Lehman Langer share lead at Liberty Legends

By Associated PressApril 24, 2009, 4:00 pm
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2007 Liberty Mutual Legends of GolfSAVANNAH, Ga. ' Tom Lehmans debut on the Champions Tour got off to a promising start, with some help from teammate Bernhard Langer.
 
They were tied for the lead at 11 under with Fuzzy Zoeller and John Jacobs after Fridays first round of the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf.
 
Both teams shot a combined 61 in the better-ball event and led by a stroke at The Club at Savannah Harbor, an island course in the middle of the Savannah River.
 
Sandy Lyle and Ian Woosnam were at 10-under 62.
 
Mark OMeara and Nick Price (63) were tied with John Cook-Joey Sindelar and Jeff Sluman-Craig Stadler under near perfect conditions.
 
Its a great event to kind of break into the tour with, said Lehman, who became eligible for the senior circuit when he turned 50 in March.
 
Langer, the Champions Tour money leader with six top-10 finishes in seven events, holed his approach for an eagle at the par-4 ninth as he and Lehman made the turn at 7-under 29.
 
I thought, If I catch it solid, it shouldnt be too far away (from the pin). From the reaction of the crowd, I thought it might have lipped out, Langer said. But, when we got there, it was in the cup.
 
Lehman hit a 4-iron to within 3 feet at the par-3 17th for the teams final birdie.
 
It was a pretty stress-free round, Lehman said.
 
The second round promised to be more of the same, especially paired with the fun-loving Zoeller and Jacobs, both of whom sipped vodka and tonics during their post-round media session.
 
Oh, I imagine Langer and Lehman will probably be intimidated, Zoeller said with his throaty laugh. They probably wont sleep tonight. But, theyll just have to deal with it.
 
Lyle and Woosnam had one tense moment when both left their tee shots on the front edge of the par-3 eighth, where the pin was up on the back.
 
That putt had to be at least 28 yards, Lyle said. It took about 30 seconds to get there. I thought, Oh, God, its not going to get there. That could have been a bogey situation, but instead it was a birdie.
 
The whole day was one big birdie-fest under hear perfect conditions with little or no wind on the well-groomed course which has few trees and mild rough.
 
Price, who broke through for his first win on the senior circuit last week in Florida, said it would probably take 30 under or better to win this better-ball team event.
 
Its hard to chase out there, Price said. If you shoot a (team) 67, you might have to shoot a 59 or 58 to get back in it.
 
Chase is what defending champions Tom Watson and Andy North will have to do after an opening round of 6-under 66. They are capable, however. Watson and North have never bogeyed a hole in Legends competition.
 
They shot a better-ball 59 in the opening round last year and led wire-to-wire against another star-studded field.
 
Many fans followed Greg Norman, playing this event for the first time, and partner Keith Fergus; they were at 66.
 
The Legends Division of the tournament, an individual affair since 2002, switched back to team play last year and declared the earnings would be official money in the annual rankings. Watson and North moved up and won in 2008. It was their fourth straight team win; they won the Raphael Division the preceding three years.
 
Notes: The team of Watson and North might be the only one in the history of golf to own 10 major championships and three Pulitzer prizes. New York Times columnist Tom Friedman, who owns the Pulitzers, caddied for North. They became friends because both help raise money for ALS research. This was Liberty Mutuals 30th anniversary as title sponsor. The Legends of Golf was first played in 1978 at Onion Creek Country Club in Austin, Texas, and is considered the event that launched the Senior PGA Tour, now called the Champions Tour. The tournament was played in four different cities and on eight different courses before coming to Savannah in 2003.
 
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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.