Riley Defeats NCAA Champ on Nationwide

By Sports NetworkJune 17, 2007, 4:00 pm
Nationwide TourBYRON, Minn. -- Chris Riley parred the second playoff hole Sunday to defeat Jamie Lovemark and win the Rochester Area Charities Showdown at Somerby.
 
Riley closed with a 2-under 70, while Lovemark fired a 7-under 65 as they finished at 16-under-par 272.
 
At the par-5 18th, the first playoff hole, both players made par and moved to the par-3 17th.
 
Riley made par for the win as Lovemark stumbled to a bogey to lose in just his second PGA TOUR-sanctioned start.
 
'I wasn't thinking I had to shoot a certain number today,' said Riley, who collected $90,000 for the win. 'I knew it was going to be tough. Jamie played some great golf today. It feels great to win again. This is not an easy tour to win on.'
 
Esteban Toledo, who shared the third-round lead with Jay Delsing, stumbled to a 1-over 73 in the final round. He fell into a share of third at 14-under-par 274, where he ended alongside Greg Chalmers (72).
 
Delsing, who also led after round two, faltered to a 2-over 74. He was joined at minus-13 by Patrick Sheehan, Richard Johnson, Lee Williamson, Jeremy Anderson and Gary Christian.
 
Lovemark, the reigning NCAA champion who played on a sponsor's invite this week, flew out of the gate with three birdies over the first four holes. He made the turn at 13 under after a birdie on the eighth at Somerby Golf Club.
 
The freshman at Southern California, who teed off well ahead of the leaders, birdied the 11th. Lovemark drained back-to-back birdies from the 14th to get to 16 under.
 
Lovemark, who started the round tied for 24th, still trailed by one at that point, but as he parred the final three holes the leaders fell back to him. He posted one of just two bogey-free rounds on the day.
 
So, Lovemark waited in the clubhouse as Riley finished the final eight holes. He would have been the first amateur to win on the Nationwide Tour.
 
'I didn't know what to expect,' said Lovemark, who matched Charles Howell III for the best finish by an amateur in tour history. 'This is the second-best tour in the world and I learned a lot from playing with guys like this.'
 
Riley opened with a birdie on the first, but gave that stroke back with a bogey at the par-4 third. Birdies at seven and 11 gave him a share of the lead at 16 under.
 
The former U.S. Ryder Cupper tripped to a bogey at the par-3 13th. Riley closed with a two-putt birdie, from 99 feet out, on the par-5 18th to force the extra session.
 
'The story of my week was my putter,' admitted Riley. 'I wasn't making many putts so I went into my closed and pulled out an old Ping putter. I made everything I had to this week, so that putter will stay with me for a while.'
 
Josh Broadaway and Fabian Gomez each closet with 68s. They were joined in a share of 11th at 12-under-par 276 by Jason Enloe, Chris Anderson, Chez Reavie and Tommy Tolles.
 
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    Ahead by four, No. 1 ranking within Koepka's grasp

    By Nick MentaOctober 20, 2018, 5:48 am

    Following a closing birdie and a third-round 67 at Nine Bridges, Brooks Koepka will take a four-shot lead over Ian Poulter and Scott Piercy into final round of the CJ Cup. Here's how Koepka separated himself from the field in South Korea.

    Leaderboard: Koepka (-13), Poulter (-9), Rafa Cabrera Bello (-8), Cameron Smith (-8), Jaime Lovemark (-8), Pat Perez (-8), Gary Woodland (-8), Chez Reavie (-8)

    What it means: Koepka is in search of his fifth PGA Tour victory and – believe it or not – only his second non-major. The three-time major champion’s only other win came all the way back in February 2015, at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. One behind overnight leader Scott Piercy to start the day, Koepka opened with eight straight pars and birdied Nos. 9 and 10 to take the outright lead at 10 under par. He added three more circles at 14, 17 and 18 to close out a bogey-free round of 5 under and go ahead by ahead by four. He'll be chased on Sunday by Piercy, a four-time PGA Tour winner who won the Zurich Classic earlier this year alongside Billy Horschel, and by Poulter, who ended a five-year worldwide winless drought back in April and is coming off a 2-2 performance at the Ryder Cup, with a Sunday singles victory over current world No. 1 Dustin Johnson. Speaking of which, unless Justin Thomas finds a way to win this tournament from 12 back, Koepka will for the first time ascend to No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking with a win or a solo second-place finish.

    Round of the day: Four players – Rafa Cabrera Bello, Ted Potter Jr., Jason Day and Brendan Steele – shot 7-under 65 Saturday. Day played his first four holes in 2 over and his final 14 in 9 under.

    Best of the rest: Paul Casey, Hideki Matsuyama and Emiliano Grillo signed for 66. Casey went seven straight holes without a par, Matusyama was bogey-free, and Grillo did all his damage on the back nine after nine consecutive pars on the front.

    Biggest disappointment: The only previous winner of this event, world No. 4 Justin Thomas entered the week with a chance to take back the No. 1 ranking with a successful title defense. But rounds of 73-70-72 have him 1 under for the week. Thomas played his back nine in 1 over Saturday with six pars, a birdie, a quadruple bogey and a closing eagle.

    Shot of the day: Koepka flying his tee shot 330 yards to the front edge of the green at the par-4 14th and going on to two-putt for birdie.

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    Watch: Koepka flies ball 330 yards, drives green

    By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 20, 2018, 4:44 am

    It's a good thing par doesn't actually matter in tournament play, because if it did, the PGA Tour would have to consider 350-yard par-3s, and even those might not stop Brooks Koeopka.

    Already ahead by two during Saturday's third round at the CJ Cup in South Korea, Koepka drove the green at the par-4 14th, carrying his ball 330 yards to the front edge.

    The back-to-back U.S. Open champ would go on to two-putt for birdie and push his lead to three.

    ... The USGA is going to try that 350-yard par-3 idea, isn't it?

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    Bend it like Garcia? Sergio scores in player-caddie soccer match

    By Grill Room TeamOctober 20, 2018, 2:44 am

    Sergio Garcia has always been able to work his golf ball from left to right, but he's also - apparently - proficient at playing a draw with a soccer ball.

    This year's Adalucia Valderrama Masters is suffering through some weather issues. But the highlight of the week - and, according to the Felipe Aguilar, "the year" - was always going to be the event's player-caddie soccer match, which you can see here:

    The standout highlight? This bending, left-footed(!) strike from defending champion Sergio Garcia:

    "Just a little bit of fun with the caddies and some of the players," Garcia nonchalantly says in the video. "Yeah, just a little bit of running and it was good fun."

    Garcia, a diehard Real Madrid fan who kicked off El Clasico in his green jacket back in 2016, has previously appeared in professional matches for CF Borriol, a Tercera Division club in Spain. 

    "It's good fun and whenever I'm around I get to practice with them a little bit and play a little bit here and there. This season, I've played probably five games, so not a lot, but I enjoy it," Garcia told CNN back in 2013.

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    Dunlap, in 'excruciating pain,' shares early Dominion lead

    By Associated PressOctober 19, 2018, 10:29 pm

    RICHMOND, Va. – Scott Dunlap and Fran Quinn shot 5-under 67 on Friday to share the first-round lead in the PGA Tour Champions' playoff-opening Dominion Energy Charity Classic.

    Fighting a left wrist injury that will require surgery, Dunlap matched Quinn with a closing birdie on the par-5 18th on The Country Club of Virginia's James River Course.

    ''Maybe excruciating pain is the key to playing good golf because I'm not getting nervous on a shot, you're just trying to get through it,'' Dunlap said. ''The worst parts are gripping it and getting the club started ... that's when that bone hits that bone.''

    The top 72 players qualified for the Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs opener. The top 54 on Sunday will get spots next week in the Invesco QQQ Championship in Thousand Oaks, Calif., and the top 36 after that will advance to the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship in Phoenix.


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    The 55-year-old Dunlap entered the week 29th in the standings. Playing through the wrist injury, he's coming off ties for ninth and seventh in his last two starts.

    ''I think I finally taped it the right way,'' Dunlap said. ''Or maybe it's the pain meds kicking in. I don't know, one of the two.''

    Quinn is 64th in the standings.

    ''I finished up strong last year, too, kind of secured my privileges for the following year making eagle on 18,'' Quinn said. ''I played solid all day. I had a lot of opportunities. A couple hiccups.''

    Jay Haas was a stroke back with Kent Jones, Stephen Ames, Woody Austin and Tim Petrovic. The 64-year-old Haas won the last of his 18 senior titles in 2016.

    Vijay Singh and Miguel Angel Jimenez, second in the standings, were at 69 with Joey Sindelar, Tom Gillis, Billy MayfairLee Janzen, Glen Day and Gene Sauers.

    Defending champion Bernhard Langer opened with a 70. The 61-year-old German star won the SAS Championship last week in North Carolina to take the points lead. He has two victories this year and 38 overall on the 50-and-over tour.

    Defending Charles Schwab Cup champion Kevin Sutherland had a 71. He's 14th in the standings. No. 3 Jerry Kelly shot 72. No. 4 Scott McCarron, the 2016 tournament winner, had a 74.