 $306,800
    T3 John Huh -20 $306,800
    T3 Martin Piller -20 $306,800
    T6 Kevin Chappell -19 $205,025
    T6 Scott Piercy -19 $205,025
    T8 Brandon Harkins -18 $171,100
    T8 Jason Kokrak -18 $171,100
    T8 Sam Saunders -18 $171,100
    T11 Harris English -17 $135,700
    T11 Seamus Power -17 $135,700
    T11 Jhonattan Vegas -17 $135,700
    T14 Bud Cauley -16 $106,200
    T14 Austin Cook -16 $106,200
    T14 Grayson Murray -16 $106,200
    T17 Andrew Putnam -15 $88,500
    T17 Peter Uihlein -15 $88,500
    T17 Aaron Wise -15 $88,500
    T20 Ricky Barnes -14 $57,754
    T20 Stewart Cink -14 $57,754
    T20 Brian Harman -14 $57,754
    T20 Beau Hossler -14 $57,754
    T20 Charles Howell III -14 $57,754
    T20 Zach Johnson -14 $57,754
    T20 Ryan Palmer -14 $57,754
    T20 Brendan Steele -14 $57,754
    T20 Nick Taylor -14 $57,754
    T29 Lucas Glover -13 $36,706
    T29 Russell Knox -13 $36,706
    T29 Nate Lashley -13 $36,706
    T29 Tom Lovelady -13 $36,706
    T29 Kevin Streelman -13 $36,706
    T29 Hudson Swafford -13 $36,706
    T29 Richy Werenski -13 $36,706
    T36 Jason Dufner -12 $27,189
    T36 Derek Fathauer -12 $27,189
    T36 James Hahn -12 $27,189
    T36 Chez Reavie -12 $27,189
    T36 Webb Simpson -12 $27,189
    T36 Tyrone Van Aswegen -12 $27,189
    T42 Bronson Burgoon -11 $18,983
    T42 Ben Crane -11 $18,983
    T42 Brian Gay -11 $18,983
    T42 Chesson Hadley -11 $18,983
    T42 Patton Kizzire -11 $18,983
    T42 Hunter Mahan -11 $18,983
    T42 Kevin Na -11 $18,983
    T42 Rob Oppenheim -11 $18,983
    T50 Alex Cejka -10 $14,025
    T50 Corey Conners -10 $14,025
    T50 Michael Kim -10 $14,025
    T50 Kevin Kisner -10 $14,025
    T50 Sean O'Hair -10 $14,025
    T50 Sam Ryder -10 $14,025
    T50 Nick Watney -10 $14,025
    T57 Robert Garrigus -9 $13,039
    T57 Tom Hoge -9 $13,039
    T57 David Lingmerth -9 $13,039
    T57 Ben Martin -9 $13,039
    T57 Trey Mullinax -9 $13,039
    T57 Brett Stegmaier -9 $13,039
    T63 Scott Brown -8 $12,449
    T63 Wesley Bryan -8 $12,449
    T63 Brice Garnett -8 $12,449
    T63 Sung Kang -8 $12,449
    T67 Talor Gooch -7 $12,095
    T67 Tom Whitney -7 $12,095
    T69 Matt Every -6 $11,623
    T69 Billy Hurley III -6 $11,623
    T69 Smylie Kaufman -6 $11,623
    T69 Keith Mitchell -6 $11,623
    T69 Rory Sabbatini -6 $11,623
    T69 Chris Stroud -6 $11,623
    75 John Peterson -5 $11,210
    76 Abraham Ancer -4 $11,092
    77 Ben Silverman 4 $10,974
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    After Further Review: Tiger's return comes at perfect time

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 2:19 am

    Each week, takes a look back at the week in golf. Here's what's weighing on our writers' minds.

    On the current state of golf as Tiger Woods returns to competition ...

    Less than four days before Tiger Woods returns to official competitive golf for the first time in a year, Jon Rahm, the new second-ranked player in the world, won on the PGA Tour and Rory McIlroy made an impressive 2018 debut on the European Tour (T-3).

    Not since Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus crossed paths at the 1960 U.S. Open has there been so many superstars all poised for big seasons, with world No. 1 Dustin Johnson having already won this year and Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas both coming off stellar seasons.

    It’s a good time for golf. - Rex Hoggard

    On Tommy Fleetwood's continued success ...

    There have been scores of talented European players whose skills didn’t translate to the PGA Tour … and maybe, in a few years, Tommy Fleetwood will prove to be no different.

    He sure looks like the real deal, though.  

    His title defense in Abu Dhabi – on the strength of a back-nine 30 in windy conditions – was his third title in the past 12 months and 11th top-10 overall. A few of those have come in majors and World Golf Championship events, too, which led the reigning Race to Dubai champion to accept PGA Tour membership for this season.

    Beginning at Riviera, he plans to play exclusively in the States through May, then reassess for the rest of the year. Hope he sticks, because he’s a fun personality with tons of game. - Ryan Lavner

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    Rahm passes Spieth to become world No. 2

    By Nick MentaJanuary 22, 2018, 1:25 am

    With his win Sunday at the CareerBuilder Challenge, Jon Rahm picked up his second PGA Tour victory and moved to No. 2 in the FedExCup points standings.

    He picked up one more No. 2, too.

    The 23-year-old Spaniard passed Jordan Spieth to move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking, behind only Dustin Johnson.

    In 19 months, since June 2016, Rahm has rocketed from No. 776 in the world to No. 2, thanks in part to his low divisor, his number of events played.

    Asked after his playoff victory over Andrew Landry to discuss his rapid ascent up the world rankings, Rahm was almost at a loss.

    “It's hard to believe to be honest, passing Jordan Spieth,” he said. “That's a three-time major champion. I only have two wins. He's got 10-plus, right? It's again – I've said it many times – I never thought I was going to be at this point in my life right now.”

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    Dating back to the start of last season on the PGA Tour, Rahm has racked up 12 top-10s, three runner-ups, and two wins.

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    Brady compares self to Woods after winning AFC title

    By Jason CrookJanuary 22, 2018, 1:05 am

    Tom Brady and Tiger Woods are two of the all-time greats in their respective sports ... a fact that is not lost on the five-time Super Bowl winning quarterback.

    Fresh off leading the New England Patriots to a AFC Championship victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, Brady was asked about winning the game despite a cut on his throwing hand - which made national news heading into the matchup.

    His response invoked the name of a certain 14-time major winner, something that would be tough to pull off, if not for the fact that he is, you know, Tom Brady.

    “I think it's kind of arrogant to say it bothered me when we had a pretty good game, so I wouldn't say that," the 40-year-old told reporters after the game. "It's like when Tiger Woods said, ‘That was my C game’ and he won the tournament."

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