Cabrera-Bello thrives others struggle at US Open

By Associated PressJune 18, 2010, 3:15 am

2010 U.S. Open

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – Early in the first U.S. Open round of his career, Rafael Cabrera-Bello looked up at the scoreboard, saw his name on top and had one thought flash to mind.

“I hope my dad takes a picture.”

Cabrera-Bello led the way Thursday among golfers making their U.S. Open debuts. The 26-year-old Spaniard posted a 1-under 70 after teeing off in the first group of the cool morning, then watched that score keep him near the top of the leaderboard for most of the afternoon.

The first-timers ranged in age from 42-year-old Deane Pappas to 18-year-old U.S. Amateur champ Byeong-Hun An.

Very few who played early found the success of Cabrera-Bello. He reached 2-under within his first seven holes and, with most of the field yet to tee off, found his name at the top.

“I looked up at the scoreboard and it’s hard for me to even believe I’m playing here. So when I looked up at the scoreboard I thought, ‘I hope my dad takes a picture,’ so I can remember that,” Cabrera-Bello said.

While Cabrera-Bello was making it look simple, recovering from a potentially disastrous string of three bogeys in four holes midway through his round to close strong, other newcomers were posting huge numbers.

Pappas and Travis Hampshire both shot a 10-over 81. Dan McCarthy, a Syracuse, N.Y., native, was 5 over through eight holes on his way to a 9-over 80.

“I tried to be steady. I tried not to look too much around me. I saw scores all day long off the charts, mine included. I just tried to hit the next shot. I couldn’t do anything else,” McCarthy said. “I’m still just playing golf, on a much bigger stage and in front of a lot more people than I’m used to. I tried to not let that bother me either.”

Amateurs found just as much trouble as the pros. Pepperdine golfer Andrew Putnam sent shots on Nos. 6 and 8 over the edge of Pebble Beach’s treacherous cliffs. Stanford’s Joseph Bramlett posted a triple-bogey eight on the 14th as part of a 44 on his opening nine holes. He rallied to shoot 35 on his back nine, but still sat at 8 over.

Morgan Hoffman was one amateur who appeared to figure out Pebble in the afternoon – until the 18th. Hoffman was even-par on the 18th tee, but put two shots into Stillwater Cove, posted a 9 on the final hole and finished at 4-over.

“The gallery was extremely nice today. I knew I had a lot of friends and family but I didn’t know that many were going to come out and support me like that,” Bramlett said. “Makes you feel better when you’re not playing so great.”

There weren’t any signs of Cabrera-Bello shooting a round like Thursday’s in his recent events. He missed the cut in three of his previous four European Tour events, shooting 71 or higher in 19 of his previous 20 rounds before Thursday’s effort.

The fact he even had his clubs to play with was an accomplishment itself.

As Cabrera-Bello attempted to board his flight in Madrid, a problem with his electronic visa waiver to the United States kept him from boarding his flight. He was forced to scramble, eventually staying the night with an uncle in Madrid and boarding a flight to Philadelphia on Sunday morning, but his clubs went missing in the process.

Cabrera-Bello was forced to walk the course on Monday with just a few wedges he borrowed. His clubs finally arrived on Tuesday in time to get a little feel for the golf course.

“It’s my first major and I just told myself ‘I’m finally here, so just try to enjoy and play your best and stay calm through your round,”’ Cabrera-Bello said. “It started good for me on the first hole and then I had throughout the middle of the round I made several bogeys but it was nice to get it back at the end.”

After making his par putt on the ninth hole – his last – Cabrera-Bello raced up to his family with a giant grin, then watched the rest of the field chase him.

“I could only dream about a day like this,” Cabrera-Bello said. “I maybe imagined it when I was 8 or 9 years old but never expected something like this.”

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Cabreras win PNC Father/Son Challenge

By Associated PressDecember 17, 2017, 11:36 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. closed with a 12-under 60 for a three-shot victory in their debut at the PNC Father/Son Challenge.

The Cabreras opened with a 59 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club and were challenged briefly by the defending champions, David Duval and Nick Karavites, in the scramble format Sunday. The Argentines went out in 30, and they had a two-shot lead with Cabrera's son came within an inch of chipping in for eagle on the final hole.

They finished at 25-under 199 for a three-shot victory over Duval and Karavites, and Bernhard Langer and Jason Langer. The Langer team won in 2014.

Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara tied for fourth at 21 under with Jerry Pate and Wesley Pate.

Cabrera wasn't even in the field until two-time U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange and his son, Tom Strange, had to withdraw.

Duval and his stepson went out in 28, but the Cabreras regained control by starting the back nine with back-to-back birdies, and then making birdies on the 13th, 14th and 16th. The final birdie allowed them to tie the tournament scoring record.

''This is certain my best week of the year,'' said Cabrera, the 2009 Masters champion and 2007 U.S. Open champion at Oakmont. ''To play alongside all the legends ... as well as playing alongside my son, has been the greatest week of the year.''

The popular event is for players who have won a major championship or The Players Championship. It is a scramble format both days.

In some cases, the major champions lean on the power of their sons for the distance. O'Meara said Saturday that his ''little man'' hit it 58 yards by him on the 18th. And on Sunday, Stewart Cink said son Reagan told him after outdriving him on the opening four holes, ''In this tournament I may be your son, but right now I'm your Daddy!''

Jack Nicklaus played with his grandson, G.T. They closed with a 64 and tied for 15th in the field of 20 teams.

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 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.