Mickelson Makes Major Move Tiger Makes Cut - COPIED

By Associated PressAugust 12, 2005, 4:00 pm
2005 PGA ChampionshipSPRINGFIELD, N.J. -- Phil Mickelson gave himself breathing room at the PGA Championship on Friday, shooting a 5-under 65 that broke a logjam at the top of the leaderboard. Tiger Woods was nowhere near the lead but he will be playing on the weekend thanks a birdie on his final hole.
 
Woods put himself in danger of missing the cut for the first time in a major, making four bogeys -- including three in a row -- and two birdies in his front nine to fall three shots above the projected cut line for the low 70 and ties.
 
But Woods, who won this tournament in 1999 and 2000, made three birdies in a five-hole stretch to get to 4 over, the cut number.
 
After a par on 16, he went for the green in two on the 650-yard 17th. His fairway wood kicked into a greenside bunker and a terrible lie. He was able to get it out into heavy grass, flopped out to 15 feet and missed the par putt, dropping back to 5 over.
 
Needing a birdie on the 550-yard closing hole to stay around, Woods hit his second shot onto the green from 196 yards and two-putted to finish a 1-under 69 and get back to 4 over.
 
``I got through somehow,'' he said. ``I grinded it out the best I could all day.''
 
Mickelson was one of six players to shoot a 67 in the opening round and another 11 players were one stroke back. After two rounds, Mickelson was at 8-under 132, three shots in front of Jerry Kelly, who matched his 65 as the best rounds of the tournament.

Rory Sabbatini, who had a 69, and Davis Love III and Lee Westwood, who had 68s, were at 136.
 
Mickelson opened his second round with a 5-under 31 on his front side, capped by an 18-foot eagle putt on the 550-yard 18th at the 7,392-yard Lower Course at Baltusrol Golf Club.
 
He also had seven birdies, two bogeys and a double-bogey in the round.
 
``What I was most proud of today was that when I did make a mistake I let it go,'' he said. ``When I made the double on 1, I came back with birdies on 3 and 5. I bogeyed 6 and birdied 8. I let go of some bad shots, forgot about it and moved on.''
 
Mickelson, the 2004 Masters champion, hasn't had a great year in the majors. He was 10th in the Masters, tied for 33rd in the U.S. Open and tied for 60th in the British Open.
 
``I did the same thing I did preparing for this week as I did for the previous three majors this year and all four last year,'' he said. ``I'm feeling very confident after the first two rounds but there's a lot of golf left.''
 
Woods opened his second round with a 5-foot birdie and appeared to be off to a hot start until a three-putt bogey from 8 feet on the second hole. Then came a drive behind a tree that led to a bogey, and a tee shot that found the water on the par-3 4th. Woods had to make a 12-footer to save bogey.
 
He birdied No. 6, but missed a 6-foot par putt on 8 to fall back to 7 over, 15 shots behind Mickelson.
 
Woods started this tournament looking to win three majors in one year for the second time in his career; the first time he did it was 2000, matching Ben Hogan's feat in 1953.
 
His record overall cut streak ended in May at 142 consecutive tournaments when he missed the cut at the Byron Nelson Classic.
 
Defending champion Vijay Singh followed his opening 70 with a 67 that left him among the contenders entering the weekend.
 
This year, Woods won the Masters and British Open and was second in the U.S. Open.
 
Woods had three brushes with the cut in majors since turning pro, including last year's PGA when he made it by two after an opening 75. He made the cut by one stroke in the 2001 PGA, and he finished on the number at the 2003 Masters.
 
Mickelson was going low despite missing fairways off the tee.
 
His first birdie was from 4 feet on No. 11 and his second, on No. 13, was a foot closer but came after a great shot from a fairway bunker.
 
That was the shot that got the gallery going and they started to get behind the left-hander.
 
Mickelson made a birdie on No. 14 after hitting into the left rough off the tee. His lone bogey of the nine was on the 16th when he missed a 5-foot par putt after hitting into a bunker.
 
He ended the nine with a flourish on the closing par-5s, the only two on the course.
 
He hit a sand wedge to 15 feet with his third shot on the 650-yard 17th, and then closed with the eagle.
 
Mickelson had a double-bogey 6 to open his second nine when he drove into the left rough, hit an 8-iron short of the green and then fluffed a chip shot from heavy grass.
 
He made up for half of that two holes later when he dropped a 40-foot birdie putt on No. 3. His last birdie of the day was a 25-footer on No. 8. That gave him five birdies putts of at least 25 feet in the opening 36 holes.
 
``I'm entering the last two rounds with more confidence than I've had in a while,'' Mickelson said.
 
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    Levy wins Trophee Hassan for fifth European Tour title

    By Associated PressApril 22, 2018, 6:32 pm

    RABAT, Morocco - Alexander Levy finished with a 2-under 70 Sunday to win the Trophee Hassan II in Morocco by a shot from overnight leader Alvaro Quiros.

    One off the lead overnight, Levy made two of his four birdies in his first five holes to hit the front and stayed ahead for the rest of the final day at the Royal Golf Dar Es Salam course.

    It was the 27-year-old Frenchman's fifth European Tour victory and he will take winning form to Beijing next week when he defends his China Open title.

    Levy ended 8-under 280 overall, one ahead of Spain's Quiros, who closed with a second straight 72.


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    With his chasers pushing hard, Levy kept his cool after dropping a shot on No. 16. He birdied the short, par-3 No. 17 and made par at the last.

    Quiros birdied his last two holes to make sure of second place outright. He needed an eagle on No. 18 to force a playoff.

    A group of four players finished in a tie for third, including Italy's Andrea Pavan, who finished with a brilliant 6-under 66. Swedish pair Joakim Lagergren (70) and Alexander Bjork (70) and Finland's Mikko Ilonen (72) also shared third.

    Levy had three other top 10 finishes in his five previous events this season and moved up to ninth on the European Tour's Race to Dubai points list.

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    (Not that) Jutanugarn shares lead with (not that) Ko

    By Associated PressApril 22, 2018, 1:58 am

    LOS ANGELES - A player eager for her first win and a rookie top the leaderboard at the HUGEL-JTBC LA Open. Lurking two shots back is a Hall of Famer.

    Winless Moriya Jutanugarn overcame a poor start and birdied the 18th for a hard-earned 1-under 70 to tie rookie Jin Young Ko at 9 under on Saturday at Wilshire Country Club.

    Ko shot a 66 in her bid to become the year's first two-time LPGA winner. She won the Women's Australian Open in February, her first victory as an official tour member after a successful run on the Korean LPGA circuit.

    ''I'm ready for win or top 10, so maybe tomorrow I will really focus on shot by shot,'' said Ko, who added an exclamation point to her golf bag for each of her wins on the KLPGA. ''I won 11 times, so if I win tomorrow, maybe I change to 12. I need more, I need every time motivation.''

    Jutanugarn is trying to match younger sister Ariya as a tour champion. Seven-time winner Ariya was tied for 27th after a 72 in the third round.

    Usually when one of the Thai sisters is in the lead, the other will watch when her round is finished.

    ''If she's not too lazy, she is probably going to come out,'' Moriya said about Ariya.

    Playing in an all-Korean threesome, Hall of Famer Inbee Park was two shots back in third after a 69. Her birdie putt for a share of the lead on 18 slid just by the hole. The group drew a large contingent of Korean fans.


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    ''I kind of started off a little bad. I was able to come back strong, so I'm really happy with that,'' Park said. ''I left a few putts out there. The greens around this golf course are just really tough. You just don't know what's going to happen.''

    Moriya Jutanugarn's round included a double bogey on the par-4 first hole and a bogey on the par-4 sixth. She eagled the par-4 14th after holing out from the fairway 93 feet away. The ball took once bounce and went in, eliciting a stunned look from Jutanugarn before she high-fived her caddie.

    ''Today was kind of a pretty rough day for me with not a very good start and like trying to come back,'' Jutanugarn said. ''I just try to play my game and be patient out there I think is the key.''

    Jutanugarn, the second-round leader, read the break perfectly on a long putt to make birdie on 18 and share the lead with Ko.

    Playing two groups ahead of Jutanugarn, Caroline Inglis also eagled the 14th from 180 yards. She briefly jumped up and down and smiled after three bogeys and a double bogey. She shot a 69 and was four shots back in a tie for sixth with Minjee Lee.

    ''It was like one bounce and then it like trickled in,'' Inglis said.

    Aditi Ashok eagled 14 early in the round.

    Ko did some scrambling of her own. Her ball found a sandy hazard on the 17th with a scoreboard and a winding creek in between her and the green 190 yards away. Her approach landed just off the green and she made par. Her round included six birdies and a bogey on 16.

    Eun-Hee Ji (70) and American Marina Alex (72) were tied for fourth at 6 under.

    Top-ranked Shanshan Feng shot a 70 and was in a six-way tie for 12th at 2 under.

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    Defending champs Singh, Franco take senior lead

    By Associated PressApril 22, 2018, 12:15 am

    RIDGEDALE, Mo. - Defending champions Vijay Singh and Carlos Franco took the third-round lead Saturday in the windy Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf.

    Singh and Franco shot a 7-under 47 in wind gusting to 20 mph on the Top of the Rock par-3 course to get to 19-under 145, a stroke ahead of the teams of David Toms-Steve Flesch and Paul Broadhurst-Kirk Triplett.

    ''It was a tough day,'' Singh said. ''The wind was swirling, have to get the club right and we made some putts. Carlos played really well on the back nine and I played really well on the front nine, so we ham-and-egged it a little.''

    Toms and Flesch also shot 47, and Broadhurst and Triplett had a 33 on the 13-hole Mountain Top par-3 course.

    ''We just paired well together,'' Toms said. ''I don't think either one of us played great. We picked each other up out there.''

    Wind and rain is expected Sunday when the teams finish at Top of the Rock, again playing the front nine in alternate shot and the back nine in better ball.

    ''Make as many birdies as possible and see what happens,'' Singh said. ''That's all we can do.''

    Singh and Franco are trying to become the first to successfully defend a title since Jim Colbert and Andy North in 2001. Singh won the Toshiba Classic in March for his first individual senior title.


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    Flesch won the Mitsubishi Electric Classic last week in Georgia for his first senior victory.

    Tom Lehman and Bernhard Langer had a 34 at Mountain Top to join Spanish stars Miguel Angel Jimenez and Jose Maria Olazabal at 17 under. Jimenez and Olazabal had a 33 at Mountain Top.

    ''It's great for me to be able to play with him as a team member,'' Olazabal said. ''We do have great memories from the Ryder Cup and other events, and it's always a great pleasure to play with a great player and a friend.''

    Langer took the final-round forecast in stride.

    ''We've done it hundreds of times before and we'll probably do it again,'' Langer said. ''We'll make the best of it. We both have a good attitude. We're known to play in all sorts of weather and I just look forward to playing one more day with my partner here.''

    Wisconsin neighbors Steve Stricker and Jerry Kelly were 16 under after a 48 at Top of the Rock.

    John Daly and Michael Allen, the second-round leaders after a 46 at Top of the Rock, had a 37 at Mountain Top to drop into a tie for seventh at 15 under.

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    Landry shares Valero lead, eyes first career win

    By Will GrayApril 21, 2018, 11:15 pm

    After coming up just short of a breakthrough win earlier this season, Andrew Landry has another chance to earn his maiden victory at the Valero Texas Open.

    Landry came within inches of winning the CareerBuilder Challenge in January, ultimately losing to Jon Rahm in a four-hole playoff. He struggled to find form in the wake of his close call, missing the cut in each of his four starts following his runner-up finish in Palm Springs.

    But Landry took some time off to welcome his first child, Brooks, last month and he made it to the weekend in his first start back last week at the RBC Heritage, where he finished T-42. He made a move up the standings Saturday at TPC San Antonio with a bogey-free 67, and at 13 under shares the lead with Zach Johnson heading into the final round.

    "I just did everything really good," Landry told reporters. "I was staying patient and just trying to make a bunch of pars. This golf course can come up and bite you in a heartbeat, and I had a couple bad putts that I didn't really make. I'm happy with it, it's a good 5-under round. Gets me in the final group tomorrow and we'll see what happens."


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    Landry started the day one shot off the pace and in the final group with Johnson and Ryan Moore, and at one point he took sole possession of the lead after birdies on three of his first six holes. Now he'll have another chance in the day's final tee time where he's grouped with Johnson and Trey Mullinax, who sits one shot back after firing a course-record 62 in the third round.

    For Landry, it's another opportunity to break into the winner's circle, and it's one for which he feels prepared after coming so close three months ago.

    "I mean, I don't want to go too deep into it because I don't want to sound cocky or anything, but I just believe in myself. There's no other explanation for it," Landry said. "You can totally get out here and play with Zach Johnson, Ryan Moore, two top players in the world, and you can go out there and fold under pressure or you can learn a lot.

    "Zach's always been a role model to me the way he plays golf, I feel like we have very similar games, and it's just going to be fun tomorrow getting to play with him again."