Wilson Takes Top Spot in Texas

By Sports NetworkSeptember 23, 2005, 4:00 pm
2005 Valero Texas OpenSAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Dean Wilson fired an 8-under 62 Friday to move into the lead after two rounds of the Texas Open. Wilson stands one stroke clear of the field at 12-under-par 128.
Jeff Maggert and John Senden, who shared second place entering the round, each posted rounds of 4-under 66. They remain tied for second at 11-under-par 129.
First-round leader Robert Gamez posted a 2-under 68, He was joined in a tie for fourth place at minus-10 by Bob Heintz (65), Woody Austin (67) and Olin Browne (65).
Wilson played the back nine first on Friday and got on the board with a birdie at the par-4 12th. He moved to 6 under with a birdie on the par-5 14th. Two holes later, the 35-year-old picked up his third birdie of the day.
The Hawaiian climbed to minus-8 as he dropped in a birdie putt on the 18th, his ninth. Wilson then converted a birdie chance on the par-3 third on the Resort Course at LaCantera Golf Club.
Wilson, who is better known to some for playing with Annika Sorenstam at the 2003 Colonial, dropped his approach shot to the seventh 10 feet from the cup and sank the putt for birdie.
At the next, Wilson's approach shot stopped within 5 feet of the hole and he made that for his seventh birdie of the round. He stuck his second shot to the 18th within 3 feet, setting up his final birdie of the round.
'It was a little windy starting the day and I think it just kind of stayed constant all day,' Wilson said. 'Maybe the last couple of holes I felt some wind coming up, so maybe we were getting a little bit of that hurricane weather coming up.'
Wilson owns just three top-10 finishes all season, but two of them have come in the last seven weeks. He has also missed three cuts during that span though.
'It seems like the last month or so I've thrown in a good round and a bad round, so I've had some glimpses of decent golf,' Wilson said. 'It feels nice to get a couple of good rounds in here.'
Maggert opened with a birdie on the par-4 first. He maintained his strong play with birdies on the fourth and seventh to get to 10 under. The 41-year-old parred his next six holes before converting a birdie try on the par-5 14th. He parred out to share second.
Senden played his first five holes in 1 over as he bogeyed the 12th, his third. The Australian ran off three straight birdies from the 15th to jump to 9 under.
The 34-year-old moved into a tie for second around the turn as he birdied the first and third. Senden remained at minus-11 as he parred his final six holes.
Mark Wilson carded a 3-under 67 to take eighth place at 8-under-par 132. Alex Cejka, Ted Purdy, David Hearn and J.J. Henry are one stroke further back at minus-7. Defending champion Bart Bryant is tied with five other players for 13th at 6-under-par 134.
The other big story this week is 2001 British Open champion David Duval making the cut. Duval posted a 2-under 68 and is tied for 31st at 3-under-par 137. He snapped a streak of 17 straight missed cuts.
'It's a cycle that needed to be broken, but I've been playing a lot better than my scores have reflected for the last six weeks,' Duval said. 'Each day I seem to hit the highest score I possibly could, the last six or eight rounds I've played. It's no different this week so far. I've hit it really well, just made a couple stupid mistakes.'
A total of 74 players made the cut which came at 1-under-par 139.
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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.