Augusta St., Georgia meet to decide men's NCAA Championship

By Associated PressJune 4, 2011, 9:35 pm

STILLWATER, Okla. – Carter Newman birdied the first playoff hole Saturday to beat Oklahoma State’s Sean Einhaus and lift defending champion Augusta State into an all-Georgia final round at the NCAA men’s golf tournament.

Newman hit clutch putts on the 17th and 18th holes to keep the pivotal match going, then pumped his fist after dropping the winner on the 14th green. Augusta State claimed a 3-2 victory in the match-play semifinal, beating the powerhouse Cowboys in a rematch of last year’s final.

“My kids love that. They love the underdog, they love trying to beat somebody they shouldn’t beat,” Augusta State coach Josh Gregory said.

“I always said our dream matchup would be to play the best team in the country on their home course, and to find a way to knock them off was pretty cool. But we’ve got one more to win.”

The Jaguars will face Georgia in Sunday’s championship. The Bulldogs beat Duke 3-2 behind victories from Harris English, Russell Henley and Bryden MacPherson.

The final will pit Patrick Reed – who throttled U.S. Amateur champion Peter Uihlein 8 and 7 – against his former school. He played for the Bulldogs as a freshman before transferring to Augusta State, which competes in Division II in most other sports.

“It’s a great group of guys, a great coach,” Reed said. “It’s just going to be fun.

“For me, it’s going to feel like I’m back at home.”

Augusta State set out to prove that last year’s finals upset wasn’t a fluke, also getting a 3-and-1 win by Henrik Norlander against Kevin Tway, a Ben Hogan Award finalist and the son of PGA Tour veteran Bob Tway.

“You can’t be shocked. They’re a good team. They’re a great team,” Georgia coach Chris Haack said. “They proved that last year. When you’re dealing with good players, even though there’s a home-course advantage and there’s course knowledge, we’ve been out here and played this golf course … six straight days.

“At some point, you just start feeling more and more comfortable.”

English beat Brinson Paolini 5 and 4, MacPherson beat Austin Cody 2 and 1, and Henley closed the match out by beating Tim Gornik 3 and 2. Julian Suri and Wes Roach won matches for Duke.

Talor Gooch beat Olle Bengtsson 7 and 5, and Morgan Hoffman beat Mitchell Krywulycz 1 Up for Oklahoma State’s two victories.

With the other four matches seemingly decided, it took a strong finish from Newman to put Augusta State back in the finals. He appeared set to go 1-down with one hole left when he drained a par putt from 25 feet on No. 17. He then watched Einhaus make a bunker save and birdie putt before hitting a pressure-packed 7-footer on the 18th.

Newman got his chance to close it out from about 5 feet after Einhaus hit his drive on the playoff hole into the rough and ended up with a far more difficult birdie putt.

“What’s so ironic is he struggled his career with his putting and just recently switched to a long putter midway through the spring, and it has completely changed his putting and his approach to the game,” Gregory said. “He’s Captain Clutch.”

The stunner for Oklahoma State was how Uihlein, who’ll be playing in the U.S. Open in two weeks, and Tway crumbled against the Jaguars for the second consecutive year.

Reed won the first three holes with a birdie on No. 1 and then back-to-back pars while Uihlein made consecutive bogeys. Then he closed it out by winning six straight holes – with birdies on Nos. 6, 7, 8, 9 and 11. He even won the 10th with a bogey when Uihlein made double.

“He hit it close and then whenever I actually had a chance to maybe hit one inside of him, I hit a bad shot. I just had no momentum. Nothing really just kind of went my way today. Obviously, I’m disappointed but we’ll be a little better next year.”

The Cowboys have made the NCAA tournament all 65 years it has been played and won 10 titles – but none since 2006, losing in the finals the past two years.

Uihlein quickly noted that Augusta State – at least with its current roster –  can’t take down the Cowboys again next year. Reed is turning pro, and the Jaguars’ four other top players are all seniors.

“We’re not going to have to worry about them next year,” Uihlein said.

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 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.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.