Fred Funk and Tom Watson set for another major

By Associated PressAugust 19, 2009, 4:00 pm
Champions TourSUNRIVER, Ore. ' Theres no comfort for Fred Funk as the defending champion at the Jeld-Wen Tradition.
 
Lurking in the field is Tom Watson, who came oh-so-close to winning the British Open earlier this summer, and perennial fan favorite Greg Norman, who is making his first appearance in the event.
 
And then theres money leader Bernhard Langer of Germany, who has won four events this season on the Champions Tour.
 
The Tradition, the fourth of five majors on the tour for senior players, gets under way Thursday at Crosswater Golf Club on the high desert in central Oregon.
 
Funk, 53, is coming off a victory at the U.S. Senior Open, where he became the first player in a USGA championship to finish at 20-under par. A week earlier, he lost in a three-way playoff at the Senior British Open.
 
He has finished in the top 10 in the previous three Champions Tour majors this season.
 
Leading the Charles Schwab Cup points standings, Funk would have a nice cushion should he defend at Crosswater.
 
I am really looking forward to coming out and hopefully, I can defend it the proper way and win it again. I really have some high goals and these majors are very important in our points race, he said.
 
Funk shot a final-round 3-under 69 in the Tradition last year for a three-shot victory over Mike Goodes and his first win in a major on the tour.
 
This year theres more attention on the tournament, thanks to appearances by Watson and Norman.
 
Watson, who won the Tradition in 2003, fell to Stewart Cink in a playoff at Turnberry a month ago. Although he had hoped for the fairy tale ending of becoming the oldest player to win a major on the PGA Tour, Watson has found that being one of the most memorable runners-up in the games history has an upside, too.
 
I have been overwhelmed, to a degree, but very humbled by the reaction of people to it, he said. I really have. Its been a very special time for me.
 
Norman, 54, plays a very limited schedule, devoting most of his time to his businesses. He is making just his ninth appearance on the tour this season.
 
But the Australian Hall of Famer admitted Wednesday that hes got that competitive itch.
 
I havent won yet (this season) and Id really like to chalk one up on the board again, he said.
 
Norman, Tom Lehman, Bob Tway, Larry Mize and Hal Sutton are making their first appearances in the event.
 
The Tradition started at Desert Mountain in Scottsdale, Ariz., in 1989 before it moved to Superstition Mountain for a year in 2002.
 
With the help of Oregon native Peter Jacobsen, the event moved again in 2003 to the Reserve Vineyards and Golf Club west of Portland. In 2007, it came to Crosswater. Last year steamy temperatures gave way to a delay because of lightning during the final round.
 
The Tradition is sponsored by Jeld-Wen, an Oregon-based window and door manufacturer.
 
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    Angela hits Sergio in stride on field at Superdome

    By Grill Room TeamDecember 18, 2017, 3:22 pm

    Sergio and Angela Garcia's super 2017 keeps getting more ... Super ... Dome. (+1 awful blog lede.)

    The couple started the year with Sergio's win at the Masters, then embarked on a whirlwind green jacket media tour, then kicked off El Clasico, then attended Wimbledon, then got married, then announced they were expecting their first child ...


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    And now, they're throwing each other passes on the New Orleans Saints' home turf at the Superdome.

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    Newsmaker of the Year: No. 1, Justin Thomas

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 18, 2017, 1:00 pm

    He won a major, captured the FedExCup and was named the PGA Tour’s Player of the Year. It should come as no surprise that Justin Thomas holds the top spot on our Newsmakers list for 2017.

    Thomas entered the year ranked outside the top 20, and few might have pegged him for a transcendent campaign. But he kicked off January with a win in Hawaii, added another before leaving the Aloha State and never looked back.

    Thomas’ seminal moment came in August when he captured the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow for his breakthrough major title. One month after greeting Jordan Spieth behind the final green at Royal Birkdale, this time it was Thomas’ turn to have friends stick around to snap pictures with the trophy that signaled his arrival among golf’s upper echelon.


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    In addition to racking up the hardware – five in total, including the inaugural CJ Cup at Nine Bridges in his first start of the new wraparound season – Thomas dazzled with style. His runaway win at the Sony Open included an opening-round 59, and his third-round 63 at Erin Hills marked the first time anyone had ever shot 9 under on a U.S. Open venue.

    Thomas’ consistency was rewarded at East Lake, when a runner-up finish at the Tour Championship netted him the season-long title and $10 million prize. It was in the subsequent press conference where he shared the goals list he had written into his cell phone in February, having ticked off nearly every one. It showed a dedicated attention to detail as well the tactical approach with which Thomas had steered his rapid ascent.

    Heading into a new year, he’s now very clearly entrenched as one of the world’s best. And as his career progresses, it’s likely we’ll look back at 2017 as the point where Thomas first transformed great potential into eye-popping results.

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    Cabreras win PNC Father/Son Challenge

    By Associated PressDecember 17, 2017, 11:36 pm

    ORLANDO, Fla. - Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. closed with a 12-under 60 for a three-shot victory in their debut at the PNC Father/Son Challenge.

    The Cabreras opened with a 59 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club and were challenged briefly by the defending champions, David Duval and Nick Karavites, in the scramble format Sunday. The Argentines went out in 30, and they had a two-shot lead with Cabrera's son came within an inch of chipping in for eagle on the final hole.

    They finished at 25-under 199 for a three-shot victory over Duval and Karavites, and Bernhard Langer and Jason Langer. The Langer team won in 2014.

    Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara tied for fourth at 21 under with Jerry Pate and Wesley Pate.

    Cabrera wasn't even in the field until two-time U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange and his son, Tom Strange, had to withdraw.

    Duval and his stepson went out in 28, but the Cabreras regained control by starting the back nine with back-to-back birdies, and then making birdies on the 13th, 14th and 16th. The final birdie allowed them to tie the tournament scoring record.

    ''This is certain my best week of the year,'' said Cabrera, the 2009 Masters champion and 2007 U.S. Open champion at Oakmont. ''To play alongside all the legends ... as well as playing alongside my son, has been the greatest week of the year.''

    The popular event is for players who have won a major championship or The Players Championship. It is a scramble format both days.

    In some cases, the major champions lean on the power of their sons for the distance. O'Meara said Saturday that his ''little man'' hit it 58 yards by him on the 18th. And on Sunday, Stewart Cink said son Reagan told him after outdriving him on the opening four holes, ''In this tournament I may be your son, but right now I'm your Daddy!''

    Jack Nicklaus played with his grandson, G.T. They closed with a 64 and tied for 15th in the field of 20 teams.