Furyk Funk Retain Overnight Lead

By Associated PressAugust 16, 2002, 4:00 pm
CHASKA, Minn. -- Retief Goosen, the 2001 U.S. Open champion, birdied the next-to-last hole of his weather-delayed opening round Friday morning to move within one shot of the leaders at the PGA Championship.
A three-hour lightning delay Thursday forced about a quarter of the 136-man field to finish their rounds Friday before beginning second-round play.
Goosen, who missed the cut at the U.S. Open but then tied for eighth at the British Open, shot a 3-under 69 that put him one behind co-leaders Jim Furyk and Fred Funk, neither of whom was a factor in the year's previous majors.

Goosen began play Thursday at No. 10 and was 3 under through 11 holes, then lost a stroke with a bogey at the 196-yard, par-3 4th hole. He got it back with his 7-foot birdie putt on the par-3 No. 8.
Joining Goosen a shot back were Peter Lonard, a former Australian club pro, and Justin Rose, who nearly won the British Open as a 17-year-old amateur in 1998. They finished their rounds Thursday.
Bernhard Langer, who at 44 is 19 years removed from the first of his two Masters victories, eagled the 542-yard, par-5 No. 7 to jump from even par to 2-under, along with Lee Janzen, Davis Love III, Jeff Sluman and Mark Calcavecchia. Langer hit a 5-wood to 20 feet with his second shot on 7, then holed the putt.
'That was nice, especially after missing a 6-footer for par'' on No. 5, Langer said.
Phil Mickelson, still searching for his first major after winning 21 PGA Tour events, struggled to a 76 that he finished Friday morning, putting him in danger of missing the cut.
Tiger Woods, trying for his ninth win in a major, was among a large group at 1-under 71 as second round play opened. Also in the group were 47-year-old Greg Norman, who hasn't won a U.S. tournament in five years.
Woods had trouble controlling his driver during his weather-interrupted round Thursday because of an unpredictable wind.

Unlike the British Open, though, the gusts at Hazeltine National didn't blow him out of contention as he tries to become the first to claim all three U.S. majors in the same year ' an American Slam.
At Muirfield last month, Woods' hopes of winning the Grand Slam ' all four majors in the same year ' ended with a weather-aided 81 during the third round.
'It's so tough to figure out,'' Woods said of a Minnesota prairie wind he admittedly never deciphered. 'It's changing its intensity, also its direction. So you're playing two holes going the same direction; one is playing into the wind and one is playing downwind.''
To try to get his driver straightened out, Woods spent more than an hour working on the practice range following his round.
While many of the 40,000-plus spectators were following the Woods-Ernie Els-David Toms threesome, Furyk and Funk, who live about a mile apart in Florida, eased their way onto the leaderboard virtually unnoticed. For good reason, too.
Furyk, preoccupied earlier this summer as his wife gave birth to their first child, missed the cut in all three majors. Funk didn't even qualify to play in them.
'It's been a good year and a frustrating year, all in one,'' Furyk said. 'So it's been a roller coaster ride.''
Rose, playing in his first U.S. major at age 22, felt much the same way, even though he is far less experienced than Furyk.
After his 1998 near-upset in the British Open that would have been among the most startling in sports history, Rose immediately turned pro, only to miss the cut in his first 21 tournaments.
Now, with his game steadily getting better, Rose is showing the same composure and steadiness he did while winning four tournaments this year.
'To be honest, I think all the bad experiences toughened me up, made me learn a lot about myself,'' Rose said. 'It made me realize I've got to give the game a lot of respect.''
Just as Woods, Furyk and a dozen others said, the field must respect the wind that once led pro Dave Hill, long before Hazeltine was a mature championship course, to label it as a corn field and a cow pasture.
'If it continues to blow this hard and stay this windy, then I think the scores are only going to keep going up and up and up,'' Furyk said.

One of those blown away by the wind was John Daly, the 1991 champion who was even though six holes, only to take an 11 on the 402-yard, par-4 16th after a wind gust blew a shot into the water.
If it weren't for the dreadful hole, he might be among the leaders; he was 2 under for the rest of his round of 77.

'Everything that could go wrong went wrong on that hole,'' Daly said.
Furyk, despite all that's gone wrong for him in majors this year, hopes to follow a trend that has seen 11 of the last 14 PGA champions win their first major.
'I'm comfortable with where I stand among that field,'' he said.
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Rose wins; Aphibarnrat earns Masters bid in Indonesia

By Will GrayDecember 17, 2017, 1:59 pm

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

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.