Langer set for Senior British Open title defense

By Associated PressJuly 20, 2011, 3:42 pm

WALTON ON THE HILL, England – After struggling in the rainswept British Open, Bernhard Langer hopes he’s back in his element in the senior version on a course that holds fond memories.

Trying to regain his form following thumb surgery, Langer missed the cut last week at wet and windy Royal St. George’s, shooting 75-73. Conditions should be more benign this week when he tries to defend his Senior British Open title on the tree-lined Walton Heath course, just south of London.

Langer made his Ryder Cup debut at the course in 1981.

“I was fortunate enough to play in a couple of European Opens at Walton Heath before making my first Ryder Cup appearance there in 1981, and I loved it straightaway,” Langer said. “It’s parkland, but with a links look and feel to it. I enjoy the heathland, the trees and the bunkering. All in all, it’s a great inland course.

“I haven’t been back for quite a number of years, so I’m very excited to defend my Senior Open title there. My Ryder Cup debut was obviously a memorable part of my life … It was the start of my love affair with the Ryder Cup.”

The 53-year-old Langer beat American Corey Pavin by a shot to win at Carnoustie last year and won the U.S. Senior Open the following week in the state of Washington.

“To fly straight to the west coast of America for the U.S. Senior Open, with an eight-hour time change, and manage to win was quite a ride,” Langer said. “It was a special two weeks in my career. Majors were elusive on the regular tour, so to win two senior majors in a row was a great feeling.”

Tom Watson is bidding for a record fourth Senior British Open title, after wins in 2003, ’05 and ’07. He won the Senior PGA Championship in May and tied for 22nd last week in the British Open. The 62-year-old Watson had a hole-in-one at Royal St. George’s.

“I didn’t make a double bogey the entire week, and I had a hole-in-one. I’ll remember that for a long time,” Watson said.

Nick Price is making his first appearance in the event.

“It’s the one senior major you really want to win,” Price said. “It’s not the Open Championship, but it is the next best thing for us guys.”

Langer will play alongside American John Cook, tied with Tom Lehman for the Champions Tour victory lead with three, and Scotland’s Gordon Brand Jr.

Watson will play his first two rounds with England’s Barry Lane and Zimbabwe’s Price. An eight-time major winner, Watson said avoiding the thick rough off the tee will be key.

“You have to drive the ball straight to win here, you have to keep it out of the heather and out of the bunkers,” Watson said. “The putter is working well, I was making putts last week that I haven’t been able to do for a long time. I hope it’s not a blip on the radar.”

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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.