Democrat and Chronicle http://democratandchronicle.sportstonews.com Golf Video, News, Scores and Updates Sat, 19 Jan 2019 00:42:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.12 2019 Desert Classic: Round 3 tee times, pairings http://democratandchronicle.sportstonews.com/2019/01/19/2019-desert-classic-round-3-tee-times-pairings/ http://democratandchronicle.sportstonews.com/2019/01/19/2019-desert-classic-round-3-tee-times-pairings/#respond Sat, 19 Jan 2019 00:42:28 +0000 http://democratandchronicle.sportstonews.com/2019/01/19/2019-desert-classic-round-3-tee-times-pairings/ A look at third-round tee times for the Desert Classic in La Quinta, Calif.

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Here are Saturday’s Round 3 tee times and pairings for the PGA Tour’s Desert Classic in La Quinta, Calif.

All times listed are Eastern.

La Quinta Country Club

OFF TEE NO. 1

  • 11:30 a.m.: Brandon Harkins, Jonathan Byrd
  • 11:40 a.m.: Vaughn Taylor, J.J. Henry
  • 11:50 a.m.: Brandon Hagy, C.T. Pan
  • 12 p.m.: Martin Trainer, Seth Reeves
  • 12:10 p.m.: Jason Kokrak, Richy Werenski
  • 12:20 p.m.: Si Woo Kim, Sangmoon Bae
  • 12:30 p.m.: Adam Long, Nicholas Lindheim
  • 12:40 p.m.: Ryan Blaum, Chad Collins
  • 12:50 p.m.: D.A. Points, Grayson Murray
  • 1 p.m.: Chris Thompson, Jim Knous
  • 1:10 p.m.: Alex Cejka, John Huh
  • 1:20 p.m.: Andrew Landry, Aaron Baddeley
  • 1:30 p.m.: Kyoung-Hoon Lee, Martin Piller

OFF TEE NO. 10

  • 11:30 a.m.: Joaquin Niemann, Scott Langley
  • 11:40 a.m.: Brendan Steele, Jason Dufner
  • 11:50 a.m.: Derek Fathauer, Ollie Schniederjans
  • 12 p.m.: Dominic Bozzelli, Alex Prugh
  • 12:10 p.m.: Brian Gay, Cameron Tringale
  • 12:20 p.m.: Patrick Cantlay, Patton Kizzire
  • 12:30 p.m.: Kramer Hickok, Sepp Straka
  • 12:40 p.m.: Harris English, Martin Laird
  • 12:50 p.m.: Kevin Kisner, Hudson Swafford
  • 1 p.m.: Dylan Frittelli, Denny McCarthy
  • 1:10 p.m.: Rory Sabbatini, Trey Mullinax
  • 1:20 p.m.: Charles Howell III, Sean O’Hair
  • 1:30 p.m.: Max Homa, Julian Etulain

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PGA West (Stadium)

OFF TEE NO. 1

  • 11:30 a.m.: Ryan Palmer, Harold Varner III
  • 11:40 a.m.: Pat Perez, Danny Willett
  • 11:50 a.m.: Ben Crane, Whee Kim
  • 12 p.m.: John Chin, Wes Roach
  • 12:10 p.m.: Sam Saunders, Lucas Glover
  • 12:20 p.m.: Jon Rahm, Chez Reavie
  • 12:30 p.m.: Sungjae Im, Cameron Davis
  • 12:40 p.m.: Jamie Lovemark, Beau Hossler
  • 12:50 p.m.: Justin Rose, Zach Johnson
  • 1 p.m.: Sam Burns, Curtis Luck
  • 1:10 p.m.: Luke List, Bud Cauley
  • 1:20 p.m.: Phil Mickelson, Aaron Wise
  • 1:30 p.m.: Chase Wright, Adam Svensson

OFF TEE NO. 10

  • 11:30 a.m.: Abraham Ancer, Bronson Burgoon
  • 11:40 a.m.: Johnson Wagner, Scott Stallings
  • 11:50 a.m.: Robert Streb, Michael Thompson
  • 12 p.m.: Wyndham Clark, Charles Reiter
  • 12:10 p.m.: Peter Malnati, Brian Stuard
  • 12:20 p.m.: Scott Piercy, Cody Gribble
  • 12:30 p.m.: Kyle Jones, Brady Schnell
  • 12:40 p.m.: Jason Gore, Josh Teater
  • 12:50 p.m.: Russell Henley, Daniel Berger
  • 1 p.m.: Cooper Musselman, Ben Silverman
  • 1:10 p.m.: Mike Weir, David Hearn
  • 1:20 p.m.: Andrew Putnam, Ryan Armour
  • 1:30 p.m.: Corey Conners, Tom Lovelady

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PGA West (Nicklaus Tournament)

OFF TEE NO. 1

  • 11:30 a.m.: Matt Jones, Scott Brown
  • 11:40 a.m.: Adam Hadwin, Brian Harman
  • 11:50 a.m.: Nick Watney, Anirban Lahiri
  • 12 p.m.: Stephan Jaeger, Tyler Duncan
  • 12:10 p.m.: Peter Uihlein, Kevin Streelman
  • 12:20 p.m.: Charl Schwartzel, Charley Hoffman
  • 12:30 p.m.: Carlos Ortiz, Jose de Jesus Rodriguez
  • 12:40 p.m.: Robert Garrigus, Will MacKenzie
  • 12:50 p.m.: Russell Knox, Jhonattan Vegas
  • 1 p.m.: Talor Gooch, Nate Lashley
  • 1:10 p.m.: D.J. Trahan, Sam Ryder
  • 1:20 p.m.: Chesson Hadley, Bill Haas
  • 1:30 p.m.: Adam Schenk, Hank Lebioda

OFF TEE NO. 10

  • 11:30 a.m.: Fabian Gomez, Roberto Castro
  • 11:40 a.m.: Chris Kirk, James Hahn
  • 11:50 a.m.: Nick Taylor, Seamus Power
  • 12 p.m.: Anders Albertson, John Catlin
  • 12:10 p.m.: J.J. Spaun, Shawn Stefani
  • 12:20 p.m.: Mark Wilson, John Senden
  • 12:30 p.m.: George Cunningham, Roberto Díaz
  • 12:40 p.m.: Tyrone Van Aswegen, Steve Marino
  • 12:50 p.m.: Jim Herman, Rod Pampling
  • 1 p.m.: Joey Garber, Sebastian Munoz
  • 1:10 p.m.: Tom Hoge, J.T. Poston
  • 1:20 p.m.: Chris Stroud, Hunter Mahan
  • 1:30 p.m.: Roger Sloan, Michael Block

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Here’s a recap of the second round of the Desert Classic in La Quinta, Calif.

LEADING: Phil Mickelson is still in control thanks to a late surge.

The left-hander wasn’t as potent as he proved to be on Day 1, but that was a high standard considering he opened at La Quinta Country Club in 12-under 60 to race out to a three-shot lead. He made six birdies, though, Friday at PGA West’s Nicklaus Tournament Course. Four of those came in his final five holes, allowing him a 4-under 68, a 16-under total and a two-shot cushion.

Mickelson actually led by five after birdieing two of his first threes holes Friday. But he then stalled with a double bogey and nine pars over his next 10 holes. He got back in sync late, though, as he birdied Nos. 5-7 and closed with another at the ninth.

The leader will move to PGA West’s Stadium Course on Saturday, as all the players in the field rotate between La Quinta CC, the Nicklaus Tournament Course and the Stadium Course over the first three rounds. All competitors who reach the final round will compete on the Stadium Course that day.

Mickelson, 48, is a two-time winner of this event and boasts 43 PGA Tour titles overall. This is his first tournament of 2019, and so far he’s starting it off right.

CHASING: Curtis Luck moved into second after a 6-under 66 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course pushed him to 14 under. Adam Hadwin had his 6-under 66 at La Quinta Country Club, but the man who shot 59 at this event two years ago is in strong position in a tie for third at 13 under. Steve Marino is also T-3 at 13 under. Defending champion Jon Rahm is among the group 12 under and in a tie for fifth.

SHOT OF THE DAY: Harris English closed his Friday in style…

SHORT SHOTS: Patrick Cantlay is T-8 at 11 under. … Carlos Ortiz fired a Friday 62 at La Quinta Country Club to rocket 103 spots to T-11 at 10 under. … Justin Rose finds himself 8 under and T-28. … The cut of top 70 and ties will not come until after the third round. That gives guys like English another day for more heroics to move onto Sunday. English is only T-90 at 4 under despite that wonderful birdie.

UP NEXT: The third round will be aired by Golf Channel from 3-7 p.m. Follow all the action live on Golfweek.com and our Facebook and Twitter feeds.

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In the second round of the 2019 Desert Classic, Dylan Frittelli rolls in a 40-foot putt to make birdie at the Stadium Course par-5 16th hole.

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In the second round of the 2019 Desert Classic, Harris English chips in from just in front of the green to make birdie at the Stadium Course par-4 18th hole.

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In the second round of the 2019 Desert Classic, Patrick Cantlay lands his 153-yard approach inside 10 feet of the cup at the par-4 18th hole. He would make the putt for birdie.

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Scott Piercy nearly holes approach on No. 18 at Desert Classic http://democratandchronicle.sportstonews.com/2019/01/19/scott-piercy-nearly-holes-approach-on-no-18-at-desert-classic/ http://democratandchronicle.sportstonews.com/2019/01/19/scott-piercy-nearly-holes-approach-on-no-18-at-desert-classic/#respond Sat, 19 Jan 2019 00:08:02 +0000 http://democratandchronicle.sportstonews.com/2019/01/19/scott-piercy-nearly-holes-approach-on-no-18-at-desert-classic/ In the second round of the 2019 Desert Classic, Scott Piercy lands his approach inside 2 feet of the cup at the Nicklaus Tournament Course par-4 18th hole.

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In the second round of the 2019 Desert Classic, Scott Piercy lands his approach inside 2 feet of the cup at the Nicklaus Tournament Course par-4 18th hole. He would tap in for birdie.

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Steve Marino sinks 20-footer for birdie at Desert Classic http://democratandchronicle.sportstonews.com/2019/01/18/steve-marino-sinks-20-footer-for-birdie-at-desert-classic/ http://democratandchronicle.sportstonews.com/2019/01/18/steve-marino-sinks-20-footer-for-birdie-at-desert-classic/#respond Fri, 18 Jan 2019 23:49:02 +0000 http://democratandchronicle.sportstonews.com/2019/01/18/steve-marino-sinks-20-footer-for-birdie-at-desert-classic/ In the second round of the 2019 Desert Classic, Steve Marino rolls in a 20-footer for birdie at the LaQuinta Country Club par-4 16th hole.

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In the second round of the 2019 Desert Classic, Steve Marino rolls in a 20-footer for birdie at the LaQuinta Country Club par-4 16th hole.

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Larry Fitzgerald, we are more than a bit jealous.

The 35-year-old Arizona Cardinals wide receiver is a future NFL hall of famer and won the pro-am portion of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am last year.

But no, that’s not enough. Fitzgerald also gets to make an ace while playing with a former U.S. president.

Golf Channel’s Tim Rosaforte offered the full details…

OK, we’re just joking around: This is an amazing experience for Fitzgerald, who has long been known as a benevolent spirit in the NFL. Good things happening to him is a win for karma.

But we are still jealous. We imagine Fitzgerald will always enjoy this moment, though, no matter what anyone says.

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It’s a star-studded leaderboard at the inaugural Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions, where 26 LPGA pros and 49 celebrities are putting on quite the party. Brooke Henderson, who twice played at Tranquilo when it was a PGA Champions event, fed off the good memories in a second-round 67. Henderson’s 10-under 132 gives her a two-stroke lead over current No. 1 Ariya Jutanugarn, former No. 1 Lydia Ko and Eun-Hee Ji.

Lexi Thompson sits four back in a share of sixth place.

Henderson played alongside tennis pro Mardy Fish, twice a winner in the celebrity division of the former DRI. Fish holds a one-point lead over John Smoltz in the stableford format.

“Sometimes when you step up to hit a tee shot or you step up to make a putt, you’re like, ‘Oh, this actually does mean something,’ ” said Henderson of the unique format. “It’s not like just in a Pro-Am where, if this goes in, it’s great. It’s sort of like, I need this one. So it’s just a constant reminder of remembering to stay focused and stay in it.”

Ko can’t get enough of the format, saying if every week had a celebrity component she’d play in 30-plus events.

On Friday, Ko played with Chad Pfeifer, an Army veteran who lost his leg during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2007 when his truck was hit with a pressure plate IED. Pfeifer picked up golf at the Brooke Army Medical Center as a form of therapy.

“Chad, obviously, with his leg amputee, it’s so impressive,” said Ko. “He’s a right-handed player, and you’re always loading into that left leg. I complained that I have a zit on my face, and there’s him without one leg, and he loves his life, and he’s so happy, and he’s so talented. So I really had a great time. He even cracked a joke. He left one putt a little short, and he’s like, ‘Oh, man, I’m one leg short.’ Just for him to say things like that just shows how amazing these celebrities are.

Jutanugarn peppered former NBA star Ray Allen with questions about being a top athlete during their round. Even with the good conversation, Jutanugarn wasn’t expecting to shoot 4 under after hitting it “everywhere.” She credits a new attitude for being able to hold the round together.

“I’m going to say yes because like before, when I missed the shot, I feel like, you know what, it’s the end of the world. I can’t hit a good shot anymore,” she said. “Especially the last two days, today and yesterday, I’m just like bad shot, so what? Just keep my head down and go hit the next shot.”

Thompson felt her 69 could’ve been much improved had several putts not burned the edges. They were tough reads, she said.

“I know my game’s in a good spot,” said Thompson. “I’ve been working on it. It’s not as good as it was at CME, but it’s still right there.”

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John Smoltz, using an eye-catching stand-up putter, posted a 6-under 65 Friday in the celebrity division of the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions. The Hall of Fame pitcher trails tennis pro Mardy Fish by a single point in the stableford format. Fish has twice topped the celebrity field in previous years.

Smoltz decided to bring the hands-free Bloodline putter into competition this week after mostly using it only to practice it home. He brought a handful of backup putters to Florida just in case, but has no plans on leaving the Bloodline back at the hotel.

Smoltz, 51, takes his golf seriously, qualifying for last year’s U.S. Senior Open. So far his game plan for the week is working out nicely.

“The biggest thing I found that I fall into is to protect,” he said. “There’s no reason to protect. Just let it go. Hit it and let it go. That’s what I’m trying to work on, and it’s actually working now.”

For the second day in a row, Smoltz played alongside top American Lexi Thompson, who trails Brooke Henderson by four shots in the professional division. Thompson said she had to Google Smoltz’s name before Thursday’s opening round. Guessing the golf-crazed Smoltz didn’t have to do the same.

“It’s hard to describe how powerful her shot is through the ball, like the divot pattern…” said Smoltz. “I haven’t played with a lot of female pros that go after it the way she does. It’s pretty impressive. The thing is because she’s been playing now – gosh, nine years on the LPGA and she’s 23? Going to be 24.

“Really – it came down to today she just didn’t make some putts. This round for most people could have turned into an over-par round, and she still managed to get 3 under or something like that. So it’s fun to watch.”

Smoltz also noted that Thompson hit 5-iron when he hit 4-iron.

“Yeah, because she knows where that ball’s going,” he said, “and she knows she can attack at the zone, and it’s going to go right to left about five yards.”

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