Mickelson Stays Hot Leads Pebble

By Sports NetworkFebruary 10, 2005, 5:00 pm
2005 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-AmPEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- Phil Mickelson set a new course record at Spyglass Hill Golf Course on Thursday with a 10-under-par 62 to take a three-shot lead after the first round of the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
Davis Love III, Kevin Sutherland, Daniel Chopra, Hunter Mahan and Charles Howell III share second place at 7-under-par 65.
Spyglass Hill Golf Course is one of three courses in rotation this week along with Pebble Beach Golf Links and Poppy Hills Golf Course, with Pebble Beach serving as the site of the final round.
Mickelson, coming off his first win of the season at the FBR Open last week, where he shot a 60 in the second round, had no problems with Spyglass Hill, historically the most difficult of the three layouts, and jumped out of the gate with birdies on each of the first two holes.
'I've really enjoyed playing the last few weeks and I can see the improvement,' said Mickelson, who won this event in 1998. 'It's just been a lot of fun.'
The reigning Masters champion birdied two in a row from the fourth and added back-to-back birdies starting at the par-5 seventh to go out in 30.
Mickelson continued the birdie barrage at the par-5 11th and knocked his second shot within 25 feet at the par-5 13th. He two-putted for another birdie and pitched his approach inside 3 feet for a birdie at the par-4 17th.
At the par-4 18th, Mickelson played his second shot to 14 feet and drained the birdie putt to complete a sizzling first round.
'The goal is to play well tomorrow at Poppy Hills and try to shoot low again,' said Mickelson. 'I've been hitting some good drives. The distance has really helped.'
Love, a two-time winner of this event, took on Poppy Hills and quickly birdied the 10th, his first. He tallied back-to-back birdies from the 12th and collected birdies at the 15th and 18th to make the turn at 5 under.
He stumbled to a bogey at the third but countered with a birdie at the par-3 sixth. Love then eagled the par-5 ninth to join the group in second place.
Howell played Pebble Beach on Thursday and got his round going with three consecutive birdies starting at the par-4 fourth. He then birdied the 11th and picked up another birdie at the par-5 14th.
The 25-year-old dropped his second shot inside 8 feet for a birdie at the par-4 15th and finished off his round with a birdie at the par-5 18th to finish three shots behind Mickelson.
Mahan birdied four of his last six holes at Pebble Beach for his 65 while Sutherland mixed nine birdies with two bogeys at Poppy Hills. Chopra played Pebble Beach and birdied the par-5 18th for his piece of second.
Mike Weir joined Dicky Pride and Mario Tiziani in a tie for seventh place at 6-under-par 66.
K.J. Choi was one shot further back at 5-under-par 67 along with Todd Hamilton, Andrew Magee, Greg Owen, Ted Purdy, Tim Clark and Paul Goydos.
Defending champion Vijay Singh, who kicked off his stellar 2004 campaign with a victory at this event, had a difficult first round of 73 at Spyglass that included a triple bogey at the par-5 seventh.
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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:

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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.”