Westwood Leads Goosen in Germany

By Sports NetworkJuly 27, 2006, 4:00 pm
2006 Deutsche Bank Players ChampionshipALVESLOHE, Germany -- Lee Westwood carded a 9-under-par 63 Thursday to set a new course record and take a one-stroke lead after the opening round of the Players Championship of Europe.
Westwood's 63 was two strokes better than John Daly's 65, which he shot at Gut Kaden Golf Club last year.
The opening round was completed despite a two-hour, 35-minute weather delay caused by thunder and lightning.
World No. 5 Retief Goosen joined Robert Karlsson in a tie for second place at minus-8. Jean-Francois Remesy, Ian Woosnam and Gregory Havret were one stroke further back at 7-under-par 65.
Westwood started on the back nine Thursday. He nearly holed his approach at the 12th, but kicked in the 18-inch birdie putt. He made it two in a row as he rolled in a 10-footer for birdie.
The Englishman started a run of four straight birdies with an 8-foot putt on the 15th. After a 20-foot birdie putt at the next, Westwood two-putted for birdie on the par-5 17th.
Westwood dropped a wedge 15 feet from the hole at the 18th to turn in minus-6. He parred the first three holes of the front nine. On the third, he managed to save par despite finding water with his second shot.
At the fourth, Westwood tapped in a 2-foot birdie putt. He two-putted for birdie on the sixth, then sank a 15-footer for birdie at seven to move to minus-9.
'I'm delighted,' exclaimed Westwood, the 1998 and 2000 champion here. 'Today it was just a case of building up my confidence all the time. From tee to green my confidence is high.
'I've got good control of the ball. There's nothing like holing putts to give yourself confidence on the greens, so it was nice to roll a few in today that I've been missing. That was a step in the right direction.'
Goosen drained back-to-back birdies from the 12th and 17th. He also eagled the par-5 15th to head to the front side at minus-6. The South African dropped a stroke on the fourth, but birdied three in a row from the fifth to move into second.
'I'm happy to get off to a good start,' Goosen said. 'You never want to go and shoot level par out here today because you know you're going to be nine or 10 shots off the lead. I got off to a nice start on my back nine this morning, four birdies and an eagle. Then I had my chances for a much lower round really, but the bogey on four sort of stopped a really low round and from there on I made three nice birdies coming in.'
Karlsson also played on the back nine first. He collected birdies on 13 and 16 before an eagle on 17 got him to minus-4. He dropped in a birdie on the second and made it two straight with a birdie on No. 3. Karlsson converted birdies on six and seventh to get to 8 under.
Angel Cabrera, Stephen Gallacher, Joakim Haeggman and Garry Houston share seventh place at 6-under-par 66. Defending champion Niclas Fasth opened with a 4-under-par 68 and is tied for 21st.
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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.