GBI builds lead on Continental Europe

By Associated PressSeptember 25, 2009, 9:28 pm

European TourSAINT-NOM-LA-BRETECHE – Great Britain and Ireland increased its lead over Continental Europe to 6-4 on Friday after the second round of fourball matches at the Vivendi Trophy, a match play event on the European Tour.

Britain and Ireland had a 3-2 lead overnight and kept up the pressure under clear skies at the Saint-Nom-la-Breteche Golf Club on the outskirts of Paris.

“We are underdogs and we know that we have to play incredibly well to win the trophy,” Britain and Ireland captain Paul McGinley said. “Today we knew that we had to play the same quality of golf that we did the first day and fortunately that’s what we did.”

Britain and Europe had a three-point lead before the last match, but a 1-up victory by Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano and Robert Karlsson kept Continental Europe in the tournament. The pair wasted a two-shot lead against Robert Rock and Steve Webster on the back nine, but won when Rock bogeyed the last hole.

“It was a bit like yesterday, the match that we needed came through in the end,” Continental Europe captain Thomas Bjorn said. “But unlike yesterday, I feel encouraged by the signs I saw out there today. We obviously are not happy by trailing, but we don’t feel like we are out of it, that’s for sure.”

Simon Dyson and Oliver Wilson gave Britain and Ireland its first point of the day by securing their second win in the tournament, beating Alvaro Quiros and Henrik Stenson 2 and 1.

“We played great today, we knew it was going to be a tough match,” Wilson said. “Dys got off to a great start and managed to keep the momentum and keep on top.”

Having recovered from food poisoning, Dyson opened with a birdie on the first hole. The pair went 2-up when Dyson birdied again on the fourth, but Quiros had an eagle on the sixth and a birdie on the ninth.

The English pair prevailed over the last nine holes with Wilson making a birdie on the 11th before Dyson had a birdie on the 15th.

Britain and Ireland then went up 5-2 after Nick Dougherty and Ross Fisher downed Peter Hanson and Soren Hansen 3 and 2. The duo was handed its second consecutive loss, while Fisher – whose eagle on the 16th closed out the match – and Dougherty bounced back following their opening-day defeat.

Continental Europe narrowed the gap when Italian Francesco Molinari and Dane Anders Hansen defeated Northern Ireland pair Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy 3 and 1. Impressive against Soren Kjeldsen and Quiros on the opening day, the Irishmen trailed by two shots after seven holes.

Anthony Wall and Chris Wood stayed one shot up against Miguel Angel Jimenez and Soren Kjeldsen until the 13th, but Wall then had two birdies for a 3-and-2 victory and a three-point lead going into the last match.

The Vivendi Trophy was created in 2000 and was formerly known as the Seve Trophy after Seve Ballesteros. Continental Europe won the inaugural event before Britain and Ireland won it four consecutive times.

Four greensomes, in which both players drive and hit alternate shots with the preferred tee shot, are set for Saturday morning. Then there are four foursomes on Saturday afternoon and 10 singles matches on Sunday.

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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.

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 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.