Wie Not So Masterful in Europe

By Sports NetworkSeptember 7, 2006, 4:00 pm
European TourCRANS-SUR-SIERRE, Switzerland -- Anthony Wall posted a 5-under-par 66 Thursday to gain a piece of the lead after the opening round of the Omega European Masters.
Wall was joined atop the leaderboard by Robert Coles and David Carter.
Rafael Gomez, Miles Tunnicliff, Simon Khan and Sam Little share fourth place at minus-4. Defending champion Sergio Garcia is one of 13 players tied for eighth at 3-under-par 68.
Michelle Wie
Michelle Wie shows her disappointment during her first-round 78.
Sixteen-year-old Michelle Wie struggled in her first start on the European Tour. For Wie, this is her 10th event versus men and she will make it 11 next week at the PGA TOUR's 84 Lumber Classic.
Wie managed just two birdies en route to a 7-over-par 78, which left her in a tie for 146th. She bogeyed the second and sixth, before draining a 20-footer for birdie on seven.
However, the young Hawaiian faltered to a double-bogey on eight and followed with bogeys on nine and 11 to slide to plus-5. Wie was unable to save par from a bunker at 13, the third time she could not get up and down for par from a bunker during the round.
Wie sank an 8-foot birdie putt on 15. She again couldn't save par from a bunker on 16 and also bogeyed the last to end at plus-7.
'My tee shots were a little erratic,' Wie said. 'And I'll work on a few more bunker shots. I didn't really have my rhythm today in my short game. Hopefully it will come back to me tomorrow.'
Wall parred the first six holes he played as he started on the 10th tee on the Alpine Course at Golf Club Crans-sur-Sierre. He sank back-to-back birdies from the 16th, but turned in minus-1 after a bogey on No. 18.
The Englishman atoned for that error with a birdie on the first. He drained a 30-footer for birdie on three and a 35-footer for birdie at six to get to 4 under.
Wall two-putted for birdie on the par-5 seventh and came right back with a birdie on eight. However, he tripped to a three-putt bogey on nine to slip back into a share of the lead.
'I felt good out there today. I drove the ball well, holed a couple of putts on the 12th and 13th and from there it was a good day's work,' Wall stated. 'I want to win this year. It makes things easier for next year and I also want to get in the top 15 to get in the majors.'
Coles also started on the back nine and ran off three straight birdies from the 13th. His birdie run ended with a bogey on 16.
The 34-year-old also bogeyed 17, but rebounded with birdies on one and two to move to minus-3. Coles drained a 4-foot birdie try on seven, then joined Wall in the lead with a birdie on eight.
'I have struggled. The first round scores have been appalling,' said Coles, who broke 70 in the opening round for just the second time in 25 starts this year. 'I have not got off to any sort of starts, and to get off to a decent start today and get into a tournament is great, so I am delighted.'
Carter dropped a shot on the second, but came right back to birdie three. He parred nine straight before flying up the leaderboard.
The Englishman birdied the 13th, then eagled No. 14. Carter kept rolling with birdies on 15 and 16 to gain a share of the lead, then parred out to remain there.
Garcia was joined at minus-3 by Francesco Molinari, Peter O'Malley, Oliver Wilson, Augustin Domingo, Bradley Dredge, Simon Dyson, Phillip Archer, David Bransdon, Andrew Butterfield, Simon Wakefield, Marco Ruiz, Marcel Siem and Andrew Marshall.
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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.