Two Tied Campbell WD to Injury

By Sports NetworkFebruary 10, 2007, 5:00 pm
2007 Maybank Malaysian OpenKUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Ricardo Gonzalez shot a 3-under 69 and Marcus Higley had a 2-under 70 Saturday to share the lead after three rounds of the Malaysian Open.
 
Gonzalez and Higley are at 7-under-par 209 for a two-shot lead over three players.
 
Saujana Golf and Country Club yielded considerably higher scores in the third round, with just six out of 69 players breaking 70. Temperatures in the 90s and stifling humidity were partly to blame.
 
'The key is staying patient,' said Higley. 'The rough is thick out there and obviously the heat can get to you, so you have to accept what happens to you and just take the rough with the smooth.'
 
Higley, a 2006 Challenge Tour graduate, is making just his 12th start on the European Tour. He joined Gonzalez in the lead after making a 35-foot birdie putt at the 18th hole -- his fifth birdie on the day.
 
'Being in this position is definitely a result of my confidence snowballing after a successful season on the Challenge Tour last year,' Higley said.
 
Gonzalez, a three-time European Tour winner making his 200th career start, had four birdies and one bogey Saturday. He has been winless since 2004.
 
'I need to win a tournament. This is my focus for this year,' Gonzalez declared. 'This week would be perfect and I've got a good chance. My experience should help if I am right in contention near the end of my round.'
 
Angelo Que was among the six players who broke 70. He shot a 4-under 68 and is tied for third place with Edward Loar (72) and Prom Meesawat (70) at 5-under 211.
 
Peter Hedblom also had a 68 and shares sixth place with David Bransdon (70), Simon Dyson (73) and Simon Yates (70) at 4-under 212.
 
The leaderboard remained notable for the names that couldn't be found near the top.
 
European Ryder Cup teammates Lee Westwood and Darren Clarke remained non-factors, with Westwood sitting tied for 30th place at even-par 216 and Clarke languishing a shot further back at 217. Both players had 71s in the third round.
 
Former U.S. Open champion Michael Campbell (78) was tied for 66th place at 7-over 223 but withdrew following the third round because of a shoulder injury.
 
Two-time Malaysian Open champion Thongchai Jaidee was among the players who missed the cut when the second round was completed in the morning. Play had been suspended Friday when lightning storms interrupted the afternoon wave.
 
Surprising second-round leader Chinarat Phadungsil, 18, managed just a 5-over 77 and tumbled all the way into a tie for 18th place at 2-under 214.
 
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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 Web.com 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.