Van Pelt Gets First Tour Win

By Sports NetworkAugust 10, 2003, 4:00 pm
OMAHA, Neb. -- Bo Van Pelt shot a blistering 10-under 62 on Sunday to win the Omaha Classic by two strokes. He completed the event at 26-under-par 262.
 
Craig Lile, who carded a 12-under 60 on Friday, finished alone in second place at 24-under-par 264. Tjaart van der Walt, one of two overnight co-leaders, carded a 5-under 67 to come in third at minus-23. Steve Ford and Todd Demsey both climbed from a tie for 12th to a share of fourth with matching rounds of 5-under 67. They finished the event at 22-under-par 266.
 
Van Pelt closed his round at The Champions Club with a bogey on Saturday, but that was his last of the tournament. He rolled in a seven-foot birdie putt at the par-4 fourth. The Oklahoma State alum then eagled the par-5 sixth to climb to 19-under for the event.
 
He really caught fire around the turn. Van Pelt birdied the ninth from six feet before draining his second eagle of the day at the 10th. He was not done either.
 
Van Pelt converted back-to-back birdies from the 11th, from 65 feet and 35 feet respectively, to complete a four-hole stretch at 5 under.
 
With a chance at 59 staring him right in the face, Van Pelt settled down and missed a shot at history. He parred the 13th but responded with a birdie at the next.
 
Van Pelt then parred the 15th and the 16th but two-putted for birdie at the 17th to get to 26 under.
 
'They asked me how this felt and I said it was more a sense of relief to get the first win,' said Van Pelt, who earns $99,000 for the victory. 'I've had a couple of chances before to win but for whatever reason couldn't get the job done.'
 
The win moves Van Pelt to fourth on the money list with $201,729 and nearly assures him of gaining his PGA Tour card for next season.
 
'Winning and knowing I'll be on the PGA Tour again next year helps me out a lot and will free me up,' said Van Pelt, who was celebrating his fourth wedding anniversary on Sunday. 'The fact that I've been out there a couple of times and not done as well as I had hoped, gives me motivation to get back out there as soon as possible.'
 
Lile needed to birdie the 18th to force a playoff with Van Pelt, but instead he stumbled to a bogey. Lile came firing up of the gates and it looked as though he would match the 60 he shot earlier in the week.
 
The South African birdied five of his first six holes and eight of his first 11 to move to 25 under for the event. However, he bogeyed the par-3 12th to fall out of the lead. He reclaimed that stroke with a birdie at the 15th, but his late bogey cost him a chance at a playoff.
 
'If you're not going to win then second place isn't so bad,' said Lile. 'Van Pelt's round was really, really good. I went out this morning and thought if I could shoot 65 then somebody would have to go out and beat me and Bo did just that.'
 
Blaine McCallister fired an 8-under 64 Sunday to move into a share of sixth place with Ted Purdy and Roland Thatcher at 21-under-par 267.
 
Long-hitting Victor Schwamkrug carded three rounds of 7-under 65 but his 1-over 73 in the second round hurt his chances for a victory. He finished the event at 20-under-par 268.
 
Jay Delsing, the 2002 champion, struggled to a 73 Sunday. He finished at 8-under-par 280 in a tie for 63rd.
 
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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.

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    Mickelson starts fast, fades to 70 at La Quinta

    By Will GrayJanuary 18, 2018, 11:07 pm

    Phil Mickelson got off to a fast start in his first competitive round of 2018 - for six holes, at least.

    The 47-year-old is making his first start since the WGC-HSBC Champions this week at the CareerBuilder Challenge, and only his third competitive appearance since the BMW Championship in September. Four birdies over his first six holes indicated that a strong opener might be in the cards, but Mickelson played his subsequent holes in 2 over.

    It added up to a 2-under 70 at La Quinta Country Club, typically the easiest of the three courses in rotation this week, and left Mickelson eight shots behind Jon Rahm.

    "It was fun to get back out and be competitive," Mickelson told reporters. "I for some reason am stuck on 70 here at La Quinta, whether I get off to a good start or a bad one, I end up shooting the same score."


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    Mickelson stunted his momentum with a tee shot out of bounds on the par-4 eighth hole, but he managed to save bogey and otherwise drove the ball relatively well. Instead, he pointed to his normally reliable iron play as the culprit for his back-nine backslide on a day when more than 120 players in the 156-man field broke par.

    Mickelson will now head to the Nicklaus Tournament Course with the Stadium Course on tap for Saturday's third round. While there were several low scores Thursday at La Quinta, Mickelson remains bullish about the birdie opportunities that still lie ahead.

    "This isn't the course where I go low on," Mickelson said. "I feel more comfortable on Stadium and Nicklaus. Neither of them are nearly as tight and I tend to score a lot lower on those other two than I do here, historically."