Forsman pulls away for Champions victory

By Associated PressMay 17, 2010, 12:47 am

Champions TourHOOVER, Ala. – Dan Forsman made an eagle and four consecutive birdies on the front nine Sunday on his way to a three-stroke victory in the Regions Charity Classic on Sunday.

Forsman, who shot a tournament-record 62 in the second round at Ross Bridge, won for the second time on the Champions Tour.

He made a couple of late bogeys to finish at 66 for the third round and minus-20 196 for the tournament, easily beating Joe Ozaki (66) and Peter Senior (68) at 17-under 199.

Second-round leader Bobby Clampett shot a 73 to fall to fifth.

David Peoples (68) came in fourth at 15-under, while Jeff Sluman (68) tied with Clampett another stroke back.

Dan Forsman swings clubClampett birdied three of the first six holes, but made a double-bogey on No. 7 and then bogeyed both 10 and 11 to fall eight shots behind Forsman.

Forsman built a five-shot lead after making a 50-foot birdie putt on No. 11.

“I caught fire down the front nine,” said Forsman, who earned $255,000. “When I made that birdie on 11, even I had to step back and go, ‘Wow, maybe I could shoot 60.’

“At that point, the only thing that could cool me down out there was Mother Nature.”

A rain shower briefly soaked the course while Forsman was playing No. 12, and he said he allowed that to rattle him into making bogeys on both 13 and 14.

“The weather came, and that changed a lot of things,” Forsman said. “My momentum had been cooled off big time. There was a little more stress and strain with each shot.”

But the rest of the field was unable to put any serious pressure on Forsman.

“The (double-bogey) at 7 really shocked me,” Clampett said. “Then Dan starts making birdies, and he’s just off and running. I probably lost my patience a little bit after that.”

Senior, the other player in the final group, birdied four of the first six holes but finished with 12 consecutive pars.

“I got off to a good start, and then I went to sleep,” said Senior, who did not have a bogey in the tournament. “I missed a short birdie putt on No. 7 and I never got going after that. Then Dan just blew the competition away and coasted home.

“It’s amazing what pressure can do, and I just didn’t exert any whatsoever. I thought I had a chance, but I just couldn’t get it going.”

Forsman’s final obstacle came at No. 17, where he hit his tee shot into a fairway bunker 83 yards from the hole. But he found the green with his second shot and salvaged par.

“The shot out of the bunker on 17 was the most important shot of the day,” Forsman said. “I’m more proud of that shot than any other I hit this week.”

With the victory, Forsman earned 255 points in the season-long Charles Schwab Cup race and moved into third place in the standings.

Fred Couples, who did not compete in this tournament because of a back injury, still leads the point standings. Bernard Langer is in second place in the standings following a 16th-place finish in the Regions Classic.

Ken Green, who was playing in his first stroke-play event since having the lower part of his right leg amputated following a car accident last June, shot a final-round 75 to finish at 9-over 73, tied for 73rd in the 77-player field.

“I’m pretty happy with the week,” Green said. “It’s definitely a home run for me. I hit a lot of good shots and some bad ones. It’s encouraging that there is some hope that I can go out there and play some good golf.”

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.

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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.