Three Share Lead Annika Wie Struggle

By Sports NetworkJuly 20, 2005, 4:00 pm
2005 Evian MastersEVIAN-LES-BAINES, France -- Marisa Baena, who won this year's HSBC Match Play Championship, fired a 6-under-par 66 Wednesday to grab a share of the lead after the first round of the Evian Masters.
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Annika Sorenstam had four birdies, two bogeys and one double bogey Wednesday.
Baena is joined at the top of the leaderboard by Carin Koch, who won the Corona Morelia Championship earlier this year, and Lynnette Brooky.
Paula Creamer posted a 4-under-par 68 and stands in a tie for fourth with Becky Brewerton and Christina Kim.
Annika Sorenstam, the top player in the women's game, returned to action for the first time in three weeks. She managed an even-par 72 at Evian Masters Golf Club and stands in a tie for 23rd.
The Swede opened with a birdie on the first, but faltered to a bogey on the fourth.
At the 10th, Sorenstam converted a birdie putt. She parred her next four holes before stumbling to a double bogey on 15 after hitting her tee shot out of bounds. The 34-year-old birdied her next two holes to get to minus-1, but bogeyed the last.
'It is not a good score,' Sorenstam said bluntly. 'I am very, very disappointed.'
Fifteen-year-old Michelle Wie, coming off a quarterfinal appearance at the U.S. Men's Amateur Public Links championship last week, posted a 3-over- par 75 and is tied for 45th. She carded one birdie, two bogeys and a double bogey over the front nine. Around the turn, the young Hawaiian managed a birdie and a bogey.
Koch, who finished second here in 1996, birdied the second from 15 feet out to open her round. The Swede drained back-to-back birdies from the seventh to move to minus-3.
She parred four straight around the turn, then birdied the 13th. Koch closed her round with consecutive birdies from the 17th.
'I had a good day and hit the ball very well,' Koch said. 'I think I only missed two greens and I don't think I missed a fairway. I hit it pretty consistent. I had a lot of birdie chances and managed to make a few of them.'
Brooky quickly moved to minus-2 with a chip-in birdie on the third and a 3-foot birdie putt on five. She tripped to a bogey on No. 8, but came right back with a birdie on nine from 6 feet out.
Brooky made a 9-foot birdie putt on the 11th, then moved to minus-5 with back-to-back birdies from the 13th.
She bogeyed the par-5 15th. Brooky got that stroke back with a birdie at the next. She closed with a 6-foot birdie putt at the last to share the lead.
'When you tee off at the Evian Masters, you know you are going to have smooth greens because the greens here are very nice to putt on,' said Brooky. 'The footprints are not there.'
Baena got off to a fast start with an 8-foot birdie putt on the first. After a pair of pars, she sank a birdie putt on the fourth. The Columbian closed out her first nine with a birdie from 6 feet out on the ninth.
The 28-year-old climbed to 4 under with a kick-in birdie on the 12th. Baena birdied the par-5 15th after pitching her third to 2 feet. She made it two straight as she also birdied the 16th. She closed with a pair of pars to close out a bogey-free round.
'It was very, very solid round,' Baena said. 'I didn't make any long putts. I only missed one green, which I got up and down. I had a lot of opportunities for birdie that I didn't make. I had another four birdie opportunities that were inside of eight feet, but I just didn't make those putts. So it's just exciting, I'm playing really well right now.'
Beth Daniel, Kirsty Taylor, three-time runner-up here Maria Hjorth and two-time champion Laura Davies share seventh place at 3-under-par 69.
Wendy Doolan, the defending champion, carded just one birdie en route to an 8-over 80. She stands in a tie for 73rd.
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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 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.