Sergio moves four clear on home course

By Sports NetworkOctober 25, 2008, 4:00 pm
Castello Masters CASTELLON, Spain ' Taking advantage of playing on his home course, Sergio Garcia fired his second 5-under 66 of the week to move four strokes clear of the field after Saturday's third round of the inaugural Castello Masters Costa Azahar.
 
Garcia, who shared the lead after round two, completed 54 holes at 16-under-par 197. Garcia has six European Tour wins, but hasn't won on this tour since the 2005 European Masters.
 
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'I am trying as hard as everybody else is, but fortunately for me I'm doing a little better than everybody else is,' Garcia conceded. 'We're here to try to win, like everyone else is, and I'm just happy to be in a good position at the moment.'
 
Soren Kjeldsen, who shared the lead after each of the first two rounds, posted a 1-under 70 and is tied for second place at minus-12. He was joined there by Simon Dyson (68), Peter Hedblom (68) and David Lynn (68).
 
Richard Finch, who shared the second-round lead with Kjeldsen and Garcia, managed an even-par 71. That dropped him into a share of sixth at 11-under-par 202, where he stands alongside Stephen Gallacher (65).
 
Garcia flew up the leaderboard on the front nine. He carded his first birdie on the par-3 second. After a pair of pars, Garcia caught fire.
 
The Spaniard connected on birdie chances at five and six to move to 14 under. Garcia then birdied the seventh and eighth, both for the third straight round. The birdie on eight was his best of the day as he holed out from a greenside bunker.
 
Around the turn, Garcia coughed up his lead. He stumbled to a bogey on the 10th and dropped another shot at 11 and he was joined in the lead at 14 under by Finch. However, Finch dropped three shots in four holes from the 12th to fall down the leaderboard.
 
For the third day in a row, Garcia birdied the par-5 13th at Club de Campo del Mediterraneo.
 
Garcia got to 16 under with a birdie on 14. He poured in a 20-footer for birdie at 16, but missed a short par putt on 17 to finish three clear.
 
'Things are getting better as the week has gone on. Other than a couple holes today, I felt like I hit the ball nicely,' Garcia said. 'I'm just looking forward to doing the same thing (Sunday).'
 
Kjeldsen parred the first 10 holes before carding two birdies and a bogey over the final eight for his 70.
 
Dyson moved up the leaderboard with three birdies on the front side. After posting his fourth birdie of the day on the 13th, he gave that shot back when he bogeyed No. 15.
 
Hedblom has taken advantage of the same holes all week it seems. He birdied the first and 13th for the third straight day. He birdied eight, 10 and 14 for the second times in three days, but also bogeyed No. 6 for the second day in a row. Hedblom also stumbled to a bogey on 11.
 
Lynn was keeping pace with Garcia as he birdied four of the first 13 holes to move to 13 under. He parred five straight from the 14th before tripping to a bogey at the last.
 
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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 Web.com 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.