Three Way Tied After Rd 1 at Byron Nelson

By Associated PressApril 24, 2008, 4:00 pm
2007 EDS Byron Nelson ChampionshipIRVING, Texas -- Jesper Parnevik has been so inconsistent that hes willing to take advice from a golfing buddy he refers to as a complete hack monster.
Something worked Thursday, with Parnevik overcoming gusty wind and a redesigned course to shoot a 2-under 68 in the first round of the EDS Byron Nelson Championship.
That left him only one shot behind Ryan Moore, Mathew Goggin and Eric Axley, whose 67s made them the highest-scoring first-round leaders at the Nelson since 1984.
So what was that tip Parnevik received during a phone call Wednesday night from his friend in Colorado?
It was really a stupid thing, Parnevik said. It was the way he had his left big toe at impact. It should be kind of pointed a little bit upwards.
Parnevik was in a group of eight players at 68 that included 10th-ranked Adam Scott, the only player from the top 10 in the world ranking in the field. Kevin Sutherland, Briny Baird, Shaun Micheel, Ian Poulter and Dustin Johnson and Parker McLachlin also shot 68s.
Only 24 of the 156 players in the field broke par. Masters champion Trevor Immelman, playing for the first time since winning the green jacket, finished with a 78, better than only three other players.
Axley, who overcame an early bogey with four consecutive birdies from Nos. 4-7, was in the lead alone until he bogeyed the 429-yard 18th hole. He missed the final fairway and hit his approach into a greenside bunker'the only bunker he found all day.
Goggin, in the same group with Parnevik, got to 3 under with three consecutive birdies on their back nine. He sank putts of 15-20 feet on Nos. 5 and 6 before hitting his second shot at the 542-yard seventh hole to the fringe and chipping to 2 feet.
Moore had seven birdies and four bogeys in only his third tournament in 10 weeks. That included a six-hole stretch on the back nine when he had either a birdie or bogey on each.
It was just one of those days that you knew it was going to be a battle the whole time you were out there, said Moore, who has taken extra time off the last 2 1/2 months to cure a sore shoulder. Ill take a 67 on any course any day. This is definitely one of my better rounds of the year, for sure, in these conditions.
The unusual high opening scores at the Nelson had more to do with the weather'windy conditions with gusts of more than 30 mph and wet fairways after about an inch of rain overnight'than the redesign of the TPC Four Seasons course since last year.
Its hard to make a real fair comparison right now, with the soft fairways and the wind blowing 20 mph, said Harrison Frazar, a player from Dallas who was a consultant during the $10 million renovation. I dont think we need to jump to any conclusions too early.
Frazar shot 73, a shot better than J.J. Henry, the Fort Worth resident who was the other player consultant on the project.
Soon after last years tournament, when deteriorating greens were bumpy and sometimes brown, work began to make changes on every hole, with new tee boxes and more undulating greens, and to relocate 165 trees.
With the redone TPC, this is the first time since 1993 that the Nelson has been played on only one course. Cottonwood Valley across the street also was used during first- and second-round play from 1994 until last year.
Parnevik last won on the PGA TOUR in 2001 and hasnt finished better than 24th this season, missing four of 10 cuts. The Swede matched his best score in 25 rounds even after giving up a couple of strokes late, missing a 5-foot birdie putt at No. 7 before hitting into fairway and greenside bunkers on the following 461-yard hole.
Even though Parnevik won the Nelson in 2000, and has played there 10 other times, he was uncertain at times on the greens.
It gives me an advantage of coming here for 10, 12 years, that you know every putt, you know every break, Parnevik said. And today, I didnt have a clue. I actually missed a lot of putts out there.
Immelman, the Nelson runner-up two years ago, was already 6 over through eight holes. He needed 34 putts and finished with a bogey at the 427-yard ninth, soon after his only birdies at Nos. 6 and 7. The South African admitted this week that the victory at Augusta still hasnt quite sunk in yet after more than a week to celebrate and reflect.
I just think Ive just run out of gas, Immelman said. Im obviously real tired. Im been trying to get as much sleep as I can, as well as obviously running around.
Defending champion Scott Verplank shot a 72. Verplank is playing in his 22nd Nelson, the most among active players. Goggin hadnt had an opening sub-70 round since a 65 at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic in January, his first event of the year, when he was also the first-round leader before going on to tie for 35th. Dean Wilson had a hole-in-one at the 174-yard fifth hole. He shot a 71. The first-round leader the previous seven years had a 65 or better. Dave Barr had an opening 67 in 1984, matching Lanny Wadkins first-round score from the previous year.
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    McIlroy to rest, play Augusta after early exit at Match Play

    By Rex HoggardMarch 23, 2018, 7:02 pm

    AUSTIN, Texas – For the second consecutive year, Rory McIlroy failed to advance out of pool play at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, but there was a silver lining for last week’s champion.

    McIlroy, who lost on Friday, 5 and 3, to Brian Harman, said he didn’t have much time to recharge following his victory at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, and having the weekend off will give him a chance to prepare for what promises to be an intense build up to this year’s Masters.

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    The Northern Irishman will travel to Augusta National on Wednesday for what he said will be a 54- to 72-hole, two-day practice session.

    “Me and [caddie Harry Diamond] are going up, two members are hosting us, we're going to have a couple of social runs Wednesday and Thursday,” McIlroy said. “I’ll rest up a little bit, recharge the batteries, get into the gym. Sort of have a good week training and a good practice week. And just get myself ready for Augusta.”

    McIlroy is listed among the favorites at the Masters, where he could complete the career Grand Slam if he were to win.

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    Group standings at WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play

    By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 23, 2018, 6:35 pm

    Here are the group standings for pool play at the 2018 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Championship in Austin, Texas. The player with the most points in each pool advanced to Saturday's Round of 16 in Austin, Texas. Click here for scoring and click here for the bracket.

    (Note: Group winners are highlighted; * equals won in playoff)

    Group 1 Group 2 Group 3 Group 4
    (1) D. Johnson: 0-2-0 (2) J. Thomas: 3-0-0 (3) J. Rahm: 0-2-1 (4) J. Spieth: 2-0-0
    (32) K. Kisner: 1-0-1 (21) F. Molinari: 2-1-0 (28) K. Aphibarnrat: 3-0-0 (19) P. Reed: 2-0-0
    (38) A. Hadwin: 1-0-1
    (48) P. Kizzire: 0-2-0 (43) C. Reavie: 1-1-0 (34) H. Li: 0-2-0
    (52) B. Wiesberger: 1-1-0
    (60) L. List: 0-2-0 (63) K. Bradley: 0-1-1 (49) C. Schwartzel: 0-2-0
    Group 5 Group 6 Group 7 Group 8
    (5) H. Matsuyama: 1-1-0 (6) R. McIlroy: 1-2-0 (7) S. Garcia: 2-0-0 (8) J. Day: 1-1-0
    (30) P. Cantlay: 1-1-0
    (18) B. Harman: 2-0-1 (20) X. Schauffele: 2-0-0 (25) L. Oosthuizen: 1-1-0
    (46) C. Smith: 2-0-0 (44) J. Vegas: 0-2-1 (41) D. Frittelli: 0-2-0 (42) J. Dufner: 1-1-0
    (53) Y. Miyazato: 0-2-0 (51) P. Uihlein: 2-1-0 (62) S. Sharma: 0-2-0 (56) J. Hahn: 1-1-0
    Group 9 Group 10 Group 11 Group 12
    (9) T. Fleetwood: 1-1-0 (10) P. Casey: 2-1-0 (11) M. Leishman: 0-2-1 (12) T. Hatton: 2-0-0
    (26) D. Berger: 0-2-0 (31) M. Fitzpatrick: 1-2-0 (23) B. Grace: 1-1-1 (22) C. Hoffman: 0-2-0
    (33) K. Chappell: 1-1-0 (45) K. Stanley: 1-1-0 (35) B. Watson: 2-0-1 (36) B. Steele: 1-1-0
    (58) I. Poulter: 2-0-0 (51) R. Henley: 1-1-0 (64) J. Suri: 1-1-1 (55) A. Levy: 1-1-0
    Group 13 Group 14 Group 15 Group 16
    (13) A. Noren: 2-0-0 (14) P. Mickelson: 2-1-0 (15) P. Perez: 0-1-1 (16) M. Kuchar: 1-0-1
    (29) T. Finau: 2-0-0 (17) R. Cabrera Bello: 1-2-0 (24) G. Woodland: 0-1-1 (27) R. Fisher: 1-1-0
    (39) T. Pieters: 0-2-0 (40) S. Kodaira: 0-3-0 (37) W. Simpson: 1-0-1 (47) Y. Ikeda: 1-1-0
    (61) K. Na: 0-2-0 (59) C. Howell III: 3-0-0 (50) S.W. Kim: 1-0-1 (54) Z. Johnson: 0-1-1
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    Match-by-match: WGC-Dell Technologies, Day 3

    By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 23, 2018, 5:44 pm

    Here is how things played out on Day 3 of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, as 64 players take on Austin Country Club with hopes of advancing out of pool play. Click here for Day 2 match results:

    Group 1: Dustin Johnson (1) vs. Kevin Kisner (32)

    Group 1: Adam Hadwin (38) vs. Bernd Wiesberger (52)

    Group 2: Justin Thomas (2) def. Francesco Molinari (21), 7 and 5: Looking like the man to beat, Thomas put Molinari in an early 3-down hole and kept applying pressure, putting him away with seven birdies in one of the most lopsided results of the week – and in a battle of two unbeatens. Thomas can become world No. 1 with a victory this week.

    Group 2: Patton Kizzire (48) vs. Luke List (60)

    Group winner: Justin Thomas

    Group 3: Kiradech Aphibarnrat (28) def. Jon Rahm, 4 and 3: Unbeaten through two days, Aphibarnrat put the hammer down on Rahm, last year’s finalist. Barnrat needed only three birdies to secure the group win, while Rahm dropped to 0-2-1 for the week.

    Group 3: Chez Reavie (43) vs. Keegan Bradley (63), halved: With the group already decided as they played the closing stretch, Bradley coughed up a late lead for the third consecutive round, halving the match on 18 and finishing the week with a 0-1-2 record that could (and should) have been so much better.  

    Group winner: Kiradech Aphibarnrat

    Group 4: Jordan Spieth (4) vs. Patrick Reed (19)

    Group 4: Haotong Li (34) vs. Charl Schwartzel (49)

    Group 5: Hideki Matsuyama (5) vs. Patrick Cantlay (30)

    Group 5: Cameron Smith (46) vs. Yusaku Miyazato (53)

    Group 6: Brian Harman (18) def. Rory McIlroy (6), 5 and 3: Harman took advantage of McIlroy’s missed putts and uncharacteristic mistakes to build a 3-up advantage on the front nine, then cruised to a lopsided victory. At 2-0-1, Harman wins the group, while McIlroy can begin his prep for Augusta.

    Group 6: Jhonattan Vegas (44) vs. Peter Uihlein (57) def. Jhonattan Vegas (44), 4 and 3: Even though Uihlein won the first two holes on his way to routing Vegas, it wasn’t enough for the former U.S. Amateur champion to advance. He finished the week 2-1.

    Group winner: Brian Harman

    Group 7: Sergio Garcia (7) def. Xander Schauffele (20), 3 and 1: Two down with seven to play in this battle of unbeatens, Garcia birdied the 12th and 13th holes to square the match, then pulled ahead with a pair of birdies on 15 and 16 and a conceded par on 17, after Schauffele tugged his tee shot into the hazard.

    Group 7: Dylan Frittelli (41) vs. Shubhankar Sharma (62)

    Group winner: Sergio Garcia

    Group 8: Jason Day (8) vs. Louis Oosthuizen (25)

    Group 8: Jason Dufner (42) vs. James Hahn (56)

    Group 9: Tommy Fleetwood (9) vs. Daniel Berger (26)

    Group 9: Kevin Chappell (33) vs. Ian Poulter (58)

    Group 10: Matthew Fitzpatrick (31) def. Paul Casey (10), 3 and 2: After looking unstoppable over the first two days of pool play, Casey never led against his fellow Englishman, going 3 down after five holes. It was Fitzpatrick’s first point of the week.

    Group 10: Kyle Stanley (45) vs. Russell Henley (51)

    Group 11: Marc Leishman (11) vs. Branden Grace (23), halved: Already eliminated, Leishman kept Grace from reaching the pool-play playoff by never trailing in the match. Though the South African holed a 25-footer on 17 to extend it, both players halved the 18th hole with birdies, including a 6-footer from Leishman, to earn a half-point.

    Group 11: Bubba Watson (35) vs. Julian Suri (64), halved: Needing just a half-point to advance, but two down with two to go, Bubba stuffed his tee shot on 17, then hit his driver pin-high on the home hole. After Suri couldn’t get up-and-down for birdie, Watson sank his 8-footer for the halve. It's the second consecutive year in which Watson has won his group.

    Group winner: Bubba Watson

    Group 12: Tyrrell Hatton (12) vs. Charley Hoffman (22)

    Group 12: Brendan Steele (36) vs. Alexander Levy (55)

    Group 13: Alex Noren (13) vs. Tony Finau (29)

    Group 13: Thomas Pieters (39) vs. Kevin Na (61)

    Group 14: Phil Mickelson (14) def. Rafa Cabrera Bello (17), 1 up: Mickelson needed help to advance, but he took care of Cabrera Bello, making birdie on the last two holes to edge the Spaniard. The group was already decided, however, with Howell closing out his match while the other group played the 18th hole.

    Group 14: Charles Howell III (59) def. Satoshi Kodaira (40), 2 and 1: Needing just a halve to advance, Howell won the 14th and 16th holes with par to gain a 2-up advantage and complete a perfect week in pool play. It’s the second year in a row that Howell has won his group.

    Group winner: Charles Howell III

    Group 15: Pat Perez (15) vs. Gary Woodland (24)

    Group 15: Webb Simpson (37) vs. Si Woo Kim (50)

    Group 16: Matt Kuchar (16) vs. Ross Fisher (27)

    Group 16: Yuta Ikeda (47) vs. Zach Johnson (54)

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    Watch: Rory finds trouble, and more trouble, and more ...

    By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 23, 2018, 4:33 pm

    Rory McIlroy was in a must-win situation against Brian Harman in order to have a chance to advance to the one-and-done portion of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.

    And, as you can see, McIlroy did not get off to an ideal start on Friday.

    McIlroy lost the third, fifth and ninth holes at Austin Country Club. Harman led, 3 up, at the turn.