Webb Shines Annika Stumbles

By Sports NetworkMay 11, 2006, 4:00 pm
2006 Michelob Ultra OpenWILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- Karrie Webb opened with a 5-under-par 66 on Thursday to take the first-round lead at the Michelob Ultra Open.
Webb, who won the year's first major at the Kraft Nabisco Championship last month, mixed eight birdies and three bogeys in her round -- with all three bogeys coming on her final six holes.
Annika Sorenstam
Annika Sorenstam is in danger of missing the cut after a 2-over 73.
Jimin Kang shot a 4-under 67 to lay one stroke back after the first round at windy Kingsmill Golf Club's River Course. Yu Ping Lin, Meena Lee, Pat Hurst and Jeong Jang all carded 3-under 68s to share third place.
Defending champion Cristie Kerr leads a group of six players knotted in seventh place after an opening-round 69. She was joined at minus-2 by Brandie Burton, Brittany Lang, Patricia Meunier-Lebouc, Ai Miyazato and Jill McGill.
Paula Creamer, currently ranked second in the world, is tied with 10 players for 13th place at 1 under.
World No. 1 Annika Sorenstam, back from a one-week break, bogeyed four holes Thursday on the way to a 2-over 73. She shares 68th place with 27 other players, including current world No. 3 Lorena Ochoa.
Playing in a threesome with Kerr and Sorenstam, Webb completed her first nine holes -- the back nine -- without a bogey. Her first birdie came at the par-4 11th, where she knocked a wedge within 18 feet and rolled in the putt.
At the par-3 13th, Webb made the first of two 40-plus-foot putts for birdie, rolling in a 40-footer to reach minus-2. She chipped in for birdie at the par-4 14th, then made it three in a row when she knocked a wedge within 6 inches to set up birdie at the par-5 15th.
Webb also birdied the par-3 17th on a long putt, this one from 45 feet, to get to 5 under around the turn.
'The conditions of the greens are unbelievable,' Webb declared. 'There's hardly a mark on them. I really like greens that don't have huge tiers and have more subtle undulations, so I really feel like they fit my eye pretty good.'
After sinking a 12-foot birdie putt at the River Course's first hole, Webb was 1 over for the rest of her round. Both of her bogeys came on par fours: at the fourth, she three-putted from 45 feet; and at the eighth, she hit into a hazard off the tee.
Webb was able to make up for those bogeys with birdies at the seventh and ninth holes, closing out her round with an 18-foot putt at the last.
'My last nine holes were a little up-and-sown, but I managed to put up three birdies and three bogeys,' said Webb. 'Five-under was a really good score today.'
Better than the other stars in her threesome, who were a combined even par.
'It's always good when you're playing with two of the best players on tour,' Webb said of sharing her round with Kerr and Sorenstam. 'Obviously their names speak for themselves, and I'm sure Cristie is pretty pleased with her round. I'm sure Annika will want a lower one tomorrow.'
Kang began her round on the first hole with five straight pars before carding the first of three straight birdies when she chipped in at the par-4 sixth. She made the turn at 2 under after stumbling to a bogey at the ninth, then collected two straight birdies at 10 and 11.
Another bogey at the par-4 14th was followed two holes later by her sixth birdie, on a 55-foot putt at the par-4 16th.
'I had a lot of good fortune today,' said Kang, who also chipped in for her birdie at the 10th. 'I thought maybe some of the girls would shoot low. I didn't know it would be me.'
Joining Creamer in 13th place at minus-1 were Virada Nirapathpongporn, Cindy Rarick, Nadina Light, Reilley Rankin, Alena Sharp, Helen Alfredsson, Shi Hyun Ahn, Juli Inkster, Jennifer Rosales and Amy Hung.
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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.