US Three Off the Pace in South Africa

By Sports NetworkFebruary 11, 2005, 5:00 pm
2005 WomenGEORGE, South Africa -- The Canadian team of Lorie Kane and Dawn Coe-Jones combined for a bogey-free round of 7-under-par 66 Friday to share the first-round lead of the Women's World Cup of Golf with the Italian tandem of Giulia Sergas and Diana Luna.
 
The Swedish team of Carin Koch and Sophie Gustafson, Japan's Ai Miyazato and Rui Kitada, Australia's Karrie Webb and Rachel Hetherington and Jennifer Rosales and Dorothy Delasin from the Philippines are tied for third place at 5-under-par 68.
 
Friday's format was better-ball with Saturday's action scheduled for alternate-shot or foursomes. On Sunday, each player from the team will play 18 holes of stroke play.
 
The Canadian team broke into red figures early Friday at The Links Course at Fancourt Hotel and Country Club. Kane drained a 30-foot birdie putt at the third, then added back-to-back birdies from the fifth to reach 3 under par.
 
Kane continued her strong play on the front nine when she played a 7-iron to 3 feet for birdie at the eighth. Coe-Jones helped the team at 10 and it looked like Kane was the one in position to post a score. Coe-Jones was in a bunker off the tee, but scrambled for a par when Kane three-putted the green.
 
'We kept the momentum going instead of falling back,' said Kane. 'Dawn makes a hell of a four, then I followed up and birdied the next one. That is what it was about today.'
 
Kane tapped in a 4-footer for birdie at the par-3 11th, then made it two in a row when she hit an 8-iron to 6 feet at 12. Kane collected her seventh birdie at the 15th, when she played a 5-iron to 10 feet to get her team into a share of first.
 
'I could have had a couple if she had given me a chance,' said Coe-Jones, referring to her partner's birdie run on Friday. 'I helped her twice. When she needed a par, I was there.'
 
The Italian duo split their birdies more equitably than their fellow co-leaders, but both found trouble at the ninth. Luna was in bad shape on the hole, but Sergas had 70 yards to the flag. She flew the green and the team left with a double bogey.
 
'I don't know what happened,' admitted Sergas. 'I was so excited that I just went for the pin. I hit it longer and lost control.'
 
Sergas rebounded with a birdie at 11, then the partnership combined for birdies on the last five holes to join Team Canada in first place.
 
'It was really good teamwork,' said Sergas. 'It was the team because we had maybe the same number of birdies.'
 
The American team of Beth Daniel and reigning U.S. Women's Open champion Meg Mallon shot a 4-under 69 on Friday. They are tied for seventh place with Mexico's Lorena Ochoa and amateur Alejandra Martin Del Campo, and Women's British Open winner Karen Stupples and Laura Davies from England.
 
Becky Brewerton and Becky Morgan of Wales combined for a 3-under-par 70.
 
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    After Further Review: Tiger's return comes at perfect time

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 2:19 am

    Each week, GolfChannel.com takes a look back at the week in golf. Here's what's weighing on our writers' minds.

    On the current state of golf as Tiger Woods returns to competition ...

    Less than four days before Tiger Woods returns to official competitive golf for the first time in a year, Jon Rahm, the new second-ranked player in the world, won on the PGA Tour and Rory McIlroy made an impressive 2018 debut on the European Tour (T-3).

    Not since Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus crossed paths at the 1960 U.S. Open has there been so many superstars all poised for big seasons, with world No. 1 Dustin Johnson having already won this year and Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas both coming off stellar seasons.

    It’s a good time for golf. - Rex Hoggard


    On Tommy Fleetwood's continued success ...

    There have been scores of talented European players whose skills didn’t translate to the PGA Tour … and maybe, in a few years, Tommy Fleetwood will prove to be no different.

    He sure looks like the real deal, though.  

    His title defense in Abu Dhabi – on the strength of a back-nine 30 in windy conditions – was his third title in the past 12 months and 11th top-10 overall. A few of those have come in majors and World Golf Championship events, too, which led the reigning Race to Dubai champion to accept PGA Tour membership for this season.

    Beginning at Riviera, he plans to play exclusively in the States through May, then reassess for the rest of the year. Hope he sticks, because he’s a fun personality with tons of game. - Ryan Lavner

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    Rahm passes Spieth to become world No. 2

    By Nick MentaJanuary 22, 2018, 1:25 am

    With his win Sunday at the CareerBuilder Challenge, Jon Rahm picked up his second PGA Tour victory and moved to No. 2 in the FedExCup points standings.

    He picked up one more No. 2, too.

    The 23-year-old Spaniard passed Jordan Spieth to move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking, behind only Dustin Johnson.

    In 19 months, since June 2016, Rahm has rocketed from No. 776 in the world to No. 2, thanks in part to his low divisor, his number of events played.

    Asked after his playoff victory over Andrew Landry to discuss his rapid ascent up the world rankings, Rahm was almost at a loss.

    “It's hard to believe to be honest, passing Jordan Spieth,” he said. “That's a three-time major champion. I only have two wins. He's got 10-plus, right? It's again – I've said it many times – I never thought I was going to be at this point in my life right now.”

    Rahm may only have two PGA Tour titles, but this is his fourth worldwide win in the last year, dating back to last season’s Farmers Insurance Open. He also took the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and the DP World Tour Championship on his way to claiming the European Tour’s 2017 Rookie of the Year Award.

    Dating back to the start of last season on the PGA Tour, Rahm has racked up 12 top-10s, three runner-ups, and two wins.

    He will head to Torrey Pines next week ready to defend for the first time.

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    Brady compares self to Woods after winning AFC title

    By Jason CrookJanuary 22, 2018, 1:05 am

    Tom Brady and Tiger Woods are two of the all-time greats in their respective sports ... a fact that is not lost on the five-time Super Bowl winning quarterback.

    Fresh off leading the New England Patriots to a AFC Championship victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, Brady was asked about winning the game despite a cut on his throwing hand - which made national news heading into the matchup.

    His response invoked the name of a certain 14-time major winner, something that would be tough to pull off, if not for the fact that he is, you know, Tom Brady.

    “I think it's kind of arrogant to say it bothered me when we had a pretty good game, so I wouldn't say that," the 40-year-old told reporters after the game. "It's like when Tiger Woods said, ‘That was my C game’ and he won the tournament."

    Tiger Woods winning with his "C game" may be a distant memory for golf fans, but no matter what game he brings, his next chance to win comes next week at Torrey Pines during his official comeback to the PGA Tour.

    Brady has a shot at his sixth Super Bowl title in two weeks. The Patriots would probably benefit from him bringing a little better than his "C game" as well.

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    Rahm beats Landry in playoff to win CareerBuilder

    By Nick MentaJanuary 22, 2018, 1:00 am

    Jon Rahm birdied the fourth extra hole Sunday to defeat Andrew Landry in a playoff, win the CareerBuilder Challenge and move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking. Here’s how things played out in overtime at PGA West:

    Leaderboard: Rahm (-22), Landry (-22), John Huh (-20), Adam Hadwin (-20), Martin Piller (-20), Kevin Chappell (-19), Scott Piercy (-19)

    What it means: This is Rahm’s second PGA Tour win and his fourth worldwide victory in the last year, dating back to last season’s Farmers Insurance Open. Rahm took the early lead Thursday with an opening 62 and after rounds of 67-70, he started the final round two back. On Sunday, he made five birdies without dropping a single shot on the intimidating Stadium Course. In the clubhouse at 22 under, Rahm watched as Landry made birdie on 18 to force a playoff.

    Rahm missed birdie putts that would have ended the tournament on the final hole of regulation and on each playoff hole. Finally, on his fourth trip down 18 of the day, his birdie bid found the cup. With the victory, Rahm passes Jordan Spieth to move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking, trailing only Dustin Johnson. He enters next week at Torrey Pines looking to defend for the first time.

    Best of the rest: A two-time Web.com winner playing his second full season on the PGA Tour, Landry shot 68 Sunday, making birdie on the 72nd hole to force extras. Once Rahm finally made birdie on the fourth playoff hole, Landry's putt to extend slid by on the right edge. This is Landry's best career finish on the PGA Tour. Had he won, he would have secured full Tour status through the 2019-20 season and earned invites to the Masters, Players, and PGA Championships.

    Round of the day: Sam Saunders fired an 8-under 64 to register this best finish of the season, a tie for eighth at 18 under. The reigning Web.com Tour Championship winner was 9 under par through 12 holes before making bogey at 13 and parring his way into the clubhouse.

    Biggest disappointment: Overnight leader Austin Cook was eyeing his second win of the season but never contended. The RSM champion carded two double bogeys Sunday en route to a 3-over 75, dropping him from the 54-hole lead to a tie for 14th.

    Shot of the day: Rahm's putt to win:

    Quote of the day: "One of us had to do it and either one of us would have been a well-deserving champion." - Rahm on his playoff victory over Landry