Amateur Lewis sets sights on top-15 finish

By Associated PressJuly 15, 2011, 4:09 pm

SANDWICH, England – A day after making history, Tom Lewis was content just to make the cut at the British Open on Friday.

Playing with eight-time major winner Tom Watson – the golfing great Lewis was named after – the 20-year-old Englishman posted the lowest score by any amateur at a British Open to take a surprise share of the first-round lead with a 5-under 65 on Thursday.

After a night’s sleep disturbed by about 80 congratulatory text messages, Lewis was back on the links course at Royal St. George’s 15 hours later for his second round.

This day proved a little more troublesome. He shot a 74 to drop back into the pack at 1 under, but he’ll still be around at the weekend, unlike many leading names in the 156-player field.

“If you asked me two days ago, I would have taken this position,” Lewis said. “It would be nice to win the silver medal and try and finish top 15. Try and take one step at a time.

“Yesterday was a completely different day to today. Hopefully, I can have another one of yesterday’s scores tomorrow.”

Lewis said his father, former European Tour player Brian Lewis, was too nervous to be at the course to watch him during his second round, which began errantly as the amateur dropped three shots on the front nine.

Despite a birdie at No. 13 – described by Lewis as the highlight of his round – he threw away further shots on Nos. 17 and 18 to finish 1 under overall, tied for 15th as the second round drew to a close Friday.

Lewis said there had been a slight hangover from his amazing performance on the opening day, when he stole the show from Watson.

“I had to limit the damage and I felt there was loads of it out there,” he said. “Every hole felt like there was something, because the way I was hitting it wasn’t great. But this is only halfway through the event. I’ve got two days left and hopefully I can stay in the red and that won’t be too far away coming into the last day.”

Watson, a five-time winner of the British Open, provided a jolt in the second round with a hole-in-one at No. 6, his 4-iron bouncing once and dropping straight in.

“Not many people get that time with him,” said Lewis, who is set to turn professional after the Walker Cup in September. “It was really nice. He gave me some advice round the course so that was a thrill.”

With Tiger Woods one of three players to shoot 66 at the British Open as an amateur, Lewis has already dislodged the 14-time major champion from the record books. And he's also stated his desire to surpass the haul of six majors won by English great Nick Faldo, who hails from the same town north of  London.

“It’ll probably settle in next week, when I realize what I did that first day,” Lewis said. “Hopefully I can watch some of the footage and see how I look on TV.”

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Angela hits Sergio in stride on field at Superdome

By Grill Room TeamDecember 18, 2017, 3:22 pm

Sergio and Angela Garcia's super 2017 keeps getting more ... Super ... Dome. (+1 awful blog lede.)

The couple started the year with Sergio's win at the Masters, then embarked on a whirlwind green jacket media tour, then kicked off El Clasico, then attended Wimbledon, then got married, then announced they were expecting their first child ...

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And now, they're throwing each other passes on the New Orleans Saints' home turf at the Superdome.

Man, it must be so cool do that at the Silverdome. ... ... ... I'm sorry, it is the Superdome, brothers.

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.