Four Share Lead at Club Pro Champ

By Associated PressJune 22, 2006, 4:00 pm
PGA of AmericaVERONA, N.Y. -- Steve Schneiter and Alan Schulte eagled their final hole to get to 5-under 67 and forge a four-way tie for the lead Thursday after the first round of the PGA Professional National Championship.
 
Rob Wilkin, of Lenexa, Kan., held a one-shot lead over the huge field before making his lone bogey of the round on his final hole and also was at 67 with Cameron Doan of Dallas.
 
Tim Thelon, of Richmond, Texas, who won this tournament in 2003 and 2000, was among a group of seven players at 4 under.
 
Defending champion Mike Small, golf coach at the University of Illinois, was tied with six others another shot back. Small is vying to become the first repeat winner of the event since Larry Gilbert in 1981-82.
 
The format for the 39th National Championship was changed this year. The PGA streamlined qualifying by eliminating the Regional Championship qualifier. That doubled the size of the field -- 312 club professionals are vying for the 2006 title at Turning Stone Casino.
 
The tournament is being staged at Turning Stone's Atunyote and Shenendoah courses. After each competitor plays one round on each course, the field will be cut to the best 70, and ties, for the final 36 holes, which will be contested at Atunyote.
 
The top 20 finishers after 72 holes earn a berth in the PGA Championship in August, and the winner captures the Walter Hagen Cup, a check for $75,000 out of the $550,000 purse, and receives six exemptions to PGA Tour events.
 
Of the top 18 scores, 12 were carded at Shenendoah, which at 7,069 yards played 228 yards shorter than Atunyote.
 
Schulte, of Fishers, Ind., who quit the game for three years in the mid-1990s, rolled in a 20-foot eagle putt that barely dropped in the hole at the par-5, 603-yard No. 18 to complete his best round in seven national championships.
 
'I hit it reasonably close and stayed out of trouble,' said the 43-year-old Schulte, who finished seventh two years ago to qualify for the PGA, where he missed the cut. 'I'd love another shot at it.'
 
Schneiter, who won this event in 1995, also zoomed to the top of the leaderboard at No. 18, hitting a 3-iron from 250 yards to 15 feet of the pin and sinking the eagle putt for a 32 on the back nine.
 
'The second shot was just a bullet, which never left my target, the scoring tent,' said the 42-year-old Schneiter, who has won nearly $125,000 in 10 previous appearances in the tournament. 'It was a consistent day, a good solid start. This is one round, and I've got three more to go. We'll see where they fall.'
 
Even though he lost sole possession of the lead, the 45-year-old Wilkin was ecstatic after his sixth round in the 60s in national championship competition.
 
'The finish was bad, but I'm really excited,' said Wilkin, who finished in the top 10 three times and made 11 cuts in his previous 15 appearances. 'I've finished in the top 10 a couple of times, and I felt like I should have won it a couple times. so maybe three more good rounds I'll have a chance.' ^Divots: Fifty-seven-year-old Mike Harrigan, the oldest player in the tournament, shot 75, carding four bogeys and one birdie. ... Louie Bartoletti, of Wellington, Fla., had the only hole-in-one. He hit a 6-iron at the par-3, 185-yard sixth hole at Atunyote but still finished at 75.
 
The Golf Channel will have second-round coverage Friday at 4:00 p.m. ET
 
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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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    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.