Flanagans 63 earns share of lead

By Associated PressJuly 18, 2008, 4:00 pm
US Bank Championship in MilwaukeeMILWAUKEE -- Richard S. Johnson was disappointed his score wasnt lower while Nick Flanagan was just happy to be playing well on the PGA TOUR.
 
First-round leader Johnson shot 3-under par 67 and Flanagan had a 7-under 63 Friday to share the second-round lead at 10-under at the U.S. Bank Championship over the 6,579-yard Brown Deer Park Golf Course.
 
Kent Jones and Gavin Coles were tied for third a shot back of the leaders. Jones shot 65 and Coles, of Australia, had the low round of the tournament at 62, one shy of the course record.
 
Another stroke back at 132 were Troy Matteson and Ken Duke, who both shot 65.
 
Despite retaining a share of the lead, Johnson was upset he had two major lipouts on his final two holes to deny him outright possession of first. The hardest to bear was a putt of just under 10 feet on the par-4 ninth hole.
 
It was a really nice putt, Johnson said. It would have been nice to get to 11.
 
Because Johnson missed the putt, Flanagan caught him with a 12-foot birdie putt on the ninth, which was also his final hole.
 
Flanagan was delighted to be tied for the lead after struggling in his rookie season. He was promoted to the PGA TOUR after winning three times last year on the Nationwide Tour.
 
Its really been a bit of a struggle, he said. I have not been intimidated out here. Its just learning the golf courses. And my swing just hasnt been cooperating with me.
 
In a group of seven players at 133 was defending champion Joe Ogilvie, who had a 67 to remain in contention to become the first player to win back-to-back titles.
 
Im not in it to lose it, Ogilvie said. I like breaking streaks, especially those type of streaks.
 
South African brothers Deane Pappas and Brenden Pappas, who trailed Johnson by a stroke after the first round, slipped down the leaderboard. Brenden shot even-par 70 for a 134 total while Deane had 72 for 136.
 
The cut was 2-under par 138 and 78 players made it.
 
Kenny Perry shot 68 for a 5-under total of 135 to easily make it to the weekend in a tournament he won in 2003. Perry, who captured last weeks John Deere Classic, has a chance to win for the fourth time this season.
 
Perry has been criticized for skipping the British Open also being held this week. He wants to make the Ryder Cup team because the event this September is being held in his native Kentucky. He felt he had a better chance to earn cup points here.
 
However, Perry was not worried that doing well in this tournament would validate his decision to other people.
 
I dont know. I mean, Im doing what Im going to do. Im not listening to nobody else. Period, he said.
 
It is always hard to follow up a low round like Johnsons opening 63 with another good one. But even though Johnson missed two key putts at the end, he managed to shoot 67 because of two long ones he made earlier'28 feet on the sixth hole and 34 feet on the 13th hole.
 
Flanagan matched Johnsons opening 63 despite a slow start. He began with five pars before he birdied seven of his remaining 13 holes.
 
I stayed patient and I really played well on the back nine, he said.
 
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  • 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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    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.

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    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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    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

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    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.