Defending champ An Uihlein into US Amateur semifinals

By Associated PressAugust 28, 2010, 3:09 am

2010 U.S. AmateurUNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. – Peter Uihlein put his hands out with an almost apologetic look on his face after dropping a 5-foot putt to win his quarterfinal match at the U.S. Amateur on Friday.

Beating his college teammate, and one-time roommate, wasn’t very enjoyable for the top-ranked American amateur.

“It’s bittersweet. I just took out one of my best friends. It’s hard because seeing him after, he wasn’t happy,” Uihlein said of his 1-up win over Oklahoma State teammate Morgan Hoffmann. “It’s hard for me to be excited when I just played him.”

Uihlein’s victory over Hoffmann was one of four highly competitive matches in the quarterfinals of the 110th Amateur at Chambers Bay. A day after only a few of the 24 matches even reached the 17th or 18th holes, all the quarterfinals made it to at least No. 18, with Patrick Cantlay needing 20 holes to win his match.

Uihlein and Cantlay will meet in one semifinal on Saturday morning. The other will be a Cal-Stanford matchup, with defending champion Byeong-Hun An facing Stanford’s David Chung.

In another matchup of college teammates An beat Max Homa, 1 up, while Chung dropped an 8-foot putt on the 18th to take out reigning NCAA champ Scott Langley.

It’s a power trio with Uihlein, Chung and An, joined by a relative unknown in Cantlay, who finished tied for second during stroke play and has quietly advanced to the semifinals. Cantlay needed 20 holes in the quarters, taking advantage of Jed Dirksen’s three-putt on the 18th green when Dirksen held a 1-up lead.

An is the first defending champion to reach the semifinals since Tiger Woods in 1996. He’s also trying to become the first back-to-back champion since Woods won three straight titles between 1994 and 1996.

“I definitely passed my goal,” An said. “I’m really happy I’m here right now. I guess I’ll be more happy if I get to the finals and win.”

Uihlein and Hoffmann were the top two players on an Oklahoma State squad that lost in the NCAA team finals to Augusta State. They might be the top two players in the field, but fell into the same bracket after the first two days of stroke play.

Their match was as competitive as expected with neither holding more than a 1-up lead. Uihlein went in front for good with a birdie on the par-4 16th as a train roared by on the nearby tracks. They halved the final two holes, with Hoffmann missing his birdie attempt that could have sent the match to extra holes.

“I wasn’t as on as I have been. That’s the way it goes,” Hoffmann said. “We’re both Cowboys and hopefully he goes on and wins it for the team.”

After two days of routs in his first three matches, An was finally forced to see Nos. 17 and 18. He hadn’t played beyond No. 16 in reaching the quarterfinals, but was forced to the final two holes by Homa’s backside rally. Homa won the 17th to cut An’s lead to 1 up, but his third shot on the par-5 18th came up short and Homa wasn’t able to make the birdie that would have extended the match.

Cal coach Steve Desimone stood to the side of the 18th green, meeting both of his players as the match ended.

“We played great golf today,” An said. “That’s why I was very tired. We didn’t make that many mistakes.”

Chung might be the hottest amateur in the United States entering the Amateur having won the Western Amateur and Porter Cup leading up to the event. The Stanford junior finally pulled ahead of Langley with wins at the 14th and 15th holes, and had a chance to finish the match but missed his birdie attempt on 17. Langley forced one more hole by making a 25-foot birdie putt at No. 17 and reached the 18th in two, stinging a 3-wood from 260 yards to about 50 feet. Langley’s eagle putt raced past and Chung’s birdie ended Langley’s hopes.

“I think you can’t not think about the prize,” Chung said, noting that finalists receive an invitation to the Masters. “… But I think you have to stay grounded. It’s nice to think about how great Sunday could be if you get there, but just stay grounded and stay in the moment – try to at least.”

Dirksen was a favorite of many fans, going without a caddie and carrying his own bag during the tournament. He was 1 up headed to the 18th, but left his third shot at the bottom of a ridge and three-putted to give Cantlay another chance. They parred the first extra hole, before Cantlay won with a par at the second.

“There are a lot of things going through your head just standing there and waiting for whatever happens to happen,” Cantlay said.

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.

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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.