AK fires 62 to lead Greenbrier Classic by one

By Associated PressJuly 30, 2011, 10:27 pm

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, West Virginia – Golf is fun again for Anthony Kim. The Greenbrier Classic is helping solidify that.

Kim shot an 8-under-par 62 Saturday for a one-stroke edge over PGA Tour rookie Scott Stallings after the third round on the Old White TPC course.

Kim’s low round of the year left him at 10 under with a chance to advance to next week’s Bridgestone Invitational with a win. He hasn’t missed Firestone since his rookie year in 2007.

A third place-or-better finish would put him in position to earn a spot in the PGA Championship in two weeks in Atlanta heading into the FedEx Cup playoffs.

“I haven’t had this much fun playing golf in a long time,” Kim said.

Stallings shot 66 to move into second place at 9 under. Gary Woodland(67) and second round co-leader Webb Simpson (69) were two strokes back.

Kim’s last victory came a year ago at the Shell Houston Open before he underwent thumb surgery and took three months off. He’s had an up-and-down year, with eight missed cuts and two top 10s in 21 events.

Kim tied for fifth at the British Open earlier this month after making it as an alternate. But last week he was disqualified from the Canadian Open after signing for a score other than an 11-over 81 in the second round.

Kim credited a talk he had after the disqualification with his mother, whom he termed a “great golf psychologist.”

“It was just about having fun, relaxing and enjoying the position I’m in because I’m very fortunate to be playing golf for a living,” he said. “Sometimes you forget about that. I was pretty upset about my 81 and she noticed somebody in the gallery who was less fortunate. We talked about that and I came out here ready to play some golf and have a good time.”

That’s a stark contrast to the first six months of the year, in which Kim said he didn’t want to be on the golf course because he wasn’t sure where his shots would end up.

“People may think I’m exaggerating, but that’s how tough this game got for me,” Kim said. “Going back to the basics is really what helped my game. Because without that, I would still be struggling.”

Kim made eight birdies, tying his total from the first two rounds combined. All of his birdies Saturday came from inside 10 feet. His 113-yard wedge to within a foot of the pin at the par-4 14th gave him the outright lead.

“I was just hitting smart golf shots,” he said. “I was starting to think my way around the course instead of just get up to a tee and the fairways are 40 yards wide and the rough is not that penal and just try to hit it as hard as I can. That’s not how you play golf.”

Stallings had missed the cut in seven of 13 previous events since a third-place finish in the Transitions Championship.

Starting the day two strokes out of the lead, Stallings made four birdies. He missed a 34-footer for eagle at the par-5 17th that would have tied him with Kim, then missed a 13-footer at No. 18.

Stallings has gone 42 straight holes without a bogey and will be in his first final pairing.

“It’s my rookie year,” Stallings said. “I’m three-fourths of the way through. I’m sitting here just kind of pinching myself every single day to have the opportunity to play out here.”

The Old White TPC underwent a makeover after Stuart Appleby shot 59 in last year’s final round to beat Jeff Overton by a stroke at 22 under. The talk all week had been about how the course’s lengthened tees and reseeded, firm greens would make low scores impossible.

Jimmy Walker, who advanced to weekend play on the cut line, and Kim changed all that.

Walker posted a career-best round 62 and also matched Kim’s birdie total.

“You’ve got nothing to lose when you’re at the back of the pack,” Walker said. “I told my wife last night, let’s go out and attack, see what happens. It worked.”

Those low scores were aided by the course’s setup. Some tees were moved up and many pin placements were favorable compared to Friday, when Phil Mickelson called the course “brutally difficult.”

The field’s scoring average of 69.3 strokes was two better than Friday.

“The greens felt a lot softer today,” Walker said. “You could see they were receptive right off the bat.”

Walker was three strokes out of the lead along with Bill Haas (65) and Chris Couch (67).

Second-round co-leader Brendon de Jonge made two bogeys and a double-bogey on his first seven holes, shot 72 and fell into a group of seven golfers five shots back.

First-round leader Trevor Immelman, seeking his first win since the 2008 Masters, went 23 holes without a bogey before a double bogey on the par-4 13th. He made four bogeys and a birdie after that, shot 73 and trailed by seven strokes.

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Newsmaker of the Year: No. 1, Justin Thomas

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 18, 2017, 1:00 pm

He won a major, captured the FedExCup and was named the PGA Tour’s Player of the Year. It should come as no surprise that Justin Thomas holds the top spot on our Newsmakers list for 2017.

Thomas entered the year ranked outside the top 20, and few might have pegged him for a transcendent campaign. But he kicked off January with a win in Hawaii, added another before leaving the Aloha State and never looked back.

Thomas’ seminal moment came in August when he captured the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow for his breakthrough major title. One month after greeting Jordan Spieth behind the final green at Royal Birkdale, this time it was Thomas’ turn to have friends stick around to snap pictures with the trophy that signaled his arrival among golf’s upper echelon.


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In addition to racking up the hardware – five in total, including the inaugural CJ Cup at Nine Bridges in his first start of the new wraparound season – Thomas dazzled with style. His runaway win at the Sony Open included an opening-round 59, and his third-round 63 at Erin Hills marked the first time anyone had ever shot 9 under on a U.S. Open venue.

Thomas’ consistency was rewarded at East Lake, when a runner-up finish at the Tour Championship netted him the season-long title and $10 million prize. It was in the subsequent press conference where he shared the goals list he had written into his cell phone in February, having ticked off nearly every one. It showed a dedicated attention to detail as well the tactical approach with which Thomas had steered his rapid ascent.

Heading into a new year, he’s now very clearly entrenched as one of the world’s best. And as his career progresses, it’s likely we’ll look back at 2017 as the point where Thomas first transformed great potential into eye-popping results.

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Cabreras win PNC Father/Son Challenge

By Associated PressDecember 17, 2017, 11:36 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. closed with a 12-under 60 for a three-shot victory in their debut at the PNC Father/Son Challenge.

The Cabreras opened with a 59 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club and were challenged briefly by the defending champions, David Duval and Nick Karavites, in the scramble format Sunday. The Argentines went out in 30, and they had a two-shot lead with Cabrera's son came within an inch of chipping in for eagle on the final hole.

They finished at 25-under 199 for a three-shot victory over Duval and Karavites, and Bernhard Langer and Jason Langer. The Langer team won in 2014.

Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara tied for fourth at 21 under with Jerry Pate and Wesley Pate.

Cabrera wasn't even in the field until two-time U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange and his son, Tom Strange, had to withdraw.

Duval and his stepson went out in 28, but the Cabreras regained control by starting the back nine with back-to-back birdies, and then making birdies on the 13th, 14th and 16th. The final birdie allowed them to tie the tournament scoring record.

''This is certain my best week of the year,'' said Cabrera, the 2009 Masters champion and 2007 U.S. Open champion at Oakmont. ''To play alongside all the legends ... as well as playing alongside my son, has been the greatest week of the year.''

The popular event is for players who have won a major championship or The Players Championship. It is a scramble format both days.

In some cases, the major champions lean on the power of their sons for the distance. O'Meara said Saturday that his ''little man'' hit it 58 yards by him on the 18th. And on Sunday, Stewart Cink said son Reagan told him after outdriving him on the opening four holes, ''In this tournament I may be your son, but right now I'm your Daddy!''

Jack Nicklaus played with his grandson, G.T. They closed with a 64 and tied for 15th in the field of 20 teams.