Tway Ames Lead at Bob Hope

By Sports NetworkJanuary 29, 2003, 5:00 pm
LA QUINTA, Calif. -- Bob Tway fired a 9-under 63 Wednesday to grab a share of the lead at the Bob Hope Classic. Tway was joined atop the leaderboard by Stephen Ames after the first round of the 90-hole, marathon event.
John Cook, a two-time winner of the Bob Hope, finished one shot off the lead at eight-under-par 64 along with Chris DiMarco.
Tway played the back nine of the Palmer Course at PGA West, one of four courses on rotation this week, and jumped out of the gate with an eagle at the par-5 11th after his second shot landed five feet from the cup.
Tway added a birdie at the 12th and another at the 18th for the first of three consecutive birdies around the turn.
'I got off to a good start,' said Tway. 'I was very pleased with how I hit the ball on the back side.'
The 1986 PGA champion, who is looking for his first win since 1995, drained a 20-foot putt for birdie at the fourth and reached 8-under with a birdie at the par-5 sixth. Tway then birdied the par-4 eighth to take the early lead.
'I was very pleased,' said Tway. 'I've always enjoyed coming to this tournament. This year, the weather is phenomenal. You are going to see some very, very low scores. I'm just pleased to get off to a good start.'
Ames also played the Palmer Course and he did it flawlessly. He collected four birdies on the front side and picked up two straight birdies starting at the par-4 10th. Ames dropped an 8-iron inside 18 feet for birdie at the 15th and drained a 35-footer at the very next hole.
The Trinidad native then two-putted for birdie at the par-5 18th for his share of first.
'Everybody comes here thinking it's going to be a putting competition, which basically it ends up being,' said Ames. 'You know you're going to have to make putts.'
DiMarco opened with four consecutive birdies on the back side at Bermuda Dunes and added a birdie at the par-5 18th to make the turn at minus-5. DiMarco continued his fine play on the inward half with three birdies to finish one off the lead.
'It really doesn't matter which course you're playing. If you're not driving the ball really straight and not putting yourself in position to make birdies, any course is going to play though,' said DiMarco. 'You just have to stay patient out there.'
David Duval made his 2003 debut in impressive fashion with a 7-under 65 on the Classic Course at Indian Wells Country Club. Duval was joined by Robert Gamez, Frank Lickliter, Shaun Micheel, Rod Pampling, Matt Gogel and Dave Stockton, Jr. in a tie for fifth.
'You would think I would play really well sleeping in my own bed and knowing the golf course as well as anybody,' said Stockton, who lives nearby. 'I think I just put too much pressure of myself in the past. I told myself this week that I was going to be focused by going out and having fun. That's what I did today.'
Esteban Toledo had six birdies and no bogeys at La Quinta Country Club to finish one shot further back at 6-under-par 66 alongside Mark Calcavecchia, Jonathan Kaye, Justin Leonard, Doug Barron, John Huston and Dan Forsman.
Defending champion Phil Mickelson teed off on the back side at Bermuda Dunes and birdied three of his first six holes but found trouble with a bogey at the 17th. Mickelson recovered with a birdie at the par-4 third but faltered with a bogey at the seventh for a round of 70.
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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.