Slocum Snares Southern Farm Title

By Sports NetworkNovember 6, 2005, 5:00 pm
2005 Southern Farm Bureau ClassicMADISON, Miss. -- Heath Slocum fired a 6-under 66 on Sunday and edged a low-scoring field to win the Southern Farm Bureau Classic.
Slocum finished at 21-under-par 267 for a two-stroke victory at Annandale Golf Club and a $540,000 paycheck. It was the second career win for the 31-year- old, who spent part of his childhood growing up in nearby Vicksburg.
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Heath Slocum lets out a scream after a late birdie lifted him to the Southern Farm Bureau title.
'I grew up close to here and had a lot of friends and family out, so it was really special,' said Slocum, whose father Jack -- a former Mississippi club pro -- served as his caddie throughout the tournament.
Loren Roberts was tied with Slocum for the lead heading into the 17th hole, but he drove into the water and settled for a bogey while Slocum rolled in a 10-foot birdie putt to reach 21 under and assume his two-stroke lead.
Roberts, 50, was attempting to become the third-oldest champion ever on the PGA Tour. Instead, he settled for a second-place tie with Carl Pettersson at 19-under-par 269.
'Obviously I would have liked to win the tournament, but to see [Slocum] win it with his dad on the bag, it was pretty special,' said Roberts, who missed a birdie putt from the fringe at 18 and finished with a 68.
Last week's winner at the Chrysler Championship, Pettersson shot a 5-under 67 in his final round.
Pettersson also captured the Fall Finish with his third top-10 placement in the 11-event series. That netted the Swede a $500,000 check to go along with the $264,000 he earned in this event.
At one point during the round Slocum, Pettersson, Roberts and overnight leader Joey Snyder III were all tied for the lead at minus-20. Snyder bogeyed 14 to fall off the pace and finished alone in fourth place at 18-under, while Pettersson dropped a shot at 16 to fall back.
Slocum, whose only previous win on the tour came at last year's Chrysler Classic, bested a low-scoring field by mixing a tournament-best 25 birdies and one eagle with just four bogeys and one double bogey in his four rounds.
He wasn't the only player scoring well in a field that was missing the top 30 money winners who were eligible to compete at the Tour Championship in Atlanta.
In fact, just one of the 75 players who made the cut finished the tournament over par -- a remarkable number reached, in part, by a combined 86 rounds fired in the 60s over the final two days.
But Slocum made the best of the favorable conditions at Annandale. He played the last two days bogey-free, and after beginning the final round in a tie for second place, he really set himself up as a contender with five birdies on the front nine Sunday.
That put him at minus-20, and Slocum went on to collect eight pars and one birdie the rest of the way to end the tournament with 43 consecutive holes without a bogey.
Slocum embraced his father after rolling in his final par putt at 18. The elder Slocum is a former Mississippi club pro who participated in this event nine times when it was held at Hattiesburg (MS) Country Club.
'I told him 'No one is expecting us to win, so we just have to go out and hit the ball,'' Jack Slocum said.
Heath Slocum's season got off to a slow start with six missed cuts in his first 11 starts. But since then the former Nationwide Tour player has made 16 of 17 cuts, including 11 straight during one three-month stretch from May to August. His previous best finish of 2005 was a tie for fourth at the St. Jude Classic in May.
On the crowded leaderboard, seven players tied for fifth place at minus-17. Among them, Bo Van Pelt had the best final round with a seven-under 65. John Cook, Bob Tway, Charlie Wi, Shaun Micheel and Woody Austin all shot six-under 66s, while Tag Ridings reached minus-17 with a three-under 69.
After that, five players tied for 12th place at 15-under, while 14 players shared 17th place one stroke further back.
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    Kelly beats Monty with two-shot swing on final hole

    By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2018, 3:21 am

    KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii – Jerry Kelly made an 18-foot birdie putt on the final hole, Colin Montgomerie missed a 6-footer for par and Kelly turned a one-shot deficit into a victory Saturday in the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

    After Kelly drove it well right into lava rocks on the par-4 16th, leading to bogey and giving Montgomerie the lead, Montgomerie made a mistake with his tee shot on the last, finding a fairway bunker. Montgomerie's approach went over the green and after Kelly converted his birdie, the 54-year-old Scot jammed his par putt well past the hole.

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    It was the third win on the over-50 tour for the 51-year-old Kelly, who finished tied for 14th last week at the PGA Tour's Sony Open in Honolulu. That gave him confidence as he hopped over to the Big Island for his tournament debut at Hualalai. The limited-field event includes winners from last season, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.

    Kelly closed with a 6-under 66 for a three-day total of 18-under 198. Montgomerie shot 69. David Toms shot 67 and finished two shots back, and Miguel Angel Jimenez was another stroke behind after a 66.

    Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, closed with a 70 to finish at 10 under.

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    Rahm manages frustration, two back at CareerBuilder

    By Randall MellJanuary 21, 2018, 1:21 am

    Jon Rahm managed the winds and his frustrations Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge to give himself a chance to win his fourth worldwide title in the last year.

    Rahm’s 2-under-par 70 on the PGA West Stadium Course left him two shots off the lead going into the final round.

    “I wasn’t really dealing with the wind that much,” Rahm said of his frustrations. “I was dealing with not being as fluid as I was the last two days.”

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    The world’s No. 3 ranked player opened with a 62 at La Quinta Country Club on Thursday and followed it up with a 67 on Friday at PGA West. He made six birdies and four bogeys on the Stadium Course on Saturday.

    “The first day, everything was outstanding,” Rahm said. “Yesterday, my driver was a little shaky but my irons shots were perfect. Today, my driver was shaky and my irons shots were shaky. On a course like this, it’s punishing, but luckily on the holes where I found the fairway I was able to make birdies.”

    Rahm is projected to move to No. 2 in the world rankings with a finish of sixth or better on Sunday.

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    Cook leads by one entering final round at CareerBuilder

    By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2018, 12:51 am

    LA QUINTA, Calif. – Austin Cook hit a hybrid into the fairway bunker on the par-4 18th on a breezy Saturday afternoon at La Quinta Country Club, then chunked a wedge and raced a chip 20 feet past the hole.

    Kip Henley, the longtime PGA Tour caddie who guided Cook to a breakthrough victory at Sea Island in November, stepped in to give the 26-year-old former Arkansas star a quick pep talk.

    ''Kip said, 'Let's finish this like we did on the first day at the Nicklaus Course.' We made a big par putt on 18 there and he said, 'Let's just do the same thing. Let's get this line right and if you get the line right it's going in.'''

    It did, giving Cook an 8-under 64 and a one-stroke lead in the CareerBuilder Challenge going into the final round on the Stadium Course at PGA West. Fellow former Razorback Andrew Landry and Martin Piller were tied for second, and Jon Rahm and Scott Piercy were a another stroke back after a tricky day in wind that didn't get close to the predicted gusts of 40 mph.

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    ''I know that I wouldn't have wanted to play the Stadium today,'' Cook said. ''I think we got a great draw with the courses that we got to play on the days that we got to play them.''

    Cook played the final six holes on the front nine in 6 under with an eagle and four birdies.

    ''Starting on my fourth hole, I was able to make a birdie and kind of get the ball rolling and it never really stopped rolling,'' Cook said. ''Kip and I were doing really good at seeing the line on the greens.''

    After a bogey on 10, he birdied 11, 12 and 15 and parred the final three to get to 19-under 197.

    ''I think that tonight the nerves, the butterflies, all that will kind of be a little less,'' Cook said. ''I've been in the situation before and I was able to finish the job on Sunday. I think it would be a little different if I didn't play like I did on Sunday at Sea Island.''

    He's making his first start in the event.

    ''I came in from Hawaii on Monday, so I only had two days to prepare for three courses,'' Cook said.

    Landry, the second-round leader, had a 70 at the Stadium. Piller, the husband of LPGA tour player Gerina Piller, shot a 67 at La Quinta. Winless on the PGA Tour, they will join Cook in the final threesome.

    ''Piller's a good guy and we have played a lot together and same with Cookie,'' said Landry, the only player without a bogey after 54 holes. ''Hope the Hogs are going to come out on top.''

    Rahm had a 70 at the Stadium to reach 17 under. The third-ranked Rahm beat up the par 5s again, but had four bogeys – three on par 3s. He has played the 12 par 5s in 13 under with an eagle and 11 birdies.

    ''A little bit of a survival day,'' Rahm said.

    The wind was more of a factor on the more exposed and tighter Stadium Course.

    ''The course is firming up,'' Rahm said. ''I know if we have similar wind to today, if we shoot something under par, you'll be way up there contesting it over the last few holes.''

    Piercy had a 66 at the Stadium.

    ''I controlled my ball really well today,'' he said.

    Adam Hadwin had a 67 at La Quinta a year after shooting a third-round 59 on the course. The Canadian was 16 under along with Grayson Murray and Brandon Harkins. Murray had a 67 on the Nicklaus Course, and Harkins shot 68 at the Stadium.

    Phil Mickelson missed the cut in his first tournament of the year for the second time in his career, shooting a 74 on the Stadium to finish at 4 under – four strokes from a Sunday tee time. The 47-year-old Hall of Famer was playing for the first time since late October. He also missed the cut in the Phoenix Open in his 2009 opener.

    Charlie Reiter, the Palm Desert High School senior playing on the first sponsor exemption the event has given to an amateur, also missed the cut. He had three early straight double bogeys in a 77 on the Stadium that left him 1 over.

    John Daly had an 80 at La Quinta. He opened with a triple bogey and had six bogeys – four in a row to start his second nine - and only one birdie. The 51-year-old Daly opened with a 69 on the Nicklaus layout and had a 71 on Friday at the Stadium.

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    Phil misses CareerBuilder cut for first time in 24 years

    By Randall MellJanuary 21, 2018, 12:48 am

    Phil Mickelson missed the cut Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge. It’s a rare occurrence in his Hall of Fame career.

    He has played the event 15 times, going back to when it was known as the Bob Hope Classic. He has won it twice.

    How rare is his missing the cut there?

    The last time he did so, there was no such thing as a DVD, Wi-Fi, iPods, Xbox, DVR capability or YouTube.

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    The PGA Tour’s Jon Rahm didn’t exist, either.

    The last time Mickelson missed a cut in this event was 1994, nine months before Rahm was born.

    Mickelson struggled to a 2-over-par 74 in the heavy winds Saturday on the PGA West Stadium Course, missing the 54-hole cut by four shots. He hit just four of 14 fairways, just nine of 18 greens. He took a double bogey at the 15th after requiring two shots to escape the steep-walled bunker on the left side of the green.

    Mickelson won’t have to wait long to try to get back in the hunt. He’s scheduled to play the Farmers Insurance Open next week at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, Calif.