Saturday, October 29, 2016

 Monty leads US Seniors' Play-offs' opener

THOUSAND OAKS, California -- Fred Couples shot a 4-under 68 in his first competitive round in eight months, while Bernhard Langer withdrew without hitting a shot Friday in the PowerShares QQQ Seniors' Championship.
Returning from a chronic back injury, Couples, 57, shot three straight birdies on the back nine at rain-softened Sherwood in the US PGA Tour Champions' play-off opener. He is tied for eighth, three strokes behind leader Colin Montgomerie (pictured above).
"Honestly, I could have shot 80 and been OK with it because my goals were just to be able to swing and play," Couples said. "Today was just a very nice day. Just to get out of the house and walk around and see if I've made any progress in the last seven months."

Langer aggravated a left knee injury at his home in Florida while doing routine spinning. He had an MRI on Monday and wasn't able to play a practice round.
"I can't transfer my weight," Langer said Thursday. "I can't put any pressure on my left knee."
Montgomerie shot a 65, closing with a birdie after nearly holing his approach on the par-4 18th. The Scot birdied the first three holes and had four more on the back nine. He won in Canada this season for his fourth tour title and is fourth in the Charles Schwab Cup standings.
"Even Ben Hogan allowed himself two mistakes a round of golf, so no bogeys around here is good, very good, and that was key today," Montgomerie said. "Hit the fairways, hit the greens. Fairways and greens, that's what this course is all about."
Fred Funk was two strokes back at 67 along with Scott McCarron, Jim Carter, Joey Sindelar, Jerry Smith and Brandt Jobe.
Couples played the rainy front nine in 1 under with a birdie on the par-5 fifth. He birdied the par-4 10th, dropped a stroke on the par-5 11th, then birdied the par-3 12th, par-5 13th and par-4 14th.
"Playing in that rain early, it just kind of made the course maybe, I hate to say, easier," Couples said. "But it was really hard, the greens were rock hard, and that little rain I think helped us. There were a lot of good scores in the morning."
In 1999 at Sherwood, Couples teamed with David Duval to win the final Shark Shootout at the course. Couples also won with Raymond Floyd in 1990 and Brad Faxon in 1994.
"I've played a hundred rounds here probably, and I don't know how many guys can say that, or if they need to even worry about it," Couples said. "But all the little nooks and crannies and that's what I did today. I didn't really hit many bad shots."
Langer leads the tour with four victories and has wrapped up the season money title with $2,697,459. The 59-year-old German star tops the Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs standings and has a big enough advantage over second-place Miguel Angel Jimenez that he will keep the No. 1 spot without playing this week.
Jimenez shot a 71.
John Daly also had a 71, making bogeys on two of the last three holes. He qualified 70th and has five top-25 finishes in 14 starts since turning 50.
"I really kind of lost it there," Daly said. "You can't bogey the last two out of three any day out here. I think 7 will be leading, so I'm pretty much out of it really. I would have to shoot really, really low on the weekend to even have a chance."
The top 72 players on the money list earned spots at Sherwood. The play-off field will be cut to 54 for the Dominion Charity Classic next week in Richmond, Virginia, and to 36 for the Charles Schwab Cup Championship the following week in Scottsdale, Arizona. Each dollar earned in the first two events is worth two points and will be added to the regular-season total. At the Charles Schwab Championship, points will be reset so that the top five only have to win to capture the Charles Schwab Cup.

par 72

1 Colin Montgomerie   65 .
T2 Jim Carter    67
T2 Fred Funk     67
T2 Joey Sindelar 67
T2 Jerry Smith 67
T2 Brandt Jobe 67
T2 Scott McCarron 67
T8 Fred Couples 68
T8 Stephen Ames 68
T8 Esteban Toledo 68
T8 Jeff Maggert 68
T8 Olin Browne 68
T13   Miguel Angel Martin 69
T13 Jay Don Blake 69
T13 Scott Parel 69
T13 Jeff Hart 69
T13 Marco Dawson 69
T13 Mark O'Meara 69
T13 Tom Pernice Jr. 69
T13 Rocco Mediate 69
T13 Jay Haas 69
T13 Tom Lehman 69
T13 Doug Garwood 69
T13 David Frost 69
T25 Willie Wood 70
T25 Billy Mayfair 70
T25 Tommy Armour III 70
T25 Joe Durant 70
T29 John Daly 71
T29 Greg Kraft 71
T29 Gary Hallberg 71
T29 Fran Quinn 71
T29 Larry Mize 71
T29 Paul Broadhurst 71
T29 Wes Short Jr. 71
T29 Kirk Triplett 71
T29 Kevin Sutherland 71
T29 Miguel Angel Jimenez 71
T39 Jose Coceres 72
T39 Lee Janzen 72
T39 Scott Verplank 72
T39 Tom Byrum 72
T39 Mike Goodes 72
T39 Scott Dunlap 72
T39 Michael Allen 72
T39 Duffy Waldorf 72
T39 Billy Andrade 72
T48 John Riegger 73
T48 Roger Chapman 73
T48 Mark Brooks 73
T48 Kenny Perry 73
T48 Jesper Parnevik 73
T53 Brad Bryant 74
T53 Ian Woosnam 74
T53 Glen Day 74
T53 Carlos Franco 74
T53 Paul Goydos 74
T53 Gene Sauers 74
T59 Grant Waite 75
T59 Rod Spittle 75
T59 Todd Hamilton 75 .
T59 Loren Roberts 75
T63 Brian Henninger 76
T63 Steve Pate 76
T63 Jeff Sluman 76
T66 Mark Calcavecchia 77
T66 Woody Austin 77
68 Steve Lowery 78



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