Sergio Steals the Show at Booz Allen

By Sports NetworkJune 12, 2005, 4:00 pm
BETHESDA, Md. -- Sergio Garcia fired a 6-under 65 Sunday to win the Booz Allen Classic. Garcia finished the event at 14-under-par 270, two strokes clear of three players.
 
Davis Love III posted a 5-under 66 to climb into a tie for second place at 12-under-par 272. He was joined there by Ben Crane (67) and 2004 champion Adam Scott (68). Ryuji Imada posted a 67 to take fifth place at minus-10.
 
'I had a great week all week. I felt the course has been playing up to my game as the week went on, as it got a bit firmer,' said Garcia, who earned $900,000 for the win. 'I had good a beginning today. I was hitting really, really soft shots.'
 
Sergio Garcia
Sergio Garcia posted a 6-under 65 to beat out the likes of Adam Scott, Ernie Els and Davis Love.
Tom Kite, who owned the third round lead at Congressional Country Club's Blue Course, struggled to a 3-over 74. He ended in a tie for 13th at 7-under-par 277.
 
The 55-year-old Kite was looking for his first PGA Tour win since the 1993 Los Angeles Open.
 
Garcia, who won for the sixth time on the PGA Tour, opened with a 14-foot birdie putt on the first. He then dropped his second shot within 4 feet of the cup at the fourth to get to 10 under.
 
The Spaniard ran home an 18-foot eagle putt at the sixth to move into a tie for the lead. Garcia came right back to birdie No. 7 and move one shot clear of the field.
 
The 25-year-old birdied the ninth to move two shots clear of Ernie Els. Garcia made it two in a row as he birdied the 10th. After four consecutive pars, he missed the green at the par-5 15th and was unable to save par.
 
Garcia bounced back with a birdie on the 16th from 22 feet out. Clinging to a two-shot lead heading to the 18th tee, Garcia faced a daunting tee shot with water left of the green.
 
He missed the green in the right rough. Scott, who could have forced a playoff, found the water directly behind Garcia at 17. Scott bogeyed the hole and that was the cushion Garcia needed. He was unable to get up and down for his par at the last, but the bogey was good enough to give him the win.
 
With this victory, three of Garcia's six wins have come the week before the U.S. Open.
 
'I guess I have had the chance of playing great courses the week before the U.S. Open, Westchester twice and also here at the Congressional,' Garcia said. 'It is the tougher courses I feel good playing. I'm definitely looking forward to next week and hopefully I can get it going like this week and give myself a chance.'
 
Crane, a notoriously slow player, finished second despite some difficulties with his playing partner, Rory Sabbatini, down the stretch. Crane posted four birdies and one bogey on the front nine.
 
The 29-year-old moved to 12 under with a birdie on 12. Crane struggled to a bogey at the 14th. At that point, the duo was put on the clock due to slow play. Crane parred his next three holes, but Sabbatini wasn't always watching.
 
On the 17th, Crane was preparing to hit his second shot while Sabbatini was already behind the green waiting to play his fourth after his second shot found water over the green.
 
Crane knocked his shot on the green. While he was walking up, Sabbatini took his drop and played his fourth. As Crane walked onto the green Sabbatini putted out, then walked to the 18th tee without watching his playing partner finish out. Crane two-putted for par.
 
Sabbatini closed with a two-putt par at the last after Crane ran in a 30-foot birdie putt to share second.
 
'As most everyone knows, Rory is a fast player and I am a slow player,' said Crane of the situation. 'The only reason we were on the clock was because of me. Is Rory out of line? No, not really because I'm the one that got us on the clock. It's really an unfortunate situation and I understand how he feels. I do feel bad we got put on the clock.'
 
Love moved to 9 under with three birdies and a bogey on the front nine. He played the back nine in 3 under to share second place.
 
Scott, who taught Garcia a new practice drill for his putting earlier in the week, moved to 13 under thanks to four birdies over his opening 15 holes. However, at the 17th, Scott's approach shot bounced off the green, through a bunker and into the water behind the green. That led to a bogey and his sharing second.
 
Sabbatini finished alone in sixth place at 9-under-par 275. Stuart Appleby, Joe Durant, Els, Matt Gogel, Joey Snyder III and Rod Pampling were one stroke further back at minus-8.
 
Vijay Singh closed with a even-par 71. He ended in a tie for 29th at 5-under-par 279 and will lose his No. 1 ranking in the world to Tiger Woods heading into the season's second major, the U.S. Open at Pinehurst.
 
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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.