Mickelson Flops with a 79 Cabrera Wins
'I knew that Vijay was putting together a good round and playing well,' the Argentinian said. 'It was up to me to play well on the last two holes and I did that.'
Cabrera started the day with a four-stroke lead, but shot a one-over 72 in the final round at Sentosa Golf Club.
Singh started six strokes behind Cabrera, but trailed by two shots after only seven holes on the 6,710-yard Serapong Course. The Fijian's advance began with an eagle on the fourth hole, a par-5 dogleg-left that sweeps around a lake. He also had four birdies and two bogeys.
Singh missed an eagle from about 20 feet on the final hole, but birdied to finish at 7-under 277. Cabrera sealed his win with a birdie on the same hole. He earned $634,000 for the victory at the $4million tournament.
'It was really a very, very tough day, very windy,' Cabrera said. 'I didn't strike the ball my best in the beginning of the round.
'But I worked very hard during the round and I got it together in the end and started hitting the ball very well in the last holes and I made it up.'
Singh knew it would be difficult to catch Cabrera.
'I'm playing against a guy who is the U.S. Open champion and you can't expect him to make too many mistakes,' he said. 'I played well, made some good putts on the front nine and putted well all day. Just came one short.'
Two-time defending champion Adam Scott had four birdies and as many bogeys to shoot a 71 and finish third, four strokes behind Singh.
'I missed a couple of greens and made bogeys and that seems to be how my year has gone,' said the Australian, whose only victory this year came at the Houston Open. 'I've not scrambled well enough to keep myself going in tournaments which was a case of that today.'
World No. 2 Phil Mickelson, who had struggled in the previous round because of the heat, slid even further with a triple-bogey on the troublesome No. 3, and double-bogeys on the seventh, 13th and 16th to finish with a 79.
'It's tough to get the balls close to the hole because they are not stopping on the greens too well,' he said. 'The fairways are very tight and the rough is up and so it's a very good test because it tests every element of your game.'
American rookie Jin Park, who came into the round four strokes off the lead in second place, dropped a few notches when he had four bogeys against just one birdie and finished fourth. Lee Westwood was fifth at 1-under after a 74.
K.J. Choi of South Korea had two birdies in the front nine, but fell behind with three bogeys and a double-bogey to finish in a tie for 14th at 5 over.
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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational
Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.
The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.
Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.
Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.
The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.
Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.
Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.
Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump
Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.
Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.
None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.
Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.
An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.
In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.
Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.
Playing with the pros
Tiger, DJ and Faxon
President at the Presidents Cup
Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham
Cart on the green
Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open
Trump golf properties
Reportedly fake TIME covers
Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story
Pros comment on the president
Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017
GolfChannel.com is counting down the top 10 Newsmakers of the Year as voted on by Golf Channel’s writers, editors, reporters and producers. Check out the list below, including future release dates. And click here for the full collection of articles.
No. 1: Dec. 18