Olsen Moves to Head of the Class

By Sports NetworkDecember 2, 2004, 5:00 pm
PGA Tour (75x100)LA QUINTA, Calif. -- Dan Olsen, who earned his PGA Tour playing privileges through this event last year, fired a 7-under 65 Thursday to move into the lead after two rounds of the PGA Tour Qualifying School. Olsen stands at 9-under-par 135.
 
Phillip Price, a three-time winner on the European Tour, posted a 3-under 69 in the second round. He shares second place at 8-under-par 136 with Greg Owen (64), David McKenzie (64), Rob Rashell (68), D.J. Trahan (69) and Omar Uresti (68).
 
These 169 players are battling in this 108-hole event for top-30 honors, which would earn them PGA Tour cards for 2005. Players who finish out of the top-30, but in the top-80, will receive full exempt 2005 Nationwide Tour status, while the remaining players are non-exempt members on the 2005 Nationwide Tour.
 
Play is spread over both the Stadium Course at PGA West and the Nicklaus Tournament Course throughout the six rounds. The start of Round 2, like the beginning of Round 1, was delayed due to frost.
 
Olsen played the back nine at the Nicklaus Tournament Course first and opened with a birdie at the 11th. He dropped in back-to-back birdies from the 14th to get to 5 under.
 
The 37-year-old birdied the 18th and made it two straight as he picked up his fifth birdie at the first. Olsen stumbled to a bogey at the fifth. He bounced back with a birdie at the par-4 sixth. The Indiana University alum then eagled the par-5 seventh to jump to minus-9. He parred his final two holes to remain in the lead.
 
'Today was fun. I made some putts. I made enough putts today for a week,' said Olsen. 'It is too hard of a game if you don't make putts. I hit a couple of bad shots yesterday and weaseled out of them. Over there, at the TPC Stadium Course, you just have to take your medicine. If guys don't like taking their medicine they're going to make some big numbers. If you know you don't have to be perfect, it helps.'
 
The Englishman Owen picked up four birdies and one bogey over his first nine. On the front side at the Nicklaus Tournament Course, he carded three more birdies and an eagle for his round of 64.
 
McKenzie, who finished 23rd on the Nationwide Tour money list in 2004, ran off seven consecutive birdies from the par-5 fourth on the Nicklaus Tournament Course to move to minus-7 overall. He came back with a birdie on 13 before parring his final five holes to share second place.
 
PGA Tour player Esteban Toledo (67) and Brian Davis (65), a two-time winner on the European Tour, share eighth place at 7-under-par 137. They are joined there by David Hearn (64) and Mario Tiziani (67). Hearn was one of the biggest movers of the day, climbing from 107th to eighth with his 64.
 
Dean Wilson and Brian Kortan are one stroke further back at minus-6.
 
First-round leader and former PGA Tour player Scott Gump struggled to a 2-over 74 in the second round. He fell into a share of 16th place at 4-under-par 140.
 
Ken Green and Aaron Barber, who shared sixth place entering the second round, both fell well off the pace. Green and Barber dropped into a tie for 103rd after rounds of 5-over 77.
 
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    Woods, McIlroy in Sunday super group in finale

    By Mercer BaggsSeptember 23, 2018, 12:12 am

    ATLANTA – Rory McIlroy has made known his disdain for “super groups” in early tournament rounds.

    Well, he’s now got one on Sunday at the Tour Championship. And it doesn’t get more super than this.

    McIlroy will play alongside Tiger Woods in the final pairing, in the final round at East Lake Golf Club. Woods leads McIlroy – and Justin Rose – by three shots.


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    “All I can do is worry about myself,” McIlroy said. “It doesn't matter who it is I'm playing with. It's obviously exciting for the golf tournament. It's exciting for golf, in general, that he's up there. But for me, all I can do is concentrate on myself. The game is hard enough without having to – without looking at other people. Go out there, take care of my business, and hopefully that's good enough.”

    This is the fifth time that McIlroy and Woods have been grouped this year. They were alongside one another in the first two rounds of the Genesis Open and the first two rounds of the PGA Championship.

    In the four previous rounds, McIlroy finished better twice, Woods once, and they tied once.

    “It's going to be fun. We haven't done that much of late, because I've not been there,” Woods said. “He has been there, and he's won a bunch of tournaments. So it's nice for us to go back out and play against one another, be in the mix.”

    We know Woods will be wearing his traditional red in the final round. As for McIlroy?

    "I think I'll wear red," McIlroy joke. "No, geez, I've regretted wearing black out here today. It was hot."

    They go out at 2:05 p.m. ET.

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    Stricker, Jobe share lead in Sioux Falls

    By Associated PressSeptember 22, 2018, 11:57 pm

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Steve Stricker and Brandt Jobe topped the Sanford International leaderboard again Saturday after another cool and breezy day in the inaugural PGA Tour Champions event.

    After matching Jerry Smith and David McKenzie with first-round 7-under 63s, Striker and Jobe each shot 67 to get to 10-under 130 at Minnehaha Country Club.

    ''It was a challenge out there today,'' Stricker said. ''It was gusty, the wind came out of the south, where we played yesterday it was out of the north, so it was a totally different golf course.''

    Jobe made an 18-foot birdie putt on the par-4 18th, and Stricker missed a 6-footer to leave them tied.


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    ''It's pretty straightforward off the tee and the greens are what make it difficult at times and you've just got to be in the right spot to have good birdie putts at it,'' Stricker said. ''If not, then you've got to play pretty defensive at times. ... It's a simple game plan, but try to stay out of trouble and keep trying to put pressure on everybody.''

    Stricker won in Arizona and Mississippi in consecutive starts in May for his first senior victories. Next week in France, he will be one of U.S. Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk's assistants.

    Jobe birdied four of the last five holes. He won last year in Iowa for his lone senior title

    ''I think we kind of got used to what the wind was,'' Jobe said. ''Of course, there's some scoring holes on the back. The front played very difficult. It was just kind of try not to screw up for a while there.''

    Smith was a stroke back after a 68.

    Scott McCarron also had a 68 to get to 8 under. Woody Austin was 7 under after a 64.

    McKenzie had a 77 to drop into a tie for 43rd at even par.

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    Final-round tee times: Tiger, Rory in last pairing

    By Golf Channel DigitalSeptember 22, 2018, 11:40 pm

    It's Tiger Woods. It's Rory McIlroy. It's the final pairing in the final round of the Tour Championship.

    Here's a look at tee times for Sunday at East Lake Golf Club.

    (All times ET)

    11:45AM: Patrick Reed (+8), Phil Mickelson (+11)

    11:55AM: Keegan Bradley (+5), Bubba Watson (+5)

    12:05PM: Brooks Koepka (+4), Francesco Molinari (+4)

    12:15PM: Kevin Na (+2), Patrick Cantlay (+2)

    12:25PM: Bryson DeChambeau (+2), Cameron Smith (+2)

    12:35PM: Jason Day (E), Rickie Fowler (E)

    12:45PM: Marc Leishman (E), Patton Kizzire (E)

    12:55PM: Tommy Fleetwood (-2), Hideki Matsuyama (-1)

    1:05PM: Justin Thomas (-4), Webb Simpson (-3)

    1:15PM: Gary Woodland (-4), Xander Schauffele (-4)

    1:25PM: Aaron Wise (-4), Dustin Johnson (-4)

    1:35PM: Tony Finau (-5), Billy Horschel (-5)

    1:45PM: Jon Rahm (-6), Paul Casey (-5)

    1:55PM: Justin Rose (-9), Kyle Stanley (-6)

    2:05PM: Tiger Woods (-12), Rory McIlroy (-9)

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    FedExCup projections through Rd. 3 of the Tour Championship

    By Golf Channel DigitalSeptember 22, 2018, 11:26 pm

    Justin Rose remains the man to beat for the FedExCup title. Though he trails Tiger Woods by three shots through three rounds of the Tour Championship, he's still the projected winner of the $10 million bonus.

    Woods can still win the cup if he wins the Tour Championship and Rose finishes in a three-way tie for fifth or worse. He also needs Bryson DeChambeau [currently T-21] to finish in a two-way tie for 15th or worse and Tony Finau [T-6] to finish in a two-way tie for third or worse.

    Here are the FedExCup projections with 18 holes to play at East Lake Golf Club.

    FedExCup Rank PLAYER NAME FedExCup Points
    PROJECTED OFFICIAL PROJECTED TOTAL
    1 2 Justin Rose 2780
    2 20 Tiger Woods 2219
    3 1 Bryson DeChambeau 2160
    4 3 Tony Finau 1887
    5 4 Dustin Johnson 1576
    6 5 Justin Thomas 1560
    7 17 Rory McIlroy 1252
    8 6 Keegan Bradley 1247
    9 7 Brooks Koepka 1099
    10 9 Billy Horschel 1007
    11 8 Bubba Watson 927
    12 24 Jon Rahm 660
    13 25 Kyle Stanley 651
    14 10 Cameron Smith 640
    15 11 Webb Simpson 612
    16 12 Jason Day 560
    17 18 Xander Schauffele 531
    18 26 Paul Casey 518
    19 13 Francesco Molinari 491
    20 21 Aaron Wise 486
    21 16 Patrick Cantlay 453
    22 19 Tommy Fleetwood 451
    23 14 Phil Mickelson 448
    24 15 Patrick Reed 432
    25 28 Gary Woodland 413
    26 23 Rickie Fowler 374
    27 27 Hideki Matsuyama 354
    27 22 Kevin Na 354
    29 29 Marc Leishman 316
    30 30 Patton Kizzire 307