Scott Sensational At Scottish PGA

By Sports NetworkAugust 25, 2002, 4:00 pm
PERTHSHIRE, Scotland -- Adam Scott saved his best for last with a 9-under 63 Sunday to cruise to an unprecedented 10-shot victory at the Scottish PGA Championship. Scott finished at 26-under-par 262 for his third career victory on the European Tour.
'It is an important win, every win is important but it is important for me to win in Britain and in the continent of Europe, under different conditions,' said Scott, who shattered the previous 72-hole tournament record by nine strokes. 'The other times I have won in hot weather and this week was testing, especially Friday' so I can draw a lot of confidence from that.'
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Scott, who won the Qatar Masters in March by six strokes, was brilliant on the par-5s at the PGA Centenary Course at The Gleneagles Hotel. The Australian was 22-under on those holes throughout a commanding performance.
The 22-year-old started the day with a five-stroke lead and from the start it was evident he was not coming back to the field. Scott picked up his first birdie of the day at the par-5 second and added another at the par-3 fourth.
At the ninth, another par-5, Scott rolled in a three-foot putt for birdie to make the turn at minus-20.
Scott continued with a birdie at the 12th before a remarkable stretch over the final three holes. Scott reached the green in two at the par-5 16th and drained a long eagle putt before he ran home an 18-foot birdie at the very next hole.
Another par-5 awaited Scott at the 18th. Again he reached the green in two and converted for his fourth eagle of the tournament and an unforgettable performance. The win moved him to eighth on the money list and his 63, the best round of the tournament, was good for a Rolex.
'The reason for me to come this week was to win,' said Scott, whose 10-shot margin of victory is the largest on tour in 2002. 'To play my way back into the top 50 in the world, I need to play well because I feel like I should be up there. I haven't played well over the past few months but I've gone about it the right way, worked hard and got a fantastic result this week.'
Raymond Russell of Scotland entered the final round tied for second with Australia's Scott Gardiner. Russell started strong with back-to-back birdies before a bogey at the third. He added five more birdies to go along with an additional two bogeys to finish alone in second at 16-under-par 272.
Sam Torrance, who celebrated his 49th birthday Saturday, shot a final-round 67 to take third place at 15-under-par 273, his best finish on tour in 2002.
Gardiner found trouble with a triple bogey at the par-4 15th, but responded with two birdies over the closing three holes to finish alone in fourth at 12-under-par 276. Germany's Marcel Siem was one shot further back at 11-under-par 277 after a round of 68.
Ignacio Garrido posted a 5-under 67 to take sole possession of sixth place at 10-under-par 278. The Spaniard was followed by Ian Garbutt, Henrik Bjornstad, Andrew Oldcorn and Matthew Cort, who finished one shot further back at 9-under-par 279.
First round leader Richard Green carded an even-par 72 to finish in a group tied for 11th at 8-under-par 280. Green was joined by Raphael Jacquelin, Mathias Gronberg, Marc Warren and last year's champion, Paul Casey.
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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.

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Mickelson starts fast, fades to 70 at La Quinta

By Will GrayJanuary 18, 2018, 11:07 pm

Phil Mickelson got off to a fast start in his first competitive round of 2018 - for six holes, at least.

The 47-year-old is making his first start since the WGC-HSBC Champions this week at the CareerBuilder Challenge, and only his third competitive appearance since the BMW Championship in September. Four birdies over his first six holes indicated that a strong opener might be in the cards, but Mickelson played his subsequent holes in 2 over.

It added up to a 2-under 70 at La Quinta Country Club, typically the easiest of the three courses in rotation this week, and left Mickelson eight shots behind Jon Rahm.

"It was fun to get back out and be competitive," Mickelson told reporters. "I for some reason am stuck on 70 here at La Quinta, whether I get off to a good start or a bad one, I end up shooting the same score."

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Mickelson stunted his momentum with a tee shot out of bounds on the par-4 eighth hole, but he managed to save bogey and otherwise drove the ball relatively well. Instead, he pointed to his normally reliable iron play as the culprit for his back-nine backslide on a day when more than 120 players in the 156-man field broke par.

Mickelson will now head to the Nicklaus Tournament Course with the Stadium Course on tap for Saturday's third round. While there were several low scores Thursday at La Quinta, Mickelson remains bullish about the birdie opportunities that still lie ahead.

"This isn't the course where I go low on," Mickelson said. "I feel more comfortable on Stadium and Nicklaus. Neither of them are nearly as tight and I tend to score a lot lower on those other two than I do here, historically."