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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Hadwin goes for the win at Career Builders Challenge

PGA Tour Career Builders Challenge leaderboard https://www.pgatour.com/competition/2018/careerbuilder-challenge/leaderboard.html

I've been talking about him all week, but with little fanfare, Adam Hadwin with rounds of 66 67 67 -16 starts today 3 shots out of the lead, currently T6 with play under way.

Remember he shot his now famous "59" here last year finishing T2, and with a very successful 2017 under his belt, and the experience of playing in the President's Cup I'm sure this young guy from BC is well poised to go for the win this afternoon.

He has only made 3 bogey's all week, but has 19 birdies and all the rest (32) are very steady par's. He ranks 7th in putting, 6th in short game total, T28th in total driving.

He's off at 1035am (local time) with Scott Piercy and big Jon Rahm who are both at -17.

The leader is American, Austin Cook at -19.

I have a good feeling about this !

Bryan Angus



Tommy Fleetwood defends his Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship

European Tour Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship leaderboard http://www.europeantour.com/europeantour/season=2018/tournamentid=2018008/leaderboard/index.html#/leaderboard

Life is good for Tommy Fleetwood. Newly married, a new father, Race to Dubai winner and this morning he has gone out and shot -7 65 -22 total, in windy conditions to successfully defend his Abu Dhabi HSBC title, this time by two shots over Ross Fisher (67 67 65 69 -20).

Fisher led for much of the final round but after a bogey at the 10th, Fleetwood caught him with 6 birdies in 9 holes, coming home in 30 strokes...a performance Rory MclIroy called "obscene"!!

McIlroy finished T3 on -18 after his challenge stalled somewhat on the back nine, alongside rising English star, Matt Fitzpatrick.
 
Fleetwood will move into the world's top 10 rankings and will be as McIlroy said " a very useful member of this years Ryder Cup team in Paris !"

Next week they are all over to the Omega Dubai Desert Classic where the organizers have installed a state of the art floodlighting system surrounding the 9th and 18th holes to ensure play can be completed each day.

Bryan Angus





Bryan Angus


Saturday, January 20, 2018

Adam Hadwin T10 after 2 rounds at Career Builders Challenge

PGA Tour Career Builders Challenge leaderboard https://www.pgatour.com/competition/2018/careerbuilder-challenge/leaderboard.html

With rounds of 66 67 Adam Hadwin is T10 at -11 going into this weekend at the Career Builders Challenge, just 5 shots behind the leader, American Andrew Landry 63 65 -16 with big Jon Rahm next 62 67 -15.

Other Canadians: Corey Connors 68 68 -8 T37, Nick Taylor 68 71 -7 T3, Mac Hughes 70 70 -5, Ben Silverman 67 71 -5, David Hearn 71 73 E, Mike Weir 74 75 +5

Hadwin was bogey free with his 67 on Friday and has 13 birdies over his first two rounds. He is playing La Quinta today, and remember he joined the legendary "Mr 59 club" here last year.

However after two perfect days for scoring, the wind is up today at 15-20 mph gusting to 30 mph with much cooler temperatures.

Bryan Angus

McIlroy just one shot back at Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship

European Tour Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship leaderboard http://www.europeantour.com/europeantour/season=2018/tournamentid=2018008/leaderboard/index.html#/leaderboard

He's been off for 4 months but it hasn't taken long for Rory McIlroy to get right back into contention.

With rounds of 69 67 65 he is at -16 just a shot behind co-leaders Thomas Pieters ( 67 65 67 -17) and Englishman Ross Fisher (67 67 65 -17) in perfect playing conditions at this  Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

Young gun Matt Fitzpatrick with the round of the day -9 63 and Race to Dubai winner and defending champion Tommy Fleetwood (66 68 67) are next at -15.

McIlroy finally made his first bogey of the week on the 15th, but chipped in for birdie at 17 and his 65 has him with a great chance to win on Sunday.  He has been out since October to allow a rib injury to fully heal and he looks tremendously fit. He seems completely free with his swing and is driving it prodigious distances, ( although Dustin Johnson who is at -12, is knocking it 30 yards ahead of him with his best !)
 
Asked what his plan was for Sunday, McIlroy added: “Just go out and try and shoot the best score I possibly can. I felt really comfortable, really relaxed out there.”
Bryan Angus

Friday, January 19, 2018

McIlroy, Johnson make their move, Pieters leads Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship

European Tour HSBC Abu Dhabi Championship leaderboard http://www.europeantour.com/europeantour/season=2018/tournamentid=2018008/leaderboard/index.html#/leaderboard

Rory McIlroy has shot -6 66 and is T6, while Dustin Johnson rebounded from an opening E72 with a magnificent -8 64 to move up 58 spots, T11 in ideal conditions.

The two headliners trail the big Belgian, Thomas Pieters who is at -12 67, 65 one ahead of Spain's Jorge Campillo (64) after two rounds of this Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. Campillo has been 2nd here three times.

Ryder Cup star Pieters, who finished second in this event in 2016 and fourth a year earlier, made three birdies in an outward 33 after starting on the back nine, and he chipped in from a bunker for a birdie on his last hole for the lead.
 
Three of Pieters' EurAsia Cup team-mates from last week's European victory over Asia are T3 : France's Alex Levy (65), England's Ross Fisher (67) and defending champion Tommy Fleetwood (68) all -10.

Canadian Austin Connelly is well down the field after 72 73 +1
 
Bryan Angus

 

Hadwin, Silverman lead Canadians at Career Builder Challenge

PGA Tour Career Builder Challenge leaderboard
https://www.pgatour.com/competition/2018/careerbuilder-challenge/leaderboard.html

Traditionally you have to shoot low to contend at this Bob Hope Invitational, ie Career Builder Challenge. Both David Duval and Adam Hadwin have 59's here, Mike Weir won in 2003 with a score of 330, or -30 over 5 rounds. The weather is usually ideal, and the courses were set up generously by Tour standards since there was always such a big amateur/celebrity field.

That all changed in 2012, 4 rounds now, not 5 and the celebrity/ amateur field has been discontinued, although a handful will be invited to play, Roger Clemens, and Joe Carter are examples. There is even rain in this year's forecast !!

Yesterday big Jon Rahm, the Spanish star who will likely feature in this years Ryder Cup, shot a -10 62 at La Quinta and he leads going into round 2.

Of the seven Canadians, five are under par led by Adam Hadwin -6 66 T15, then Ben Silverman -5 67 T23. Nick Taylor and Corey Connors both had -4 68's T42, Mac Hughes -2 70 T87, David Hearn E 71 T123, and Mike Weir, back from South Africa, +2 74 T141.

Bryan Angus



Thursday, January 18, 2018

"Mr 59", Adam Hadwin leads 7 Canucks this week at the Career Bbuilder Challenge

PGA Tour Career Builder Challenge leaderboard https://www.pgatour.com/competition/2018/careerbuilder-challenge/leaderboard.html

The second full field of 2018 on the PGA Tour are playing the old Bob Hope over 3 courses in the California desert around Palm Springs, now called the Career Builders Challenge. The Stadium Course (SC), Nicklaus Tournament Course (NT) and La Quinta (LQ).

The winning score is always in the high -20's or low -30's, it's a huge pro-am field.

This year there are 7 Canadians, Mike Weir as a past winner, Nick Taylor, David Hearn, Ben Silverman, Mac Hughes, Corey Connors and Adam Hadwin who shot 59 here last year.

Jon Rahm has already posted -10 62 (LQ) to lead in the early going.

Follow your favourites on my scoring link above..

Bryan Angus