Branshaw Breaks Through for First Win

By Sports NetworkOctober 13, 2002, 4:00 pm
CHANDLER, Ariz. -- David Branshaw coasted to a final-round 72 to earn his first career Buy.Com Tour win at the Gila River Classic. He finished at 22-under 262, four strokes clear of his nearest competitors.
'I was nervous all day,' said Branshaw, who shot a 64 on Saturday to open a four-shot lead heading into the final round. 'I was nervous on the range. I was nervous everywhere. Everything's racing in your head and you keep thinking not to get ahead of yourself, and bam, I'm already there.'
Charles Raulerson and Aaron Baddeley tied for second place at minus 18. Charles Warren, Patrick Sheehan, D.A. Points and Doug Garwood were a shot behind them at 17-under.
Branshaw had a fairly steady round. He birdied the par-5 third, but gave that shot back with a bogey on No. 5.
'When the wind picked up today, we were playing an entirely different golf course,' Branshaw said, who earned $76,500 with the victory. 'I knew it was going to be tougher today. I thought if somebody shoots a 65 or 66 today, they deserve to win this thing.'
Branshaw got back into red figures with a birdie at the 10th. He gave that shot away with bogeys at the next two holes.
'I was hitting the ball crooked all day,' said Branshaw. 'After 12, I asked my caddie how we were doing and he said, 'Fine.' I was still pretty nervous, though.'
Branshaw would par out from there as he was never seriously challenged during the final round.
'After 16, my caddie told me that nobody was within four of me, so I'm thinking, 'Now I can really screw this up,'' said Branshaw. 'It wasn't until we got to 18 that I knew I could chip and two-putt and still win, that's when it finally hit me. I guess going to church this morning paid off.'
Raulerson and Baddeley each carded rounds of 68. Raulerson carded a single birdie on the front side, before posting three birdies and a bogey on the back nine.
Baddeley was making a run early in the round, with three front-nine birdies, but a pair of bogeys side-tracked him. He bogeyed the 11th and 14th, but was able to climb back into a second place tie with birdies at 16 and 18.
Final results from the Gila River Classic
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Romo turns in even in PGA Tour debut

By Will GrayMarch 22, 2018, 3:00 pm

After stumbling out of the gates, Tony Romo has found his footing in his PGA Tour debut.

Playing in the Corales Punta Cana Resort & Club Championship on a sponsor exemption, Romo shot an even-par 36 for his opening nine holes in the Dominican Republic. The former NFL quarterback bogeyed his first two holes, but steadied the ship with three birdies from Nos. 4-8 while playing alongside Dru Love and Denny McCarthy.

The early highlight of the round came at the par-4 fifth hole, where Romo drained a putt from across the green for his second straight birdie:

Romo has played as an amateur partner in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, and has played individually in U.S. Open local qualifiers and mini-tour events as an amateur. But this marks his first attempt to gauge his game against the best players in the world who are not in Austin for the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.

Romo, who plays to a plus-0.3 handicap, said earlier in the week that he expected some jitters once it came time to put a tee in the ground.

"You'll be nervous on Thursday on the first tee. Just going to be," Romo said. "I've got to get through the first three or four holes. If I can handle the nerves on the first three or four holes, I think that I'll settle in and hopefully just play the way I've been playing."

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Kim's missing clubs show up at sporting goods store

By Will GrayMarch 22, 2018, 1:58 pm

More than a month after they were lost on an American Airlines flight, the clubs I.K. Kim used to win last year's Ricoh Women's British Open turned up on the sale rack of a California sporting goods store.

Kim's clubs became lost in late January when she flew from Miami to San Diego, with the airline suggesting she simply rent a new set. A few weeks later, Kim shot a "What's in the bag" television segment which according to a Golfweek report caught the eye of three good samaritans in the San Diego area.

The three men recognized Kim's clubs for sale at a local Play It Again Sports, with the major winner's tools listed at $60 each. The store even had Kim's tour bag, complete with her LPGA player badge. Kim filmed the reunion with her bag - containing wedges and a few hybrids, minus the head covers - at the Carlsbad police station:

Kim was back in southern California this week for the Kia Classic, where she'll begin play Thursday morning at Aviara Golf Club in Carlsbad.

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New dad Garcia removes shoes, wins match

By Rex HoggardMarch 22, 2018, 12:48 am

AUSTIN, Texas – In one of the day’s most explosive matches, Sergio Garcia rolled in an 8-footer for birdie at the 18th hole to defeat Shubhankar Sharma, 1 up, at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.

The duo halved just nine holes on Day 1 at Austin Country Club, with Garcia going from 2 up through four holes to 1 down with five holes to play.

But the Spaniard rallied with five birdies over his final eight holes and pushed his record to 20-17-1 in the Match Play. He also gave himself his best chance to advance out of pool play since the format began in 2015.

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The victory continued what has already been a memorable week for Garcia, whose wife, Angela, gave birth to the couple’s first child last Wednesday.

“I already feel like I’m a winner after what happened on Wednesday,” Garcia said. “Obviously, it's something that we're so, so happy and proud of and enjoying it as much as possible.”

The highlight of Garcia’s round on Wednesday came at the 12th hole when he took a drop on a cart path. After considering his options, he removed his shoes and hit his approach from 212 yards to 29 feet for a two-putt birdie to halve the hole.

“I have spikes. So if I don't take my shoes off, I'm going to slip. It's not the kind of shot that you want to slip,” Garcia said. “I had tried it a couple of times on practice swings and I was already slipping a little bit. So I thought I would just take my shoes off, try to get a little bit in front of the hole and it came out great.”