Next Up Adam Scott

By Associated PressMarch 1, 2003, 5:00 pm
CARLSBAD, Calif. -- Tiger Woods eased into the semifinals of the Match Play Championship on Saturday with another awesome display that left Scott Hoch no room for error.
 
The final margin was 5 and 4, although the outcome was apparent long before Hoch conceded a 10-foot birdie putt on the 14th hole at La Costa. Had Woods made it, he would have been 8 under for the round.
 
'The way he played, I don't see anyone beating him this round,'' Hoch said.
 
Woods advanced to a semifinal against Adam Scott, a 22-year-old Australian who has patterned his swing after Woods and often plays practice rounds with him at the majors.
 
Scott defeated 49-year-old Jay Haas, 2 and 1.
 
In the other bracket, David Toms won five straight holes and was 6 up through 10 holes before he stumbled against Jerry Kelly. Toms won, 4 and 3, but having endured a night in the hospital with food poisoning, he would have preferred to end the match earlier.
 
Toms will play Peter Lonard, a 1-up winner over Darren Clarke.
 
'The earlier I could have finished, the better,'' Toms said. 'Hopefully, I can grind it out and get through, keeping making some putts.''
 
While match play is unpredictable over 18 holes, Woods looks simply unstoppable in the only World Golf Championship event he hasn't won.
 
Woods has played 58 holes and has lost only four. He still hadn't played the 18th hole through four rounds, the best indicator of how dominant he has been.
 
Hoch knew what he was up against on the opening hole.
 
Woods pulled his approach into a miserable lie, the ball buried in thick grass that sloped toward the bunker. His chip narrowly cleared the sand, hopped softly through the fringe and stopped five feet away for par.
 
'I played well,'' Woods said. 'I knew Scott would be a tough opponent. He always hits it so straight. I just had to keep up with him.''
 
He wasn't being gratuitous.
 
Hoch played well enough to win any other quarterfinal -- just not this one. He rarely made mistakes and was 3-under through 13 holes.
 
Hoch missed a 12-foot birdie putt on the ninth hole, and remained 3 down when Woods got up and down for par from 30 yards short of the green. Hoch winced and squeezed the ball in his hand tightly, knowing he needed to take advantage whenever he could.
 
Woods again showed no mercy.
 
Hoch rolled in a 25-foot birdie putt on No. 10, and Woods matched him from 15 feet.
 
On the par-5 11th, Hoch's bunker shot trickled toward the hole, only to catch enough of the left lip that it spun out. Woods holed his 15-footer for eagle, and Hoch was whipped.
 
'It lipped out? So I got (robbed) again,'' Hoch said, shaking his head. 'Normally, a birdie is pretty good.''
 
If that wasn't bad enough, Hoch had 15 feet for birdie on the next hole. Before he could putt, Woods made his birdie putt from 35 feet. At that point, Hoch bowed in mock adulation.
 
Hoch also lost 5 and 4 to David Duval in the quarterfinals three years ago, so he wasn't about to conceded the tournament to Woods. In the semifinals that year, Duval couldn't make a putt and lost 4 and 3 to Darren Clarke.
 
'He made everything against me, and then he couldn't break an egg,'' Hoch said. 'But Tiger is a different animal.''
 
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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.