McDowell one back of Noren at Celtic Manor

By Associated PressJune 3, 2011, 2:39 pm

NEWPORT, Wales – Four days after qualifying for his first U.S. Open, Alexander Noren overcame windy conditions to shoot a 4-under 67 Friday and lead defending champion Graeme McDowell by one stroke after the second round of the Wales Open.

The 127th-ranked Noren made birdies on four of his last five holes to total 8-under 134 at Celtic Manor. Looking to add to his only tour victory at the 2009 European Masters since turning professional six years ago, the Swede had the worst of the weather before making his late charge.

“You can play pretty safe but you’ll have long putts and difficult putts, and if you want to make birdies, it’s pretty tough,” said Noren, who was tied for 19th at the 2008 British Open, his only major appearance. “I think probably somebody will get to 9, 10 under.”

McDowell made a run of four birdies in five holes from No. 8 in shooting a 68. The U.S. Open champion smashed a monster 385-yard drive at the last to set up another birdie. He’s bidding to become the first player to retain the Wales Open title in the tournament’s 12-year history.

“I think this golf course is a great test. You have to drive it well, there’s plenty of rough and penalties around. It’s a long golf course,” he said. “There’s a little bit of everything about this golf course, and that’s what I like. It’s a proper golf test.”

Victor Dubuisson (69) and Jamie Donaldson (68) are next at 136. They are a stroke ahead of first-round leader Keith Horne (73), Peter Hanson (72) and Barry Lane (69), who turns 51 later this month and is seeking to become the oldest winner on the European Tour.

Des Smyth currently holds that honor, the Irishman was 48 when he won the Madeira Island Open in 2001.

Lane, a member of the 1993 Ryder Cup team at The Belfry, looked at long odds to make the cut in the opening round before coming home in 30 shots. He followed that up on Friday with two birdies before and after the turn as he eyes a first victory on the circuit since the 2004 British Masters.

“For an old man like me, a 7,400-yard long course is pretty difficult, but I played wonderful and sure I think I can still win,” said Lane, whose brother is caddying for him for the first time in his 673rd tournament on tour.

Paul Broadhurst, who needed an invitation to the event after losing his tour card last year, shot 72. The Englishman is in a group at 138 after holing three straight birdies from No. 11.

Last year’s winning Ryder Cup captain, Colin Montgomerie, shot a 79 to collapse to last place at 15 over and miss the cut at the course where he led his team to victory. It was his worst halfway score in Europe since shooting 17 over at the 1991 Benson and Hedges International.

After a 78 on Thursday, he dropped six shots in the first eight holes of his second round to finish the back nine in 41 strokes.

“I just played awful and I’m very disappointed not to be playing at the weekend, never mind contending,” Montgomerie said. “It’s unfortunate but that’s the way it is, and I have to accept that sometimes.”

Playing partner Miguel Angel Jimenez lost his temper when his lay-up shot at No. 18 went into the frontside lake. The Spaniard chucked his yardage book to the ground and gave it a kick. He finished at 72.

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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.