Mediate headlines Callaway Pebble Beach Invitational

By Associated PressNovember 19, 2008, 5:00 pm
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. ' Defending champion Tommy Armour III, 2008 U.S. Open runner-up Rocco Mediate and winners of four PGA Tour tournaments this year lead the field for the 37th annual Callaway Golf Pebble Beach Invitational.
 
Ryan Palmer, Steve Lowery, D.J. Trahan and Chez Reavie, all victorious this season on the PGA Tour, will be joined by former two-time U.S. Open winner Lee Janzen, former U.S. Open winner Scott Simpson and former PGA champion Rich Beem in the 72-hole event that begins Thursday. The event will feature 81 players from the four major tours as well as mini-tour players and club pros.
 
The first three rounds of the $300,000 event will be played simultaneously at Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spyglass Hill Golf Course and Del Monte Golf Course.
 
Palmer is the most recent winner among the 29 PGA Tour entrants, claiming his second career win Nov. 2 at the Ginn sur Mer Classic in Florida.
 
A two-time PGA Tour titlist, Armour ended more than a four-year winless streak with his win at Pebble Beach last year. He shot a final-round 2-under 70 en route to a 16-under 272 and a two-stroke victory over Ronnie Black and Mediate.
 
Armour had five top 10 finishes this season in 24 PGA Tour events. He finished 62nd on the money list with more than $1.5 million. It was first season since joining the PGA Tour in 1982, Armour earned more than $1 million.
 
Mediate, 45, was foiled in his attempt to become the oldest U.S. Open winner in history when he was defeated by Tiger Woods on the first hole of a Monday sudden-death playoff.
 
Kevin Sutherland, who won this tournament in 2000 and has two runner-up PGA Tour finishes this season, is the top PGA Tour money list entrant, placing 18th with more than $2.5 million.
 
John Cook, who finished fifth on the money list this season, will be among nine Champions Tour entrants. Jim Thorpe, Roger Maltie and Morris Hatalsky are also entered.
 
Brittany Lincicome, a 2007 Solheim Cup member, will be among seven LPGA Tour participants. Nine of the 14 Nationwide Tour entrants will be competing on the PGA Tour in 2009.
 
Juli Inkster, who defeated Mark Brooks by one stroke in 1990, is the only woman to win the tournament.
 
Following the 54-hole cut, the top 40 pros and 10 amateur teams will play the final round Sunday at Pebble Beach. The winner will earn $60,000.
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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.