A look back at key anniversaries for British Open

By Associated PressJuly 8, 2011, 6:29 pm

SANDWICH, England – A look at key anniversaries of the 140th British Open next week at Royal St. George’s:

5 years ago (2006): Tiger Woods hit only one driver over four days at brown and baked Royal Liverpool – and that tee shot wound up in another fairway – as he won his third British Open and his first in England. His win came one month after missing a cut for the first time in a major, and two months after his father died of cancer. The runner-up for the third time at a major was Chris DiMarco, whose mother had died of a heart attack that month.

10 years ago (2001): David Duval captured his only major championship, emerging from a four-way tie for the lead going into the final round by shooting a 67 at Royal Lytham & St. Annes. Ian Woosnam, among the leaders, was penalized two shots on the opening hole when his caddie discovered an extra driver in his bag.

20 years ago (1991): Ian Baker-Finch had a 64-66 weekend at Royal Birkdale to secure his lone major championship. After a 64 on Saturday to take the lead, he birdied five of the first seven holes in the final round and shot 29 on the front nine. He won by two over Mike Harwood and Fred Couples.

25 years ago (1986): In a year that became known as Greg Norman’s “Saturday Slam” – he was in the lead after three rounds at all four majors – this was the only one he got. In a masterful performance, the Shark seized control with a 63 in the second round and was equally dominant in fierce wind to win by five shots over Gordon Brand. In the field that year was PGA Tour commissioner Deane Beman, who was on vacation in Britain when he decided to try to qualify for the Open. Beman missed the cut.

50 years ago (1961): Arnold Palmer revived American interest in golf’s oldest championship by going across in 1960 to St. Andrews in pursuit of a modern grand slam. A year later at Royal Birkdale, Palmer won the claret jug. He took the lead with a 69 in the third round, then closed with a 72 to hold off Dai Rees for a one-shot win. His victory inspired Americans to again make the British Open a major that was not to be missed.

75 years ago (1936): In the first major championship course set up at over 7,000 yards, Alf Padgham had closing rounds of 71-71 for a one-shot victory at Royal Liverpool. There was drama on and off the course. Padgham’s clubs had been locked away in a pro shop going into the final day, and he had to throw a brick through a window to get them. On the course, he birdied the last hole. Jimmy Adams needed to birdie at the last to force a playoff, and his 30-foot putt looked good the whole way until it viciously rimmed out.

100 years ago (1911): Harry Vardon matched James Braid’s record of five Open titles, winning at Royal St. George’s in a playoff over Arnaud Massy. It was the only playoff that didn’t go the distance because Massy, in a poor lie on the 35th hole, picked up his ball and conceded. The top eight on the leaderboard either had won or would win a British Open.

150 years ago (1861): Old Tom Morris won the first of his four titles in a driving rain at Prestwick, avenging a loss to Willie Park Sr. a year earlier in the inaugural Open. The field had only 18 players. Eight of them were amateurs, and six of those withdrew without even returning a score. The tournament organizer, Col. James Fairlie, might have given the championship its name by saying that it was “open to the world.” To this day, the winner is introduced as the champion golfer of the year.

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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.