Kite Ties Tourney Record in Champions Event

By Associated PressJune 20, 2008, 4:00 pm
2005 Bank of America ChampionshipCONCORD, Mass. -- Tom Kite matched the course record with a 9-under 63 on Friday to take the first-round lead in the Bank of America Championship.
 
Kite birdied the first three holes at Nashawtuc Country Club and played the front nine in 6-under 30 in the Champions Tour event. Two strokes ahead of Mark McNulty and David Eger, Kite matched Allen Doyles tournament record set in 2003.
 
Its nice to have something to get excited about, said Kite, winless since 2006.
 
This year, the 57-year-old Kite has one second-place finish, but hasnt placed in the top 10 since mid-February.
 
Ive had some good moments, but its been a little bit of a struggle, said Kite, whose previous best score this year was 65. Ive putted beautifully, but I havent struck the ball well. Ive been working on it, making some swing adjustments.
 
Kite hit and putted well Friday with birdie putts of 4, 18 and 18 feet to open his round. Then he made a 30-footer for a birdie on the sixth hole.
 
His back-nine highlights included a chip-in from the left rough for birdie on the par-4 16th. Kite hit what he thought was a nice drive on the par-5 18th, but his ball landed about a foot into the high rough and he had to lay up. He still had a chance for a birdie'and a tournament record'but missed a 15-footer.
 
In the last 26 years, eight first-round leaders have gone on to win the event. Bob Gilder was the last in 2002.
 
Kite, McNulty and defending champion Jay Haas played in the same threesome and had a cumulative score of 20 under. Haas, seeking his third straight Champions Tour victory, made the groups only bogey, on the par-4 12th en route to a 68.
 
McNulty, the winner in 2005, got his round going with a 40-foot putt for birdie on the par-5 fifth hole.
 
There were a lot of birdies out there, he said. When everyone plays well, you feed off one another.
 
John Morse was four shots off the lead, and Jeff Sluman, Loren Roberts, Hale Irwin were in a large group with Haas at 4 under.
 
Irwin won at Nashawtuc in 1997 and 1998 and has won more money at this event than any other competitor. He played Friday with Scott Simpson and Curtis Strange, a group of three former U.S. Open winners.
 
Kites best finish at the Bank of America Championship is a tie for second in 2004. He finished third during a memorable 2001 tournament when his tee shot on the par-3 17th struck and killed a bird.
 
Kite went to that hole one shot behind eventual winner Larry Nelson. Kites 7-iron tee shot hit a purple martin while it was flying. Both the bird and Kites ball landed in a pond. Kite went on to a double bogey.
 
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    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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    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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    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!''

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