Ahn Leads in Australia Webb Seven Back

By Associated PressFebruary 8, 2007, 5:00 pm
GOLD COAST, Australia -- South Korean Ahn Sun-ju shot an 8-under 64 that included 10 birdies to take a two-stroke lead after the first round of the ANZ Australian Ladies Masters on Thursday.
Rebecca Brewerton of Wales and Cecilia Ekelundh of Sweden were tied for second with 66s. Last week's Australian Open champion Karrie Webb had an off day with her putter and finished with a 1-under 71.
The 19-year-old Ahn bogeyed two par-3s -- the 14th and 16th at Royal Pines -- in the tournament co-sanctioned by the Ladies European Tour. They were Ahn's only problem holes in an otherwise perfect round in ideal early conditions for low scoring -- sunny weather and light winds. The longest of Ahn's birdies came when she sank a 30-foot putt on the second hole.
'I was a bit nervous at the beginning, but I feel very lucky to have had 10 birdies,' said Ahn, who said she once had 12 birdies and shot 60 in a practice round in South Korea.
Six players were at 67: Loraine Lambert, Tamie Durdin, Michelle Ellis of Australia, New Zealand's Sarah Nicholson, Sakura Yokomine of Japan and Wei Yun-jye of Taiwan, who finished second to Webb at the Australian Open at Royal Sydney.
Brewerton was pleased with her round, her first of the year and with her new caddie, Bosco Lynch. Her father, Steve, quit as her caddie at the end of last year to spend more time with Brewerton's mother, who is suffering from multiple sclerosis.
'I didn't put any pressure on myself,' Brewerton said. 'I just hit a lot of good shots and I always seemed to be putting for birdie.'
Ekelundh, who got married on New Year's Eve, had seven birdies and one bogey. She saved par at 15 despite going in the water.
'I haven't played this well in a year and a half,' said Eklundh, who will begin a three-week honeymoon in Malaysia with her husband, golfer Johan Aronsson, after this tournament.
Four were tied with 68s. Three-time former champion Laura Davies of Britain, Cristie Kerr, making her first start of the year, and fellow American Natalie Gulbis were in a large group with 69s.
Australian-based South Korean Amy Yang, who won the tournament last year as a 16-year-old amateur, shot 71, and American Brittany Lincicome had a 72.
Ahn won her first main Korean tour event last year after three victories in a futures tour in her home country. One of the players she looks up to is Webb, who was playing in the group ahead of Ahn and not having much fun.
'I think I was a little bit flat,' Webb said. 'There is really no excuse for it so I'll just have to be a little sharper for the next few days.'
The last time Webb, a five-time champion at Royal Pines, played in the week after she won a tournament, she missed the cut badly at the British Open after winning the Evian Masters, one of her five tournament victories last year.
'I think I am a long way from that at this stage,' Webb said. 'I'm just looking for three solid days hopefully that gives me a chance on Sunday.'
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Rose wins; Aphibarnrat earns Masters bid in Indonesia

By Will GrayDecember 17, 2017, 1:59 pm

Justin Rose continued his recent run of dominance in Indonesia, while Kiradech Aphibarnrat snagged a Masters invite with some 72nd-hole dramatics.

Rose cruised to an eight-shot victory at the Indonesian Masters, carding bookend rounds of 10-under 62 that featured a brief run at a 59 during the final round. The Englishman was the highest-ranked player in the field and he led wire-to-wire, with Thailand's Phachara Khongwatmai finishing second.

Rose closes out the year as perhaps the hottest player in the world, with top-10 finishes in each of his final 10 worldwide starts. That stretch includes three victories, as Rose also won the WGC-HSBC Champions and Turkish Airlines Open. He hasn't finished outside the top 10 in a tournament since missing the cut at the PGA Championship.

Meanwhile, it took until the final hole of the final tournament of 2017 for Aphibarnrat to secure a return to the Masters. The Thai entered the week ranked No. 56 in the world, with the top 50 in the year-end world rankings earning invites to Augusta National. Needing an eagle on the 72nd hole, Aphibarnrat got just that to snag solo fifth place.

It means that he is projected to end the year ranked No. 49, while Japan's Yusaku Miyazato - who started the week ranked No. 58 and finished alone in fourth - is projected to finish No. 50. Aphibarnrat finished T-15 in his Masters debut in 2016, while Miyazato will make his first appearance in the spring.

The results in Indonesia mean that American Peter Uihlein and South Africa's Dylan Frittelli are projected to barely miss the year-end, top-50 cutoff. Their options for Masters qualification will include winning a full-point PGA Tour event in early 2018 or cracking the top 50 by the final March 25 cutoff.

Cabreras take 1-shot lead in Father/Son

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 11:23 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. birdied their last three holes for a 13-under 59 to take a one-shot lead Saturday in the PNC Father-Son Challenge.

Cabrera, a Masters and U.S. Open champion, is making his debut in this popular 36-hole scramble. His son said he practiced hard for 10 days. What helped put him at ease was watching his father make so many putts.

''We combined very well,'' Cabrera said. ''When I hit a bad shot, he hit a good one. That's the key.''

They had a one-shot lead over Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara, who are playing for the first time. That included a birdie on the last hole, which O'Meara attributed to the strength of his son.

''My little man hit it 58 yards by me on the 18th,'' said O'Meara, the Masters and British Open champion in 1998. ''It's a little easier coming in with a 6-iron.''

Defending champions David Duval and Nick Karavites rallied over the back nine at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club for a 61. They are trying to become the first father-son team to repeat as winners since Bernhard and Stefan Langer in 2006. Larry Nelson won two years in a row in 2007 and 2008, but with different sons.

''I'd imagine we have to break 60 tomorrow to have a chance to win, but hey, stranger things have happened,'' Duval said. ''I've even done it myself.''

Duval shot 59 at the Bob Hope Classic to win in 1999 on his way to reaching No. 1 in the world that year.

Duval and his stepson were tied with Bernhard Langer and 17-year-old Jason Langer, who made two eagles on the last five holes. This Langer tandem won in 2014.

Jack Nicklaus, playing with grandson G.T., opened with a 68.

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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.