Woods Haas Share Top Spot

By Sports NetworkNovember 6, 2004, 5:00 pm
04 Tour Championship by Coca-ColaATLANTA -- Tiger Woods fired a 5-under 65 on Saturday to join overnight leader Jay Haas in first place after three rounds of the season-ending Tour Championship. Haas, who shot a 68, and Woods are knotted at 9-under-par 201 at East Lake Golf Club.
Reigning U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen, who shared the lead until four bogeys in his final six holes, managed a 1-under 69. He is tied for third place with former Masters champion Mike Weir (67) and Stephen Ames (70) at 5-under-par 205.
Woods, the 1998 champion, did not get off to the kind of start he needed on Saturday. He three-putted the first hole for bogey, but reclaimed the lost stroke when his approach nearly landed in the hole at three. Woods tapped in the short birdie putt, then let his putter take him to the top of the leaderboard.
Woods sank back-to-back 10-footers for birdie at the eighth and ninth holes. His third birdie in a row came from close to 30 feet and his fourth consecutive birdie was a 25-footer at the 11th.
At the 13th, Woods drove into the left rough, then came up short with his approach. He chipped 12 feet short of the hole, but drained the par save to keep his share of first.
Woods hit a 7-iron into the green for his second at the par-5 15th. He two-putted from 30 feet for another birdie to reach 9 under par. Woods parred his way in and now has a chance at his 41st PGA Tour victory.
'I played well the last two days and gave myself a good shot at it,' said Woods, who won this year's WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. 'It feels real good.'
The 2004 season has not been great for Woods. He lost the top spot in the Official World Golf Rankings, fell to fourth on the money list and third in the rankings, failed to win a major and failed to even collect the stroke-play victory.
But Woods is spectacular with a lead after three rounds. In his career, Woods has held at least a piece of the 54-hole lead 32 times and in 30 of those, he visited the winner's circle. The last time Woods squandered the 54-hole lead was this event in 2000, when Phil Mickelson caught him on Sunday.
'It's going to be a great battle tomorrow,' said Woods. 'I've got a good buddy of mine out there with me.'
Haas is Woods' 'good buddy' as the two play several practice rounds together throughout the year and the two had similar starts on Saturday. Haas dropped shots to par at both the second and third holes, and two-putted from 90 feet to save par at the fourth.
'That was probably the key to my round,' said Haas, referring to his 15-footer for par at four. 'I was looking at 3 over through four, instead I kind of righted the ship. I played well from then on in.'
At the par-5 ninth, Haas came up short of the putting surface with his second shot. He chipped to three feet and converted the birdie try to get to minus-6.
Haas, who at 50 years of age is the oldest player to qualify for this event, birdied the 10th, then added another at No. 12.
When Woods took the lead at the 15th, Haas -- who played in the final group on Saturday -- followed him in with birdie. His 25-foot eagle try stopped turning right at the hole, so Haas settled for a tap-in birdie and a share of the lead at minus-9.
Haas ran home a 6-foot tester for par at 16, and closed with a 3-foot par putt at the last to join Woods in first.
While Woods is going through a slump without any wins since February, Haas' last victory dates back to the 1993 Texas Open. Haas held the 54-hole lead at last year's Players Championship, but fell victim to Davis Love III's amazing final-round 64.
Mark Hensby posted a 1-under 69 and is alone in sixth place at 2-under-par 208. Scott Verplank (68) and Jerry Kelly (71) are tied for seventh at minus-1.
Mickelson (67), Sergio Garcia (69), Darren Clarke (70), Zach Johnson (71) and Rory Sabbatini (71) are knotted in ninth place at even-par 210.
Vijay Singh, the No. 1 ranked player in the world, managed an even-par 70 on Saturday and is part of a group tied for 16th place at 2-over-par 212.
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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.