Scott Wetterich on Top Oberholser Misses 59

By Sports NetworkMay 12, 2006, 4:00 pm
IRVING, Texas -- Brett Wetterich fired a 6-under 64 on the TPC at Las Colinas on Friday to move into a share of the lead after two rounds of the Byron Nelson Championship. Wetterich ended 36 holes at 10-under-par 130.
 
Adam Scott, who shared the first-round lead with Steve Lowery, posted his second straight 5-under 65 to join Wetterich in the lead.
 
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Ernie Els is seven back after a 1-under 69 Friday.
Joe Ogilvie carded the second-best round of the day as he posted an 8-under 62. He moved into a tie for third with Omar Uresti (66) at 7-under-par 133.
 
Ogilvie's round would have been the low round of the day if not for Arron Oberholser, who fired a 10-under 60 on the Cottonwood Valley Course to climb to minus-6. Oberholser, who missed a birdie putt at 18 with a chance to shoot 59, stands alongside Lowery (69) and Phil Tataurangi (66) in a tie for fifth.
 
Action for the first two rounds was split over the TPC at Las Colinas and the Cottonwood Valley Course. The weekend will be contested on the TPC at Las Colinas course.
 
Oberholser, who earned his first tour win earlier this year at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, birdied the first, then ran off three birdies over a four-hole stretch from the fifth to get back to even-par for the tournament.
 
The 31-year-old birdied each of the first four holes on the back nine. After a pair of pars, Oberholser birdied 16 and 17 to get to 10 under for his round.
 
Oberholser found the putting surface at the par-4 18th with his second shot.
 
Looking at a 15-footer for birdie to become the fourth player in PGA TOUR history to shoot 59, Oberholser missed the birdie try badly to the right. He tapped in for par, and his round of 60 helped him jump from a tie for 120th to a share of fifth.
 
'It was a lot of fun. Well, I think I'm improving. My consistency is getting better,' Oberholser said. 'I'm focusing more on the mental aspect of the game than I have been. So it's just been I'm settling in, I'm finding it more comfortable out here, and I'm starting to feel like I did when I played on the Nationwide Tour and the Canadian Tour.'
 
Scott played at Cottonwood Valley on Friday and opened with a birdie on the par-4 first. He then birdied the third to move to 7 under.
 
The 25-year-old parred his next five holes before dropping in a birdie on the par-4 eighth. Around the turn, Scott birdied the par-3 12th to get within one stroke of Wetterich.
 
Scott grabbed a share of the lead with a birdie at the par-4 14th, then parred his final four holes to cap off a bogey-free round.
 
'It's been a while since I've had one of them,' said Scott, referring to the fact he has gone 22 holes without a bogey. 'That was steady golf out there. I made couple of good par saves that kept everything going. Other than that, I'm playing pretty nicely.'
 
Wetterich got off to a slow start at Las Colinas as he carded just one birdie over his first six holes. He birdied seven and nine to move to 7 under.
 
The 32-year-old poured in three straight birdies from the 12th to fly up the leaderboard. However, Wetterich tripped to a bogey on the par-4 15th. The two-time winner on the Nationwide Tour got that stroke back with a birdie at the last.
 
'Yeah, I played solid out there today. I was just trying to be patient,' Wetterich said. 'I ended up making a lot more birdies than I thought I would. I had a bad bogey from the middle of the fairway. Other than that, I think I played pretty well.'
 
Luke Donald, Bob Estes, Trevor Immelman and Bo Van Pelt are tied for eighth place at 5-under-par 135. Dudley Hart and Tim Herron are one stroke further back at minus-4.
 
The cut line fell at 1-over-par 141 with 80 players advancing to the final two rounds. Among those who missed the cut were 1987 champion Fred Couples (142), Zurich Classic of New Orleans winner Chris Couch (143), 2003 U.S. Open Champion Jim Furyk (143), 2002 PGA champion Rich Beem (145) and 2004 British Open champ Todd Hamilton (147).
 
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    Monty grabs lead entering final round in season-opener

    By Associated PressJanuary 20, 2018, 4:00 am

    KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii – Colin Montgomerie shot a second straight 7-under 65 to take a two-shot lead into the final round of the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

    The 54-year-old Scot, a six-time winner on the over-50 tour, didn't miss a fairway on Friday and made five birdies on the back nine to reach 14 under at Hualalai.

    Montgomerie has made 17 birdies through 36 holes and said he will have to continue cashing in on his opportunities.

    ''We know that I've got to score something similar to what I've done – 66, 67, something like that, at least,'' Montgomerie said. ''You know the competition out here is so strong that if you do play away from the pins, you'll get run over. It's tough, but hey, it's great.''


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    First-round co-leaders Gene Sauers and Jerry Kelly each shot 68 and were 12 under.

    ''I hit the ball really well. You know, all the putts that dropped yesterday didn't drop today,'' Kelly said. ''I was just short and burning edges. It was good putting again. They just didn't go in.''

    David Toms was three shots back after a 66. Woody Austin, Mark Calcavecchia and Doug Garwood each shot 67 and were another shot behind.

    Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, was six shots back after a 67.

    The limited-field tournament on Hawaii's Big Island includes last season's winners, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.

    ''We've enjoyed ourselves thoroughly here,'' Montgomerie said. ''It's just a dramatic spot, isn't it? If you don't like this, well, I'm sorry, take a good look in the mirror, you know?''

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    The missing link: Advice from successful tour pros

    By Phil BlackmarJanuary 20, 2018, 1:24 am

    Today’s topic is significant in that it underscores the direction golf is headed, a direction that has me a little concerned.

    Now, more than ever, it has become the norm for PGA Tour players to put together a team to assist in all aspects of their career. These teams can typically include the player’s swing coach, mental coach, manager, workout specialist, dietician, physical therapist, short-game guru, doctor, accountant, nanny and wife. Though it often concerns me the player may be missing out when others are making decisions for them, that is not the topic.

    I want to talk about what most players seem to be inexplicably leaving off their teams.

    One of the things that separates great players from the rest of the pack – other than talent – is the great player’s ability to routinely stay comfortable and play with focus and clarity in all situations. Though innate to many, this skill is trainable and can be learned. Don’t get too excited, the details of such a plan are too long and more suited for a book than the short confines of this article.

    So, if that aspect of the game is so important, where is the representative on the player’s team who has stood on the 18th tee with everything on the line? Where is the representative on the team who has experienced, over and over, what the player will be experiencing? In other words, where is the successful former tour player on the team?

    You look to tennis and many players have such a person on their team. These teacher/mentors include the likes of Boris Becker, Ivan Lendl, Jimmy Connors and Brad Gilbert. Why is it not the norm in golf?

    Sure, a few players have sought out the advice of Jack Nicklaus, but he’s not part of a team. The teaching ranks also include some former players like Butch Harmon and a few others. But how many teams include a player who has contended in a major, let alone won one or more?

    I’m not here to argue the value and knowledge of all the other coaches who make up a player’s team. But how can the value of a successful tour professional be overlooked? If I’m going to ask someone what I should do in various situations on the course, I would prefer to include the experienced knowledge of players who have been there themselves.

    This leads me to the second part of today’s message. Is there a need for the professional players to mix with professional teachers to deliver the best and most comprehensive teaching philosophy to average players? I feel there is.

    Most lessons are concerned with changing the student’s swing. Often, this is done with little regard for how it feels to the student because the teacher believes the information is correct and more important than the “feels” of the student. “Stick with it until it’s comfortable” is often the message. This directive methodology was put on Twitter for public consumption a short time back:

    On the other hand, the professional player is an expert at making a score and understands the intangible side of the game. The intangible side says: “Mechanics cannot stand alone in making a good player.” The intangible side understands “people feel things differently”; ask Jim Furyk to swing like Dustin Johnson, or vice versa. This means something that looks good to us may not feel right to someone else.

    The intangible side lets us know that mechanics and feels must walk together in order for the player to succeed. From Ben Hogan’s book:

    “What I have learned I have learned by laborious trial and error, watching a good player do something that looked right to me, stumbling across something that felt right to me, experimenting with that something to see if it helped or hindered, adopting it if it helped, refining it sometimes, discarding it if it didn’t help, sometimes discarding it later if it proved undependable in competition, experimenting continually with new ideas and old ideas and all manner of variations until I arrived at a set of fundamentals that appeared to me to be right because they accomplished a very definite purpose, a set of fundamentals which proved to me they were right because they stood up and produced under all kinds of pressure.”

    Hogan beautifully described the learning process that could develop the swings of great players like DJ, Furyk, Lee Trevino, Jordan Spieth, Nicklaus, etc.

    Bob Toski is still teaching. Steve Elkington is helping to bring us the insight of Jackie Burke. Hal Sutton has a beautiful teaching facility outside of Houston. And so on. Just like mechanics and feels, it’s not either-or – the best message comes from both teachers and players.

    Lately, it seems the scale has swung more to one side; let us not forget the value of insights brought to us by the players who have best mastered the game.

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    Woods, Rahm, Rickie, J-Day headline Torrey field

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 20, 2018, 12:47 am

    Tiger Woods is set to make his 2018 debut.

    Woods is still part of the final field list for next week’s Farmers Insurance Open, the headliner of a tournament that includes defending champion Jon Rahm, Hideki Matsuyama, Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler, Phil Mickelson and Jason Day.

    In all, 12 of the top 26 players in the world are teeing it up at Torrey Pines.

    Though Woods has won eight times at Torrey Pines, he hasn’t broken 71 in his past seven rounds there and hasn’t played all four rounds since 2013, when he won. Last year he missed the cut after rounds of 76-72, then lasted just one round in Dubai before he withdrew with back spasms.

    After a fourth back surgery, Woods didn’t return to competition until last month’s Hero World Challenge, where he tied for ninth. 

    Woods has committed to play both the Farmers Insurance Open and next month's Genesis Open at Riviera, which benefits his foundation. 

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    Even on 'off' day, Rahm shoots 67 at CareerBuilder

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 20, 2018, 12:36 am

    Jon Rahm didn’t strike the ball as purely Friday as he did during his opening round at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

    He still managed a 5-under 67 that put him just one shot off the lead heading into the weekend.

    “I expected myself to go to the range (this morning) and keep flushing everything like I did yesterday,” said Rahm, who shot a career-low 62 at La Quinta on Thursday. “Everything was just a little bit off. It was just one of those days.”


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    After going bogey-free on Thursday, Rahm mixed four birdies and two bogeys over his opening six holes. He managed to settle down around the turn, then made two birdies on his final three holes to move within one shot of Andrew Landry (65).

    Rahm has missed only five greens through two rounds and sits at 15-under 129. 

    The 23-year-old Spaniard won in Dubai to end the year and opened 2018 with a runner-up finish at the Sentry Tournament of Champions. He needs a top-6 finish or better this week to supplant Jordan Spieth as the No. 2 player in the world.