Tway Moves into Quarters at Junior Am

By Sports NetworkJuly 20, 2006, 4:00 pm
USGARANCHO SANTA FE, Calif. -- Defending champion Kevin Tway cruised into the quarterfinals of the U.S. Junior Amateur with two wins on Thursday.
 
After fending off Christopher Deforest 3 and 1 in the second round, Tway downed Jean-Philippe Paiement 3 and 2 in round three to moves into the quarters. Tway will battle Wesley Graham, a 1-up winner over Drew Kittleson.
 
Danny Lee will face Richard Lee in the quarterfinals Friday. Danny bested Robbie Ziegler, 1-up, while Richard took down Cody Gribble by a 3 and 2 margin.
 
Philip Francis held off Morgan Hoffman for a 1-up win. Francis advances to play Sihwan Kim, who defeated John Douglas Archibald, 3 and 2.
 
The last quarterfinal match will feature Andrew Putnam and William Cauley. Putnam beat Tadd Fujikawa, 3 and 2, while Cauley downed Steve Ziegler 3 and 1. Fujikawa was the youngest player to ever qualify for the U.S. Open when he did so earlier this year. However, he missed the cut at Winged Foot.
 
Tway, the 17-year-old son of PGA TOUR winner Bob Tway, was 2-down after two holes at Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club and he did not even the match until making a birdie on the ninth.
 
After he and Paiement parred the 10th, Tway birdied two of the next three holes. Paiement bogeyed the 14th and was knocked out of the event as the pair halved the next two with pars.
 
Graham and Kittleson had a see-saw affair that saw Graham win six holes, while Kittleson won five holes, but it was his bogey on 17 that helped Graham move on.
 
Danny Lee, who took down medalist Arnond Vongvanij 1-up in round two, never trailed in the afternoon bout with Robbie Ziegler. Lee was 3-up after four holes thanks in part to two Ziegler bogeys.
 
Ziegler got back within 1-down three different times, but was never able to square the match. After Ziegler won the 14th thanks to Lee's bogey, the duo halved the final four holes with pars allowing Lee to move on.
 
Richard Lee won three of his first five holes, but Gribble won the other two and Lee's double bogey on the eighth evened the match. It remained that way until Lee birdied the 11th. Lee finished the match with birdies on 15 and 16.
 
Francis was 2-down after four, but he won five straight holes to take a 3-up lead. Hoffman birdied 15 and 16 to get back to 1-down, but they each parred the final two holes giving Francis the win.
 
Kim made the turn with a 3-up lead as Archibald was four-over par the opening nine holes. Kim twice pushed his lead to 4-up on the back nine and closed out the match with a par on the 16th.
 
Putnam won four of five holes from the fifth and cruised from there. Cauley never trailed against Steve Ziegler. Cauley was 1-up around the turn and closed out the match with a birdie on the par-3 17th.
 
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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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    DJ shoots 64 to surge up leaderboard in Abu Dhabi

    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.

    Johnson’s second-round 64 equaled the low round of the day (Jorge Campillo and Branden Grace). 

    “It was just really solid all day long,” Johnson said. “Hit a lot of great shots, had a lot of looks at birdies, which is what I need to do over the next two days if I want to have a chance to win on Sunday.” 

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    Closing eagle moves Rory within 3 in Abu Dhabi

    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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    McIlroy opened with a 69 Thursday, then gave himself even more chances on Day 2, cruising along at 4 under for the day when he reached the par-5 closing hole. After launching a 249-yard long iron to 25 feet, he poured in the eagle putt to pull within three shots of Thomas Pieters (65). 

    Despite the layoff, McIlroy edged world No. 1 Dustin Johnson, coming off a blowout victory at Kapalua, by a shot over the first two rounds. 

    “DJ is definitely the No. 1 player in the world right now, and one of, if not the best, driver of the golf ball," McIlroy said. "To be up there with him over these first two days, it proves to me that I’m doing the right things and gives me a lot of confidence going forward.”

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    Duke to fill in for injured Pavin at CareerBuilder

    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.