Amateur Uribe Two Back after Rd 1

By Associated PressJune 26, 2008, 4:00 pm
U.S. WomenEDINA, Minn. -- The large gallery gathered around Lorena Ochoas group for the first round of the U.S. Womens Open gave one of the early leaders a loud cheer, as she left the 18th green with a birdie and a 4-under par score.
 
It wasnt Ochoa, who had to rally to break even.
 
It wasnt even defending champion Cristie Kerr, who finished one stroke better.
 
No, one of the stars on the first day of the most prestigious event on a female golfers schedule was the unknown member of this high-profile trio, an amateur from Colombia named Maria Jose Uribe.
 
She shot a 69 on Thursday and was tied for fourth place, two strokes behind leaders Ji Young Oh and Patty Hurst.
 
Im not going to think about the scoreboard right now, said Uribe, who will be a sophomore at UCLA in the fall. Its four days, so Im just having fun out there.
 
Surely there were some nerves at work, while tackling the longest course in tournament history next to the top-ranked player in the world of womens golf.
 
Well, youre always nervous, but I like that, Uribe said. I like to play under pressure, so I was looking forward to it and I knew that I was going to play good today.
 
This 18-year-old, who won the U.S. Womens Amateur last summer, said she thrives off the challenge of stiff competition.
 
Every time Im under pressure I do better than when Im just playing for fun and stuff, Uribe said. If you play with me on a Saturday in my golf course, I know that you wont think that Im a good player.
 
Ochoa is one of Uribes two heroes in the sport. Tiger Woods is the other.
 
Though eight years and millions of dollars apart, Ochoa and Uribe frequently chatted with each other while they walked the fairways. Sharing the loose bond of being from Latin countries, they hit it off during their first time playing together.
 
I was laughing and it was just very nice and easy to watch her play. She seemed very relaxed, said Ochoa, who also remarked about Uribes proficiency speaking English.
 
Well, she still barked instructions to her ball in Spanish.
 
Derecha, por favor! Uribe yelled, while trying to coax her tee shot on the 16th hole to the right.
 
Ochoa clearly cemented Uribes impression of her as someone to look up to on the tour, whenever she joins it.
 
It was a great experience for me, Uribe said, adding: Shes like super nice.
 
After spending two years at the International Junior Golf Academy in Hilton Head, S.C., Uribe returned to her hometown of Bucaramanga for her senior year of high school before enrolling at UCLA. She said shes committed to finishing college, unless of course something unexpected happens.
 
If I like win the U.S. Open or something like that, she said.
 
This was a step in the right direction.
 
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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.