Scott Wins Nissan Open in Playoff

By Sports NetworkFebruary 21, 2005, 5:00 pm
2005 Nissan OpenPACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. -- It only took one hole, but Adam Scott posted a par on the first playoff hole Monday to win the weather-shortened Nissan Open.
Scott birdied his 18th hole Sunday at Riviera Country Club to tie Chad Campbell at 9-under-par 133. Campbell had finished his second round on Friday.
The third round had begun Sunday afternoon, but more rain Sunday night into Monday rendered the course unplayable and the tournament was officially shortened to 36 holes.
It is the first time in Nissan Open history that the event was shortened to 36 holes. In the first 78 years of the tournament, only in 1993 had the event played less than the scheduled 72 holes. That year Tom Kite won a five-way playoff after 54 holes.
This was the first weather-shortened event on the PGA Tour since the 2002 Southern Farm Bureau Classic, which was won by Luke Donald. The last PGA event that only went 36 holes was the 1996 Buick Challenge.
In the playoff, Scott teed off first at the par-4 18th and found the left rough while Campbell hit his tee ball right down the middle of the fairway.
Scott's second came to rest short of the green in the fairway. Campbell lost his second shot right of the green and received a free drop from a puddle.
Campbell pitched his third 4 feet past the cup after Scott had chipped to 3 feet. Campbell hit a solid putt, but it slid over the left edge of the cup and rolled 2 feet by.
Scott stepped up and calmly sank his par putt for the win. The win will not be an official PGA Tour title, though, since the event only played 36 holes.
'It's been a tough week. Very unusual week, but I knew I had to make that putt on Sunday and it worked out in the end,' said Scott, who claimed $864,000 for the win. 'A win's a win. It's nice and I seem to be playing well. That was a little match play there leading up to this week.'
The PGA Tour heads to Carlsbad, California this week for the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.
Campbell lost in his first playoff on the PGA Tour.
'You know I didn't get to play any golf from Friday afternoon until then, but I just hit a bad second shot there and not a very good putt,' Campbell said. 'That wasn't the easiest putt, a little slider, a little four-footer. I should have made it, but Adam made a good par from where he was.'
Darren Clarke and Brian Davis shared third place at 8-under-par 134. J.L. Lewis and Colin Montgomerie were one stroke further back at minus-7.
Kevin Sutherland, the 2002 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship winner, led a group in seventh place at 6-under-par 136. He was tied there by Bob Tway, Fred Funk, Robert Allenby, Billy Mayfair and Aaron Baddeley.
Tiger Woods needed to finish solo fourth or better to reclaim the top spot in the World Golf Rankings, but ended in a tie for 13th at minus-5 after double bogeying his final hole.
Mike Weir, the 2003 and 2004 Nissan Open winner, ended the event at 2-under- par 142.
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    DJ shoots 64 to surge up leaderboard in Abu Dhabi

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 1:48 pm

    Dustin Johnson stood out among a star-studded three-ball that combined to shoot 18 under par with just one bogey Friday at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

    Shaking off a sloppy first round at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Johnson matched the low round of the day with a 64 that put him within four shots of Thomas Pieters’ lead.

    “I did everything really well,” Johnson said. “It was a pretty easy 64.”

    Johnson made four bogeys during an even-par 72 on Thursday and needed a solid round Friday to make the cut. Before long, he was closer to the lead than the cut line, making birdie on three of the last four holes and setting the pace in a group that also included good rounds from Rory McIlroy (66) and Tommy Fleetwood (68).

    Coming off a blowout victory at Kapalua, Johnson is searching for his first regular European Tour title. He tied for second at this event a year ago.

    Johnson’s second-round 64 equaled the low round of the day (Jorge Campillo and Branden Grace). 

    “It was just really solid all day long,” Johnson said. “Hit a lot of great shots, had a lot of looks at birdies, which is what I need to do over the next two days if I want to have a chance to win on Sunday.” 

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    Closing eagle moves Rory within 3 in Abu Dhabi

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 12:57 pm

    What rust? Rory McIlroy appears to be in midseason form.

    Playing competitively for the first time since Oct. 8, McIlroy completed 36 holes without a bogey Friday, closing with an eagle to shoot 6-under 66 to sit just three shots back at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

    “I’m right in the mix after two days and I’m really happy in that position,” he told reporters afterward.

    McIlroy took a 3 ½-month break to heal his body, clear his mind and work on his game after his first winless year since 2008, his first full season as a pro.

    He's back on track at a familiar playground, Abu Dhabi Golf Club, where he’s racked up eight top-11s (including six top-3s) in his past nine starts there.

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    McIlroy opened with a 69 Thursday, then gave himself even more chances on Day 2, cruising along at 4 under for the day when he reached the par-5 closing hole. After launching a 249-yard long iron to 25 feet, he poured in the eagle putt to pull within three shots of Thomas Pieters (65). 

    Despite the layoff, McIlroy edged world No. 1 Dustin Johnson, coming off a blowout victory at Kapalua, by a shot over the first two rounds. 

    “DJ is definitely the No. 1 player in the world right now, and one of, if not the best, driver of the golf ball," McIlroy said. "To be up there with him over these first two days, it proves to me that I’m doing the right things and gives me a lot of confidence going forward.”

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    Duke to fill in for injured Pavin at CareerBuilder

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 12:25 pm

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    Pavin was 4 over par when he withdrew after 17 holes Thursday because of a neck injury. Tournament officials phoned Duke, the first alternate, and asked if he would take Pavin’s spot and partner with Luis Lopez for the next two rounds, even though he would not receive any official money.

    Duke accepted and explained his decision on Twitter:

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    Pavin received a sponsor exemption into the event, his first PGA Tour start since the 2015 Colonial. 

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    Kelly, Sauers co-lead in Hawaii; Monty, Couples in mix

    By Associated PressJanuary 19, 2018, 3:52 am

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    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.