Notes DiMarcos Bent Putter Ogilvys Recovery

By Associated PressAugust 19, 2006, 4:00 pm
2006 PGA ChampionshipMEDINAH, Ill -- Chris DiMarco couldn't figure out why his putting game was off the previous two weeks.
 
Turns out the problem was the equipment, not the golfer.
 
DiMarco noticed during a practice round that his putter's grip was bent about 30 degrees. He straightened that out, and was 8-under after three rounds.
 
'I was just out here, trying to figure out what was going on,' he said after shooting 67 on Saturday. 'I looked down at my grip and saw it was bent.'
 
DiMarco thinks the putter got bent on the way back from the British Open. After finishing second at Hoylake, he missed the cut at the Buick Open and International.
 
'The last two weeks,' he said, 'I missed a lot of putts to the right.'
 
OGILVY'S RECOVERY
In the past, Geoff Ogilvy might have crumbled after a start like this. Instead, the reigning U.S. Open champion remains in contention, three strokes off the lead.
 
Things didn't look good when he missed a 6-foot putt and double-bogeyed the first hole. But he eagled the No. 5 and shot 4-under for the day.
 
'I might not have fallen apart and had hundreds, but I don't know if I would have come back as well as I did,' Ogilvy said. 'In a major that's a pretty disappointing thing -- you sit there all night, thinking you're in contention and ... you drop two shots on the first hole. It feels like you're dropping three shots, really. Yeah, it wasn't a fun way to start.'
 
MAYFAIR'S MOM IMPROVING
Billy Mayfair said his mother was alert after suffering a heart attack and stroke earlier in the week.
 
'She knows I'm playing in the tournament, and she still thinks she's at home, but she's in the hospital and that's OK,' he said. 'Her vitals are getting better.'
 
Billy Mayfair, meanwhile, is at 5-under despite a tough couple of weeks. He underwent cancer surgery about two weeks ago after finding a growth in his testicles.
 
A RYDER PUSH
A two-way tie for seventh most likely would put Tim Herron on the U.S. Ryder Cup team. He is in a four-way tie for eighth at 8-under.
 
'You think about it when you're away from (the course), but when I step on the tee, I've just got to play golf,' Herron said. 'That's all I can do.'
 
ANOTHER MEDINAH MOMENT?
At 10-under and tied for fifth, it will take quite an effort by Sergio Garcia to catch the leaders.
 
He has a good history at Medinah, though.
 
Garcia delivered a memorable moment, with his shot from the base of an oak tree to the green on the 16th hole in 1999. Playing in only his second major as a pro, Garcia wound up runner-up to Tiger Woods, losing by one stroke.
 
'I guess I do like the course,' Garcia said. 'I've done well on it, (but) I don't know whether I can do it. I've been playing well all week. That helps.'
 
Luke Donald and Tiger Woods share the lead at 14-under.
 
LOW SCORES? NO PROBLEM
There are six players 10-under par or better. To those who think the parade of birdies diminishes the PGA Championship as a major, Phil Mickelson offered this rebuttal.
 
'I would disagree with them,' he said.
 
Because?
 
'Because I think they're wrong,' Mickelson said.
 
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  • 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.

    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.