Couples Mickelson In Action at Par-3 Event
All the hole skins money - $20,000 each hole for $180,000 total - carries over to the final nine holes Tuesday at Treetops Resort, making the 10th hole of the event worth $200,000.
'Whoever does win the next hole will probably be the champion,' Couples said. 'I hope I figure it out, and it's me.'
Only closest-to-the-pin money was made Monday. Lee Trevino won $20,000 for doing it twice and Fuzzy Zoeller took $10,000 for the closest shot of the day - 3 feet, 5 inches - on No. 6.
Three consecutive times holes were won with birdies by Trevino on No. 5 - Zoeller on No. 6 and Mickelson on No. 7 - but all failed to validate on the next hole.
The validation format calls for a player who wins a hole to then win or tie on the next hole before claiming the hole money. All three failed to do so, and the money continued to carry over.
The six other holes were carried over because of ties of pars, except for No. 2, which was carried over by birdies by Couples and Mickelson.
'The wind was very difficult,' Mickelson said about a 9-iron shot he flew over the green at No. 6 where he was attempting to validate and instead made bogey-4.
'We could feel the wind swirl right around at our back, and we had two other shots later that got hammered by the wind straight into us,' he said. 'It wasn't easy to get the ball close to the pins, especially with the wind and the undulations in the greens.'
Trevino, whose hole-in-one on No. 7 in 2001 won $1 million and is marked by a bronze plaque on the tee, said the greens were a little slower than in the past.
'We're not getting the same roll, and we'll adjust to that,' he said.
Zoeller was the low money player, but did thrill the crowd with a chip-in on No. 3 for par, and took the time to share beer with fans and chatter through the round.
'We're going to try and win that big money,' he said. 'I want to make a hole-in-one. I want a plaque like Lee.'
Phil Mickelson - $30,000 (0 Skins)
Fred Couples - $30,000 (0 Skins)
Lee Trevino - $20,000 (0 Skins)
Fuzzy Zoeller - $10,000 (0 Skins)
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Romo turns in even in PGA Tour debut
After stumbling out of the gates, Tony Romo has found his footing in his PGA Tour debut.
Playing in the Corales Punta Cana Resort & Club Championship on a sponsor exemption, Romo shot an even-par 36 for his opening nine holes in the Dominican Republic. The former NFL quarterback bogeyed his first two holes, but steadied the ship with three birdies from Nos. 4-8 while playing alongside Dru Love and Denny McCarthy.
The early highlight of the round came at the par-4 fifth hole, where Romo drained a putt from across the green for his second straight birdie:
Romo has played as an amateur partner in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, and has played individually in U.S. Open local qualifiers and mini-tour events as an amateur. But this marks his first attempt to gauge his game against the best players in the world who are not in Austin for the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.
Romo, who plays to a plus-0.3 handicap, said earlier in the week that he expected some jitters once it came time to put a tee in the ground.
"You'll be nervous on Thursday on the first tee. Just going to be," Romo said. "I've got to get through the first three or four holes. If I can handle the nerves on the first three or four holes, I think that I'll settle in and hopefully just play the way I've been playing."
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Kim's missing clubs show up at sporting goods store
More than a month after they were lost on an American Airlines flight, the clubs I.K. Kim used to win last year's Ricoh Women's British Open turned up on the sale rack of a California sporting goods store.
Kim's clubs became lost in late January when she flew from Miami to San Diego, with the airline suggesting she simply rent a new set. A few weeks later, Kim shot a "What's in the bag" television segment which according to a Golfweek report caught the eye of three good samaritans in the San Diego area.
The three men recognized Kim's clubs for sale at a local Play It Again Sports, with the major winner's tools listed at $60 each. The store even had Kim's tour bag, complete with her LPGA player badge. Kim filmed the reunion with her bag - containing wedges and a few hybrids, minus the head covers - at the Carlsbad police station:
What’s in my bag now?! They were selling at Play it again ... only $60 each in San Diego. Jack, Jeff, Paul watched my video with @alisonwhitaker1 in Singapore and found my remaining clubs and brought it back to me @lpga_tour this week at Aviara!! Btw... Where is the head covers? They might sell separately?Never mind.
Kim was back in southern California this week for the Kia Classic, where she'll begin play Thursday morning at Aviara Golf Club in Carlsbad.
WGC-Dell Match Play: Scoring, live stream, standings
New dad Garcia removes shoes, wins match
AUSTIN, Texas – In one of the day’s most explosive matches, Sergio Garcia rolled in an 8-footer for birdie at the 18th hole to defeat Shubhankar Sharma, 1 up, at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.
The duo halved just nine holes on Day 1 at Austin Country Club, with Garcia going from 2 up through four holes to 1 down with five holes to play.
But the Spaniard rallied with five birdies over his final eight holes and pushed his record to 20-17-1 in the Match Play. He also gave himself his best chance to advance out of pool play since the format began in 2015.
The victory continued what has already been a memorable week for Garcia, whose wife, Angela, gave birth to the couple’s first child last Wednesday.
“I already feel like I’m a winner after what happened on Wednesday,” Garcia said. “Obviously, it's something that we're so, so happy and proud of and enjoying it as much as possible.”
The highlight of Garcia’s round on Wednesday came at the 12th hole when he took a drop on a cart path. After considering his options, he removed his shoes and hit his approach from 212 yards to 29 feet for a two-putt birdie to halve the hole.
“I have spikes. So if I don't take my shoes off, I'm going to slip. It's not the kind of shot that you want to slip,” Garcia said. “I had tried it a couple of times on practice swings and I was already slipping a little bit. So I thought I would just take my shoes off, try to get a little bit in front of the hole and it came out great.”