Illinois Scott Langley wins NCAA individual title

By Associated PressJune 4, 2010, 5:42 am

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Scott Langley and his Illinois teammates barely qualified for the NCAA golf tournament. He took that as an excuse to relax about their chances of winning a title.

With the pressure off, Langley won the individual title Thursday in the NCAA Division I championship, making four birdies and an eagle for his second straight 4-under 68 and a two-stroke victory on The Honors Course.

“I just came in trying to have fun and enjoy it the most that I could,” Langley said. “We barely snuck in at regionals, so I was just happy to be here. You get a little momentum on this course and a lot of good things can happen, especially as well as I hit it at stretches throughout the week.”

Oklahoma State wrapped up the day as the top team advancing to quarterfinals match play, finishing at 14-under 850 after shooting 5 under Thursday.

The Cowboys were the top-seeded team coming out of stroke play in the 2009 NCAA tournament too, but were upset in the quarterfinals by eighth-seeded Georgia, which had finished 30 shots behind them during the 54 holes of stroke play.

“I think they know what’s ahead of them. I think they know what they need to do. Three of these kids that are on this team were in that locker room at Inverness last year,” Oklahoma State coach Mike McGraw said. “Hopefully our guys learned something from that experience last year that can help propel them to better golf this year.”

Langley and his Fighting Illini teammates were the bottom team from the West Regional to qualify for the tournament, earning the 27th seed out of 30. Combined with his first-round 2-under 70, the junior from Manchester, Mo., finished at 10-under 206 early in the afternoon with the rest of the lower-seeded teams.

San Diego’s Alex Ching, who led by two strokes after 36 holes, still had a chance to catch him late in the day on the 18th hole after making a birdie on 17. His drive hit the rough to the right of the fairway and his subsequent shot landed in a dip in the rough on the left side of the green, making a chip in nearly impossible.

Oklahoma State’s Peter Uihlein (71) made par on his last seven holes to tie Ching for second place.

“That’s golf,” said Ching, who closed with a 73. “I tried to relax, but I knew someone was going to take it a little lower. I just tried to go out and play the same aggressive golf as I had been doing.”

As the last Torero to complete the course, Ching also carried his team’s hope of advancing on his back. With his bogey on 18, San Diego landed in a Friday sudden-death playoff with Arizona State and Stanford to determine the eighth team that will participate in three rounds of match play.

Also qualifying for match play were Florida State (854), Georgia Tech (858), Washington (860), Oregon (861), Augusta State (863) and Texas Tech (867), which shot an 8-under 280 on Thursday to fight back into contention after a 14-over-par performance in the first round.

“We played so bad in the first round that we were due for something. It just all came together today,” Texas Tech coach Greg Sands said. “I am proud of the guys fighting until the end. It looks like we will need every shot that we can get.”

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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.

Man, it must be so cool do that at the Silverdome. ... ... ... I'm sorry, it is the Superdome, brothers.

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.