Jimenez using own money to keep Spanish event alive

By Associated PressMarch 14, 2012, 4:13 pm

PUERTO BANUS, Spain – Miguel Angel Jimenez plans to keep contributing money from his own pocket to ensure the survival of the Andalucian Open.

Jimenez, who is based in Malaga and is the tournament’s promoter, has won 18 times on the European Tour, including four in the Andalucian region. And he has reportedly given $560,000 over the past three years to keep the Andalucian Open going.

“It is very important for me that this tournament goes forward and all I am trying to do is do my best,” Jimenez said. “With the way the economy is at present it is difficult to stage any big sporting event because it is not easy to find sponsorship money.

“So, while it would be very easy for me to give up I don’t want to give up and want there to be a tournament in this region of Spain.”

This year’s tournament will be played at the Aloha course near Marbella on the Costa del Sol. The $1.3 million purse is one of the smallest on the 2012 Race to Dubai schedule, but Jimenez has managed to attract former major winners Rich Beem (2002 PGA Championship), Mike Weir (2003 Masters) and Michael Campbell (2005 U.S. Open).

Paul Lawrie, the defending champion and 1999 British Open winner, and two-time Masters champion Jose Maria Olazabal have been forced out of the event through illness and injury.

Lawrie is struggling with a chest infection and faces a three-week wait to be assured of competing in the Masters for the first time since 2004. The 43-year-old Scot is ranked 45th in the world and needs to remain inside the top 50 to be certain of playing in the season’s first major.

Lawrie would have been the highest ranked player competing in Spain this week but his withdrawal leaves the 51st-ranked Jimenez with that honor.

“I sent Miguel Angel Jimenez a text to say sorry but I’m not well enough to play, I hope he understands,” Lawrie said. “I have spent all day on the couch, one minute sweating and the next minute freezing.”

Weir knows Lawrie’s pain. Since tearing a ligament in his right elbow and undergoing an operation early in 2010, Weir has struggled to remain injury-free and regain his old touch.

He made the cut just twice in 15 PGA Tour events last year, and has missed the cut in all three of his tour events this year. His last top-10 was at the 2010 Bob Hope Classic.

He’s in Spain for the first time since he won the 2000 American Express Championship at Valderrama, and admits he’s hoping to use invites on the European Tour to return to the PGA Tour full-time.

“My two girls are now 14 and 11 years old so while I wanted to be close to home when they were younger, they’re now saying to me, ‘Dad, just go and play as you’re driving us crazy,”’ said the 41-year-old Canadian.

“But as much as I am delighted to be here back in Spain, my goal is still to get back full-time on the PGA Tour.”

Weir said his elbow was fully healed but he’s had to reduce practice.

“I used to maybe hit a couple of hundred balls on the range, and I’m now down to about 50 to 70 balls,” he said. “It’s going to be another year yet before the tendon lengthens out and it’s fully healed but in comparison to last year it’s 100 percent better.

“But I’ve accepted my plight and if I have to ask for an invitation to compete then I don’t mind. That’s golf I guess. When I look back it took me six years playing mini tours, the Canadian Tour and in places like Australia to get where I was at on the PGA Tour.

“I started as a pro in ’92 and first played on the PGA Tour in ’98 so I am used to having to dig my way out of things. But there’s at least one event in a few weeks that I know I am playing and that’s nice to circle on the calendar every year.”

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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.