Calc Looks to Turn Good Year to Great

By Associated PressOctober 24, 2007, 4:00 pm
  PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Mark Calcavecchia decided to play the final four weeks of the PGA TOUR season for one simple reason.
 
'Sheer boredom,' he said.
 
Really, there isn't much else for him to worry about these days.
 
He's one of the headliners this week in the Ginn sur Mer Classic, the Fall Series event that opens Thursday on the Arnold Palmer Course at Tesoro Club. Only a quarter of the top 100 earners on TOUR this season are in the field, which is mostly bade up of players trying to find their way into the top 125 on that money list -- and earn exempt status for 2008 along with it.
 
So there's no Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk or Vijay Singh this week.
 
Instead, here comes Tripp Isenhour, Paul Gow, John Huston, and Jaco Van Zyl.
 
'It's nice not to see Tiger and Phil and Furyk and Vijay and all the same guys every week, actually,' Calcavecchia said. 'Kind of exciting showing up knowing that if you play well you don't have to dust off the top 10 in the world to have a chance.'
 
This year, he's had a chance just about every time out, no matter who else is playing.
 
The 47-year-old Calcavecchia already has a victory this season (the PODS Championship) along with five other top-10 finishes, has earned nearly $3 million in 2007 and tied for second at the TOUR Championship last month.
 
Yet, he isn't ready to see 2007 end, evidenced by this being his third straight start on the Fall Series schedule. He plans to play in the season finale at the Children's Miracle Network Classic in Lake Buena Vista next week as well.
 
'When I said I was going to play the last four, I wanted to win another one of them and turn a great year into a really great year,' Calcavecchia said. 'So I've got two left. I'm going to play next week at Disney and I'm looking forward to a couple big weeks -- I hope.'
 
This year was a turnaround of sorts for Calcavecchia, who was 120th on the money list last season and had only one top-10 finish in 27 events.
 
The Fall Series has been a turnaround for Justin Leonard, too.
 
Leonard won for the first time since 2005 earlier this month at the Texas Open, beating Jesper Parnevik in a playoff. He's finished at least 13th in each of his last three starts, making nearly $1.1 million -- or about as much as he'd made in nearly his last 50 starts combined.
 
'We can't measure our success by results too often,' Leonard said. 'There's a few players that can, but, you know, sometimes it's going to be in just progress. When you can win a golf tournament out here, it kind of validates things to everybody.'
 
Winning would do more than validate things to most in this field -- it'd get them tour cards for 2008.
 
The top 125 on the money list after next week's event earn full playing privileges for next year. Brett Quigley is 126th with $717,411; he's not here this week. But everyone else from No. 111 (Cliff Kresge, $858,349) to No. 134 (Kent Jones, $574,040) is entered in the field.
 
Or, for the likes of Ken Duke (No. 44, $1,754,478), a spot in the Masters is there for the taking.
 
'If you finish top 30 on the money list you get into an Augusta and maybe the U.S. Open, too,' Duke said. 'That's what I'm shooting for. If I win, I think it would take care of it, no question.'
 
Tesoro's unique par-73 layout measures nearly 7,400 yards, not including some fairly long distances between many greens and tees that will necessitate players to be shuttled several times during the round.
 
This is a first-time event; the tournament was originally scheduled to be in Fresno, Calif. until construction and financial problems with that site forced the tour to seek another venue earlier this year.
 
Most players in the field hadn't played Tesoro until this week, some not before Wednesday.
 
'Other than the obvious distance between the greens and tees, I thought most of the holes were nice holes,' Calcavecchia said. 'I thought it was a pretty nice course.'
 

Ben Curtis shot an 8-under 65 in Wednesday's pro-am. He withdrew after eight holes of last week's Fry's Electronics Open because of illness. ... Identical twins Derek and Daryl Fathauer, seniors at Louisville who grew up not far from the Tesoro Club, are in the field on sponsor exemptions. They're the first twins in a PGA Tour event since Curtis and Allen Strange in 1981. ... The course has played wet this week and there's a good chance of rain Thursday.
 
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  • 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.

    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.