Kim Leads Ochoa by One in OTown

By Associated PressApril 28, 2006, 4:00 pm
2006 Ginn OpenREUNION, Fla. -- Lorena Ochoa made one poor decision Friday. It was the only thing that kept her from topping the leaderboard.
Rebounding from a triple bogey, Ochoa shot a 2-under 70 to finish a stroke behind Mi Hyun Kim (66) after the second round of the Ginn Clubs & Resorts Open.
'I was pretty much close all day, playing for birdie,' said Ochoa, the 24-year-old Mexican star who won her fourth LPGA Tour title two weeks ago in Las Vegas.
Dakoda Dowd was playing for something very different. The 13-year-old golf prodigy, who was invited to play the event to fulfill her cancer-stricken mother's dying wish to see her compete on the LPGA Tour, followed her opening 74 with an 82 to miss the cut.
Nonetheless, tournament officials gave her a replica of the winner's trophy on the 18th green.

Ochoa hopes to get the real one.
She was 7 under after 36 holes and -- once again -- ahead of most of the field. She has been the best golfer on tour this season, with four top-10 finishes in six starts.
She has been equally impressive at the only full-field event in Florida, aside from one tee shot Friday.
Ochoa had five birdies in her first 11 holes and took sole possession of the lead at 10 under. But then she pulled out her driver on the par-4 14th.
She pushed her tee shot way right, landed in a bush and had to take a penalty stroke after determining her ball was unplayable. Trying to get her third shot over some trees from a bed of straw, the ball hit some limbs and dropped straight down.
Her fourth shot from under the tress didn't get out of the rough, leaving her with a pitch shot for bogey. She hit to 6 feet, but missed the putt and finished with the worst score of the day on the 387-yard hole.
'We were excited and we were playing aggressive and decided to hit a driver,' she said. 'I just missed it a little to the right. ... Without that hole, I feel really good.'
Ochoa bounced back on the final four holes with four birdie opportunities, but couldn't get any of the putts to drop.
'I didn't get mad. We just kind of let it go and I finished strong,' Ochoa said. 'Even though I didn't make any birdies, I finished strong and I was really close to the hole.'

Ochoa and Kim will tee off in the final group Saturday with Ai Miyazato, 6 under after a 68 in the second round. Everyone else will be chasing them.
Seon Hwa Lee (67), Laura Diaz (72) and first-round leader Cristie Kerr (74) were 5 under. Karrie Webb (67) and Annika Sorenstam (70) were six shots behind the leader.
Kerr opened the second round with three bogeys and four in the first five holes. She settled down and stayed close despite strong afternoon winds that made the greens super fast.
Sorenstam also struggled in the breezy conditions. But at least the world's No. 1 player broke par, something she didn't do in the final round last weekend and in the opening round Thursday.
'Tough day,' Sorenstam said. 'I don't know. I tried hard. Couldn't get much going. It's difficult with the wind. The greens are really slick. ... It's almost like glass.'
Kim, one of the tour's shortest hitters, took advantage of the dry fairways and used the extra roll to keep up with the power players. She made six birdies on the back nine, the last of which put her alone atop the leaderboard.
Her tee shot on the par-4 No. 18 went right and landed in a bunker. But her 9-wood landed 6 feet from the pin, and she made the putt.
'When I start, I told my mom my swing is not working and my putting is uncomfortable, but it was working on the course,' Kim said. 'It was a surprise to me, my score.'
Related Links
  • Leaderboard - Ginn Clubs & Resorts Open
  • TGC Airtimes
  • Full Coverage - Ginn Clubs & Resorts Open
  • Getty Images

    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.

    Getty Images

    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.