Another Argentine Winner at Hoylake

By Associated PressJuly 22, 2006, 4:00 pm
135th Open Championship HOYLAKE, England -- The only golfer from Argentina to win a major, Roberto De Vicenzo is also the last player to win the British Open at Royal Liverpool, 39 years ago.
 
Now a couple of Argentines are contending at the same Hoylake links. At 11 under, Angel Cabrera is two behind leader Tiger Woods going into Sunday's final round, and Andres Romero is in a tie for 10th at 8 under.
 
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Angel Cabrera is trying to duplicate countryman Roberto De Vicenzo's 1967 victory at Hoylake.
De Vicenzo's 1967 triumph here stands out not only because he came from a country not famous for its golfers, but also because he posted a two-stroke victory over defending champion Jack Nicklaus.
 
Now Cabrera and Romero are chasing another defending champion.
 
The two Argentine players are on a leaderboard crowded with stars who are regular contenders in golf's most prestigious championships.
 
Woods, owner of 10 majors, is at 13 under. A stroke behind come Sergio Garcia and Chris DiMarco, both runners-up to Woods at majors, and Ernie Els, who has two U.S. and one British Open on his record.
 
Cabrera is tied with another major winner, 2003 U.S. Open champion Jim Furyk. Two behind him comes 1989 British Open champion Mark Calcavecchia, while Romero has two-time U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen for company as one of six players tied for 10th.
 
That's why this moment is so special for Cabrera and Romero.
 
The burly Cabrera welcomes the history of De Vicenzo's triumph, but is more concerned with the present.
 
'It is very special because, of course, the last time it was played here it was won by an Argentine,' he said through an interpreter. 'At this moment, I'm really not thinking about the history, I'm thinking about Cabrera.'
 
And what does he think about Cabrera?
 
'That I can win the tournament.'
 
Cabrera's best finish at an Open was a tie for fourth at a tough Carnoustie course in 1999. He has missed the cut four of his last five visits to the tricky links courses in England and Scotland.
 
'It's a British Open golf course, special in the sense that it is difficult, complicated and can come up and bite you if you don't play well,' he said of the Royal Liverpool links.
 
Cabrera said he has met the 83-year-old De Vicenzo, but that was a while ago. Romero met the 1967 champion only a year ago.
 
'I know he won a long time before I was born,' said the 25-year-old Romero, who captured one of the last spots in the Open by finishing in a tie for second at last week's Scottish Open at Loch Lomond.
 
'Last year he spoke to me. I was playing in a tournament at San Eliseo and he told me about winning over here and that he hoped I would carry on in his footsteps.'
 
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    Watch: McIlroy gives Fleetwood a birthday cake

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 19, 2018, 2:58 pm

    Tommy Fleetwood turned 27 on Friday. He celebrated with some good golf – a 4-under 68 in Abu Dhabi, leaving him only two shots back in his title defense – and a birthday cake, courtesy of Rory Mcllroy.

    While giving a post-round interview, Fleetwood was surprised to see McIlroy approaching with a cake in hand.

    “I actually baked this before we teed off,” McIlroy joked.

    Fleetwood blew out the three candles – “three wishes!” – and offered McIlroy a slice.  

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    DJ shoots 64 to surge up leaderboard in Abu Dhabi

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 1:48 pm

    Dustin Johnson stood out among a star-studded three-ball that combined to shoot 18 under par with just one bogey Friday at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

    Shaking off a sloppy first round at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Johnson matched the low round of the day with a 64 that put him within four shots of Thomas Pieters’ lead.

    “I did everything really well,” Johnson said. “It was a pretty easy 64.”

    Johnson made four bogeys during an even-par 72 on Thursday and needed a solid round Friday to make the cut. Before long, he was closer to the lead than the cut line, making birdie on three of the last four holes and setting the pace in a group that also included good rounds from Rory McIlroy (66) and Tommy Fleetwood (68).

    “Everyone was hitting good shots,” McIlroy said. “That’s all we were seeing, and it’s nice when you play in a group like that. You feed off one another.” 


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    Coming off a blowout victory at Kapalua, Johnson is searching for his first regular European Tour title. He tied for second at this event a year ago.

    Johnson’s second-round 64 equaled the low round of the day (Jorge Campillo and Branden Grace). 

    “It was just really solid all day long,” Johnson said. “Hit a lot of great shots, had a lot of looks at birdies, which is what I need to do over the next two days if I want to have a chance to win on Sunday.” 

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    Closing eagle moves Rory within 3 in Abu Dhabi

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 12:57 pm

    What rust? Rory McIlroy appears to be in midseason form.

    Playing competitively for the first time since Oct. 8, McIlroy completed 36 holes without a bogey Friday, closing with an eagle to shoot 6-under 66 to sit just three shots back at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

    “I’m right in the mix after two days and I’m really happy in that position,” he told reporters afterward.

    McIlroy took a 3 ½-month break to heal his body, clear his mind and work on his game after his first winless year since 2008, his first full season as a pro.

    He's back on track at a familiar playground, Abu Dhabi Golf Club, where he’s racked up eight top-11s (including six top-3s) in his past nine starts there.


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    McIlroy opened with a 69 Thursday, then gave himself even more chances on Day 2, cruising along at 4 under for the day when he reached the par-5 closing hole. After launching a 249-yard long iron to 25 feet, he poured in the eagle putt to pull within three shots of Thomas Pieters (65). 

    Despite the layoff, McIlroy edged world No. 1 Dustin Johnson, coming off a blowout victory at Kapalua, by a shot over the first two rounds. 

    “DJ is definitely the No. 1 player in the world right now, and one of, if not the best, driver of the golf ball," McIlroy said. "To be up there with him over these first two days, it proves to me that I’m doing the right things and gives me a lot of confidence going forward.”

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    Duke to fill in for injured Pavin at CareerBuilder

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 12:25 pm

    Ken Duke will fill in for Corey Pavin for the next two rounds of the CareerBuilder Challenge – with nothing at stake but his amateur partner’s position on the leaderboard.

    Pavin was 4 over par when he withdrew after 17 holes Thursday because of a neck injury. Tournament officials contacted Duke, the first alternate, and asked if he would take Pavin’s spot and partner with Luis Lopez for the next two rounds, even though he would not receive any official money.

    Duke accepted and explained his decision on Twitter:

    Playing on past champion’s status, the 48-year-old Duke has made only four starts this season, with a best finish of a tie for 61st at the RSM Classic.

    Pavin received a sponsor exemption into the event, his first PGA Tour start since the 2015 Colonial.