Cantlay defeats Henley in 21 holes; Leopold upsets at U.S. Am

By Associated PressAugust 25, 2011, 10:08 pm

ERIN, Wis. – Bobby Leopold began his day by knocking off the No. 1 seed in the U.S. Amateur. It only got better from there.

The No. 64-seeded Leopold played his way into the third round of the U.S. Amateur on Thursday, knocking off Harris English, 4 and 3, in match play. English, from Thomasville, Ga., was one of the more established players in the field after he won a Nationwide Tour event in July.

That came just hours after Leopold pulled off his first upset of the day, beating tournament No. 1 seed Gregor Main of Danville, Calif., in the conclusion of the weather-delayed first round.

Not bad for a who guy who put aside his ambitions of playing professional golf a few years ago and now works for his father-in-law’s insurance firm.

“I kind of had aspirations to turn pro,” said Leopold, who grew up in England but now lives in the United States. “When I looked at the life I had, and the life I wanted, I decided I didn’t want to turn pro.”

Defending champion Peter Uihlein also advanced, beating South African Dylan Frittelli, 5 and 4, on Thursday. The Oklahoma State player overcame a slow start, making a putt to birdie the par-5 seventh hole.

“You’re going to have stretches of holes where things don’t go your way,” Uihlein said. “You have to grind and keep fighting. The first six holes I didn’t make a thing. I just wanted to keep going and make good strokes and hope they would eventually start falling – and they did.”

UCLA standout Patrick Cantlay advanced, winning a playoff with Russell Henley of Macon, Ga. – English’s Georgia teammate who also won this year on the Nationwide Tour.

Cantlay chipped in for a birdie on 17 to help force the playoff, and both he and Henley rolled in long eagle putts on the first playoff hole.

“It was the craziest match I have ever been a part of, and if you told me all that stuff would have happened the way it did, I wouldn’t have believed you,” Cantlay said.

After two rounds of stroke play earlier in the week, the remainder of the tournament is in bracket-style, match play format.

Weather delays earlier in the week have changed the tournament’s schedule. Players who hadn’t completed their first round Wednesday finished up Thursday morning, and the second round was played later in the day.

The third round was moved from Thursday afternoon to Friday morning.

Other winners included Jordan Russell of College Station, Texas; Scott Langley of St. Louis; John Peterson of Fort Worth, Texas; Max Buckley of Rye, N.Y.; England’s Tom Lewis; Blake Biddle of St. Charles, Ill.; Kelly Kraft of Denton, Texas; Patrick Rodgers of Avon, Ind.; Sunil Jung of Korea; John Hahn of Las Vegas; England’s Jack Senior; Ben Geyer of Arbuckle, Calif.; and Jordan Spieth of Dallas.

Leopold made the field as an alternate and didn’t find out until early last week that he’d be playing in the tournament. Now he’s playing a field packed with young players who still might harbor professional ambitions.

“I don’t really feel that old, but I guess 26 is the old guy,” Leopold said.

Despite pulling off a pair of upsets, Leopold doesn’t really consider himself a giant-killer.

“I think everyone on a given day can kind of beat each other,” Leopold said. “Harris didn’t have his best day, probably, and I had a good day. That’s golf. That’s the way it pans out. It’s a crazy game.”

Leopold was born in Albany, N.Y., but grew up near London. He moved back to the U.S. to attend college, and briefly thought about trying to go pro.

“I spent two months down in Florida playing as an amateur by myself,” Leopold said. “I don’t know. It wasn’t fun. Golf wasn’t fun anymore. You’re playing OK golf courses with people who basically want to beat each other’s brains out. If you don’t want to do that, then you fall.”

That short experience gave Leopold a glimpse of a life he wouldn’t like.

“I didn’t really fancy it,” Leopold said. “It could have been a long road.”

Leopold got married in 2009, when he said he was a first alternate to play in the U.S. Amateur but wasn’t selected.

“Which is probably a good thing, because it would have been conflicting with my wedding,” Leopold said.

He has a unique relationship with his caddie this week, Scott Cooke.

“He’s my boss, my caddie, my swing coach, my father-in-law,” Leopold said. “The list goes on.”

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Angela hits Sergio in stride on field at Superdome

By Grill Room TeamDecember 18, 2017, 3:22 pm

Sergio and Angela Garcia's super 2017 keeps getting more ... Super ... Dome. (+1 awful blog lede.)

The couple started the year with Sergio's win at the Masters, then embarked on a whirlwind green jacket media tour, then kicked off El Clasico, then attended Wimbledon, then got married, then announced they were expecting their first child ...

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Newsmaker of the Year: No. 1, Justin Thomas

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 18, 2017, 1:00 pm

He won a major, captured the FedExCup and was named the PGA Tour’s Player of the Year. It should come as no surprise that Justin Thomas holds the top spot on our Newsmakers list for 2017.

Thomas entered the year ranked outside the top 20, and few might have pegged him for a transcendent campaign. But he kicked off January with a win in Hawaii, added another before leaving the Aloha State and never looked back.

Thomas’ seminal moment came in August when he captured the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow for his breakthrough major title. One month after greeting Jordan Spieth behind the final green at Royal Birkdale, this time it was Thomas’ turn to have friends stick around to snap pictures with the trophy that signaled his arrival among golf’s upper echelon.

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In addition to racking up the hardware – five in total, including the inaugural CJ Cup at Nine Bridges in his first start of the new wraparound season – Thomas dazzled with style. His runaway win at the Sony Open included an opening-round 59, and his third-round 63 at Erin Hills marked the first time anyone had ever shot 9 under on a U.S. Open venue.

Thomas’ consistency was rewarded at East Lake, when a runner-up finish at the Tour Championship netted him the season-long title and $10 million prize. It was in the subsequent press conference where he shared the goals list he had written into his cell phone in February, having ticked off nearly every one. It showed a dedicated attention to detail as well the tactical approach with which Thomas had steered his rapid ascent.

Heading into a new year, he’s now very clearly entrenched as one of the world’s best. And as his career progresses, it’s likely we’ll look back at 2017 as the point where Thomas first transformed great potential into eye-popping results.

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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.