Notes Daly Update Tiger Slayer Winding Down

By Associated PressDecember 13, 2005, 5:00 pm
John Daly's broken right hand remains somewhat of a mystery, but not the outlook.
 
Daly pulled out of the Bard Capital two weeks ago in Las Vegas, and he also was forced to withdraw from the Target World Challenge, the richest event in the silly season.
 
His agent, Bud Martin at SFX Sports, has been in Australia the last 10 days and is still trying to figure out what happened. But he spoke to Daly, and said the prognosis is good.
 
'John said it was a freak accident,' Martin said. 'He should be able to putt and chip in a few days, and he expects a full recovery. All the strength will come back, and there is nothing that will jeopardize anything in 2006.'
 
Daly, one of the few Americans who travels abroad, will start next year on the European tour at a new tournament in Abu Dhabi, which is Jan. 19-22. Martin said he did not know if Daly would return the following week at the Buick Invitational, where he won in a playoff two years ago.
 
TIGER SLAYER?
European captain Ian Woosnam might want to consider matching David Howell against Tiger Woods in the Ryder Cup.
 
The 30-year-old from England has scored better than Woods in four of the five times they have played each other over the last two years. The first occasion was in the final round of the Dubai Desert Classic last year, where Howell shot 67 to tie for third (Woods shot 68). More notably, they were in the last group at the HSBC Champions tournament in Shanghai last month, when Howell had a one-shot lead and won by three.
 
They were paired twice last week at the Target World Challenge, and Howell got him both times -- 68-72 in the second round, and 70-73 in the final round.
 
Told that he was 4-1 against him head-to-head, Howell smiled and said, 'I knew that's where you were going.'
 
He was quick to add, 'He beat me when it mattered -- by 11 shots.'
 
That was the third round at the Masters, when Woods shot 65 to take the lead and Howell posted a 76.
 
WINDING DOWN
In case anyone was wondering if golf had an offseason, the South African Open and the Okinawa Open this week will be the final events of the year that count toward the world ranking.
 
Golf takes a two-week break before resuming Jan. 5-8 with the Mercedes Championships at Kapalua on the PGA Tour and the Royal Trophy in Asia, matches between Europe and Asia.
 
Ernie Els, coming off a victory at the Dunhill Championship in South Africa, is expected to play in his third straight tournament since returning from knee surgery in late July. The Big Easy wanted to see how his knee responded before deciding to play.
 
The Okinawa Open figures to get the biggest buzz because 19-year-old Ai Miyazato, who won the LPGA Tour qualifying tournament by a record 12 shots, will make her debut against the men.
 
'I hope to make the cut,' she said after Q-school.
 
This also is the last week to collect world ranking points, which is important because the Masters invites the top 50 in the final world ranking published in 2005.
 
Stephen Ames, not otherwise eligible for the Masters, is holding down the 50th spot this week. Paul Casey is No. 51, and Graeme McDowell is 53rd. None are playing this week, and all of them are expected to finish the year outside the top 50 from gradually losing points over 13-week intervals.
 
Every player from No. 45 (Brandt Jobe) through No. 58 (Steve Elkington) already has qualified for the Masters.
 
SILLY MONEY
Luke Donald's victory in the Target World Challenge made him king of the silly season.
 
Donald only played three tournaments in the silly season -- those that do not count toward the world ranking -- but they featured the biggest purses -- the World Cup, the Nedbank Challenge and Target.
 
His victory Sunday brought his total to $1,775,000, not a bad offseason considering Donald earned $2,336,695 in 17 tournaments on the PGA Tour.
 
Jim Furyk finished No. 2 on the unofficial, silly season money list with $1,405,000 in two events, $1.2 million coming from his victory in Sun City. Right behind was Fred Funk, who cashed in on his biggest year by playing in five events and earning $1,349,250.
 
The only other millionaire in the silly season was Darren Clarke, who lost in a playoff at Sun City and was runner-up at Target to earn $1,233,000 in his two events. Rounding out the top five was Kenny Perry, who played three times and won $790,000.
 
Fred Couples, who usually cashes in this time of the year, had one of his poorer silly seasons, although it was not from a lack of effort. Couples played four times and earned $485,000, placing him 14th on the list.
 
DIVOTS
Southern Hills will host the 2007 PGA Championship, then the 2010 U.S. Amateur. That will make it three major events in 10 years at the classic course in Tulsa, Okla. ... For the sixth straight year, the Byron Nelson Championship raised more money for charity ($6.06 million) than any other PGA Tour event. ... Sergio Garcia and Bruce Lietzke will be player consultants on the two courses being designed at the TPC of San Antonio. Garcia will work with Greg Norman, while Lietzke will consult with Pete Dye.
 
STAT OF THE WEEK
Tiger Woods would have finished at No. 8 on the PGA Tour money list based on his earnings from the four major championships.
 
FINAL WORD
'I never questioned my golf.' -- Colin Montgomerie, who has climbed to No. 9 in the world ranking after dropping as low as No. 83.
 
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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.