Aussie Waugh Wins in Thailand

By Associated PressApril 3, 2005, 4:00 pm
BANGKOK, Thailand -- Australia's Shani Waugh thrashed France's Gwladys Nocera in a sudden-death playoff Sunday to capture the crown and the top cash prize of $49,500 in the Thailand Ladies Open at the 7,100-yard, par-72 Alpine Golf Club course.
 
Three days of near-perfect golf had put the 36-year-old Waugh ahead of all challengers with a 7-under-par 209 headed into the final round.
 
After a disastrous bogey on the 11th hole and a birdie putt on the 15th, she closed the day with 1-over-par 73 for a final 6-under 282 total.
 
Nocera, who fired a 4-under 212 to be in joint second after three rounds, had a par round Sunday with five birdies, five bogies and one eagle on the par-5 5th. Her 282 left her tied with Waugh, necessitating a playoff.
 
Teeing off on hole 18, Nocera -- who turned pro and joined the Ladies European Tour in 2002 -- drove her first shot into the water and could not sink the fourth shot in the par-4 hole, handing the victory to her rival from Down Under, who hit par.
 
'I don't know if I deserved to win it today,' said Waugh. 'I played all right but I had a couple of bad holes.' said Waugh.
 
It was Waugh's third playoff after turning pro and joining the Ladies European Tour in 1991, but her first win in the do-or-die situation.
 
Nocera, who had her best year in 2004 -- posting three top tens and four further top 20s, and finishing fifth at the Catalonia Ladies Masters, -- owned up to nervousness.
 
'I really did not know if I went atop the leaderboard until I finished my round on hole 18,' she said. 'That's why I became very nervous when I had to compete in the playoff against Waugh, especially after my first drive shot went into the water.'
 
For her second-place finish, she took home $33,495.
 
In joint third place with a 5-under 283 were three Koreans Lee Jeong Eun, Hong Ran and Park Hee Young, along with Japanese amateur Shinobu Moromizato. The three professionals each received $18,304.
 
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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.

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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.