Woods Paired With Els

By Sports NetworkJune 7, 2003, 4:00 pm
FAR HILLS, N.J. -- The top two players in the world will play alongside each other during the opening rounds of the 103rd U.S. Open Championship. Tiger Woods and Ernie Els, who are both seeking their third U.S. Open titles, will be joined by amateur Ricky Barnes in their threesome at Olympia Fields Country Club in Olympia Fields, Ill.
 
Woods, who put together a brilliant performance en route to victory at last year's U.S. Open at Bethpage's Black Course, has gotten off to another strong start this year with three victories so far. On the other hand, Els has solidified his stance as the second-ranked golfer in the world with four victories worldwide in 2003. Barnes dazzled the crowds at Augusta National earlier this year where he was the low amateur. The trio will tee off on the 10th tee Thursday morning.
 
The pairings were announced Friday by the United States Golf Association. The USGA's flagship event is being staged at Olympia Fields for the second time in its history and first since 1928. Designed by Willie Park, Jr., the winner of the 1887 British Open, the North Course will host this year's championship from June 12-15.
 
Retief Goosen, the 2001 U.S. Open champion at Southern Hills, will play alongside Chris DiMarco and Fred Couples. Couples, who earned a spot in the championship through the top-50 in the Official World Golf Rankings, will be making his 20th appearance at the U.S. Open and first since the 2001 event.
 
A pair of major champions in Vijay Singh and Bernhard Langer will be paired together with Rocco Mediate. Singh has been one of the top performers on the PGA Tour this season with a pair of victories so far while Langer is being considered to captain with European Ryder Cup Team.
 
Davis Love III, currently ranked third in the world with three titles to his credit in 2003, will be joined by Sergio Garcia and Jay Haas. Love, the 1997 PGA Champion, posted his best U.S. Open finish in 1996 at Oakland Hills when he tied for second. Last year at Bethpage, Garcia finished fourth while Haas will be making his 24th appearance at the U.S. Open.
 
The Haas tradition continues at the U.S. Open with Jay's son William, who shared medalist honors at one of the sectional qualifiers, in the field. The younger Haas, an amateur who is currently enrolled at Wake Forest, will tee off on the first tee Thursday morning along with 1986 PGA champion Bob Tway and Joey Sindelar.
 
Rod Pampling, who shared medalist honors with William Haas and Hidemichi Tanaka at Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, Maryland, will be paired with Brian Gay and Jay Don Blake off the first tee on Thursday. Tanaka, who will start on the 10th tee Thursday morning, will be joined by Cliff Kresge and Tom Gillis.
 
Other marquee groups on the first tee Thursday morning include the threesome of Ireland's Padraig Harrington, Charles Howell III and 1997 British Open winner Justin Leonard. Justin Rose of England, Australia's Adam Scott and Jonathan Byrd will tee off shortly thereafter.
 
Phil Mickelson, last year's runner up at Bethpage, will start the championship on the 10th tee Thursday afternoon. Mickelson, who is still seeking his first major title, will be joined by Jim Furyk and Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke.
 
Stewart Cink, who missed a playoff by one shot with a blunder on the 18th green at the 2001 U.S. Open, dominated the qualifying stage on Monday at The Lakes Golf and Country Club and later the Double Eagle Club. He will start on the 10th tee Thursday afternoon with Nick Price and Jeff Sluman.
 
Another who qualified for the championship earlier this week was amateur Trip Kuehne. Kuehne, who finished second to Woods at the 1994 U.S. Amateur, will play alongside England's Paul Casey and Joe Ogilvie.
 
Other notable threesomes include that of Masters champion Mike Weir, David Toms and Mark O'Meara as well as the pairing of reigning PGA Champion Rich Beem, Thomas Bjorn of Denmark and amateur Hunter Mahan.
 
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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.