Kims Birdie Barrage Grabs Lead

By Associated PressMay 24, 2007, 4:00 pm
Crowne Plaza Invitational at ColonialFORT WORTH, Texas -- Whatever Anthony Kim said to himself made quite an impact.
 
After walking off the 12th green with a bogey, Kim birdied the last six holes -- the PGA Tour's longest birdie streak this season -- for a 7-under 63 and a one-stroke lead Thursday in the suspended first round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.
 
'I gave myself quite a talking to, probably stuff I shouldn't be saying,' said Kim, a 21-year-old tour rookie.
 
Kim was among 57 players -- exactly half of the 114-player field -- to finish play Thursday before an afternoon thunderstorm flooded the course. Play never resumed after the second weather delay of the day, and the round was suspended until Friday.
 
Ted Purdy, at 7 under before a bogey on his 16th hole, and Jeff Maggert completed rounds of 64. Nathan Green and Jeff Quinney were together in the first group and shot 65s, as did Peter Lonard.
 
Frank Lickliter was 5 under through eight holes -- with six birdies and a bogey -- when play was suspended the second time. Kevin Na, paired with Lickliter, was 4 under with five birdies and a bogey.
 
Jim Furyk, No. 3 in the world ranking and the only one of the top 12 at Colonial, was 1 under through five holes.
 
Kim was 1 under after his bogey at the 417-yard 12th hole. He missed the fairway with his drive, came up short of the green on his approach and pushed a 7-foot par putt past the hole.
 
After Kim finished talking to himself, he hit his tee shot at the 171-yard 13th hole inside 4 feet. His birdie putt at the 448-yard 14th hole was even shorter before the first suspension of play because of weather.
 
There was a delay of 1 hour, 22 minutes before Kim went out and finished his round with four more birdies -- all ranging from 9 to 17 feet -- then tried to explain the round-ending surge that gave him his lowest score since turning pro late last year.
 
'There really wasn't one thing. Usually when something turns around during a round you can tell. I don't know what it was,' he said. 'Maybe it was taking the head cover off finally and putting it, or opening my eyes. Something changed, and I don't really know what it was.'
 
Only Patrick Sheehan, who shot a 62 in 2005, has had a better opening round at Colonial.
 
Kim, who lives in Dallas, took off last week after his miserable performance at The Players Championship, where he had rounds of 78 and 83. That followed a three-week stretch in which he tied for third at New Orleans and fifth at Wachovia.
 
'I forgot about that Players Championship round until you told me about it,' Kim quipped when asked if Thursday was a revenge round. 'This is obviously my rookie season.'
 
Defending champion Tim Herron, who before a two-hole playoff victory last year hadn't won since 1999, shot a 67 -- his best opening round in his 14 tournaments this season. He hasn't had a top-10 finish since winning at Colonial, where he had a first-round 67 last year.
 
Herron was among 30 players who completed rounds under par. Others included Fort Worth resident Mark Brooks (67), Trevor Immelman (69) and Davis Love III (69).
 
Purdy began his round with a three-putt bogey at the 407-yard 10th hole, then had five birdies in a seven-hole stretch. He was 7 under after his 10-foot birdie putt at No. 6, but missed the fairway and the green at No. 7 -- a straight 432-yard hole.
 
Two nights before the Colonial, Purdy cast about 100 votes for 'American Idol' champion Jordin Sparks, the 17-year-old daughter of retired NFL player Phillippi Sparks, one of his golfing buddies and a fellow board member at the Phoenix country club where they are both members.
 
'Her family is just a real positive family. I'm trying to bring that to my golf game,' Purdy said. 'She inspired me today.'
 
Green and Quinney were on the 17th green when play was stopped for the first time. They had traded the lead a hole earlier, when Quinney made a birdie to go to 5 under, a stroke better than Green after his tee shot at the par 3 plugged into the sand and he made a double bogey.
 
During the delay, Green pondered the 10-foot birdie putt he would make on his first shot after play resumed. That got him back even with Quinney, who it 17 of 18 greens.
 
DIVOTS
There have been 13 players this season who had five straight birdies. ... When play ended Thursday, the group of Keith Clearwater, Andrew Buckle and amateur Richie Ramsay had completed only one hole. ... Maggert's 64 was his best score in 43 rounds at Colonial.
 
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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 GolfChannel.com 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.