Webb Takes Command at Longs Drugs

By Sports NetworkSeptember 23, 2006, 4:00 pm
DANVILLE, Calif. ' Karrie Webb birdied the last three holes Saturday to close a round of 6-under 66 and take a five-shot lead after three rounds of the Longs Drugs Challenge.
 
Webb stands at 13-under-par 203 after 54 holes. She has won three times already this season, including the season's first major, the Kraft Nabisco Championship.
 
Morgan Pressel knocked her second shot in the water at the last en route to a double-bogey. That capped a round of 3-under 69. Pressel stands at 8-under-par 208 and shares second place with Maria Hjorth, who shot 70 Saturday.
 
Women's world No. 1 Annika Sorenstam posted a 3-under 69 in the third round. The Swede, who carded five birdies and a double-bogey, was joined in fourth place at minus-7 by Lorie Kane, who bogeyed two of the last three holes, and Mi Hyun Kim.
 
Webb, who shared the lead entering the third round with Jeong Jang, parred the first four holes. She collected birdies on the fifth and eighth to make the turn at minus-9.
 
The Australian missed birdie putts from inside seven feet at both the 10th and 11th at Blackhawk Country Club. However, she converted a 18-foot birdie putt at 12 to move two clear of Pressel and Kane.
 
Webb parred the next three, but was just one clear of Kane. Kane and Pressel were on group in front of Webb. At the par-3 16th, Pressel poured in a 18-footer for birdie, while Kane came up short of the green off the tee and could not save par.
 
The 31-year-old Webb responded with a birdie of her own on 16 to again move two ahead of Pressel. Webb then kicked in a 5-footer for birdie on 17 and made it three in a row with a 6-foot birdie putt on the 18th.
 
'I just played really solidly. I only missed one green and I was putting, actually, I missed two greens, but I putted both of them from off the green,' Webb stated. 'I had really good ball striking round. I missed a couple shorter putts, probably three putts inside of seven feet for birdie. I was just really glad that I kept my patience and made one on the next hole.'
 
Pressel got to 7 under thanks to birdies on three and six. She stumbled to a bogey on the par-3 seventh. Pressel rebounded with birdies on nine and 10 to move to 8 under.
 
The 18-year-old birdied 13, but gave that stroke right back with a bogey on 14. After Pressel drained her birdie on 16, she came right back with an 7-foot birdie putt on 17.
 
Pressel landed in a fairway bunker off the tee at the 18th. She hit her second shot fat and it splashed into the water short of the green. Pressel found the green with her fourth and two-putted for double-bogey to end at minus-8.
 
'Obviously, you're disappointed anytime you double the last hole after putting yourself in such a great position you're upset and I'm upset,' Pressel stated. 'I made a great putt on 16 and a good birdie on 17. You know I played pretty solid today except for one shot, maybe two shots I guess, but that happens.'
 
Hjorth collected three birdies and a bogey over her opening nine holes. Around the turn, she birdie 11, but bogeyed the next two holes to drop to 7 under. She recovered those lost strokes with birdies at 15 and 16. Hjorth closed with a bogey on the last to share second with Pressel.
 
Nicole Castrale carded a 5-under 67 to move into a share of seventh place. She stands alongside Jimin Kang, Cristie Kerr and Stacy Prammanasudh at 6-under-par 210. Il Mi Chung, Jeong Jang and Kelli Kuehne are one stroke further back at minus-5.
 
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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.