Moore Wins Rain-Reduced BuyCom Tour Championship

By Sports NetworkOctober 27, 2002, 5:00 pm
PRATTVILLE, Ala. -- Patrick Moore birdied four of his final five holes to shoot a final round 66 and win the Buy.Com Tour Championship. He finished the tournament at 10-under 206 as the event was shortened to 54 holes due to heavy rain throughout the week.
'This is the culmination of 10 years of hard work turning into six months of really good golf,' said Moore. 'I've stayed in cheap hotels and eaten in restaurants that I probably had no business being in.'
After play was suspended due to darkness on Saturday, 16 players returned to the rain-soaked course Sunday morning to complete their third rounds. Moore began play Sunday morning at 7-under-par, two shots behind Jeff Klauk.
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Moore completed 14 holes on Saturday. After starting with four straight pars, Moore rolled in a birdie putt at the fifth. He followed that up with a birdie at the par-3 seventh.
Moore continued his roll with a birdie at the 10th. However, he faltered with a bogey at the par-4 12th. He was able to recover that stroke with a birdie on 14 before play was halted on Saturday.
Moore started Sunday on the 15th tee, a hole he went on to birdie. After parring 16, Moore birdied Nos. 17 and 18 to get to 10-under.
'I can't think of a better way of finishing the season,' said Moore, who finished first on the Buy.Com Tour money list with $381,965. 'I really wanted to finish the final round. But one positive that came from the decision was that nobody in the top 15 before the tournament lost their position on the final money list.'
Klauk shot a 1-under-par front nine on Saturday. He birdied the par-4 sixth and later birdied the par-5 10th. After he parred the next two holes, play was halted.
Klauk began his round Sunday on the 13th tee at 9-under-par. He faltered with consecutive bogeys at the 14th and 15th to fall to minus 7. He was able to get one shot back with a birdie on 17 to finish at 8-under.
With the ruling to shorten the tournament, fourth round action that was well under way, is wiped out. Klauk is hurt most by this decision.
He had recovered from his third round troubles and was at 11-under through nine holes when play was suspended and eventually called. Moore on the other hand was 1-over through nine holes and tied with Arron Oberholser in second place.
There are other ramifications to the event being called. Klauk, if he had gone on to win, would have jumped from 42nd on the Buy.Com Tour money list into the top 15, meaning he would have automatically gained his PGA Tour card for next season.
However, Moore was declared the winner since he led after 54 holes. With the victory, he earns the automatic 'Battlefield Promotion' to the PGA Tour. Earlier in the season, Moore won the Richmond Open and Lake Erie Charity Classic. He becomes just the fifth player in history to receive the promotion. He is now eligible to play in the final full-field PGA event, the Southern Farm Bureau Classic, next weekend.
'Playing on the PGA Tour is something that I've always wanted to do' Moore said. 'It'll be a fun week to go to the Southern Farm and see what the PGA Tour is all about.'
Klauk finished tied for second at 8-under. Steven Alker and Mike Heinen joined him at minus 8 208. Oberholser and Eric Meeks were one shot further back at 7-under.
Jason Buha, Roland Thatcher and Keoke Cotner tied for seventh at 6-under 210.
For the first time since 1993, a player in the top 15 on the money list entering this event wasn't bumped out.
The following players earned their PGA Tour exemptions, for next season, by finishing in the top 15 on the money list: Oberholser, Doug Baron, Alker, Cliff Kresge, Jason Gore, Todd Fischer, Marco Dawson, Darron Stiles, Aaron Baddeley, Buha, Patrick Sheehan, Gavin Coles, Tag Ridings and Todd Barranger.
Final results from the Buy.Com Tour Championship
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Winning on Kerr's mind this week and beyond

By Randall MellMarch 24, 2018, 2:11 am

Cristie Kerr moved into position Friday to do more than win the 21st LPGA title of her career.

She moved into position to claim an LPGA Hall of Fame point this week.

Yes, winning is foremost on her mind at the Kia Classic, where she took the lead with an 8-under-par 64 in the second round, she’s on a larger quest, too.

After turning 40 last fall, Kerr was asked what her goals are.

“The Hall of Fame is attainable, if I stick with it,” she said.

Kerr is five shots ahead of Lizette Salas (67), In-Kyung Kim (69), Hee Young Park (70) and Caroline Hedwall (70).

It’s a good time for Kerr to get on a hot streak, with the year’s first major championship, the ANA Inspiration, next week. She has long been one of the best putters in the women’s game, but her ball-striking is impressive this week. She hit 17 greens in regulation Thursday, and she hit 16 on Friday.

“I like winning,” Kerr said. “I like challenging myself. Definitely doesn't get any easier as you get older, with the travel and recovery time. I got up this morning and I'm like, `Man, why does my hamstring hurt?’ From working around this hilly golf course.”

Kerr acknowledged Friday that her body is more vulnerable to time’s realities, but her mind isn’t.

Full-field scores from the Kia Classic

“The golf ball doesn't know an age,” Kerr said. “I've always said that. As long as I stay hungry, going to just keep playing.”

Kerr won two weeks after her 40th birthday last fall, boosting her LPGA Hall of Fame point total to 22. She is five points short of eligibility for induction. A player earns one point for an LPGA victory and two points for a major championship title. So there’s a lot of Hall of Fame ground to gain this week and next.

It’s a long-term goal that motivates Kerr to take care of her body.

“I don't think the golf changes,” Kerr said. “I think, physically, it gets harder as you get older. Like I said, I've got tape on my hamstring. I strained it, just a little bit yesterday, walking around this golf course. It's tough as you get older, just being fresh and rested. I put more focus into that as I've gotten older. I still practice, but off the course I try to get more rest.”

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Big names chasing Kerr into the weekend at Kia Classic

By Associated PressMarch 24, 2018, 1:55 am

CARLSBAD, Calif. - Cristie Kerr shot an 8-under 64 on Friday in the Kia Classic to take a five-stroke lead into the weekend.

The 40-year-old Kerr had eight birdies in her second straight bogey-free round to reach 13-under 131 at rain-softened Aviara.

''I like winning. I like challenging myself,'' Kerr said. ''Definitely doesn't get any easier as you get older with the travel and recovery time. I got up this morning and I'm like, 'Man, why does my hamstring hurt?' From working around this hilly golf course. The golf ball doesn't know an age. I've always said that. As long as I stay hungry, going to just keep playing.''

She has 20 LPGA victories, winning at Aviara in 2015. She won twice last year and helped the U.S. beat Europe in her ninth Solheim Cup appearance.

''It's tough as you get older just being fresh and rested,'' Kerr said. ''I put more focus into that as I've gotten older. I still practice, but off the course I try to get more rest.''

Lizette Salas, In-Kyung Kim, Hee Young Park and Caroline Hedwall were tied for second. Salas shot 67, Kim 69, and Park and Hedwall 70.

''I really like this golf course. I really like the environment,'' said Salas, the former University of Southern California player from Azusa. ''My family gets to come out. So much confidence at the beginning of the week, and definitely showed the first two days.

Jeong Eun Lee was 7 under after a 69, and defending ANA champion So Yeon Ryu had a 70 to get to 6 under.

Full-field scores from the Kia Classic

Ariya Jutanugarn (72), Brooke Henderson (70) and 2016 winner Lydia Ko (71) were 5 under. Shanshan Feng (68) was another stroke back, and Singapore winner Michelle Wie (72) was 1 under.

Lexi Thompson was 2 over after a 74, making the cut on the number in the final event before the major ANA Inspiration next week at Mission Hills.

Kerr opened with birdies on the par-5 10th and par-3 11th, added birdies on the par-4 16th, 18th and second, and ran off three in a row on the par-3 sixth, par-4 seventh and par-5 eighth.

''I don't think you can fall asleep on one shot,'' Kerr said. ''It's a really good golf course. I think I play better on courses that demand the focus, so I think that's why I've played well here in the past. ... I'm trying not to put limits on myself right now. I've got some good things going on with my swing.''

She has long been one best putters and green-readers in the world.

''I can see the subtleties that a lot of people can't,'' Kerr said. ''It's a gift from God being able to do that. I've always had that, so I'm lucky.''

Laura Davies withdrew after an opening 82. The 54-year-old Davies tied for second last week in the Founders Cup in Phoenix, playing through painful left Achilles and calf problems.

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DJ hits 489-yard drive, but it doesn't count for history

By Rex HoggardMarch 24, 2018, 12:22 am

AUSTIN, Texas – Dustin Johnson is no stranger to big drives, but even for DJ this one was impressive.

Trailing in his Day 3 match at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, Johnson launched a drive at the par-5 12th hole that traveled 489 yards, but that number comes with an asterisk.

“He got lucky it hit the road,” smiled Kevin Kisner, who was leading the world No. 1, 3 up, at the time. “I thought he would make an eagle for sure, he only had 80 yards [to the hole]. He didn’t hit a very good putt.”

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Johnson’s drive, which was 139 yards past Kisner’s tee shot, is the longest recorded on the PGA Tour in the ShotLink era, surpassing Davis Love III’s drive of 476 yards in 2004 at the Tournament of Champions.

The drive will not go into the record books, however, because the Tour doesn’t count statistics from the Match Play.

It should also be noted, Kisner halved the 12th hole with a birdie and won the match, 4 and 3, to advance to the round of 16.

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Durant leads Champions event in Mississippi

By Associated PressMarch 24, 2018, 12:21 am

BILOXI, Miss. - Joe Durant had three straight birdies in a back-nine burst and a shot 6-under 66 on Friday to take the first-round lead in the PGA Tour Champions' Rapiscan Systems Classic.

Durant birdied the par-4 11th and 12th and par-5 13th in the bogey-free round at breezy and rain-softened Fallen Oak. Because of the wet conditions, players were allowed to lift, clean and place their golf balls in the fairway.

''It just sets up nice to my eye,'' Durant said. ''It's a beautiful golf course and it's very challenging. The tee shots seem to set up well for me, but the greens are maybe as quick as I've ever seen them here. You really have to put the ball in the right spots. I played very nice today. With the wind swirling like it was, I'm really happy.''

He won the Chubb Classic last month in Naples, Florida, for his third victory on the 50-and-over tour.

Full-field scores from the Rapiscan Systems Classic

''Done this long enough, Friday's just one day,'' Durant said. ''Especially in a three-day tournament, you've got to go out and shoot three good numbers. Fortunate to put one on the board, but I know I have to back it up with a couple of good days because you can get passed very quickly out here.''

Mark Calcavecchia was a stroke back. He won last month in Boca Raton, Florida

''It's probably my best round I've ever had here and it was a tough day to play,'' Calcavecchia said. ''The greens are just lightning fast. They're pretty slopey greens, so very difficult to putt.''

Steve Stricker was third at 68. He took the Tucson, Arizona, event three weeks ago for his first senior victory.

''Just getting it around and managing my game I think like I always do,'' Stricker said. ''You get in the wrong position here with the greens being so fast and you're going to be in trouble. I did that a couple times today.''

Billy Mayfair, Billy Andrade and David McKenzie shot 69. Jerry Kelly, the winner of the season-opening event in Hawaii, was at 70 with Wes Short Jr., Glen Day, Gene Sauers and Jesper Parnevik.

Bernhard Langer opened with a 71, and two-time defending champion Miguel Angel Jimenez had a 72.

Vijay Singh, coming off his first senior victory two weeks ago in Newport Beach, California, had a 73.