Thorpe Thwarts FedEx Field in Texas

By Sports NetworkMay 1, 2005, 4:00 pm
2005 Fed-Ex KinkoAUSTIN, Texas -- Jim Thorpe shot a 4-under 68 on Sunday to win the FedEx Kinko's Classic. He finished at 10-under-par 206 for his 10th career victory on the Champions Tour.
 
Dana Quigley posted a 70 to take second place at 6-under-par 210. Wayne Levi, who shared the 36-hole lead with Thorpe, managed a 1-over 73 in the final round to join Mark Johnson in a tie for third at 5-under-par 211.
 
Jim Thorpe
Jim Thorpe celebrates after winning his 10th Champions Tour title.
Thorpe jumped out of the gate with a 10-foot birdie on the opening hole of the Hills Course at The Hills Country Club. He gave that shot back with a bogey at the par-3 fifth, but countered with a birdie at the par-4 seventh and made it two in a row with a birdie at the par-5 eighth after his bunker shot stopped within a foot of the hole.
 
The 56-year-old stumbled to a bogey at the par-3 11th and fell back to 6 under with a bogey at the very next hole when he three-putted from 20 feet.
 
'I didn't get down on myself,' said Thorpe. 'I thought this was a course I could win on.'
 
Thorpe responded at the par-4 14th, however, with the first of three consecutive birdies to pull away from the pack. Thorpe then closed out his round in style with a birdie at the par-5 18th to cap off his first win of the season.
 
'I knew coming in I was playing pretty decent,' said Thorpe. 'The key was to stay patient today. My caddie told me to get in gear and I hit some good shots coming in.'
 
Quigley was on fire early with an eagle at the par-5 second and a birdie at the par-4 sixth. He struggled with back-to-back bogeys from the eighth, however, to make the turn at 5 under.
 
Quigley came back with a birdie at the par-5 10th, but he dropped a shot with a bogey at the 12th. He recovered with a birdie at the following hole and parred his way in to finish four shots back.
 
'Dana's my closest friend out here,' said Thorpe. 'If I couldn't win it, I would've wanted him to win.'
 
Curtis Strange carded a 1-under 71 en route to his best career finish on the Champions Tour. Strange finished alongside Bruce Fleisher and Brad Bryant at 4-under-par 212 in a tie for fifth.
 
Mark James finished alone in eighth place at 3-under-par 213. Craig Stadler, Morris Hatalsky and Graham Marsh followed at 2-under-par 214.
 
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    Watch: 13-year-old beats DJ in closest-to-the-pin contest

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 18, 2018, 12:26 pm

    Dustin Johnson didn’t just get beat by Tommy Fleetwood and Rory McIlroy on Day 1 of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

    Even a 13-year-old got the best of the world No. 1.

    Oscar Murphy teed off on the 177-yard 15th hole as part of the tournament’s Beat the Pro challenge during the opening round. The Northern Irishman, part of the HSBC’s Future Falcons, carved a 3-wood toward the back-right hole location, about 25 feet away, closer than both Fleetwood and Johnson.

    “An unbelievable shot,” Fleetwood said afterward, “and me and Rory both said, ‘We don’t have that in our locker.’”


    Johnson still made par on the hole, but he mixed four birdies with four bogeys Thursday for an even-par 72 that left him six shots back after the opening round. He tied for second here a year ago.

    Johnson is coming off a dominant performance at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, where he won by eight shots to strengthen his lead atop the world rankings. 

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    McIlroy 'really pleased' with opening 69 in Abu Dhabi

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 18, 2018, 12:10 pm

    It was an auspicious 2018 debut for Rory McIlroy.

    Playing alongside world No. 1 Dustin Johnson for his first round since October, McIlroy missed only one green and shot a bogey-free 69 at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. McIlroy is three shots back of reigning Race to Dubai champion Tommy Fleetwood, who played in the same group as McIlroy and Johnson.

    Starting on the back nine at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, McIlroy began with 11 consecutive pars before birdies on Nos. 3, 7 and 8.


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    “I was excited to get going,” he told reporters afterward. “The last couple of months have been really nice in terms of being able to concentrate on things I needed to work on in my game and health-wise. I feel like I’m the most prepared for a season that I’ve ever been, but it was nice to get back out there.”

    Fleetwood, the defending champion, raced out to another lead while McIlroy and Johnson, who shot 72, just tried to keep pace.

    “Tommy played very well and I was just trying to hang onto his coattails for most of the round, so really pleased – bogey-free 69, I can’t really complain,” McIlroy said.

    This was his first competitive round in four months, since a tie for 63rd at the Dunhill Links. He is outside the top 10 in the world ranking for the first time since 2014. 

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    Hadwin returns to site of last year's 59

    By Will GrayJanuary 17, 2018, 11:04 pm

    Adam Hadwin had a career season last year, one that included shooting a 59 and winning a PGA Tour event. But those two achievements didn't occur in the same week.

    While Hadwin's breakthrough victory came at the Valspar Championship in March, it was at the CareerBuilder Challenge in January when he first made headlines with a third-round 59 at La Quinta Country Club. Hadwin took a lead into the final round as a result, but he ultimately couldn't keep pace with Hudson Swafford.

    He went on to earn a spot at the Tour Championship, and Hadwin made his first career Presidents Cup appearance in October. Now the Canadian returns to Palm Springs, eager to improve on last year's result and hoping to earn a spot in the final group for a third straight year after a T-6 finish in 2016.

    "A lot of good memories here in the desert," Hadwin told reporters. "I feel very comfortable here, very at home. Lots of Canadians, so it's always fun to play well in front of those crowds and hopefully looking forward to another good week."

    Hadwin's 59 last year was somewhat overshadowed, both by the fact that he didn't win the event and that it came just one week after Justin Thomas shot a 59 en route to victory at the Sony Open. But he's still among an exclusive club of just eight players to have broken 60 in competition on Tour and he's eager to get another crack at La Quinta on Saturday.

    "If I'm in the same position on 18, I'm gunning for 58 this year," Hadwin said, "not playing safe for 59."

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    Rahm: If I thought like Phil, I could not hit a shot

    By Will GrayJanuary 17, 2018, 10:39 pm

    When it comes to Jon Rahm and Phil Mickelson, there are plenty of common bonds. Both starred at Arizona State, both are now repped by the same agency and Rahm's former college coach and agent, Tim Mickelson, now serves full-time as his brother's caddie.

    Those commonalities mean the two men have played plenty of practice rounds together, but the roads quickly diverge when it comes to on-course behavior. Rahm is quick, fiery and decisive; Mickelson is one of the most analytical players on Tour. And as Rahm told reporters Wednesday at the CareerBuilder Challenge, those differences won't end anytime soon.

    "I don't need much. 'OK, it's like 120 (yards), this shot, right," Rahm said. "And then you have Phil, it's like, 'Oh, this shot, the moisture, this going on, this is like one mile an hour wind sideways, it's going to affect it one yard. This green is soft, this trajectory. They're thinking, and I'm like, 'I'm lost.' I'm like, 'God if I do that thought process, I could not hit a golf shot.'"


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    The tactics may be more simplified, but Rahm can't argue with the results. While Mickelson is in the midst of a winless drought that is approaching five years, Rahm won three times around the world last year and will defend a PGA Tour title for the first time next week at Torrey Pines.

    Both men are in the field this week in Palm Springs, where Mickelson will make his 2018 debut with what Rahm fully expects to be another dose of high-level analytics for the five-time major winner with his brother on the bag.

    "It's funny, he gets to the green and then it's the same thing. He's very detail-oriented," Rahm said of Mickelson. "I'm there listening and I'm like, 'Man, I hope we're never paired together for anything because I can't think like this. I would not be able to play golf like that. But for me to listen to all that is really fun."