Bradley s 1st PGA Tour win comes in Nelson playoff

By Associated PressMay 30, 2011, 7:55 am

IRVING, Texas (AP)—When the local teenage amateur playing with KeeganBradley hit an approach inside 5 feet on the 10th hole during the final round ofthe Byron Nelson Championship, there was a loud roar from the large galleryfollowing their group.

Bradley then got his even closer.

“There was two claps,” said Bradley, who went on to his first PGA Tourvictory.

Bradley’s last birdie of the day that got him to 3 under didn’t rouse muchexcitement from the crowd more interested in 17-year-old Jordan Spieth .

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But the nephew of LPGA great Pat Bradley finished with eight consecutivepars after that on Sunday, then had to wait about an hour before winning aone-hole playoff over Ryan Palmer with a 2-foot par putt.

The PGA Tour rookie, a Vermont native and former St. John’s golfer who nevereven won on the Nationwide Tour, got his first professional victory nine daysbefore his 25th birthday. Bradley’s aunt won 31 tournaments, including sixmajors.

“She is a lot calmer on the golf course than she is watching me. I’m sureshe was by the TV going crazy,” Bradley said. “I talk to her regularly throughtext messages and phone calls about tournaments and what it’s like to come downnear the end. … This is the closest thing we ever had in common in terms ofplaying.”

Bradley (68) and Palmer (72) finished 3-under 277, the highest final scoreon the PGA Tour this year and highest in relation to par in a non-major since1999. It was the fifth playoff in six weeks and 10th overall.

Ryuji Imada and Joe Ogilvie (70) finished a stroke back at 2 under.Defending Nelson champion Jason Day (67) finished fifth at 1 under—the lastplayer who finished under par this week at TPC Four Seasons.

There were brutal scoring conditions, particularly for both weekend roundswhen the wind was sustained at 25 mph with gusts howling near 40.

When Bradley sank a 12-foot par-saving putt on No. 17, he responded with anemphatic fist pump. He dropped into a squat and hopped a few times infrustration when his 10-foot birdie chance at No. 18 slid by the hole.

Third-round leader Palmer and Imada were still among the five groups stillplaying when Bradley tapped in his first par putt at No. 18.

But the playoff almost wasn’t necessary for Bradley to become the PGA Tour’ssixth first-time winner this season.

Imada was 5 under after his 11-foot birdie putt trickled in at the 170-yard13th, then blasted out of a greenside bunker to inside a foot at 14th to savepar. But he bogeyed three of his last four holes, including a 3-foot par miss atNo. 17.

Palmer shot from a greenside bunker to 3 feet for a birdie at the 523-yard16th hole to get back to 3 under, but gave that stroke right back when he misseda 7-foot par at No. 17. There was only one birdie all day at No. 18 beforePalmer sank a 6-footer to force the playoff.

“I knew as long as I kept grinding and grinding I could give myself achance to win,” said Palmer, a Texas native who missed the cut in six of hisfirst seven Nelson appearances. “I’m proud to come to a golf course I’vestruggled on and finish second, and also a little disappointed to lose aplayoff.”

The playoff at No. 18 began with Bradley and Palmer both hitting their teeshots way right.

Tournament volunteers quickly dismantled and moved a temporary lemonadestand to give Bradley a line of sight to the green. His approach still camedangerously close to sliding off the side of the green into the water.

Palmer went in the same direction, but his ball got wet and he eventuallymade a 13-foot bogey.

Spieth was still in the top 10 before two double bogeys and two bogeys inhis final four holes for a closing 77.

“I was humbled by this back nine,” Spieth said. “I’m focused on collegenow. Had I won today, who knows, but I’m focused now on the next step. This willsink in, and I’m sure it will sink in in a positive way.”

Spieth, who is going to the University of Texas this fall, made the Nelsoncut for the second year in a row. He finished 6 over and tied for 32nd place,which was 10 strokes higher than last year when he was tied for 16th.

Only Day with 22 birdies had more than Spieth’s 20 this week. But Spieth,who missed his high school graduation ceremony Saturday because of the Nelson,also had 20 holes over par (14 bogeys, and six double bogeys).

Sergio Garcia , the 2004 Nelson champion who hasn’t won since 2008 and hasn’tlocked up spots this year in the U.S. Open and British Open, began the day onestroke off the lead.

Garcia slammed his putter down on his bag after missing a 4-foot par puttthe opening hole. Things only got worse in a closing 77, including adouble-bogey 6 at No. 4 when he needed four shots to go the final 12 feet aftera chip shot rolled back to his feet.

Day, the Masters’ runner-up this year, had his fourth top-10 finish in hispast five tournaments. Before closing with consecutive pars, he was even over astretch of seven holes without a par. There was a birdie at No. 10 beforeconsecutive bogeys, a birdie, a double bogey and then consecutive birdies.

“If I didn’t make those mental errors on the back nine I would probably besitting here at 4 under,” Day said. “But, hey, I played great today, and I’mnot too disappointed.”

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 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.