Weir Continues His Canadian Quest

By Sports NetworkJuly 23, 2007, 4:00 pm
2006 Canadian OpenMARKHAM, Ontario -- The PGA TOUR returns to North America, but remains outside the U.S. as the TOUR heads to Ontario for the Canadian Open.
 
With the new PGA TOUR schedule, this event was moved up a little more than a month from September 7-10 last year. Thanks to the new schedule, there is less star power than normal heading to Angus Glen.
 
World No. 3 Jim Furyk heads the field, but it is Canada's own Mike Weir who will be garnering most of the attention. The only other players in the top 50 are Vijay Singh, No. 38 Stephen Ames, a naturalized Canadian citizen who was born in Trinidad, and No. 46 John Rollins.
 
Furyk, the defending champion, closed with rounds of 67-65 to fend off Bart Bryant by one and Sean O'Hair by two last year at Hamilton Golf & Country Club.
 
Furyk trailed Justin Rose by two entering the final round, but Rose went the wrong way. He closed with a 4-over 74 to drop into a share of 14th.
 
The event rotates over several different courses with 38 different venues hosting throughout tournament history. The North Course at Angus Glen is hosting the event for the first time since 2002.
 
GOLF CHANNEL will broadcast action of the opening two rounds, while CBS takes over for the weekend.
 
Next up for the PGA TOUR is a pair of events. Many of the top players in the game will be in Akron, Ohio, for the World Golf Championships - Bridgestone Invitational, where Tiger Woods is the defending champion. The opposite event is the Reno-Tahoe Open, where Will Mackenzie claimed the title in '06.
 
Here are our Tour Trade 2 favorites this week, with a look at their past performances in this national championship. We also offer up a few more guys worth keeping an eye on at the Canadian Open.
 
Vijay Singh
Starts: 9
Wins: 1
Top-10s: 4
Best finish: Win (2004)
 
TRADE Talk: It doesnt seem to matter what course Singh is playing in this event. He has four top-10s in his last five starts here, all coming at different venues. He won at Glen Abbey in 2004 and tied for sixth at Angus Glen, this years site, in 02.
 
Jim Furyk
Starts: 6
Wins: 1
Top-10s: 1
Best finish: Win (2006)
 
TRADE Talk: Furyk is the defending champion, but he cant be considered the outright favorite ' at least based on his play in this event. Furyks appearance a year ago was his first in the Canadian Open since 1999. In his first five starts, from 1994-99, he didnt have a single top-20 finish. This will also be his first start at Angus Glen.
 
Mark Calcavecchia
Starts: 17
Wins: 1
Top-10s: 4
Best finish: Win (2005)
 
TRADE Talk: Calc had a tough turn at Carnoustie. His luggage was lost and not returned until late Wednesday. In fact, he didnt even get to play a single practice round with his own clubs. He should be happy to return to a tournament which he won in 05 and has played 17 times beginning in 1982.
 
Mike Weir
Starts: 16
Wins: 0
Top-10s: 2
Best finish: 2nd (2004)
 
TRADE Talk: Canadas favorite golfer missed the cut his first nine starts in the National Open. He seemed to turn things around with a T10 in 2003 and a playoff loss to Singh (one he should have easily have won) in 04. But Weir has missed the cut in each of his last two appearances. He has struggled mightily with a swing change; though, he might have reversed the tide with a solid tie for eighth last week at Carnoustie.
 
Jesper Parnevik
Starts: 10
Wins: 0
Top-10s: 4
Best finish: 4th (2005)
 
TRADE Talk: Parnevik has played this event well throughout his career. He tied for seventh in 96 and then finished fourth nine years later. He has played steadily over the last month, making his last four cuts, but he is still in search of his first top-10 of the season.
 
Four more players to keep an eye on this week at Angus Glen:
 
Sean OHair:
One start, one top-5. OHair made his Open debut a year ago and promptly finished in third place. After missing the cut in five of his first six starts to the season, OHair has made 11 of his last 13.
 
John Rollins:
Rollins won the last time Angus Glen played host, five years ago. Rollins has four top-5s this year, including one earlier this month at the Buick Open.
 
Chris DiMarco
DiMarco has never won this event, and hasnt won anywhere on TOUR in over five years. But he played well last week in Scotland for the first time in a long time. Confidence is key to DiMarcos success. Perhaps hes found it.
 
Stephen Ames:
Ames is a Canadian citizen so they like to claim him as one of their own. This will be his ninth Canadian Open start. He tied for seventh in 2005.
 
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    Kelly beats Monty with two-shot swing on final hole

    By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2018, 3:21 am

    KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii – Jerry Kelly made an 18-foot birdie putt on the final hole, Colin Montgomerie missed a 6-footer for par and Kelly turned a one-shot deficit into a victory Saturday in the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

    After Kelly drove it well right into lava rocks on the par-4 16th, leading to bogey and giving Montgomerie the lead, Montgomerie made a mistake with his tee shot on the last, finding a fairway bunker. Montgomerie's approach went over the green and after Kelly converted his birdie, the 54-year-old Scot jammed his par putt well past the hole.


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    It was the third win on the over-50 tour for the 51-year-old Kelly, who finished tied for 14th last week at the PGA Tour's Sony Open in Honolulu. That gave him confidence as he hopped over to the Big Island for his tournament debut at Hualalai. The limited-field event includes winners from last season, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.

    Kelly closed with a 6-under 66 for a three-day total of 18-under 198. Montgomerie shot 69. David Toms shot 67 and finished two shots back, and Miguel Angel Jimenez was another stroke behind after a 66.

    Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, closed with a 70 to finish at 10 under.

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    Rahm manages frustration, two back at CareerBuilder

    By Randall MellJanuary 21, 2018, 1:21 am

    Jon Rahm managed the winds and his frustrations Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge to give himself a chance to win his fourth worldwide title in the last year.

    Rahm’s 2-under-par 70 on the PGA West Stadium Course left him two shots off the lead going into the final round.

    “I wasn’t really dealing with the wind that much,” Rahm said of his frustrations. “I was dealing with not being as fluid as I was the last two days.”


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    The world’s No. 3 ranked player opened with a 62 at La Quinta Country Club on Thursday and followed it up with a 67 on Friday at PGA West. He made six birdies and four bogeys on the Stadium Course on Saturday.

    “The first day, everything was outstanding,” Rahm said. “Yesterday, my driver was a little shaky but my irons shots were perfect. Today, my driver was shaky and my irons shots were shaky. On a course like this, it’s punishing, but luckily on the holes where I found the fairway I was able to make birdies.”

    Rahm is projected to move to No. 2 in the world rankings with a finish of sixth or better on Sunday.

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    Cook leads by one entering final round at CareerBuilder

    By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2018, 12:51 am

    LA QUINTA, Calif. – Austin Cook hit a hybrid into the fairway bunker on the par-4 18th on a breezy Saturday afternoon at La Quinta Country Club, then chunked a wedge and raced a chip 20 feet past the hole.

    Kip Henley, the longtime PGA Tour caddie who guided Cook to a breakthrough victory at Sea Island in November, stepped in to give the 26-year-old former Arkansas star a quick pep talk.

    ''Kip said, 'Let's finish this like we did on the first day at the Nicklaus Course.' We made a big par putt on 18 there and he said, 'Let's just do the same thing. Let's get this line right and if you get the line right it's going in.'''

    It did, giving Cook an 8-under 64 and a one-stroke lead in the CareerBuilder Challenge going into the final round on the Stadium Course at PGA West. Fellow former Razorback Andrew Landry and Martin Piller were tied for second, and Jon Rahm and Scott Piercy were a another stroke back after a tricky day in wind that didn't get close to the predicted gusts of 40 mph.


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    ''I know that I wouldn't have wanted to play the Stadium today,'' Cook said. ''I think we got a great draw with the courses that we got to play on the days that we got to play them.''

    Cook played the final six holes on the front nine in 6 under with an eagle and four birdies.

    ''Starting on my fourth hole, I was able to make a birdie and kind of get the ball rolling and it never really stopped rolling,'' Cook said. ''Kip and I were doing really good at seeing the line on the greens.''

    After a bogey on 10, he birdied 11, 12 and 15 and parred the final three to get to 19-under 197.

    ''I think that tonight the nerves, the butterflies, all that will kind of be a little less,'' Cook said. ''I've been in the situation before and I was able to finish the job on Sunday. I think it would be a little different if I didn't play like I did on Sunday at Sea Island.''

    He's making his first start in the event.

    ''I came in from Hawaii on Monday, so I only had two days to prepare for three courses,'' Cook said.

    Landry, the second-round leader, had a 70 at the Stadium. Piller, the husband of LPGA tour player Gerina Piller, shot a 67 at La Quinta. Winless on the PGA Tour, they will join Cook in the final threesome.

    ''Piller's a good guy and we have played a lot together and same with Cookie,'' said Landry, the only player without a bogey after 54 holes. ''Hope the Hogs are going to come out on top.''

    Rahm had a 70 at the Stadium to reach 17 under. The third-ranked Rahm beat up the par 5s again, but had four bogeys – three on par 3s. He has played the 12 par 5s in 13 under with an eagle and 11 birdies.

    ''A little bit of a survival day,'' Rahm said.

    The wind was more of a factor on the more exposed and tighter Stadium Course.

    ''The course is firming up,'' Rahm said. ''I know if we have similar wind to today, if we shoot something under par, you'll be way up there contesting it over the last few holes.''

    Piercy had a 66 at the Stadium.

    ''I controlled my ball really well today,'' he said.

    Adam Hadwin had a 67 at La Quinta a year after shooting a third-round 59 on the course. The Canadian was 16 under along with Grayson Murray and Brandon Harkins. Murray had a 67 on the Nicklaus Course, and Harkins shot 68 at the Stadium.

    Phil Mickelson missed the cut in his first tournament of the year for the second time in his career, shooting a 74 on the Stadium to finish at 4 under – four strokes from a Sunday tee time. The 47-year-old Hall of Famer was playing for the first time since late October. He also missed the cut in the Phoenix Open in his 2009 opener.

    Charlie Reiter, the Palm Desert High School senior playing on the first sponsor exemption the event has given to an amateur, also missed the cut. He had three early straight double bogeys in a 77 on the Stadium that left him 1 over.

    John Daly had an 80 at La Quinta. He opened with a triple bogey and had six bogeys – four in a row to start his second nine - and only one birdie. The 51-year-old Daly opened with a 69 on the Nicklaus layout and had a 71 on Friday at the Stadium.

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    Phil misses CareerBuilder cut for first time in 24 years

    By Randall MellJanuary 21, 2018, 12:48 am

    Phil Mickelson missed the cut Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge. It’s a rare occurrence in his Hall of Fame career.

    He has played the event 15 times, going back to when it was known as the Bob Hope Classic. He has won it twice.

    How rare is his missing the cut there?

    The last time he did so, there was no such thing as a DVD, Wi-Fi, iPods, Xbox, DVR capability or YouTube.


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    The PGA Tour’s Jon Rahm didn’t exist, either.

    The last time Mickelson missed a cut in this event was 1994, nine months before Rahm was born.

    Mickelson struggled to a 2-over-par 74 in the heavy winds Saturday on the PGA West Stadium Course, missing the 54-hole cut by four shots. He hit just four of 14 fairways, just nine of 18 greens. He took a double bogey at the 15th after requiring two shots to escape the steep-walled bunker on the left side of the green.

    Mickelson won’t have to wait long to try to get back in the hunt. He’s scheduled to play the Farmers Insurance Open next week at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, Calif.