Three Tied On Top at Western Open

By Sports NetworkJune 30, 2005, 4:00 pm
LEMONT, Ill. -- Former U.S. Open winner Jim Furyk fired a 7-under-par 64 on Thursday to join 2003 British Open champion Ben Curtis and Todd Fischer in the lead after the opening round of the Cialis Western Open.
Chad Campbell, Chris Couch, Robert Allenby and Harrison Frazar finished at 5-under-par 66 on the Dubsdread Course at Cog Hill Golf and Country Club as inclement weather delayed the start of the tournament by an hour.
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John Daly posted a 2-under 69 on Thursday, good enough for a tie for 18th.
Stuart Appleby was one shot further back in a tie for eighth place with Craig Perks and Scott Gutschewski at 4-under-par 67.
Furyk started on the back side and hit a wedge inside 7 feet for a birdie at the par-four 10th. Furyk added a birdie at the par-5 15th and moved to 3 under with a birdie at the par-4 first.
At the par-4 fifth, Furyk played a 6-iron to 15 feet and drained the birdie try. He kept on rolling at the par-3 sixth and rolled in a long putt for another birdie.
Furyk dropped his approach inside 6 feet for a birdie at the par-4 seventh and landed his second shot within four feet at the par-4 eighth. Furyk converted the short birdie putt to make it four straight and closed with a par at the ninth for his share of first.
'I've just always been real comfortable at Cog Hill,' Furyk said. 'I know if I'm playing well, I can do well on this golf course. If I come in here playing well, I feel good about it.'
Curtis sent a 9-iron within inches of the hole for a tap-in birdie at the first. He tallied a birdie at the par-4 fourth and hit his tee ball to 6 feet for a birdie at the par-3 12th.
The 28-year-old, who has struggled since his breakthrough victory at Royal St. George's, played his tee shot to 20 feet and ran home the birdie putt at the par-3 14th. Curtis then reached the green in two at the par-5 15th and made the eagle putt to jump to minus-6.
Curtis then hit his second shot to 20 feet for a birdie at the par-4 17th and a piece of the first-round lead.
'I've had a few decent tournaments, but it hasn't affected me,' Curtis said of the pressure that comes with being a major champion. 'I think more than anything the stuff that you have to deal with after you win, I think I basically got tired, and this year there's been no excuses. It's like my rookie year again.'
Fischer played the back nine first and jumped out of the gate with three straight birdies from the 10th. He stumbled to a bogey at the 13th but got that shot back with a birdie at the par-4 18th.
The 35-year-old made a move on the front side with four birdies to join Furyk and Curtis atop the leaderboard.
Joe Ogilvie, James Driscoll, Tim Herron, Joey Sindelar, Brian Gay, Robert Gamez and Kent Jones are knotted at 3-under-par 68.
Defending champion Stephen Ames carded a 1-under-par 70 to finish in a large group six shots off the lead.
World No. 1 Tiger Woods, a three-time winner of the Western Open, struggled on Thursday with a pair of bogeys over his last four holes to finish at 2-over- par 73.
'I didn't really play all that well today,' said Woods. 'Didn't putt well, didn't play well, just had a tough day.'
Vijay Singh was one shot better at 1-over-par 72.
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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.