Cook Blisters Montreux in 64 Wins Reno

By Golf Channel NewsroomAugust 26, 2001, 4:00 pm
John Cook made up for lost time Sunday at the Montreux Golf and Country Club, as the 43-year-old veteran stormed home with a final round 64 to win the Reno-Tahoe Open.
 
The triumph marked Cooks eleventh on the PGA Tour, and his first in three years, but you never would have noticed watching him Sunday.
 
Cook came from six shots off the pace, held by overnight leader Jerry Kelly, and ended the tournament in style, rattling off eight birdies and an eagle in the process for a total score of 17-under-par 271.
 
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His performance surprised even himself.
 
'It was a big surprise,' said Cook, who was coming off a second-round 74 on Saturday. 'I played so badly yesterday I was embarrassed to be out here, to tell you the truth.
 
Come Sunday afternoon, it wasnt Cook who was embarrassed, but rather Kelly.
 
The Wisconsin native and former hockey player was going about his business fine-and-dandy until he reached the par-3 16th.
 
At the time, he had a two-shot lead over Cook, who was already in the clubhouse, but then proceeded to botch not just the hole, but the entire round, when his tee shot missed the green and he flubbed two chip shots, sent the third running by the hole, and then missed from four feet for double-bogey.
 
As it was, the triple saw Kelly suddenly fall two back with two holes to play.
 
The 34-year-old just missed a birdie attempt from 8-feet at No. 17, and then nearly set the house on fire at the 18th, when his approach-second at the closing par-4 hole nearly went in for a tying eagle-two.
 
The tap-in birdie gave him outright second at 16-under, but it wasnt what he really wanted.
 
'It was one of those things that makes you love and hate the game,' Kelly said of the 16th. 'It wasn't like a choke kind of thing at all. I went through (the ball) and I just happened to go under it. There was more grass than I thought, apparently.
 
While Kellys problems down the stretch were about as shocking as Cooks win, it was perhaps the play of a certain former four-time All American who took the real headlines.
 
Twenty-two-year-old Bryce Molder shot 71 on Sunday to finish in solo third at 15-under.
 
Playing in just his first event as a professional, he might have won the tournament outright had it not been for four bogies on his card in the final round.
 
Nevertheless, a solid birdie at the closing hole left a fresh impression in everyones mind that he would be back again ' soon.
 
First-year player Charles Howell III also had another good showing.
 
The 2000 NCAA champion from Oklahoma State also closed in 71 Sunday to finish at 14-under, and he now has cashed in eight top-15 finishes in this season alone.
 
Cook gets the win, however.
 
Of the rationality of the game of golf, the old veteran philosophized:
 
'I had made only three eagles all year, and I made four in the last two weeks -- three this week, he said.
 
'Trying to stay competitive in your mid-40s is not easy.'
 
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Facial hair Fowler's new good-luck charm

By Rex HoggardJuly 20, 2018, 8:12 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Before, during and after the Fourth of July, Rickie Fowler missed a few appointments with his razor.

He arrived in the United Kingdom for last week’s Scottish Open still unshaved and he tied for sixth place. Fowler, like most golfers, can give in to superstition, so he's decided to keep the caveman look going for this week’s Open Championship.

“There could be some variations,” he smiled following his round on Friday at Carnoustie.


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At this rate, he may never shave again. Fowler followed an opening 70 with a 69 on Friday to move into a tie for 11th place, just three strokes off the lead.

Fowler also has some friendly competition in the beard department, with his roommate this week Justin Thomas also going for the rugged look.

“I think he kind of followed my lead in a way. I think he ended up at home, and he had a little bit of scruff going. It's just fun,” Fowler said. “We mess around with it. Obviously, not taking it too seriously. But like I said, ended up playing halfway decent last week, so I couldn't really shave it off going into this week.”

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Spieth (67) rebounds from tough Round 1 finish

By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 7:55 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Guess whose putter is starting to heat up again at a major?

Even with a few wayward shots Friday at Carnoustie, Jordan Spieth made a significant climb up the leaderboard in the second round, firing a 4-under 67 to move just three shots off the lead.

Spieth showed his trademark grit in bouncing back from a rough finish Thursday, when he mis-clubbed on the 15th hole, leading to a double bogey, and ended up playing the last four holes in 4 over.

“I don’t know if I actually regrouped,” he said. “It more kind of fires me up a little.”


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Spieth missed more than half of his fairways in the second round, but he was able to play his approach shots from the proper side of the hole. Sure, he “stole a few,” particularly with unlikely birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 after errant drives, but he took advantage and put himself in position to defend his claret jug.

Spieth needed only 25 putts in the second round, and he credited a post-round adjustment Thursday for the improvement. The tweak allows his arms to do more of the work in his stroke, and he said he felt more confident on the greens.

“It’s come a long way in the last few months, no doubt,” he said.

More than anything, Spieth was relieved not to have to play “cut-line golf” on Friday, like he’s done each start since his spirited run at the Masters.

“I know that my swing isn’t exactly where I want it to be; it’s nowhere near where it was at Birkdale,” he said. “But the short game is on point, and the swing is working in the right direction to get the confidence back.”

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After 36, new Open favorite is ... Fleetwood

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 7:49 pm

With a handful of the pre-championship favorites exiting early, there is a new odds-on leader entering the third round of The Open at Carnoustie.

While Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner share the 36-hole lead, it's England's Tommy Fleetwood who leads the betting pack at 11/2. Fleetwood begins the third round one shot off the lead.

Click here for the leaderboard and take a look below at the odds, courtesy Jeff Sherman at golfodds.com.

Tommy Fleetwood: 11/2

Zach Johnson: 13/2

Rory McIlroy: 7/1

Jordan Spieth: 8/1

Rickie Fowler: 9/1

Kevin Kisner: 12/1

Xander Schauffele: 16/1

Tony Finau: 16/1

Matt Kuchar: 18/1

Pat Perez: 25/1

Brooks Koepka: 25/1

Erik van Rooyen: 50/1

Alex Noren: 50/1

Tiger Woods: 50/1

Thorbjorn Olesen: 60/1

Danny Willett: 60/1

Francesco Molinari: 60/1

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Perez (T-3) looks to remedy 'terrible' major record

By Rex HoggardJuly 20, 2018, 7:34 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Pat Perez’s major record is infinitely forgettable. In 24 Grand Slam starts he has exactly one top-10 finish, more than a decade ago at the PGA Championship.

“Terrible,” Perez said when asked to sum up his major career. “I won sixth [place]. Didn't even break top 5.”

It’s strange, however, that his status atop The Open leaderboard through two rounds doesn’t seem out of character. The 42-year-old admits he doesn’t hit it long enough to contend at most major stops and also concedes he doesn’t exactly have a wealth of knowledge when it comes to the game’s biggest events, but something about The Open works for him.


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“I didn't like it the first time I came over. When I went to St. Andrews in '05, I didn't like it because it was cold and terrible and this and that,” he said. “Over the years, I've really learned to like to come over here. Plus the fans are so awesome here. They know a good shot. They don't laugh at you if you hit a bad shot.”

Perez gave the fans plenty to cheer on Friday at Carnoustie, playing 17 flawless holes to move into a share of the lead before a closing bogey dropped him into a tie for third place after a second-round 68.

For Perez, links golf is the great equalizer that mitigates the advantages some of the younger, more powerful players have and it brings out the best in him.

“It's hard enough that I don't feel like I have to hit perfect shots. That's the best,” he said. “Greens, you can kind of miss a shot, and it won't run off and go off the green 40 yards. You're still kind of on the green. You can have a 60-footer and actually think about making it because of the speed.”