El Paso Times http://elpasotimes.sportstonews.com Golf Video, News, Scores and Updates Fri, 18 Jan 2019 00:19:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.12 Chesson Hadley goes pin seeking on No. 3 at Desert Classic http://elpasotimes.sportstonews.com/2019/01/17/chesson-hadley-goes-pin-seeking-on-no-3-at-desert-classic/ http://elpasotimes.sportstonews.com/2019/01/17/chesson-hadley-goes-pin-seeking-on-no-3-at-desert-classic/#respond Thu, 17 Jan 2019 20:08:01 +0000 http://elpasotimes.sportstonews.com/2019/01/17/chesson-hadley-goes-pin-seeking-on-no-3-at-desert-classic/ In the opening round of the 2019 Desert Classic, Chesson Hadley throws a dart, landing his 161-yard approach just 3 feet of the cup at the par-4 3rd hole at the Stadium Course.

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In the opening round of the 2019 Desert Classic, Chesson Hadley throws a dart, landing his 161-yard approach just 3 feet of the cup at the par-4 3rd hole at the Stadium Course. He would make the putt for his third-straight birdie to start the tournament. This highlight is delivered by PGA TOUR LIVE.

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Bill Haas nearly aces No. 4 at Desert Classic http://elpasotimes.sportstonews.com/2019/01/17/bill-haas-nearly-aces-no-4-at-desert-classic/ http://elpasotimes.sportstonews.com/2019/01/17/bill-haas-nearly-aces-no-4-at-desert-classic/#respond Thu, 17 Jan 2019 20:07:01 +0000 http://elpasotimes.sportstonews.com/2019/01/17/bill-haas-nearly-aces-no-4-at-desert-classic/ In the opening round of the 2019 Desert Classic, Bill Haas nearly holes his 175-yard tee shot, dropping his ball right by the hole stopping it inside 4 feet of the cup at the par-3 4th hole at the Sta

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In the opening round of the 2019 Desert Classic, Bill Haas nearly holes his 175-yard tee shot, dropping his ball right by the hole stopping it inside 4 feet of the cup at the par-3 4th hole at the Stadium Course. He would make the putt for birdie. This highlight is delivered by PGA TOUR LIVE.

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Phil Mickelson rolls in 10-footer for birdie at Desert Classic http://elpasotimes.sportstonews.com/2019/01/17/phil-mickelson-rolls-in-10-footer-for-birdie-at-desert-classic/ http://elpasotimes.sportstonews.com/2019/01/17/phil-mickelson-rolls-in-10-footer-for-birdie-at-desert-classic/#respond Thu, 17 Jan 2019 20:06:01 +0000 http://elpasotimes.sportstonews.com/2019/01/17/phil-mickelson-rolls-in-10-footer-for-birdie-at-desert-classic/ In the opening round of the 2019 Desert Classic, Phil Mickelson sinks a 10-foot putt to make birdie at the par-5 5th hole at LaQuinta Country Club.

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In the opening round of the 2019 Desert Classic, Phil Mickelson sinks a 10-foot putt to make birdie at the par-5 5th hole at LaQuinta Country Club. This highlight is delivered by PGA TOUR LIVE.

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Chesson Hadley sticks approach to set up birdie at Desert Classic http://elpasotimes.sportstonews.com/2019/01/17/chesson-hadley-sticks-approach-to-set-up-birdie-at-desert-classic/ http://elpasotimes.sportstonews.com/2019/01/17/chesson-hadley-sticks-approach-to-set-up-birdie-at-desert-classic/#respond Thu, 17 Jan 2019 19:47:01 +0000 http://elpasotimes.sportstonews.com/2019/01/17/chesson-hadley-sticks-approach-to-set-up-birdie-at-desert-classic/ In the opening round of the 2019 Desert Classic, Chesson Hadley lands his 117-yard approach inside 4 feet of the cup at the par-4 2nd hole on the Stadium Course.

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In the opening round of the 2019 Desert Classic, Chesson Hadley lands his 117-yard approach inside 4 feet of the cup at the par-4 2nd hole on the Stadium Course. He would make the putt to start his round with two-straight birdies. This highlight is delivered by PGA TOUR LIVE.

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Aaron Wise birdies No. 3 at Desert Classic http://elpasotimes.sportstonews.com/2019/01/17/aaron-wise-birdies-no-3-at-desert-classic/ http://elpasotimes.sportstonews.com/2019/01/17/aaron-wise-birdies-no-3-at-desert-classic/#respond Thu, 17 Jan 2019 19:46:01 +0000 http://elpasotimes.sportstonews.com/2019/01/17/aaron-wise-birdies-no-3-at-desert-classic/ In the opening round of the 2019 Desert Classic, Aaron Wise rolls in a 20-footer for birdie at the par-3 3rd hole at LaQuinta Country Club.

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In the opening round of the 2019 Desert Classic, Aaron Wise rolls in a 20-footer for birdie at the par-3 3rd hole at LaQuinta Country Club. This highlight is delivered by PGA TOUR LIVE.

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With girlfriend Helen Storey on the bag, Lee Westwood in contention again in Abu Dhabi http://elpasotimes.sportstonews.com/2019/01/17/with-girlfriend-helen-storey-on-the-bag-lee-westwood-in-contention-again-in-abu-dhabi/ http://elpasotimes.sportstonews.com/2019/01/17/with-girlfriend-helen-storey-on-the-bag-lee-westwood-in-contention-again-in-abu-dhabi/#respond Thu, 17 Jan 2019 17:31:19 +0000 http://elpasotimes.sportstonews.com/2019/01/17/with-girlfriend-helen-storey-on-the-bag-lee-westwood-in-contention-again-in-abu-dhabi/ Lee Westwood shot 4-under 68 Friday and is just two shots behind leader Shane Lowry at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

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Don’t tell the professional caddies’ organization, but Lee Westwood is doing pretty well without a professional on his bag.

The veteran Englishman is just two shots off Shane Lowry’s lead heading into the third round of the $7 million Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. Westwood is looking for his second win following his split from Billy Foster last year. 

Westwood has girlfriend Helen Storey on his bag again this week. She helped him win the Nedbank Golf Challenge at the end of last year, the Englishman’s first European Tour win since the 2014 Maybank Malaysian Open.

“We just go out and have as much fun as we can,” Westwood said after a 4-under 68 moved him to 10 under par. “It’s great fun out there. She keeps it very light hearted for me.”

The 24-time European Tour winner hasn’t sorted out a long-term solution to who will carry his bag this year. Storey will be on the bag again next week in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic. He’s also talked about a friend looping for him this season, and perhaps son Sam from time to time.

“I’m just going to chop and change,” he said. “More or less I caddie for myself now, with the yardages and all that. I’m very clear on that in my own mind.” 

He’s certainly been clear over the first 36 holes. He’s only made one bogey. 

“I felt like I played pretty similar to yesterday,” said Westwood, whose best Abu Dhabi finish is second in 2008. “Hit a lot of good shots, drove the ball pretty well. Like I said yesterday, these fairways aren’t the easiest to hit.

“I wasn’t far off the fairways and had pretty good control of the ball most of the day. I putted nicely again. I was pleased with the way that I played and hit some nice iron shots and controlled everything pretty well.” 

Lowry is looking for his fourth European Tour win, and first since the 2015 WGC–Bridgestone Invitational. His 2-under 70 after a course record-equalling 62 moved him to 12 under.

“I knew today was going to be a bit of a weird day after shooting such a low score yesterday,” said Lowry, who is one shot ahead of South Africans Louis Oosthuizen and Richard Sterne.

World No. 2 Brooks Koepka is tied for 13th at 7 under par, while Dustin Johnson is tied for 45th at 4 under.

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Live blog: 2019 Desert Classic, Round 1 http://elpasotimes.sportstonews.com/2019/01/17/live-blog-2019-desert-classic-round-1/ http://elpasotimes.sportstonews.com/2019/01/17/live-blog-2019-desert-classic-round-1/#respond Thu, 17 Jan 2019 17:25:06 +0000 http://elpasotimes.sportstonews.com/2019/01/17/live-blog-2019-desert-classic-round-1/ The PGA Tour is underway on the West Coast, with this week's action taking place in La Quinta, Calif.

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The PGA Tour is underway on the West Coast, with this week’s action taking place in La Quinta, Calif.

We’re tracking all the first-round action from the Desert Classic. Follow along…

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Sam Saunders reflects on Arnold Palmer photos from Desert Classic http://elpasotimes.sportstonews.com/2019/01/17/sam-saunders-reflects-on-arnold-palmer-photos-from-desert-classic/ http://elpasotimes.sportstonews.com/2019/01/17/sam-saunders-reflects-on-arnold-palmer-photos-from-desert-classic/#respond Thu, 17 Jan 2019 16:26:02 +0000 http://elpasotimes.sportstonews.com/2019/01/17/sam-saunders-reflects-on-arnold-palmer-photos-from-desert-classic/ Prior to the 2019 Desert Classic, Sam Saunders checks out a collection of photos of his grandfather, Arnold Palmer, from his playing days at PGA West.

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Sam Saunders thought he had seen just about every image available of his late grandfather, Arnold Palmer.

That was until this week, when Saunders was presented a “secret box” of never-before-made-public images and old photographic negatives of Palmer playing at the Desert Classic.

“I feel like I’ve seen all the pictures, so anytime I see something new, it’s kind of cool,” Sauders said.

Throughout much of Palmer’s career, the event was simply known as the “Bob Hope,” named for the late comedian and perennial host.

As you might expect, Saunders was impressed with some of the photos showing Palmer in his prime slicing through the desert near Palm Springs, Calif.

All the feels.

The Desert Classic begins Thursday and runs through Sunday across three courses in La Quinta, Calif.

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Lexi Thompson gets lowdown on Greg Maddux and John Smoltz via Google http://elpasotimes.sportstonews.com/2019/01/17/lexi-thompson-gets-lowdown-on-greg-maddux-and-john-smoltz-via-google/ http://elpasotimes.sportstonews.com/2019/01/17/lexi-thompson-gets-lowdown-on-greg-maddux-and-john-smoltz-via-google/#respond Thu, 17 Jan 2019 15:45:43 +0000 http://elpasotimes.sportstonews.com/2019/01/17/lexi-thompson-gets-lowdown-on-greg-maddux-and-john-smoltz-via-google/ Lexi Thompson gets lowdown on Greg Maddux and John Smoltz via Google

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Lexi Thompson is on track to be a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame at the age of 23.

Thursday, in the first round of the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions in Orlando, Thompson was paired with two members of the Baseball Hall of Fame: John Smoltz and Greg Maddux.

While most baseball fans above a certain age – perhaps 30 – are well aware of the success and exploits of both former pitchers, Thompson needed to brush up a bit on her playing partners.

When she was asked if she how much she knew about her Round 1 playing partners, Thompson said she Googled them, according to Golfweek reporter Beth Ann Nichols.

Thompson can be forgiven for not knowing about the heyday of Maddux and Smoltz. When they won their World Series title with Atlanta Braves in 1995,  Thompson was all of eight months old.

You may have aged a decade yourself reading that previous paragraph.

Well, for anyone else who may need a refresher, here’s a brief recap of the career of each:

Smoltz played 21 of his 22 seasons with the Braves starting in 1988. He gathered 213 wins, 154 saves and posted a career ERA of 3.33.  He boasts the rare combination of having won both a Cy Young award and a Silver Slugger.

Maddux was the right-handed anchor of the Braves’ famed rotation in the 1990s. Most of his 24-season career was spent with the Cubs and Braves, but he also played for three other teams. A four-time Cy Young Award-winner, Maddux notched 355 victories and struck out 3,371 batters in his career.

Smoltz is also a pretty good golfer.

To wit:

The Diamond Resorts TOC continues Thursday through Sunday.

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