Weekley 36-Hole Leader at Price Cutter

By Sports NetworkJuly 21, 2006, 4:00 pm
2006 Price Cutter Charity ChampionshipSPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Boo Weekley fired a 9-under 63 Friday to take a one-stroke lead after two rounds of the Price Cutter Charity Championship. Weekley completed 36 holes at 16-under-par 128.
Weekley's total of 128 tied the 36-hole record set by Joe Ogilvie in 2003 and matched last year by Troy Matteson.
Ken Duke, who won the Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs earlier this year, also shot 63 to move into a share of second place at 15-under-par 129. He was joined there by 2002 U.S. Amateur winner Ricky Barnes (64).
The two first-round leaders are next on the leaderboard. Doug LaBelle shot 67 and is alone in fourth at minus-14, while 2000 U.S. Amateur champion Jeff Quinney posted a 68 and is alone in fifth at 13-under-par 131.
Weekley, whose best tour finish was a share of third earlier this year at the Chattanooga Classic, started on the 10th tee Friday and opened with back-to- back birdies to get to 9 under. After he parred the next four holes, Weekley birdied 16 and 18 to turn in minus-11.
Around the turn, Weekley birdied the first at Highland Springs Country Club. He tripped to his first bogey of the event at the second to slip back to 11 under.
Weekley, who turns 33-years-old on Sunday, caught fire down the stretch. He birdied the par-four fifth and came right back with a birdie on six. Weekley was not done.
He made it three in a row as he birdied the par-4 seventh. Weekley also birdied No. 8 and a birdie on the ninth made it five straight to close his round.
'I've just been focused on hitting the fairways,' Weekley stated. 'I'm hitting it solid, but there are a couple of shots I haven't mastered yet in my swing of thoughts. Basically out here it is going to be a putting contest. I hit a lot of good putts today.'
Duke also played the back nine first Friday. He poured in consecutive birdies from the 11th and again from the 15th to jump to 10 under. He picked up a birdie on 18 and came right back with a birdie on the first as well.
The 37-year-old Duke parred his next four holes. He ran off three birdies in a row from the sixth to move into a share of second place.
Barnes collected just one birdie over his first four holes, and that came on the par-5 11th. He birdied three straight from the 14th to get to 11 under.
After three pars in a row around the turn, Barnes carded four more birdies on the front nine to gain his share of second place.
'Boo and I had a lot of good looks today,' said Barnes, who was played with Weekley the first two rounds. 'We've fed off of each other the first two days. Our iron play has been pretty spot on.'
Nick Flanagan fired a 9-under 63 of his own. He stands at 12-under-par 132 and he shares sixth place with Josh Broadaway and Justin Bolli.
Athens Regional Foundation Classic winner Paul Gow shot 66 Friday. He leads a group of eight players at 11-under-par 133.
The cut line fell at 6-under-par 138 with 67 players moving on to the final two rounds. This is the sixth time in tour history a cut was minus-6. There were two events -- 1991 Dakota Dunes Open and 2004 Henrico County Open -- that had a cut at 7 under par for the lowest cut in tour history.
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    Fleetwood flawless en route to Abu Dhabi lead

    By Will GrayJanuary 18, 2018, 2:06 pm

    New year, same results for Tommy Fleetwood.

    The reigning Race to Dubai champ picked up where he left off in the opening round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, carding a bogey-free 66 during which the Englishman found all 18 greens in regulation. At 6 under, he shares the lead with Japan's Hideto Tanihara and sits one shot clear of five other players.

    "Very stress-free. Played really well from start to finish," Fleetwood said. "Felt like I did what you need to do around this golf course, which is drive it well, hit your irons solid. You can't really be too greedy a lot of the time, and then sort of my pace putting was really good. So basically just did what you need to do to get a good score around this golf course, and I got one."

    Full-field scores from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship

    Fleetwood shined in a marquee grouping that included world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy, as he birdied three holes on each nine. This is his first worldwide start since a T-3 finish at the Hero World Challenge.

    It was at this event a year ago that Fleetwood sparked a career campaign, edging Johnson and Pablo Larrazabal for the win. He added another win at the French Open in the summer to go along with a pair of runner-up results and a T-4 finish at the U.S. Open, all of which helped him capture the European Tour's season-long title.

    Fleetwood's sudden success in Abu Dhabi serves as a microcosm for his career resurgence. Prior to last year's victory, he had missed the cut in four of his five other trips to this event.

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    Sergio starts season with 66 in Singapore

    By Associated PressJanuary 18, 2018, 12:56 pm

    SINGAPORE – Sergio Garcia opened his season with a 5-under 66 and a share of the clubhouse lead on Thursday in the first round of the weather-interrupted Singapore Open.

    Playing his first tournament of the year, the Masters champion rebounded after making an early bogey to collect four birdies and an eagle at the Sentosa Golf Club.

    He was later joined by American qualifier Kurt Kitayama in the clubhouse lead. Still on the course, Tirawat Kaewsiribandit was at 6 under through 16 holes when play was suspended for the day because of the threat of lightning.

    Louis Oosthuizen, the 2010 Open champion, was at 5 under through 16 holes when he also had to stop his round because of the weather.

    Of the players who did finish their opening rounds, only three were within two strokes of Garcia and Kitayama. One of them was Casey O'Toole, who aced the par-3 second with a 7-iron.

    The 38-year-old Garcia dropped his only shot of the day on the par-4 15th, his sixth hole after teeing off on the back nine, when he missed the fairway and was unable to make par. But he made amends when he birdied the par-3 17th and then eagled the par-5 18th to go out in 33.

    ''I was 1 over after (the) seventh but it didn't feel like I was playing badly,'' said Garcia, who made birdies on each of the two par 5s and one of the par 3s on the second nine. ''But then I hit two greats in a row for holes 17 and 18. I got a birdie-eagle there, so that settled me a little bit and I could play solid in the back nine and it was a great round.''

    Garcia made the shortlist for the Laureus Sports Awards in the Breakthrough of the Year category after claiming his first major at Augusta National last year and is hoping for more success this season.

    He credits the Singapore Open as having played a part in toughening him up for his Masters win because he opted to start his 2017 campaign in the stifling humidity of Southeast Asia to prepare himself for the bigger tournaments ahead.

    Although he finished tied for 11th in Singapore, Garcia won the Dubai Desert Classic the next week and was in peak form when he won the Masters two months later.

    Kitayama only secured his place in the $1 million event on Monday by finishing at the top of the qualifying competition, but he made a strong start with birdies on three of his first five holes. The 25-year-old Thai was 6 under through 13 holes but spoiled his otherwise flawless round with a bogey on his last.

    ''I started with a birdie and I just let it roll from there. I had some good tee shots, which I think, is the biggest thing for this course,'' Kitayama said. ''I'm a little tired, but I'm hanging in there. Whenever I have time off, I'll try not to think too much about golf.''

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    13-year-old beats DJ in closest-to-the-pin contest

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 18, 2018, 12:26 pm

    Dustin Johnson didn’t just get beat by Tommy Fleetwood and Rory McIlroy on Day 1 of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

    Even a 13-year-old got the best of the world No. 1.

    Oscar Murphy teed off on the 177-yard 15th hole as part of the tournament’s Beat the Pro challenge during the opening round. The Northern Irishman, one of the HSBC’s Future Falcons, carved a 3-wood toward a back-right pin, about 25 feet away, closer than both Johnson and Fleetwood.

    “An unbelievable shot,” Fleetwood said afterward, “and me and Rory both said, ‘We don’t have that in our locker.’”

    Johnson still made par on the hole, but he mixed four birdies with four bogeys Thursday for an even-par 72 that left him six shots back of Fleetwood and Hideto Tanihara after the opening round.

    Johnson, who tied for second here a year ago, is coming off a dominant performance at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, where he won by eight shots to strengthen his lead atop the world rankings. 

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    McIlroy 'really pleased' with opening 69 in Abu Dhabi

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 18, 2018, 12:10 pm

    It was an auspicious 2018 debut for Rory McIlroy.

    Playing alongside world No. 1 Dustin Johnson for his first round since October, McIlroy missed only one green and shot a bogey-free 69 at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. McIlroy is three shots back of reigning Race to Dubai champion Tommy Fleetwood, who played in the same group as McIlroy and Johnson, and Hideto Tanihara.

    Starting on the back nine at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, McIlroy began with 11 consecutive pars before birdies on Nos. 3, 7 and 8.

    Full-field scores from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship

    “I was excited to get going,” he told reporters afterward. “The last couple of months have been really nice in terms of being able to concentrate on things I needed to work on in my game and health-wise. I feel like I’m the most prepared for a season that I’ve ever been, but it was nice to get back out there.”

    Fleetwood, the defending champion, raced out to another lead while McIlroy and Johnson, who shot 72, just tried to keep pace.

    “Tommy played very well and I was just trying to hang onto his coattails for most of the round, so really pleased – bogey-free 69, I can’t really complain,” McIlroy said.

    This was his first competitive round in more than three months, since a tie for 63rd at the Dunhill Links. He is outside the top 10 in the world ranking for the first time since 2014.