Teske On Course for Second Straight Title

By Sports NetworkJune 21, 2003, 4:00 pm
PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- Rachel Teske managed just an even-par round of 72 Saturday but her lead grew to four strokes through three rounds of the Wegmans Rochester LPGA tournament. Teske stands at 7-under-par 209 through three rounds.
 
'It feels good to be in the lead any time I guess,' Teske said. 'It was a little bit rougher out there than I thought it would be and I tried to hang in there. I really didn't have any birdie opportunities on the back nine but it was good to finish off with a good putt.'
 
Brandie Burton and Stephanie Louden each fired rounds of 2-under 70 to move into a share of second place at 3-under-par 213. Soo-Yun Kang and Se Ri Pak are also at minus-3 after even-par rounds of 72.
 
Teske, who won a four-way playoff at the Giant Eagle Classic last week, had a steady round at Locust Hill Country Club. She opened with three consecutive pars. She rolled in a birdie at the par-5 fourth to move to minus-8.
 
After another par, Teske made her lone mistake of the day when she bogeyed the par-4 sixth. She went on to par the final three holes on the front side.
 
Around the turn, Teske made an up-and-down par save at No. 10. Then at the 13th, she made another strong up-and-down par to extend her run to eight straight pars. A.J. Eathorne, who was close to Teske at the time, double-bogeyed the same hole to fall off the pace.
 
'The ball was sitting up high and I kind of felt like it would come off high and I played the shot just how I wanted and that kind of pumped me up,' said Teske of her chip on No. 13. 'You've got a pin back on that hole and then you miss it left, it's pretty difficult to get up-and-down.'
 
After coming up short at the 18th, Teske ran home a 15-footer for par to cap her round of even-par 72. She heads to the final round with her largest lead.
 
'It's tough because you're not really chasing anything I guess,' said Teske of her large lead. 'When somebody is in front of you, you know what you're trying to do.'
 
Teske, who has two straight top-10 finishes, knows it will be important to stay focused during the final round.
 
'This is my fifth tournament in a row so I've been a little bit tired and the course is tough,' Teske said. 'Every shot demands 100-percent and that's tiring in itself.'
 
Louden moved into contention with a pair of late birdies. She notched two birdies and a bogey on the front side before a bogey at the 12th. She capped her round with back-to-back birdies from the 16th.
 
Burton had a pair of birdies on the front nine, but they were erased by a double-bogey at the par-4 13th. She closed out her round in fine fashion with birdies on each of the final two holes.
 
Kang had a double-bogey and a bogey on the front nine to fall to plus-1. She caught fire on the back side to get back into contention. She birdied the 11th and 12th, before back-to-back birdies from the 14th got her back to minus- 3.
 
Pak mixed three birdies and three bogeys over her round.
 
'The last three days for me was a struggle on the greens,' said Pak, who has six top-10s in 10 tournaments this season. 'The last couple of weeks my putting has stopped. I mean my ball never finds the cup. I just really need some birdies out there.'
 
Meg Mallon, Marianne Morris, Grace Park and Silvia Cavalleri are tied for sixth place at 2-under-par 214.
 
Eathorne, who held second place after each of the first two rounds, struggled to a 4-over 76. She is tied for 10th at 1-under-par 215 with 10 other players.
 
She dropped a shot at two, but quickly recovered with a birdie at the next. Eathorne bogeyed the sixth, but made back-to-back birdies from the seventh to get within one shot of the lead. Around the turn however, she double-bogeyed the 13th, then had three more bogeys to close out her tough round.
 
Karrie Webb will likely not defend her crown as she stands at 2-over-par 218 through three rounds. She carded a 1-over 73 Saturday.
 

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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.

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    Defending champ Gana co-leads Latin America Amateur

    By Randall MellJanuary 20, 2018, 11:20 pm

    Toto Gana moved into early position to try to win a return trip to the Masters Saturday by grabbing a share of the first-round lead at the Latin America Amateur Championship.

    The defending champ posted a 3-under-par 68 at Prince of Wales Country Club in his native Chile, equaling the rounds of Argentina’s Mark Montenegro and Colombia’s Pablo Torres.

    They are one shot ahead of Mexico’s Alvaro Ortiz and Mario Carmona, Argentina’s Horacio Carbonetti and Jaime Lopez Rivarola and the Dominican Republic’s Rhadames Pena.

    It’s a bunched leaderboard, with 19 players within three shots of each at the top of the board in the 72-hole event.

    “I think I have my game under control,” said Gana, 20, a freshman at Lynn University. “I hit the ball very well, and I also putted very well. So, I am confident about tomorrow.”

    The LAAC’s champion will get more than a Masters invitation. He also will be exempt into the The Amateur, the U.S. Amateur and any other USGA event he is eligible to play this year. The champion and players who finish runner-up are also exempt into the final stages of qualifying for The Open and the U.S. Open.

    The LAAC was founded by the Masters, the R&A and the USGA, with the purpose of further developing amateur golf in South America, Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean.