El Paso Times http://elpasotimes.sportstonews.com Golf Video, News, Scores and Updates Fri, 19 Jan 2018 12:17:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.9 Austin Cook interview after Round 1 of CareerBuilder http://elpasotimes.sportstonews.com/2018/01/19/austin-cook-interview-after-round-1-of-careerbuilder/ http://elpasotimes.sportstonews.com/2018/01/19/austin-cook-interview-after-round-1-of-careerbuilder/#respond Fri, 19 Jan 2018 02:07:02 +0000 http://elpasotimes.sportstonews.com/2018/01/19/austin-cook-interview-after-round-1-of-careerbuilder/ Following an opening-round 63, Austin Cook reflects on his play in the 2018 CareerBuilder Challenge with Fred Albers from PGA TOUR Radio.

The post Austin Cook interview after Round 1 of CareerBuilder appeared first on El Paso Times.

]]>
Following an opening-round 63, Austin Cook reflects on his play in the 2018 CareerBuilder Challenge with Fred Albers from PGA TOUR Radio.

The post Austin Cook interview after Round 1 of CareerBuilder appeared first on El Paso Times.

]]>
http://elpasotimes.sportstonews.com/2018/01/19/austin-cook-interview-after-round-1-of-careerbuilder/feed/ 0
Martin Piller interview after Round 1 of CareerBuilder http://elpasotimes.sportstonews.com/2018/01/19/martin-piller-interview-after-round-1-of-careerbuilder/ http://elpasotimes.sportstonews.com/2018/01/19/martin-piller-interview-after-round-1-of-careerbuilder/#respond Fri, 19 Jan 2018 02:06:02 +0000 http://elpasotimes.sportstonews.com/2018/01/19/martin-piller-interview-after-round-1-of-careerbuilder/ Following an opening-round 64, Martin Piller reflects on his play in the 2018 CareerBuilder Challenge with Fred Albers from PGA TOUR Radio.

The post Martin Piller interview after Round 1 of CareerBuilder appeared first on El Paso Times.

]]>
Following an opening-round 64, Martin Piller reflects on his play in the 2018 CareerBuilder Challenge with Fred Albers from PGA TOUR Radio.

The post Martin Piller interview after Round 1 of CareerBuilder appeared first on El Paso Times.

]]>
http://elpasotimes.sportstonews.com/2018/01/19/martin-piller-interview-after-round-1-of-careerbuilder/feed/ 0
Jon Rahm leads the pack after Round 1 at CareerBuilder http://elpasotimes.sportstonews.com/2018/01/19/jon-rahm-leads-the-pack-after-round-1-at-careerbuilder/ http://elpasotimes.sportstonews.com/2018/01/19/jon-rahm-leads-the-pack-after-round-1-at-careerbuilder/#respond Fri, 19 Jan 2018 01:47:02 +0000 http://elpasotimes.sportstonews.com/2018/01/19/jon-rahm-leads-the-pack-after-round-1-at-careerbuilder/ In the opening round of the 2018 CareerBuilder Challenge, plenty of players went low on the day but the top ranked player in the field, Jon Rahm, leads the way by one after shooting 62.

The post Jon Rahm leads the pack after Round 1 at CareerBuilder appeared first on El Paso Times.

]]>
In the opening round of the 2018 CareerBuilder Challenge, plenty of players went low on the day but the top ranked player in the field, Jon Rahm, leads the way by one after shooting 62.

The post Jon Rahm leads the pack after Round 1 at CareerBuilder appeared first on El Paso Times.

]]>
http://elpasotimes.sportstonews.com/2018/01/19/jon-rahm-leads-the-pack-after-round-1-at-careerbuilder/feed/ 0
Jon Rahm makes eagle look easy for the Shot of the Day http://elpasotimes.sportstonews.com/2018/01/19/jon-rahm-makes-eagle-look-easy-for-the-shot-of-the-day/ http://elpasotimes.sportstonews.com/2018/01/19/jon-rahm-makes-eagle-look-easy-for-the-shot-of-the-day/#respond Fri, 19 Jan 2018 01:46:02 +0000 http://elpasotimes.sportstonews.com/2018/01/19/jon-rahm-makes-eagle-look-easy-for-the-shot-of-the-day/ In the opening round of the 2018 CareerBuilder Challenge, Jon Rahm stuffs his approach shot into 5 feet and holes the eagle putt on the par-5 5th hole at LaQuinta Country Club.

The post Jon Rahm makes eagle look easy for the Shot of the Day appeared first on El Paso Times.

]]>
In the opening round of the 2018 CareerBuilder Challenge, Jon Rahm stuffs his approach shot into 5 feet and holes the eagle putt on the par-5 5th hole at LaQuinta Country Club.

The post Jon Rahm makes eagle look easy for the Shot of the Day appeared first on El Paso Times.

]]>
http://elpasotimes.sportstonews.com/2018/01/19/jon-rahm-makes-eagle-look-easy-for-the-shot-of-the-day/feed/ 0
Rejuvenated Nick Watney opens strong on CareerBuilder’s toughest test http://elpasotimes.sportstonews.com/2018/01/19/rejuvenated-nick-watney-opens-strong-on-careerbuilders-toughest-test/ http://elpasotimes.sportstonews.com/2018/01/19/rejuvenated-nick-watney-opens-strong-on-careerbuilders-toughest-test/#respond Fri, 19 Jan 2018 01:45:35 +0000 http://elpasotimes.sportstonews.com/2018/01/19/rejuvenated-nick-watney-opens-strong-on-careerbuilders-toughest-test/ Nick Watney, who last season fulfilled a major medical extension after a back injury, shot 7-under 65 to open the CareerBuilder Challenge.

The post Rejuvenated Nick Watney opens strong on CareerBuilder’s toughest test appeared first on El Paso Times.

]]>

LA QUINTA, Calif. – Two years ago, Nick Watney had to make a choice: Have surgery to repair his injured back, or put the clubs away for a while.

Watney, then 34, was battling a herniated disk in his lower back and faced the same surgery – a microdiscectomy – that Tiger Woods had twice. (Woods ended up having a spinal fusion last April after the previous surgeries proved to be only temporary solutions.) The other option – and the one he chose – was rest and rehab, and so far, it’s looking like Watney made the right choice.

Watney, now 36, was one of just two players to shoot 7-under 65 on PGA West’s Stadium Course on Thursday in the first round of the CareerBuilder Challenge. He is just three shots off the lead with the two easier courses – La Quinta Country Club and PGA West’s Nicklaus Tournament Course – on tap for Friday and Saturday.

“It’s nice to see a good round out of the gate,” said Watney, who hasn’t won on the PGA Tour since the 2012 Barclays, his fifth Tour victory.

Watney decided to shut things down after the 2016 Farmers Insurance Open and ended up missing the rest of the 2015-16 PGA Tour season. He didn’t touch a club for more than five months during that span, not hitting balls until mid-July.

He returned at the 2016 Safeway Open, playing on a major medical extension. The details: 21 starts to earn 355 FedEx Cup points or $538,010, or he would lose his card.

“Definitely different with that allotted amount of tournaments and that number you have to get to,” Watney said. “But it’s not impossible; Pat Perez was on a medical last year and handled it great (Perez has won twice since). If you play well, then you take care of things.”

Watney tied for 35th in his return in Napa and earned $23,516. He then missed back-to-back cuts, in La Quinta and at Torrey Pines, but rebounded with three T-14 finishes in his next four starts.

A T-5 finish and $140,225 while teaming up with Charley Hoffman was enough for Watney to fulfill the requirements of his extension.

“It was weird kind of ticking them off,” Watney said. “I played pretty well at Pebble and made a decent check there, and had a nice run through Tampa. Then I really started counting money: ‘If I do this, then I’ll play in that.’ … I’d start Sundays like, ‘Oh, if I play well then I can be done with it’ and all that stuff.”

It was a different kind of pressure for Watney, who made it back to the FedEx Cup Playoffs last season after snapping a streak of nine straight postseasons in 2016. Thankfully, he doesn’t have to worry about such an extension this year. He can play as much as he wants to secure a spot in the top 125 of the FedEx Cup standings – and he’s confident a revamped workout regime will allow him to do so. His back feels as good as it’s ever been, post-injury.

But Watney doesn’t just want to be among the 125 best players on Tour.

“I guess I’m a lot older than some of the guys out here, but at the same time, I don’t really feel that old and I want to do a lot of things still,” Watney said. “… I don’t want to do anything else but play golf, but I just don’t want to be a veteran and get it around. I want to try to challenge some of these cats.”

In a golf landscape where 20-somethings are hoisting trophies seemingly every week on the PGA Tour, Jon Rahm – on cue – took the outright lead Thursday at the CareerBuilder with an opening 62 at La Quinta Country Club.

But then there was Watney, just a few names down on the leaderboard, doing exactly what he wants to be doing.

The post Rejuvenated Nick Watney opens strong on CareerBuilder’s toughest test appeared first on El Paso Times.

]]>
http://elpasotimes.sportstonews.com/2018/01/19/rejuvenated-nick-watney-opens-strong-on-careerbuilders-toughest-test/feed/ 0
Jon Rahm Takes CareerBuilder Lead With First Round 62 http://elpasotimes.sportstonews.com/2018/01/19/jon-rahm-takes-careerbuilder-lead-with-first-round-62/ http://elpasotimes.sportstonews.com/2018/01/19/jon-rahm-takes-careerbuilder-lead-with-first-round-62/#respond Fri, 19 Jan 2018 01:28:02 +0000 http://elpasotimes.sportstonews.com/2018/01/19/jon-rahm-takes-careerbuilder-lead-with-first-round-62/ Jon Rahm tallied a 62 in the first round of the CareerBuilder Challenge, finishing the first round a shot ahead of three others in a crowded field.

The post Jon Rahm Takes CareerBuilder Lead With First Round 62 appeared first on El Paso Times.

]]>
Jon Rahm tallied a 62 in the first round of the CareerBuilder Challenge, finishing the first round a shot ahead of three others in a crowded field.

The post Jon Rahm Takes CareerBuilder Lead With First Round 62 appeared first on El Paso Times.

]]>
http://elpasotimes.sportstonews.com/2018/01/19/jon-rahm-takes-careerbuilder-lead-with-first-round-62/feed/ 0
Phil Mickelson interview after Round 1 of CareerBuilder http://elpasotimes.sportstonews.com/2018/01/19/phil-mickelson-interview-after-round-1-of-careerbuilder/ http://elpasotimes.sportstonews.com/2018/01/19/phil-mickelson-interview-after-round-1-of-careerbuilder/#respond Fri, 19 Jan 2018 00:46:02 +0000 http://elpasotimes.sportstonews.com/2018/01/19/phil-mickelson-interview-after-round-1-of-careerbuilder/ Following his opening-round 70 at the 2018 CareerBuilder Challenge, Phil Mickelson talks about getting back to competitive golf and enjoying the courses at CareerBuilder.

The post Phil Mickelson interview after Round 1 of CareerBuilder appeared first on El Paso Times.

]]>
Following his opening-round 70 at the 2018 CareerBuilder Challenge, Phil Mickelson talks about getting back to competitive golf and enjoying the courses at CareerBuilder.

The post Phil Mickelson interview after Round 1 of CareerBuilder appeared first on El Paso Times.

]]>
http://elpasotimes.sportstonews.com/2018/01/19/phil-mickelson-interview-after-round-1-of-careerbuilder/feed/ 0
Jon Rahm gets head start at CareerBuilder after 62 around La Quinta http://elpasotimes.sportstonews.com/2018/01/19/jon-rahm-gets-head-start-at-careerbuilder-after-62-around-la-quinta/ http://elpasotimes.sportstonews.com/2018/01/19/jon-rahm-gets-head-start-at-careerbuilder-after-62-around-la-quinta/#respond Fri, 19 Jan 2018 00:28:37 +0000 http://elpasotimes.sportstonews.com/2018/01/19/jon-rahm-gets-head-start-at-careerbuilder-after-62-around-la-quinta/ Jon Rahm took advantage of La Quinta Country Club with a 10-under 62 to grab a one-shot lead at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

The post Jon Rahm gets head start at CareerBuilder after 62 around La Quinta appeared first on El Paso Times.

]]>

LA QUINTA, Calif. – Jon Rahm may be making just his second start at the CareerBuilder Challenge, but the 23-year-old is no stranger to its golf courses.

Rahm, who went to college some 250 miles east at Arizona State, played four times in The Prestige at PGA West, a college event held at the La Quinta resort. For three years, the tournament was contested on the Greg Norman Course, but in 2015, the event was held on the Nicklaus Tournament Course, one of three host courses for this week’s PGA Tour event. And Rahm tied for second.

“This type of golf is something I love,” said Rahm, who blitzed La Quinta Country Club, another host course, to the tune of a blemish-free 10-under 62 to take a one-hot lead after 18 holes.

“La Quinta is really, really similar to Phoenix Country Club, which I played many times; I’ve also shot 10 under there, funny enough, and it’s just really familiar to what I’m used to playing. Four years of college on these golf courses, it’s something you’re not going to forget, so just happy to start the tournament the way I did.”

Rahm birdied his first two holes before hitting what he described as three “perfect” shots on the par-5 fifth hole. The second one was extra perfect: a 5-iron from 215 yards out that hit 15 feet below the hole before ending up just 5 feet away.

The rest of his round, a record low for Rahm on Tour (64 at the 2016 Quicken Loans National was his previous best), was seemingly just as flawless. Rahm, the highest-ranked player in the field at No. 3 in the world, missed just two fairways and three greens, and needed only 25 putts to get around. He had 11 straight one-putts at one point.

To put Thursday’s round into further perspective: Rahm was a shot better under par in Round 1 than he was in 72 holes last year, when he tied for 34th.

“I was 9 under last year in four days and I’m 10 under today,” Rahm said. “So things have changed a little bit.”

Rahm, who was runner-up to Dustin Johnson at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, skipped the Sony and returned home to work on his game. He needed a mental reset; Rahm’s first practice round back in Phoenix was poor as he was still used to the conditions at wide-open, windy Kapalua.

“I was aiming so far left on every hole because of the wind that we had most of the time left-to-right at Kapalua,” Rahm said.

He didn’t have that problem Thursday. So far, Rahm has followed the CareerBuilder’s winning formula: go low, especially on La Quinta and the Nicklaus. La Quinta, which ranked as the second easiest course on the PGA Tour last season, was again susceptible to red numbers, yielding a scoring average of 68.44. Nicklaus was slightly harder, at 68.69.

Of the 14 players at T-9 or better through 18 holes, seven of them played La Quinta, including Andrew Landry and Jason Kokrak at 9 under, and five played Nicklaus, led by Austin Cook at 9 under.

Cook, a rookie who won last fall at the RSM Classic, was 6 under through his first seven holes, putting people on early #59watch. Adam Hadwin shot 59 at La Quinta last year.

“Honestly, I had no clue at how low I was,” Cook said. “I knew I was playing good golf and just wanted to continue. (59) never really crept into my mind all day, luckily, I think I would have probably put a little more pressure on myself, but I was just glad to put a good round in, it’s a first round and hopefully it continues.”

For as superb as Rahm’s opening round was, the two players in the top 10 who played the Stadium Course at PGA West – Nick Watney and Grayson Murray – had equally impressive rounds. Both shot 7-under 65 on a course that had a first-round scoring average of 70.84.

Watney missed six fairways, but avoided a single bogey on his card. Murray’s 65 included one bogey, but he also took just 20 putts, making 107 feet of them. They’ll get La Quinta on Friday.

“I don’t expect to shoot 62 around there like Rahm did today; he’s No. 3 in the world for a reason,” Murray said. “I mean, Adam Hadwin shot 59 there last year, it’s definitely gettable and some of the best greens we play on all year, so I’m looking forward to getting over there and hopefully continuing the momentum.”

The post Jon Rahm gets head start at CareerBuilder after 62 around La Quinta appeared first on El Paso Times.

]]>
http://elpasotimes.sportstonews.com/2018/01/19/jon-rahm-gets-head-start-at-careerbuilder-after-62-around-la-quinta/feed/ 0
Colt Knost closes strong with birdie at CareerBuilder http://elpasotimes.sportstonews.com/2018/01/18/colt-knost-closes-strong-with-birdie-at-careerbuilder/ http://elpasotimes.sportstonews.com/2018/01/18/colt-knost-closes-strong-with-birdie-at-careerbuilder/#respond Thu, 18 Jan 2018 23:27:02 +0000 http://elpasotimes.sportstonews.com/2018/01/18/colt-knost-closes-strong-with-birdie-at-careerbuilder/ In the opening round of the 2018 CareerBuilder Challenge, Colt Knost holes a lengthy birdie putt to close out his day on the par-4 9th hole.

The post Colt Knost closes strong with birdie at CareerBuilder appeared first on El Paso Times.

]]>
In the opening round of the 2018 CareerBuilder Challenge, Colt Knost holes a lengthy birdie putt to close out his day on the par-4 9th hole.

The post Colt Knost closes strong with birdie at CareerBuilder appeared first on El Paso Times.

]]>
http://elpasotimes.sportstonews.com/2018/01/18/colt-knost-closes-strong-with-birdie-at-careerbuilder/feed/ 0
Alex Cejka finishes day with birdie at CareerBuilder http://elpasotimes.sportstonews.com/2018/01/18/alex-cejka-finishes-day-with-birdie-at-careerbuilder/ http://elpasotimes.sportstonews.com/2018/01/18/alex-cejka-finishes-day-with-birdie-at-careerbuilder/#respond Thu, 18 Jan 2018 23:26:02 +0000 http://elpasotimes.sportstonews.com/2018/01/18/alex-cejka-finishes-day-with-birdie-at-careerbuilder/ In the opening round of the 2018 CareerBuilder Challenge, Alex Cejka buries a long-distance birdie putt on the par-4 18th hole at PGA West's Nicklaus Course.

The post Alex Cejka finishes day with birdie at CareerBuilder appeared first on El Paso Times.

]]>
In the opening round of the 2018 CareerBuilder Challenge, Alex Cejka buries a long-distance birdie putt on the par-4 18th hole at PGA West’s Nicklaus Course.

The post Alex Cejka finishes day with birdie at CareerBuilder appeared first on El Paso Times.

]]>
http://elpasotimes.sportstonews.com/2018/01/18/alex-cejka-finishes-day-with-birdie-at-careerbuilder/feed/ 0