Rose Left Feeling Empty Daly vs 17th

By Associated PressAugust 11, 2005, 4:00 pm
2005 PGA ChampionshipSPRINGFIELD, N.J. -- Justin Rose settled into the next-to-last stall on the range at Baltusrol Golf Club on Thursday, sending shot after shot into the distance and stopping only occasionally to look down the line.
Long after the morning groups had started the first round of the PGA Championship, and as the afternoon threesomes prepared for play, the 25-year-old Rose desperately hoped for a spot in the 156-player field.
``It's not good at this late stage,'' Rose said as he moved to the putting green, closer to the first tee. ``I don't really expect to get in.''
The call never came, and ultimately, there was no room for the eighth alternate in the championship.
For the second time in two majors, Rose was left on the waiting list.
``I was in the same situation at the British Open, second reserve,'' he said. ``It's been a bit of a frustrating year. I feel like I'm playing well enough to turn it around.
``On to Reno.''
The PGA Championship has been kind to at least one late substitute. In 1991 at Crooked Stick, John Daly got into the event as the ninth alternate when Nick Price withdrew and three alternates ahead of him declined. Without playing a practice round, Daly went on to win the championship.
Rose promised to shrug off any lingering disappointment over not making the PGA field and continue to work on a game that is seemingly rounding into shape.
Two of his six top-25 finishes have come in the last two weeks, a tie for 22nd at the Buick Open and a tie for 23rd at the International.
But, he would have loved a chance to put his game to the test at Baltusrol.
``I'm playing good enough to be a contender in this event,'' Rose said.
After all, he first burst onto the international golf scene with a fourth-place finish at the 1998 British Open - as an amateur. He has yet to win the PGA Tour, but won twice on the European Tour in 2002, the same year he finished tied for 23rd at the PGA Championship at Hazeltine.
After arriving at the course at 6:30 a.m. Thursday and lingering until getting the word that there were no more withdrawals, Rose has learned to dislike the role of an alternate.
``I'm going to try to make sure this doesn't happen next year,'' he said.
The fans wanted a power show, but the best John Daly could provide was a scrambling par on the 650-yard, par-5 17th.
Daly, who was the only player to reach the green in two shots at the 1993 U.S. Open at Baltusrol, pushed his drive into the rough, and hit his second shot safely onto the fairway. He chipped on and made a two-putt par.
Colin Montgomerie's sore hand withstood quite a workout in the opening round of the PGA Championship.
Monty, who was forced to pull out of a tournament last week because of the injury, didn't test his injured hand during a practice round at Baltusrol, choosing instead to hit only from the fairway.
But, he got a chance to test it early in Thursday's opening round, hitting his second shot out of short rough at No. 11, his second hole.
He reported no pain after an opening 7-over 77, and instead blamed his lack of practice for his struggles.
``I just didn't have any rhythm today,'' he said before leaving the course.
Montgomerie got into red numbers with an 8-foot birdie putt at the 14th, but his round deteriorated quickly.
He tested his hand again at the 15th, after his drive settled on a downslope behind a bunker. The best the Scotsman could do was punch out, with the ball landing in a bunker fronting the green. He went on to make bogey.
He closed out his first nine with double bogeys at the 16th and 18th and had four bogeys on his last nine, hitting just seven of 14 fairways in his round.
Phil Mickelson opened the PGA Championship to a rousing ovation from the New York/New Jersey crowd at Baltusrol, and was showered by cheers and shouts throughout the opening round.
At the sixth hole, Mickelson pulled his drive way left onto another fairway and had to hit over trees to reach the green.
After getting on, the 2004 Masters champion had to make his way through the gallery, and it wasn't long before he was swallowed up by the crowd. Along the way, he traded high-fives with the fans and, when he finally got inside the rope near the green, traded fist taps with the crowd and broke into a trot, similar to Hale Irwin at the 1990 U.S. Open at Medinah.
Mickelson, wearing a hat instead of a visor after claiming his head got sunburned last week at the International, went on to post a 67 and finished tie for the first-round lead.
U.S. Open champion Michael Campbell had three birdies and six bogeys, struggling to an opening 4-over 74. He hit 10 of 14 fairways and just eight of 18 greens in regulation, needing 29 putts in his round. ``Off the tee wasn't too good today. The weather was obviously baking those greens, making them very dry and making it a different golf course that the ones in practice rounds.'' ... Chris DiMarco, who lost to Vijay Singh in a playoff last year at Whistling Straits, opened with a 5-over 75.
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    Goal for new world No. 1 Koepka: Stay healthy

    By Will GrayOctober 21, 2018, 1:38 pm

    Last season Brooks Koepka bagged a pair of majors en route to the PGA Tour's Player of the Year award. He started the new wraparound season with an emphatic win at the CJ Cup to reach world No. 1 for the first time.

    But amid the best form of his career, Koepka has a simple goal in mind as he gets ready to turn his attention to the new year.

    "Stay healthy," Koepka told reporters. "That's been the big thing. I need to be healthy to be able to play all these events, play all the majors."

    Koepka's breakthrough year comes despite the fact that he missed four months in the spring, including the Masters, while recovering from a wrist injury. He hit the ground running once he returned, with strong finishes at TPC Sawgrass and Colonial preceding wins at the U.S. Open and PGA Championship.

    Now Koepka has added a third trophy after cruising to a four-shot win in South Korea on Sunday that allowed him to move past Dustin Johnson at world No. 1.

    "I'm 1-for-1 this year, which is nice," Koepka joked about his undefeated record in the new wraparound season.

    Koepka will be in the field next week in China for the WGC-HSBC Champions before putting the clubs on the shelf. With Justin Thomas paving the way by making the goal-setting process more public in recent years, Koepka explained that even after summiting the world rankings he plans to wait until 2019 to adjust his expectations for himself.

    "I keep the same goals through the calendar year," Koepka said. "On Jan. 1 I go to the beach in the morning and go write down my goals and figure them out for the calendar year, but I just need to finish this year off. I've got next week and I would like to, coming out the first week as No. 1, I'd like to play well."

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    Birdie binge for Woodland comes up short at CJ Cup

    By Will GrayOctober 21, 2018, 12:52 pm

    Gary Woodland mounted an impressive rally at the CJ Cup, but in the end even 11 birdies weren't enough to catch Brooks Koepka.

    Woodland started the final round in South Korea five shots behind the new world No. 1, but he made the biggest move of the day amid chilly conditions on Jeju Island. With six birdies over his first nine holes, including four in a row on Nos. 6-9, he briefly caught Koepka at the top of the leaderboard.

    But Woodland bogeyed No. 10, and even with five more birdies coming home to finish a 9-under 63 he still finished alone in second, four shots behind Koepka who closed with a bogey-free 29 to put the trophy out of reach.

    "Yesterday I didn't get any putts to go in, and today I saw a lot of putts go in," Woodland told reporters. "Brooks with the lead, not much fazes him. So you knew you had to make a lot of birdies, and I made a lot today. But I was just too far behind."

    It's the second straight strong performance from Woodland to start the new wraparound season, as he tied for fifth at the CIMB Classic in Malaysia after holding a share of the 54-hole lead. A closing 63 would have gone a long way last week, but he was still pleased to be able to make Koepka sweat a little on a day when even the bad holes resulted from good shots.

    "I made two bogeys on the back and I said, 'Be right' on both shots," Woodland said. "I was just maybe a little too amped up, a little excited. I hit them both perfect. All in all, I would have liked for a couple more putts to go in yesterday and been a little closer going into today."

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    Kang (69) wins Buick LPGA Shanghai by two

    By Associated PressOctober 21, 2018, 9:11 am

    SHANGHAI - Danielle Kang shot a 3-under 69 on Sunday to win the LPGA Shanghai by two strokes for her second career title.

    Kang, who started the final round one stroke off the lead, offset a lone bogey on the par-5 fourth hole with four birdies after the turn to finish at 13-under 275 and hold off a late charge by Lydia Ko, who had the day's lowest score of 66.

    ''I hope I win more,'' Kang said. ''I did the best I can. I'm going to keep working hard and keep giving myself chances and keep putting myself in contention. I'll win more. I'll play better.''

    Ko, who had seven birdies and a lone bogey, tied for second at 11 under with a group of seven players that included Brittany Altomare (71), Ariya Jutanugarn (71) and overnight co-leader Sei Young Kim (72).

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    Carlota Ciganda, who also held a share of the lead after the third round, shot a 73 to fall into a tie for ninth with Bronte Law and local favorite Lu Liu.

    Paula Creamer carded three birdies against a pair of bogeys for a 71 to finish in sole possession of 12th place.

    The tournament is the second of five being played in South Korea, Japan, China and Taiwan in the LPGA's annual Asian swing.

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    New world No. 1 Koepka already wants more

    By Nick MentaOctober 21, 2018, 8:48 am

    If there is a knock on Brooks Koepka, it’s that he’s a little too cool.

    Gary Woodland, who threw 11 birdies at Koepka on Sunday and still finished four shots back, inadvertently captured that exact sentiment after Saturday's third round.

    “You know," he said, "Brooks doesn't seem like he cares too much."

    In context, Woodland meant that there was little anyone in the field could do to rattle the 54-hole leader. (He proved himself right, by the way.)

    And out of context, the comment speaks to the general narrative surrounding Koepka. That he’s just detached enough for fans to have trouble attaching themselves to him. That he’s just a jock here to cash checks and collect trophies, to kick ass and chew bubblegum.

    But for a few moments Sunday in South Korea, it became clear that Brooks Koepka does care. Crouched on the 72nd green with some time to stop and think as Ian Poulter lagged a bit behind, Koepka finally let a moment get to him. Cameras caught the three-time major champion appearing unusually emotional.

    Of course, less than a minute later, those same cameras caught him yawning. The contrast was almost too perfect. It was as if he knew he had just been found out and needed to snap back into character – which he did.

    He promptly poured in an eagle putt to cap off a final-round 64, to win the CJ Cup by four, and to ascend to No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking for the first time in his career.

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    “To be world No. 1 is something I dreamed of as a kid,” Koepka said on the 18th green, moments after closing out his fifth PGA Tour victory and third this year. “I don't think this one's going to sink in.”

    What is beginning to sink in is that Koepka now unequivocally belongs in the conversation, the one golf fans and analysts have been having over and over since Tiger Woods fell from golf's greatest heights.

    Who’s the best at their best?

    In the two years between his first PGA Tour win and his first U.S. Open victory, Koepka was touted as having the kind of talent to compete with the game's elites. It took him a little while for him to get here, but Koepka has taken over as the latest player to look like he’ll never lose again. Just as it was for Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas before him, this is Koepka's moment. This is his run of dominance.

    It’s a run that will have to end at some point. Every one of the guys just mentioned did cool off eventually. Koepka will, too. Maybe it will be fatigue, maybe it will be injury, and maybe it’ll just be golf. This talent pool is simply too deep for anyone to remain on top for too long.

    But what Koepka has done this year – in defending his U.S. Open title, in staring down Tiger at the PGA, in claiming the Player of the Year Award, in ascending to the top of the world rankings – is put his name at the forefront of the conversation. If he was unappreciated at times before, those days are behind him. He's already accomplished too much, proven himself too good, to be overlooked any longer.

    And he’s far from done.

    “For me, I just need to keep winning,” the new world No. 1 said Sunday. “I feel like to win a few more regular Tour events and then keep adding majors. I feel like my game's set up for that. I've gotten so much confidence off winning those majors where, it's incredible, every time I tee it up, I feel like I really have a good chance to win whether I have my A-game or not. It's something I'm so excited [about] right now, you have no idea. I just can't wait to go play again.”