Notes Long Island blues No rain checks

By Associated PressJune 18, 2009, 4:00 pm
2009 U.S. OpenFARMINGDALE, N.Y. ' Rain delays are rare in the U.S. Open unless it happens to being played on Long Island.
 
Thursdays suspension of play at Bethpage Black because of heavy rain meant a third straight Open on Long Island to be affected at some point by the weather.
 
In the 2004 Open, played at Shinnecock Hills farther east on Long Island, a thunderstorm at 4:43 p.m. caused a 2-hour, 12-minute delay, and when play was resumed, it was called off for the day 45 minutes later because of fog.
 
That was the last time, until Thursday, a round was not completed the day it started.
 
The only other time the Open was held at Bethpage, in 2002, play was suspended for 49 minutes late in the final round because of severe weather.
 
With the weather forecast for the next few days far from bright, talk has begun of the 72-hole tournament not being completed until Monday, or even later next week.
 
Only twice has a U.S. Open not finished on Sunday because of weather delays, and it has never gone beyond that.
 
From 1926 until 1965, the Open was played over three days with 36 holes contested on Sunday.
 
In 1959, at Winged Foot north of New York City, morning thundershowers on Sunday forced three suspensions of play, so only 18 holes were played that day and the tournament was finished on Monday with Billy Casper finishing one stroke ahead of Bob Rosburg.
 
In 1983, at Oakmont near Pittsburgh, play was suspended because of a thunderstorm with the leaders five holes from finishing. The players returned Monday and Larry Nelson shot even par over his final three holes to beat Tom Watson by a stroke.
 
The Open has finished on a Monday many times, including last year, because of the 18-hole playoff used rather than a sudden-death format.
 

 
NO RAIN CHECKS: Even though most of the field didnt hit a ball Thursday, tickets for the day are no longer valid for the rest of the tournament.
 
Unlike baseball, where a rain check is issued if an official game isnt played, the USGA has no such policy.
 
If a whole days play is wiped out, the USGA would honor that days tickets at a later date, possibly Monday, if the the tournament were forced to continue on a fifth day.
 

 
A GOOD WALK: Bethpage Black is among the longest and toughest courses to walk, especially for a caddie, even more so in the weather that turned the opening round into a slog.
 
It might be easy, though, compared with what Billy Foster faces next month in Scotland.
 
Foster is one of the top European caddies whose list of employers include Seve Ballesteros, Darren Clarke, Thomas Bjorn and even Tiger Woods at the 2005 Presidents Cup. To raise money and awareness for cancer, Foster has decided to carry a tour golf bag from Loch Lomond to Turnberry over four days, arriving in time for the British Open.
 
The length of the journey is 90 miles.
 
Foster will leave on July 9 ' the opening round of the Scottish Open ' and plans to walk about 20 miles a day, arriving at Turnberry on Monday. He now works for Lee Westwood, who has given him the week off during the Scottish Open.
 
And when he arrives at Turnberry?
 
Then I start caddying on Tuesday if I have any strength left, Foster said Thursday.
 
His goal is to raise 50,000 British pounds (about $82,000), money that will be divided between the Darren Clarke Foundation and an organization called Candlelighters Children Cancer. The money to Clarkes foundation will go to breast cancer charities; Clarkes wife died of the disease in 2006.
 
Pledges can be made at www.justgiving.com/billyfoster.
 

 
WATER EVERYWHERE: The regular course maintenance staff of 65 as well as another 150 or so volunteers are spending a lot of time and effort in trying to get the playing areas of Bethpage Black in good enough condition for play to resume Friday morning.
 
What about all the places where the spectators spend their time during the tournament, sitting in bleachers, standing along fairways and around greens and traversing the soggy landscape to get from one hole to another?
 
Our ops people are out there also watching and monitoring people-movement areas, and we put down wood chips and put down gravel, said Jim Hyler, chairman of the USGAs championship committee. Well try to take every precaution we can given what were dealing with.
 

 
LUCK OF THE DRAW: The players who had to endure the rainy conditions until play was suspended for the day were out there because of the luck of the draw.
 
The players who go off early in the first round have late starting times in the second.
 
It was easy to tell which was which Thursday. The ones smiling were in the latter group.
 
I dont think theres a guy who hasnt teed off today that is not sitting very happy right now in their hotel room right now or maybe at the cinema watching a movie, something like that, said Padraig Harrington, the reigning British Open and PGA champion, who was 4 over par through six holes when play was stopped. Thats the nature of the game. Youre going to get bad breaks. Youre going to get the wrong side of the draw. Who knows what the next three or four days are going to bring, or could be four or five days are going to bring?
 
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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.