Rose shoots 65, leads by 1 at Farmers

By Will GrayJanuary 26, 2017, 11:54 pm

While Tiger Woods stole the spotlight for much of the afternoon, Justin Rose ended up on top of the leaderboard after the first round of the Farmers Insurance Open. Here's how things look in San Diego, where Rose holds a one-shot lead over another recent runner-up:

Leaderboard: Justin Rose (-7), Adam Hadwin (-6), Gary Woodland (-5), Brad Fritsch (-5), Charles Howell III (-5), Brandt Snedeker (-4)

What it means: Woods was the main story entering the day as he made his first official PGA Tour start in nearly 18 months, but he was unable to keep pace on the rugged back nine on the South Course. Hadwin's 66 led the way on the more difficult of the two layouts in play this week, but Rose will sleep on a slim advantage after carving up the par-5s on the North Course.

Round of the day: Rose is making his first start since a second-place finish at the Sony Open, and he picked up right where he left off with a 65 that featured a pair of eagles. Rose was actually 1 over through six holes before turning it on, as the Englishman played the quartet of par-5s in 6 under after hitting all four greens in two.

Best of the rest: Hadwin joined exclusive company last week with his third-round 59 at the CareerBuilder Challenge, but he wasn't able to catch Hudson Swafford down the stretch. The Canadian isn't easing up, though, as his 6-under effort on the South Course included just one bogey in addition to four birdies from Nos. 13-17.

Biggest disappointment: Woods appears unlikely to make the cut after an opening 76, but the expectations were much higher for world No. 1 Jason Day. The Aussie won this event two years ago, but his putter went cold Thursday en route to a 1-over 73. He'll now head to the easier North Course with work to do simply to make the cut in just his second start since September.

Main storyline heading into Friday: The spotlight will be on Woods, especially since it appears this could be his last round in the U.S. for a few weeks. The former King of Torrey appeared to have things on track after birdies on Nos. 10 and 11, but he played his next six holes in 6 over to plummet toward the bottom of the pack. The North Course should prove an easier adversary, but Woods still has plenty of rust to kick off after missing a number of shots to the right during his opening round.

Quote of the day: "With ball in hand, and obviously with the rough really thick and wet, it was important to drive the ball in the fairway. And on all the important holes, I drove it in the fairway." - Rose

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Bend it like Garcia? Sergio scores in player-caddie soccer match

By Grill Room TeamOctober 20, 2018, 2:44 am

Sergio Garcia has always been able to work his golf ball from left to right, but he's also - apparently - proficient at playing a draw with a soccer ball.

This year's Adalucia Valderrama Masters is suffering through some weather issues. But the highlight of the week - and, according to the Felipe Aguilar, "the year" - was always going to be the event's player-caddie soccer match, which you can see here:

The standout highlight? This bending, left-footed(!) strike from defending champion Sergio Garcia:

"Just a little bit of fun with the caddies and some of the players," Garcia nonchalantly says in the video. "Yeah, just a little bit of running and it was good fun."

Garcia, a diehard Real Madrid fan who kicked off El Clasico in his green jacket back in 2016, has previously appeared in professional matches for CF Borriol, a Tercera Division club in Spain. 

"It's good fun and whenever I'm around I get to practice with them a little bit and play a little bit here and there. This season, I've played probably five games, so not a lot, but I enjoy it," Garcia told CNN back in 2013.

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Dunlap, in 'excruciating pain,' shares early Dominion lead

By Associated PressOctober 19, 2018, 10:29 pm

RICHMOND, Va. – Scott Dunlap and Fran Quinn shot 5-under 67 on Friday to share the first-round lead in the PGA Tour Champions' playoff-opening Dominion Energy Charity Classic.

Fighting a left wrist injury that will require surgery, Dunlap matched Quinn with a closing birdie on the par-5 18th on The Country Club of Virginia's James River Course.

''Maybe excruciating pain is the key to playing good golf because I'm not getting nervous on a shot, you're just trying to get through it,'' Dunlap said. ''The worst parts are gripping it and getting the club started ... that's when that bone hits that bone.''

The top 72 players qualified for the Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs opener. The top 54 on Sunday will get spots next week in the Invesco QQQ Championship in Thousand Oaks, Calif., and the top 36 after that will advance to the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship in Phoenix.

Full-field scores from the Dominion Energy Charity Classic

The 55-year-old Dunlap entered the week 29th in the standings. Playing through the wrist injury, he's coming off ties for ninth and seventh in his last two starts.

''I think I finally taped it the right way,'' Dunlap said. ''Or maybe it's the pain meds kicking in. I don't know, one of the two.''

Quinn is 64th in the standings.

''I finished up strong last year, too, kind of secured my privileges for the following year making eagle on 18,'' Quinn said. ''I played solid all day. I had a lot of opportunities. A couple hiccups.''

Jay Haas was a stroke back with Kent Jones, Stephen Ames, Woody Austin and Tim Petrovic. The 64-year-old Haas won the last of his 18 senior titles in 2016.

Vijay Singh and Miguel Angel Jimenez, second in the standings, were at 69 with Joey Sindelar, Tom Gillis, Billy MayfairLee Janzen, Glen Day and Gene Sauers.

Defending champion Bernhard Langer opened with a 70. The 61-year-old German star won the SAS Championship last week in North Carolina to take the points lead. He has two victories this year and 38 overall on the 50-and-over tour.

Defending Charles Schwab Cup champion Kevin Sutherland had a 71. He's 14th in the standings. No. 3 Jerry Kelly shot 72. No. 4 Scott McCarron, the 2016 tournament winner, had a 74.

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Weather continues to plague Valderrama Masters

By Associated PressOctober 19, 2018, 7:55 pm

SOTOGRANDE, Spain  -- Marc Warren helped his chances of retaining his European Tour card by moving into a tie for second place behind Englishman Ashley Chesters at the rain-hit Andalucia Valderrama Masters on Friday.

Bad weather interrupted play for a second straight day at the Real Club Valderrama in southern Spain before darkness caused the second round to be suspended until Saturday, with overnight Chesters still ahead at 5-under.

Weather delays on Thursday, including a threat of lightning, had kept 60 golfers from finishing their opening round. They included Scottish player Warren, who went out on Friday and finished his first round with a 2-under 69.

He then made three birdies to go with one bogey on the first nine holes of the second round before play was halted. He joined Frenchman Gregory Bourdy one shot behind Chesters.

Full-field scores from the Andalucia Valderrama Masters

''I'm hitting the ball as well as I have in a long time,'' Warren said. ''Hitting fairways and greens is the most important thing around here, so hopefully I wake up tomorrow with the same swing.''

Chesters and Bourdy were among several golfers unable to play a single hole in the second round on Friday.

Warren, a three-time European Tour winner, has struggled this season and needs a strong performance to keep his playing privileges for next year.

Currently ranked 144th, Warren needs to break into the top 116 to keep his card.

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Watch: Is this the up-and-down of the year?

By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 19, 2018, 3:30 pm

Play away from the pin? Just because there's a tree in your way? Not Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano. Watch him channel some Arnie (or, more appropriately, some Seve) with this shot in the Valderrama Masters: