Glover 36 Hole Leader at Verizon Heritage

By Associated PressApril 18, 2008, 4:00 pm
2007 Verizon HeritageHILTON HEAD, S.C. -- Lucas Glovers tired of keeping his frustrations to himself. Two more rounds like this at the Verizon Heritage and he wont have to.
Glover shot his second straight 66 to move to 10-under and take a one-stroke lead over defending champion Boo Weekley (64) at Harbour Town Golf Links.
Anthony Kim (67) was alone in third at 8 under, with two-time Verizon Heritage winner Stewart Cink (68), Cliff Kresge (66), and Stephen Ames (64) another shot behind.
Jim Furyk, ranked ninth in the world, had his second 68 to head a large group four shots back at 6 under.
When Glovers game is faltering'as it has much of this year'the 28-year-old pro withdraws into his psyche as he tries to find a solution.
Ive been a pain at home, (that) would be fair, Glover said. But I take it out on myself and kind of clam up in my own little shell.
Glover and his game have opened up the first two days. He weaseled his way into the lead Thursday with two late birdies, then used four birdies on his back nine to push past Weekley into first.
Its been a rough season for Glover, who has surpassed $2 million in earnings in 2005 and 2006, and played for the U.S. team in last years Presidents Cup.
He hadnt finished better than 22nd his first eight events. Glover felt hed uncovered a problem with his ball positioning and posture at the Shell Houston Open, where he posted his first top-15 placing.
Glover missed the Masters for the first time in three years, further fueling his motivation to improve for Harbour Town.
I told myself I had to go to work and its not going to come easy, Glover said. I was able to do it the last couple of days.
Hell have to hold off a horde of just-as-eager challengers on the weekend, most notably Weekley.
Weekley had three birdies, all on putts of 10 feet or more, over a stretch of four holes on his back nine to move up the leaderboard. Perhaps no ones enjoyed his champions year as much as Weekley'he laughed about marching around the lagoon in his plaid champions jacket during this weeks opening ceremonies'and wasnt ready to hand over the tartan coat yet.
Weekley felt he could win again on the first hole on the first day. All I had do was just stay focused and hitting my points and my shots, he said.
He might be right. In just his second appearance here, Weekleys shown a touch usually only gained through experience. All six career rounds at Harbour Town have been in the 60s.
Its always fun to be able to look out on the crowd and see all the people pulling for you and chanting your name, Weekley said. I always have a place in my heart for Harbour Town.
Weekleys crowd may get a run from Glovers gallery. Glover is a South Carolina native who played his college golf at Clemson and says his plays been lifted by the large group of family and friends, including his parents, several cousins, his inlaws and his grandfather. Sorry if he ran over anybodys foot, Glover joked.
Still, Glover wont allow himself to jump ahead to late Sunday and a possible victory. I dont think Ive ever been in this position, he said. So Ill figure it out tonight.
Five-time champion Davis Love III, who was tied with Glover and Justin Leonard after the first round, shot a 71 and was five shots back.
Ernie Els figured to have as good a chance to win as anyone, ranked third in the world and finishing second and finishing second, seventh and third his past three times here.
But Els was out of sorts for the second straight round, shooting a 76 to miss the cut.
Justin Rose, ranked seventh in the world, withdrew from the tournament prior to the start of the second round with a bad back. Mark Calcavecchia also pulled out mid-round because of illness. Robert Allenby and Ben Curtis aced the par-3 fourth hole. Tommy Two Gloves Gainey, a South Carolina golfer who won the Golf Channels Big Break VII, hit three balls into the water on the par-4 10th hole to finish with a 10. There were 75 golfers who made the 1-over par cut. Those joining Els outside the ropes this weekend were 2007 Masters champ Zach Johnson, J.B. Holmes and Sean OHair.
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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.