Notes No Caddies Needed

By Associated PressAugust 15, 2005, 4:00 pm
2005 PGA ChampionshipSPRINGFIELD, N.J. -- Lee Westwood and Greg Owen didn't need caddies Monday.
 
When the threat of severe weather late Sunday afternoon forced PGA Championships officials to suspend play for the day, Westwood was on the 18th green waiting to take a 10-foot putt for birdie.
 
He waited a long time. Just over 15 1/2 hours. More than an hour per foot.
 
``I suppose it is nice that I came back for one shot, not two,'' he said Monday after making the birdie 4 that closed a 5-over 75 that gave him a 2-over 282 total, six shots behind champion Phil Mickelson.
 
``My clubs are already on the way to Akron, I just came back with a putter, a ball, a hat and some shoes,'' Westwood said, referring to this week's tournament, the WGC-NEC Invitational in Ohio.
 
He did get a scare when he arrived at Baltusrol Golf Club on Monday.
 
``My putter was missing when I got to the locker because they had tidied out my locker, but I found it -- they had tidied it away for safekeeping.''
 
Paired with Westwood, Owen came back to face an 8-foot birdie putt on the closing hole. He couldn't follow Westwood's lead, however.
 
``I think to come back and horseshoe out for a birdie summed up my week really,'' said Owen, who closed with a 10-over 80 and finished at 287. ``I don't know whether it was the heat or the long week, but I had just no good feelings at all. I couldn't get anything going, but hopefully I can learn from it.''
 
MISSING CLUB
Phil Mickelson was asked what club he hit on the 230-yard 16th, a hole he bogeyed to drop into a three-way tie for the lead at 3-under.
 
``Four-iron,'' he said. ``That was all I had.''
 
It wasn't that Mickelson's caddie lost any clubs or there was a low-iron thief on the loose. He took it out of the bag before Sunday's final round started because of the wind.
 
``I have a 3-iron and a sand wedge that I have in my bag, and yesterday I took out the 3-iron based on the wind, mainly because of No. 16,'' he said. ``And today, the wind did a 180. It was straight into the wind and I didn't have my 3-iron, which I desperately needed. So I knew I was going to struggle with that particular hole, and you've just got to fight it out.
 
``I hit a good shot, the ball plugged in the bunker. Hit a decent shot out to about 18 feet and missed that. Sometimes things don't always go your way and you just have to gut it out.''
 
LAST OUT WINS
Steve Elkington was trying to end a 10-year run in which the PGA champion came from the last group in the final round.
 
Elkington, who finished one shot behind champion Phil Mickelson, was in the third-to-last twosome this year.
 
The last player to win the PGA and not play in the final pairing was Elkington in 1995.
 
TOP TENS
Vijay Singh was the tournament's defending champion and the two-time PGA winner had a final-round 74 that left him at even par for the 72 holes, six strokes behind winner Phil Mickelson and tied for 10th.
 
It did mean he and Tiger Woods were the only players to finish in the top 10 of all four majors this year.
 
Woods won the Masters and British Open and was second to Michael Campbell in the U.S. Open. He finished at 2-under 278, tied for fourth in the PGA.
 
Singh tied for fifth in the Masters and British Open and was tied for sixth at the U.S. Open.
 
By bogeying the 18th, Singh missed a chance to join Woods, Campbell and Mickelson in the Grand Slam of Golf later this year. Retief Goosen will fill out the foursome instead.
 
TEE SHOTS
The holes used to measure driving distance this week were the 482-yard 6th and the 505-yard 7th, both par-4s.
 
John Daly, who finished tied for 74th in the tournament, led the way, averaging 334.6 yards.
 
Woods, who finished tied for fourth, was second at 324.3 yards.
 
Twenty-six players averaged better than 300 yards on those holes.
 
The low man on the driving list was Darrell Kestner, a club pro from Long Island, who averaged 271.5 yards. He finished at 19-over 299, next-to-last of the 79 players who made the cut.
 
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  • 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.

    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.