Atrocious Start Awesome Finish for Cabrera

By Associated PressOctober 17, 2007, 4:00 pm
PGA of AmericaTUCKER'S TOWN, Bermuda -- U.S. Open champion Angel Cabrera thought he was on the ropes when he couldn't get out of the trees, lucky to make triple bogey on the first hole to fall five shots behind Wednesday in the PGA Grand Slam of Golf.
 
Worse yet was missing a short par putt on the 16th that really crippled his chances.
 
'It was more difficult to be two behind on the 17th tee than five behind on the second tee,' Cabrera said. 'There's a lot of golf left on the second tee -- not on the 17th.'
 
He made the most of the little golf he had left, finishing birdie-eagle to close with a 2-under 68 and force a playoff with British Open champion Padraig Harrington (69), then beating the Irishman with a birdie on the third extra hole.
 
Both finished at 4-under 136.
 
Some 7,000 fans at the Mid-Ocean Club -- that's about 10 percent of the population of Bermuda -- were treated to an exciting finish they never saw coming. Harrington led by four shot with 11 holes to play and appeared to hold off a revolving door of challenges from the other three major champions in the field.
 
Jim Furyk, the replacement when PGA champion Tiger Woods skipped the event for the first time he was eligible, had momentum on his side until he tried to hit a shot he didn't have out of the bunker, knocking it over the green and into the bushes for a triple-bogey 8.
 
Masters champion Zach Johnson, seven shots behind with 10 holes to play, made up five shots in five holes but couldn't get any closer.
 
'I couldn't keep track of who was behind me,' Harrington said.
 
Cabrera, who rallied from his atrocious start to catch Harrington with an eagle on 11th hole, figured to be the least of Harrington's worries when the Argentine made a sloppy bogey after driving some 50 yards short of the green.
 
'I told my caddie we had to make 2-3 to have a chance,' Cabrera said.
 
He got the 2 with an 8-iron into about 10 feet on the 17th as Harrington made par. And the 3 came from his eagle on the 18th, a booming drive and a 4-iron that caught the slope just right and rolled to 4 feet behind the hole. Harrington two-putted for birdie for only the third playoff in the 25-year history of this event, and the first since Woods beat Vijay Singh in 2000 at Poipu Bay.
 
The playoff holes were the 17th and 18th, which didn't bode well for Harrington.
 
'It was hard to go into a playoff where he had just gone birdie-eagle,' he said. 'I didn't see any advantage I had.'
 
Both missed the 18th green and made pars, and Harrington got up-and-down at the 17th to keep the playoff going. Cabrera pounded another tee shot on the third extra hole at No. 18, hit a 4-iron to 18 feet. He needed only two putts for birdie and the victory after Harrington hit into a deep bunker off the tee and still had 4 feet left for par when it ended.
 
For the first exhibition in the silly season, these guys were all business.
 
'I wouldn't have liked to be second here,' Cabrera said.
 
Cabrera, who held off Woods and Furyk at Oakmont to capture the U.S. Open for his first major, earned $600,000.
 
Furyk finished with a flurry, making four birdies on the last five holes. That wasn't enough to recover from his triple bogey, but he closed with a 67 to finish third at 138 and earn $250,000.
 
'I fought back pretty good, but 11 definitely took my chances away,' Furyk said.
 
Johnson needed an eagle on the 18th for any chance of a playoff, but his approach rolled off the green, he chipped to the back of the green and three-putted for a bogey. That gave him a 68 to finish at 139, with last place worth $200,000.
 
'I just didn't want to finish fifth,' Johnson said.
 
Harrington's only big mistake came at the ninth, when he hooked his tee shot into the bushes. Despite getting plenty of directions from fans across the fairway, he never found his ball and wound up with a double bogey.
 
That put some drama into the back nine, setting up a big finish and an unlikely victory for Cabrera.
 
'The only thing I can is it was complicated after the first hole, and I was able to come back,' he said. 'And that was a great thing.'
 
To say it was complicated might be an understatement.
 
Cabrera picked the wrong line off the tee and was deep in the woods, his only hope squeezing it under the branches about 20 yards out of trouble. But his second shot hit a tree and was headed for his leg when it clipped a branch and narrowly missed him, sparing him a two-shot penalty.
 
He took a penalty drop for an unplayable lie, hacked that out about 10 yards, then got to the green and took two putts for a 7. Then came a three-putt bogey on the second hole, and he was fortunate it wasn't worse. He scramble for par on the third, and after chunking a wedge some 20 yards short into a bunker on No. 5, again escaped with par.
 
Cabrera had few complaints the rest of the way, especially with the finish.
 
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    Perez skips Torrey, 'upset' with Ryder Cup standings

    By Will GrayJanuary 24, 2018, 2:19 am

    Pat Perez is unhappy about his standing on the U.S. Ryder Cup points list, and his situation won't improve this week.

    Perez won the CIMB Classic during the fall portion of this season, and he followed that with a T-5 finish at the inaugural CJ Cup. But he didn't receive any Ryder Cup points for either result because of a rule enacted by the American task force prior to the 2014 Ryder Cup which only awards points during the calendar year of the biennial matches as well as select events like majors and WGCs during the prior year.

    As a result, Perez is currently 17th in the American points race - behind players like Patrick Reed, Zach Johnson, Bill Haas and James Hahn, none of whom have won a tournament since the 2016 Ryder Cup - as he looks to make a U.S. squad for the first time at age 42.

    "That kind of upset me a little bit, the fact that I'm (17) on the list, but I should probably be (No.) 3 or 4," Perez told Golf Digest. "So it kind of put a bitter taste in my mouth. The fact that you win on the PGA Tour and you beat some good players, yet you don't get any points because of what our committee has decided to do."

    Perez won't be earning any points this week because he has opted to tee it up at the European Tour's Omega Dubai Desert Classic. The decision comes after Perez finished T-21 last week at the Singapore Open, and it means that the veteran is missing the Farmers Insurance Open in his former hometown of San Diego for the first time since 2001.

    Perez went to high school a few minutes from Torrey Pines, and he defeated a field that included Tiger Woods to win the junior world title on the South Course in 1993. His father, Tony, has been a longtime starter on the tournament's opening hole, and Perez was a runner-up in 2014 and tied for fourth last year.

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    Woods favored to miss Farmers Insurance Open cut

    By Will GrayJanuary 24, 2018, 1:54 am

    If the Las Vegas bookmakers are to be believed, folks in the San Diego area hoping to see Tiger Woods this week might want to head to Torrey Pines early.

    Woods is making his first competitive start of the year this week at the Farmers Insurance Open, and it will be his first official start on the PGA Tour since last year's event. He missed nearly all of 2017 because of a back injury before returning with a T-9 finish last month at the Hero World Challenge.

    But the South Course at Torrey Pines is a far different test than Albany, and the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook lists Woods as a -180 favorite to miss the 36-hole cut. It means bettors must wager $180 to win $100, while his +150 odds to make the cut mean a bettor can win $150 with a $100 wager.

    Woods is listed at 25/1 to win. He won the tournament for the seventh time in 2013, but in three appearances since he has missed the 36-hole cut, missed the 54-hole cut and withdrawn after 12 holes.

    Here's a look at the various Woods-related prop bets available at the Westgate:

    Will Woods make the 36-hole cut? Yes +150, No -180

    Lowest single-round score (both courses par 72): Over/Under 70

    Highest single-round score: Over/Under 74.5

    Will Woods finish inside the top 10? Yes +350, No -450

    Will Woods finish inside the top 20? Yes +170, No -200

    Will Woods withdraw during the tournament? Yes +650, No -1000

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    Monahan buoyed by Tour's sponsor agreements

    By Rex HoggardJanuary 24, 2018, 12:27 am

    SAN DIEGO – Farmers Insurance announced on Tuesday at Torrey Pines a seven-year extension of the company’s sponsorship of the Southern California PGA Tour event. This comes on the heels of Sony extending its sponsorship of the year’s first full-field event in Hawaii through 2022.

    Although these might seem to be relatively predictable moves, considering the drastic makeover of the Tour schedule that will begin with the 2018-19 season, it is a telling sign of the confidence corporations have in professional golf.

    “It’s a compliment to our players and the value that the sponsors are achieving,” Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said.

    Monahan said that before 2014 there were no 10-year title sponsorship agreements in place. Now there are seven events sponsored for 10-years, and another five tournaments that have agreements in place of at least seven years.

    “What it means is, it gives organizations like the Century Club [which hosts this week’s Farmers Insurance Open], when you have that level of stability on a long-term basis that allows you to invest in your product, to grow interest and to grow the impact of it,” Monahan said. “You experienced what this was like in 2010 or seen other tournaments that you don’t know what the future is.S o to go out and sell and inspire a community and you can’t state that we have a long-term agreement it’s more difficult.”

    Events like this year’s Houston Open, Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas, and The National all currently don’t have title sponsors – although officials at Colonial are confident they can piece together a sponsorship package. But even that is encouraging to Monahan considering the uncertainty surrounding next season’s schedule, which will include the PGA Championship moving to May and The Players to March as well as a pre-Labor Day finish to the season.

    “When you look back historically to any given year [the number of events needing sponsors] is lower than the typical average,” Monahan said. “As we start looking to a new schedule next year, you get excited about a great schedule with a great group of partners.”

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    Day WDs from Farmers pro-am because of sore back

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 24, 2018, 12:07 am

    SAN DIEGO – Jason Day has withdrawn from the Wednesday pro-am at the Farmers Insurance Open, citing a sore back.

    Day, the 2015 champion, played a practice round with Tiger Woods and Bryson DeChambeau on Tuesday at Torrey Pines, and he is still expected to play in the tournament.

    Day was replaced in the pro-am by Whee Kim. 

    Making his first start since the Australian Open in November, Day is scheduled to tee off at 1:30 p.m. ET Thursday alongside Jon Rahm and Brandt Snedeker.