Scott Snares Top Spot

By Sports NetworkAugust 30, 2003, 4:00 pm
NORTON, Mass. -- Adam Scott shot a 9-under 62 on Saturday to storm into the lead after two rounds of the Deutsche Bank Championship. Scott finished 36 holes at 11-under-par 131 and owns a two-shot edge over Vijay Singh.
Justin Rose, who held the lead after an opening-round 63, managed an even-par 71 to finish three shots off the lead at 8-under-par 134 along with Geoff Ogilvy.
Tiger Woods had a scare of sorts on Saturday. After struggling with the putter in the opening round, the top player in the game bogeyed four of his first seven holes to fall back to 3-over par, two strokes off the projected cut at the time.
Woods was able to buckle down, however, and climbed out of the hole with back- to-back birdies starting at the 17th to make the turn at plus 1.
'I was certainly thinking about it,' Woods said of the possibility of ending his streak of cuts made. 'It definitely crossed my mind.'
Woods continued the recovery on the front side with two consecutive birdies from the second to return to 1 under, the exact same score in which he started the round.
The 27-year-old then ran home a 30-foot putt for a birdie at the fifth before hitting a remarkable shot at the par-5 seventh.
After his approach found a bunker, Woods blasted out and watched as his ball stopped within inches of the cup. He tapped in for birdie en route to a round of 69 and a 3-under-par 139 total.
'The swing doesn't feel all that bad,' said Woods, who has now made the cut in 111 straight events. 'I just need to get a few more putts like I did today, got some momentum going and got it rolling and hopefully I can keep it going.'
Scott played the back side first at the TPC of Boston and picked up his first birdie at the par-4 13th. He hit an 8-iron approach to three feet for an eagle at the par-5 18th and ran home a 45-foot putt for an eagle at the par-5 second to jump to minus 7.
'It was kind of just a normal day out there until the 18th where I made eagle and it kind of got me going,' said Scott. 'I felt like now is the time to get right in this tournament.'
The 23-year-old birdied the fourth and hit his approach to eight feet for a birdie at the fifth to join Singh in the lead at 9 under.
Scott kept on cruising and took sole possession of first with a birdie at the par-5 seventh. He then closed with a birdie at the ninth to pad his advantage.
Scott's best finish on the PGA Tour this year was third at the Match Play Championship, but the young international phenom hasn't finished in the top-10 since.
'You can only think of two weeks out of the whole year that were good performances but there hasn't been that much more than that, to be honest,' said Scott, who won the Scandinavian Masters on the European Tour this year. 'When I've played well, I've played quite well, but most of the time I've played quite poorly.'
Singh, who has won twice this season, ran off four consecutive birdies on the front nine to vault to the top of the leaderboard at 10-under par.
The 40-year-old stumbled with a bogey on the inward half to finish at 9-under-par 133.
'All in all, I'm playing pretty solid right now,' said Singh. 'I drove the ball very well. I hit a lot of greens and made some nice putts on the front side but the putter went cold on the back.'
Darren Clarke, who won last week at the WGC-NEC Invitational, dropped his second shot inside four feet at the par-5 18th for a closing eagle. Clarke carded a second-round 68 to join Steve Flesch, K.J. Choi and Tim Herron at 7-under-par 135.
Greg Norman, Tim Petrovic and Glen Day were one shot further back at 6-under-par 136.
The 36-hole cut fell at even-par 142 with such notables as Hank Kuehne, Aaron Baddeley and British Open champion Ben Curtis missing the weekend.
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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.