Spanish Rookie Gets First Euro Tour Win

By Sports NetworkJune 12, 2005, 4:00 pm
European TourHILVERSUM, Netherlands -- Spanish rookie Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano posted a 3-under 67 on Sunday to come from behind and earn his first European Tour victory at the KLM Dutch Open. He finished at 11-under-par 269 and won by two shots at Hilversumsche Golf Club.
'It's difficult to explain,' said Fernandez-Castano. 'I went out today to play my best golf, and that's what happened. It's a dream come true. It's the icing on the cake.'
Gary Emerson, the overnight leader, struggled with the driver on Sunday. He two-putted for birdie at the last to polish off an even-par 70 and finish alone in second at minus-9.
Paul Broadhurst, who was tied with Fernandez-Castano one shot behind Emerson at the start of the final round, also shot an even-par 70. He took third at 8-under-par 272.
The lead turned quickly Sunday as Fernandez-Castano bogeyed his first, but rebounded with a birdie at No. 2. On the par-four third, Fernandez-Castano hit a 7-iron from 145 yards and dunked it for an eagle-2. That gave him the lead, one he did not relinquish, at 10 under par.
'I had about 145 yards to the pin and I tried to pitch it a few yards short of that,' admitted Fernandez-Castano. 'It just went in. I can't complain.'
Emerson only trailed by a shot and holed a nice 10-foot par save at seven. He knocked his approach inside 10 feet at the eighth, while Fernandez-Castano had close to 30 feet. The Spaniard drained his long putt, but Emerson ran home his putt to stay within one.
The ninth proved to be a critical hole. Emerson drove into the trees on the right, but had an opening that allowed him to play his second just short of the green. Fernandez-Castano hit his approach to 25 feet and Emerson played his third 3 feet short of the hole. Fernandez-Castano sank another long birdie putt and Emerson missed his to fall three behind.
Emerson bogeyed the 10th to drift four back, but last year's Russian Open winner had one trick left up his sleeve.
Emerson, who holed out for eagle at the first on Saturday, made eagle at No. 12 in the third round. On Sunday, he hit a 4-iron through the green and appeared to be in trouble considering Fernandez-Castano was 35 feet from the cup in two. Emerson chipped in for another eagle, and Fernandez-Castano three-putted for par.
While Fernandez-Castano holed the long birdie putts, and a 20-foot par save at 11, his flat stick let him down again at 14. He missed a 5-footer for par at the hole, but the lead stayed at two because Emerson made a mess of 14. Emerson, who missed the fairway with his drive, then again with his pitch-out, made bogey and was running out of holes.
Emerson badly pulled his tee ball left at the par-4 16th and landed in a right greenside bunker with his second. Fernandez-Castano found a fairway trap off the tee, but his second landed just long of the green. Emerson did not get up and down for par, but Fernandez-Castano did, and the margin was three with two holes to go.
Both parred 17 and Fernandez-Castano drove into trouble at the par-5 closing hole. He chipped out with his second and before he hit No. 3, Emerson hit a tremendous second that stopped 30 feet from the stick. Fernandez-Castano played his third into a greenside bunker.
Fernandez-Castano blasted out to 3 feet and Emerson nearly holed the eagle putt and tapped in for birdie. Had he made the eagle, that would have forced the tour rookie to make the putt to avoid a playoff.
It did not matter as Fernandez-Castano rolled in the par putt to become the seventh first-time winner on the European Tour in the 2005 campaign. He collected his first tour victory after only turning professional in September of last year. Fernandez-Castano was worried about retaining his card this year, now he has a two-year exemption.
'I was just one of those days where everything came easy,' said Fernandez- Castano. 'I was really feeling the pressure. I love this and think it will be good fun.'
Markus Brier shot a 1-under 69 and tied for fourth place with 2003 winner Maarten Lafeber, who posted a 2-under 68 on Sunday. The duo finished at 7-under-par 273.
Robert Coles fired a 4-under 66 to take a solo sixth at minus-6, while John Bickerton (65) and Peter Senior (70) shared seventh at 5-under-par 275.
David Lynn, last year's winner, carded an even-par 70 and tied for ninth with Pierre Fulke (68), Damien McGrane (68), Steven O'Hara (70), Andrew Oldcorn (71), Johan Skold (67) and Alessandro Tadini (72). The group was knotted at 3-under-par 277.
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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.