Taylor Retains Lead Glasson Fires 62

By Sports NetworkAugust 19, 2005, 4:00 pm
PGA Tour (75x100)RENO, Nev. -- Defending champion Vaughn Taylor fended off a low-scoring field and a course record Friday to remain in the lead after two rounds at the Reno-Tahoe Open.
Taylor fired a 5-under 67 in his second round to reach 13-under-par 131 for the tournament, one stroke better than Todd Fischer, who also shot a 67 Friday to reach minus-12.
Bill Glasson
Bill Glasson fired a course-record 10-under 62 in Friday's second round in Reno.
Bill Glasson is alone in third place after setting a new course record at Montreux Golf and Country Club with a 10-under-par 62. Glasson, who was even-par in his first round, bested the previous course record of 63 established by Notah Begay III in 1999 and matched by Brian Henninger in 2000 and Kirk Triplett in 2003.

'What a difference 12 hours makes,' said Glasson, who collected six birdies and a pair of eagles in his bogey-free round. 'Yesterday afternoon it was a real struggle...and I couldn't get a ball to stop by the hole.

'It's been so long since I've played a good round. I hope it's the beginning of more good rounds.'
Trailing Glasson by one stroke are Jesper Parnevik (68), Jonathan Kaye (66) and Fredrik Jacobson (70), who stand at 9-under-par 135. Craig Barlow is alone in seventh place one stroke further back after shooting a 68 in his second round.

Taylor followed up his 8 under first round with six birdies and one eagle on Friday. He began his round on the back-nine and opened with a birdie at No. 10, where he drained a 15-foot putt to get to 9 under.
The 29-year-old strung together six straight pars after that until a birdie at
the par-5 17th moved him to minus-10 around the turn.
Taylor went on to collect four more birdies on the front-nine to get to 14
under, including one at the par-3 seventh, where he sank a 17-foot putt.
But a bogey at his last hole -- the 616-yard, par-5 ninth --- dropped the
defending champion to 13 under.
'I hit the ball really well. I only missed a couple of shots all day,' said
Taylor, who collected his maiden PGA Tour victory here last year when he
birdied the first playoff hole to edge out Scott McCarron, Hunter Mahan and
Steve Allan.
'I left a few out there, especially on the last hole, but you're going to make
a few mistakes here and there. You learn from it.'

If Glasson made any mistakes in his round, it wasn't obvious.
The 45-year-old veteran -- a seven-time winner on tour, but not since the 1997
Las Vegas Invitational -- opened his round with three straight pars before
chipping in for eagle at the par-5 fourth to reach minus-2.

Glasson birdied two more holes to get to 4 under around the turn, and then
he really turned it on by playing the first five holes of the back-nine at
At the par-4 10th, he holed out from 152 yards with a 9-iron for his
second eagle of the day. That same 9-iron set up the last of his birdies at
No. 14, where he landed within 2 feet to get to 10 under.
'I've been changing my swing all year, and I just haven't really been able to
take it to the golf course,' said Glasson. 'Hopefully today may be that
breakthrough round I need.'

J.P. Hayes shot a 6-under 66 and leads a group of five players knotted for
eighth place at 7-under-par 137. The others are Duffy Waldorf (70), Steve
Allan (67), J.J. Henry (67) and Aaron Baddeley (70).

Among those not making the even-par cut line was Begay, the 1999 champion, who ended at 3-over-par 147 after shooting a 74 Friday. David Duval had the
highest score in the field with a 15-over-par 159 after two rounds.
Related links:
  • Scoring - Reno-Tahoe Open
  • Full Coverage - Reno-Tahoe Open
  • Getty Images

    After Further Review: Tiger's return comes at perfect time

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 2:19 am

    Each week, GolfChannel.com takes a look back at the week in golf. Here's what's weighing on our writers' minds.

    On the current state of golf as Tiger Woods returns to competition ...

    Less than four days before Tiger Woods returns to official competitive golf for the first time in a year, Jon Rahm, the new second-ranked player in the world, won on the PGA Tour and Rory McIlroy made an impressive 2018 debut on the European Tour (T-3).

    Not since Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus crossed paths at the 1960 U.S. Open has there been so many superstars all poised for big seasons, with world No. 1 Dustin Johnson having already won this year and Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas both coming off stellar seasons.

    It’s a good time for golf. - Rex Hoggard

    On Tommy Fleetwood's continued success ...

    There have been scores of talented European players whose skills didn’t translate to the PGA Tour … and maybe, in a few years, Tommy Fleetwood will prove to be no different.

    He sure looks like the real deal, though.  

    His title defense in Abu Dhabi – on the strength of a back-nine 30 in windy conditions – was his third title in the past 12 months and 11th top-10 overall. A few of those have come in majors and World Golf Championship events, too, which led the reigning Race to Dubai champion to accept PGA Tour membership for this season.

    Beginning at Riviera, he plans to play exclusively in the States through May, then reassess for the rest of the year. Hope he sticks, because he’s a fun personality with tons of game. - Ryan Lavner

    Getty Images

    Rahm passes Spieth to become world No. 2

    By Nick MentaJanuary 22, 2018, 1:25 am

    With his win Sunday at the CareerBuilder Challenge, Jon Rahm picked up his second PGA Tour victory and moved to No. 2 in the FedExCup points standings.

    He picked up one more No. 2, too.

    The 23-year-old Spaniard passed Jordan Spieth to move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking, behind only Dustin Johnson.

    In 19 months, since June 2016, Rahm has rocketed from No. 776 in the world to No. 2, thanks in part to his low divisor, his number of events played.

    Asked after his playoff victory over Andrew Landry to discuss his rapid ascent up the world rankings, Rahm was almost at a loss.

    “It's hard to believe to be honest, passing Jordan Spieth,” he said. “That's a three-time major champion. I only have two wins. He's got 10-plus, right? It's again – I've said it many times – I never thought I was going to be at this point in my life right now.”

    Rahm may only have two PGA Tour titles, but this is his fourth worldwide win in the last year, dating back to last season’s Farmers Insurance Open. He also took the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and the DP World Tour Championship on his way to claiming the European Tour’s 2017 Rookie of the Year Award.

    Dating back to the start of last season on the PGA Tour, Rahm has racked up 12 top-10s, three runner-ups, and two wins.

    He will head to Torrey Pines next week ready to defend for the first time.

    Getty Images

    Brady compares self to Woods after winning AFC title

    By Jason CrookJanuary 22, 2018, 1:05 am

    Tom Brady and Tiger Woods are two of the all-time greats in their respective sports ... a fact that is not lost on the five-time Super Bowl winning quarterback.

    Fresh off leading the New England Patriots to a AFC Championship victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, Brady was asked about winning the game despite a cut on his throwing hand - which made national news heading into the matchup.

    His response invoked the name of a certain 14-time major winner, something that would be tough to pull off, if not for the fact that he is, you know, Tom Brady.

    “I think it's kind of arrogant to say it bothered me when we had a pretty good game, so I wouldn't say that," the 40-year-old told reporters after the game. "It's like when Tiger Woods said, ‘That was my C game’ and he won the tournament."

    Tiger Woods winning with his "C game" may be a distant memory for golf fans, but no matter what game he brings, his next chance to win comes next week at Torrey Pines during his official comeback to the PGA Tour.

    Brady has a shot at his sixth Super Bowl title in two weeks. The Patriots would probably benefit from him bringing a little better than his "C game" as well.

    Getty Images

    Rahm beats Landry in playoff to win CareerBuilder

    By Nick MentaJanuary 22, 2018, 1:00 am

    Jon Rahm birdied the fourth extra hole Sunday to defeat Andrew Landry in a playoff, win the CareerBuilder Challenge and move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking. Here’s how things played out in overtime at PGA West:

    Leaderboard: Rahm (-22), Landry (-22), John Huh (-20), Adam Hadwin (-20), Martin Piller (-20), Kevin Chappell (-19), Scott Piercy (-19)

    What it means: This is Rahm’s second PGA Tour win and his fourth worldwide victory in the last year, dating back to last season’s Farmers Insurance Open. Rahm took the early lead Thursday with an opening 62 and after rounds of 67-70, he started the final round two back. On Sunday, he made five birdies without dropping a single shot on the intimidating Stadium Course. In the clubhouse at 22 under, Rahm watched as Landry made birdie on 18 to force a playoff.

    Rahm missed birdie putts that would have ended the tournament on the final hole of regulation and on each playoff hole. Finally, on his fourth trip down 18 of the day, his birdie bid found the cup. With the victory, Rahm passes Jordan Spieth to move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking, trailing only Dustin Johnson. He enters next week at Torrey Pines looking to defend for the first time.

    Best of the rest: A two-time Web.com winner playing his second full season on the PGA Tour, Landry shot 68 Sunday, making birdie on the 72nd hole to force extras. Once Rahm finally made birdie on the fourth playoff hole, Landry's putt to extend slid by on the right edge. This is Landry's best career finish on the PGA Tour. Had he won, he would have secured full Tour status through the 2019-20 season and earned invites to the Masters, Players, and PGA Championships.

    Round of the day: Sam Saunders fired an 8-under 64 to register this best finish of the season, a tie for eighth at 18 under. The reigning Web.com Tour Championship winner was 9 under par through 12 holes before making bogey at 13 and parring his way into the clubhouse.

    Biggest disappointment: Overnight leader Austin Cook was eyeing his second win of the season but never contended. The RSM champion carded two double bogeys Sunday en route to a 3-over 75, dropping him from the 54-hole lead to a tie for 14th.

    Shot of the day: Rahm's putt to win:

    Quote of the day: "One of us had to do it and either one of us would have been a well-deserving champion." - Rahm on his playoff victory over Landry