Duke Wins Womens NCAA Championship
The Blue Devils won their second consecutive team title on Friday at the NCAA women's golf championships, and Southern California's Dewi-Claire Schreefel had two late birdies in a 3-under-par 69 to capture medalist honors.
With a 10-stroke margin, Duke claimed its fourth title -- second only to Arizona State's six. The Blue Devils are the first repeat champs since the Sun Devils won in 1997 and 1998.
The victory also helped put Duke in a positive light for a change. The players said the campus has been besieged by reporters and demonstrators since three members of the men's lacrosse team were accused -- and eventually charged -- with raping a stripper hired to perform at a team party.
'It's important that we kind of get our name back,' junior Anna Grzebien said. 'They haven't been proven guilty, (and) to put that label on Duke and college athletics isn't fair.'
Freshman Amanda Blumenherst said the victory was for all of the Blue Devils sports teams.
'All the athletes at Duke all kind of stick together,' she said. 'To go out and play well kind of helps the whole university and the athletic programs, too.'
But coach Dan Brooks said the lacrosse controversy had little or no impact on his propelling his team to the title.
'That was not even in our minds. The lacrosse thing didn't even come up,' Brooks said.
He conceded that the championship might help restore some luster to the university in some people's minds.
'Those of us who have been at Duke for a long, long time know what Duke is and what it stands for,' said Brooks, Duke's coach for the past 22 seasons. 'If some positive press about Duke reminds people of who we are, then that's a good thing. I like to think that what Duke is and what Duke stands for ... hasn't changed.'
The Blue Devils overpowered the 24-team field in the third round -- going 13 strokes lower than any other team -- to carry a 13-shot lead into the final round. They needed 291 strokes on Friday for a 72-hole total of 1,167.
Freshman Jennie Lee led the way with a 71, and finished second in the individual race at even-par 288. She was followed by defending medalist Grzebien and Jennifer Pandolfi (each with a 73) and Blumenherst with a 74. Liz Janangelo shot a 76.
Pepperdine finished third with 1,187 strokes, followed by Arizona State (1,195) and California (1,200).
Southern California's Dewi Schreefel watches her tee shot on the par-3 17th hole during the final round of the NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championship Friday, May 26, 2006, in Upper Arlington, Ohio. Schreefel birdied the hole and finished the tournament as the individual winner.
'Duke is raising everybody up to their level,' Arizona State coach Melissa Luellen said. 'That's what our goal is, to get to their level.'
The round was suspended 56 minutes early in the afternoon because of lightning and heavy rain. The players continued through several brief showers and swirling wind late in the day.
'We were just really solid,' Brooks said. 'That's as textbook of a tournament as you could hope for.'
Schreefel, a sophomore from The Netherlands, started the day three shots back of Pepperdine's Eileen Vargas, who had led after each of the first three rounds.
Vargas' hopes faded as she bogeyed four holes in a row to close out the front nine, with Schreefel taking command by making a 20-foot birdie putt at the 14th and then hitting a wedge to 6 feet for another birdie at the 15th.
'Playing with Eileen, I knew what she was doing,' Schreefel said. 'I knew when I was even or 1-under that I was doing well, although I didn't know about anyone else. When I made the birdies at 14 and 15, I thought, 'Let's go. Maybe I've got it.''
Her 69 followed rounds of 73, 74 and 70 for a total of 2-under 286. She was the only player in the field to break par.
UNLV's Da Sol Chung (72) was four shots behind Schreefel, while Vargas closed with a 77 to tie for fourth with Florida's Sandra Gal (74) at 291.
'I didn't hit my driver well,' Vargas said. 'The difference was my putter. I didn't make putts like I did the last three days.'
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Rose wins; Aphibarnrat earns Masters bid in Indonesia
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
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.
Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?
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
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.