Notes Crazy hole kills Mickelsons chances at Memorial

By Associated PressJune 7, 2010, 4:22 am

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DUBLIN, Ohio – People marvel at the shots that Phil Mickelson can create.

On Sunday at the Memorial Tournament, he didn’t have much choice but to be creative at the 15th hole.

“Yeah, it was a crazy hole,” Mickelson said, shaking his head.

He was at 12 under and coming off a chip-in birdie at the 14th hole when he stepped to the tee at the 15th. A large crowd was encouraging him to make a run at leaders Justin Rose and Rickie Fowler, who were still within reach.

And the short, 529-yard par-5 15th was the perfect place to make eagle and send some shock waves across the course.

Phil Mickelson swings golf club at Memorial “After chipping in on 14 I thought, gosh, if I could just birdie (the last four holes), you never know what might happen,” Mickelson said. “And 15 is a birdie hole. I was thinking maybe eagle.”

Instead, he hit his drive far, far to the left into a creek that usually doesn’t come into play.

“I hit a terrible drive, obviously,” he said.

Rather than go back to the tee, he elected to take a one-shot penalty. That meant he had to go up a hill through some trees and underbrush and take a one-shot penalty, taking a drop from the middle of the cart path on the 17th hole.

Tiger Woods was in the group playing the 17th and Woods took a quick glance over to his left, clearly trying to figure out what was taking place.

Twice Mickelson took the drop in the middle of the cart path and both times the ball bounded down into the weeds, unplayable. According to the rules he is then permitted to place the ball at the site of the drop, in this case in the middle of the blacktop.

While a surprised gallery tried to figure out how he even got into such a predicament, Mickelson pulled out a 3 wood and cleanly picked the ball off the cart path, hitting a high draw that left him near the tee at the par-3 16th hole.

The gallery roared.

Unfortunately, the shot didn’t lead to any magical finish.

From there, Mickelson hit onto the 15th green, then three-putted for a double-bogey 7.

“After that terrible drive, it kind of dashed my hopes of winning,” said Mickelson, who capped a 3-under 69 to finish seven shots behind eventual winner Rose.

Asked if he has ever played a hole like he played the 15th on Sunday, Mickelson laughed and said, “Unfortunately, quite a few.”

LOPEZ HONORED: Each year the Memorial Tournament honors prominent individuals for their contributions to the game of golf.

The tournament announced Sunday that the 2011 tournament’s honoree would be LPGA Hall of Famer Nancy Lopez.

Lopez turned pro in 1977 and went on to amass 48 wins, including three major championships. After winning nine times as a rookie, she won eight more times in her second season in 1979 to repeat as the LPGA’s player of the year.

The honoree for this year’s Memorial Tournament was Seve Ballesteros. Other past honorees include Bobby Jones, Water Hagen, Gene Sarazen, Byron Nelson, Sam Snead, Tom Morris Jr. and Sr., Babe Zaharias, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Ben Hogan and the tournament’s founder and host, Jack Nicklaus.
Rickie Fowler held a one-shot lead with nine holes left in the Memorial Tournament. His first PGA Tour victory was within reach. Not only that, if he could hang on he would be accepting the championship trophy from tournament founder Jack Nicklaus.

But then Fowler bogeyed the 10th hole to fall into a tie with Justin Rose, then hit into the water at the par-3 12th hole to make double-bogey. Rose pulled away to win by three strokes, leaving Fowler in second place to wonder what went wrong.

“It was an awesome week,” said the rookie from Oklahoma State. “Obviously that was not the round that I wanted today.”

Fowler, ahead by three strokes to start the day, lapsed to a 1-over 73. Rose, meanwhile, put together a 66 to finish at 18-under 270.

The one shot that cost Fowler dearly was a 5 iron at the 184-yard, par-3 12th hole. He dunked it into the large lake that fronts the picture-postcard hole at Muirfield Village.

“I was just trying to aim at the back bunker and cut it off a little bit there,” he said. “The ball started going where I wasn’t trying to (hit it). I just made a bad swing – and I paid for it.”

Rather than dwell on the near-miss, the 21-year-old preferred to look at what he gained from the experience. The last time he came this close to winning was at the Phoenix Open in February, where Hunter Mahan shot a closing 65 to win by a stroke while Fowler was shooting a 68.

“Coming from Phoenix and feeling the nerves that I did there and playing this week, I felt really comfortable out there,” said Fowler. “I can just imagine the next time, being in contention. I’ll feel that much more comfortable.”
Tiger Woods, who admitted last winter that he had committed marital indiscretions, was asked if he is finding some normalcy in his life so that he can now concentrate on golf: “It’s progressing.”
The Golf Coaches Association of America annually honors its players of the year in each division with Jack Nicklaus Awards. The winners were announced on Sunday at the Memorial Tournament.

The Division I recipient was Eugene Wong of Oregon, North Alabama’s Brett Munson (Division II), Tain Lee of Claremont McKenna (Division III), Justin Lower of Malone (NAIA) and Abraham Ancer of Odessa (junior colleges).

DIVOTS: After play was suspended a tournament-record six times in the first three rounds, heavy rain hit the course early Sunday morning. But play went on as scheduled and there were no further delays. … Ricky Barnes holed out an 87-yard wedge shot for eagle at the par-5 15th hole on Sunday. He also holed a 108-yard shot at the par-5 11th on Saturday. … Three players making their first appearance at the Memorial finished in the top 10: Fowler (second), Barnes (tied for third) and Rory McIlroy (tied for 10th). … Five of the top 10 finishers are in their 20s: Rose (29), Fowler (21), Barnes (29), Ryan Moore (27) and McIlroy (21). … Rose’s 66 was two strokes better than anybody else in the final round. … Rose joined Sweden’s Carl Pettersson (2006) as the only two Europeans to win the Memorial.

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 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.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

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.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

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.