Snead Makes History with Win in Maryland

By Sports NetworkJune 24, 2002, 4:00 pm
HUNT VALLEY, Md. -- J.C. Snead holed a 10-foot par save at the final hole Sunday to win the Greater Baltimore Classic, his first victory on the Senior Tour in almost seven years.
 
Snead last won on the Senior Tour at the 1995 Senior Players Championship. He established a record for most time between Senior Tour victories for a player - six years, 11 months and seven days.
 
'I won the Players Championship in '95 and had a chance to win the money title. Then I had a motorcycle accident and was out the rest of the year,' said Snead. 'It still bothers me yet. I was playing really well that year. I'm sorry I haven't won more.'
 
He posted a final-round 70 to finish the tournament at 13-under-par 203. He won by a shot over Bobby Wadkins, Doug Tewell and John Mahaffey, all of whom seemed to have their chances to reach 13-under par over the closing holes.
 
Snead was tied with Rodger Davis at 13-under when they and Mahaffey reached the par-five closing hole at Hayfields Country Club. Davis drove well left into a hazard but somehow left himself with a makeable par putt.
 
Snead left himself with a wedge approach shot but, for the second consecutive day, received a bad yardage from his caddy and rocketed the ball into a back bunker.
 
'I got the wrong yardage again at No. 18,' said Snead, who took home $217,500 for the win. 'I wanted to make sure I didn't come up short and I went in the bunker again.'
 
Snead blasted out of the bunker to 10 feet but had to watch as his playing partners all had putts that would impact the outcome of the tournament. Davis missed his par-saving putt and Mahaffey's 20-footer for birdie to tie Snead didn't drop.
 
Snead drained the putt and then dropped the putter in excitement for his fourth win on the elder circuit.
 
'The problem I had with the last putt was I didn't know where it was going,' said Snead, who at 61 years, eight months and nine days is the third-oldest winner on the Senior Tour. 'I just tried to play inside right. It was an absolutely perfect speed for that putt.'
 
Snead dedicated the victory to his uncle Sam Snead, the golf legend who passed away last month.
 
'I thought about it this week that it would be nice if I won for Sam,' said Snead. 'He watched the Senior Tour every week.'
 
The contenders stumbled home Sunday. Tewell nearly made birdie at 18 but the putt missed by a foot and then his par save never hit the hole. That gave him a bogey and cost him a chance at a potential playoff.
 
Tewell carded a final-round 67 while Wadkins shot a 66. Mahaffey posted a two- under 70.
 
Bob Charles received a two-stroke penalty at the 14th hole when he brushed sand away from the area around his ball while it sat on the fringe. Players are allowed to move loose items from the green, but not from any other part of the course.
 
Charles finished in the tie for fifth at 11-under par, two strokes behind Snead.
 
'I guess I was unaware of that rule, or didn't think of that rule at the time,' he said. 'The rules will trip you up. They've tripped everyone up at some point.'
 
Davis missed his short bogey save at 18 to finish in fifth alongside Charles, Wayne Levi, Bruce Fleisher and Jim Ahern.
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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.