Turnesa Wins Maiden Nwide Event

By Sports NetworkOctober 28, 2007, 4:00 pm
Nationwide TourMIAMI -- Marc Turnesa drove into the water on the 18th hole Sunday, but made bogey, which was enough for his first Nationwide Tour win at the Miccosukee Championship.
 
He only managed a 1-under 70 in Sunday's final round and won the event at 15-under 269.
 
David Mathis (65) and Jon Mills (70) shared second place at minus-14.
 
Kelly Grunewald and Jeff Klauk both shot rounds of 4-under 67 on Sunday to tie for fourth place at 10-under 274. Grunewald moved from 76th on the money list into the top 60 and will have a place in the field next week at the Nationwide Tour Championship.
 
Due to weather problems on Friday, the second round was completed on Saturday. The final group hit their tee shots of round three on Saturday before the horn sounded ending play due to darkness, so Sunday was essentially a 36-hole finale.
 
'Today was a long day,' admitted Turnesa. 'It wears on you but when it is time to play golf you have to be ready to play golf. I did that this week and I couldn't be happier.'
 
Turnesa leapt to 13th on the money list. With the top 25 after next week getting their PGA TOUR cards for 2008, Turnesa has assured himself of a spot on tour next year.
 
'It feels great to lock up my card,' said Turnesa 'I've known for weeks that if I won I was going to the PGA TOUR. You can't help but think about those things when you're out there.'
 
Turnesa certainly made things interesting on the last hole at Miccosukee Golf & Country Club. He held a two-shot lead over Mathis and Mills, but hit his drive into the water.
 
After a penalty drop, Turnesa hit his third into the front, greenside bunker. He blasted out 5 feet past the cup and left himself a tester for the winning bogey.
 
Before that putt, Mills had close to 15 feet to reach 15-under par. He missed that and now the pressure was on Turnesa. He had to make his putt to avoid a playoff and he did just that.
 
'I don't think playing 36 holes affected me but the fact that I was playing the 72nd hole may have,' said Turnesa. 'I was really nervous. But it is great to come out on top.'
 
Mathis may not have made it to the winner's circle, but he did pick up enough money to get into the field next week.
 
Patrick Sheehan (67) and David Hearn (71) tied for sixth place at minus-9. Roger Tambellini and Kevin Johnson both posted rounds of 2-under 69 and shared eighth at 8-under par.
 
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    Watch: McIlroy gives Fleetwood a birthday cake

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 19, 2018, 2:58 pm

    Tommy Fleetwood turned 27 on Friday. He celebrated with some good golf – a 4-under 68 in Abu Dhabi, leaving him only two shots back in his title defense – and a birthday cake, courtesy of Rory Mcllroy.

    While giving a post-round interview, Fleetwood was surprised to see McIlroy approaching with a cake in hand.

    “I actually baked this before we teed off,” McIlroy joked.

    Fleetwood blew out the three candles – “three wishes!” – and offered McIlroy a slice.  

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    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 1:48 pm

    Dustin Johnson stood out among a star-studded three-ball that combined to shoot 18 under par with just one bogey Friday at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

    Shaking off a sloppy first round at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Johnson matched the low round of the day with a 64 that put him within four shots of Thomas Pieters’ lead.

    “I did everything really well,” Johnson said. “It was a pretty easy 64.”

    Johnson made four bogeys during an even-par 72 on Thursday and needed a solid round Friday to make the cut. Before long, he was closer to the lead than the cut line, making birdie on three of the last four holes and setting the pace in a group that also included good rounds from Rory McIlroy (66) and Tommy Fleetwood (68).

    “Everyone was hitting good shots,” McIlroy said. “That’s all we were seeing, and it’s nice when you play in a group like that. You feed off one another.” 


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    Coming off a blowout victory at Kapalua, Johnson is searching for his first regular European Tour title. He tied for second at this event a year ago.

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    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 12:57 pm

    What rust? Rory McIlroy appears to be in midseason form.

    Playing competitively for the first time since Oct. 8, McIlroy completed 36 holes without a bogey Friday, closing with an eagle to shoot 6-under 66 to sit just three shots back at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

    “I’m right in the mix after two days and I’m really happy in that position,” he told reporters afterward.

    McIlroy took a 3 ½-month break to heal his body, clear his mind and work on his game after his first winless year since 2008, his first full season as a pro.

    He's back on track at a familiar playground, Abu Dhabi Golf Club, where he’s racked up eight top-11s (including six top-3s) in his past nine starts there.


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    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 12:25 pm

    Ken Duke will fill in for Corey Pavin for the next two rounds of the CareerBuilder Challenge – with nothing at stake but his amateur partner’s position on the leaderboard.

    Pavin was 4 over par when he withdrew after 17 holes Thursday because of a neck injury. Tournament officials contacted Duke, the first alternate, and asked if he would take Pavin’s spot and partner with Luis Lopez for the next two rounds, even though he would not receive any official money.

    Duke accepted and explained his decision on Twitter:

    Playing on past champion’s status, the 48-year-old Duke has made only four starts this season, with a best finish of a tie for 61st at the RSM Classic.

    Pavin received a sponsor exemption into the event, his first PGA Tour start since the 2015 Colonial.