Notes US World Cup Team Formed

By Associated PressSeptember 26, 2006, 4:00 pm
CHANDLER'S CROSS, England -- Stewart Cink and J.J. Henry became close friends through the Ryder Cup and halved both their fourball matches at The K Club. Their partnership will be resurrected again in Barbados at the World Cup.
 
Cink and Henry will represent the United States on Dec. 7-10, the sixth different team the Americans have used. They will be among 24 two-man teams playing at the Country Club Course in what might be the final World Cup.
 
Six other players who competed in the Ryder Cup will play -- Luke Donald and David Howell of England, Padraig Harrington and Paul McGinley of Ireland, Colin Montgomerie (and Marc Warren) of Scotland, and Henrik Stenson (and Carl Pettersson) of Sweden.
 
There was speculation Tiger Woods might play because he is close friends with the owners of Sandy Lane, and they let him use the posh resort to get married two years ago. Woods has not played in the World Cup since he and David Duval lost in a playoff in Japan in 2001.
 
THE PROPHET
The caddie for Phil Mickelson saw this coming.
 
Mickelson and David Howell were paired together in the third round of the Memorial this year when everything went wrong for the Englishman, from shots landing underneath trees to taking wicked hops in to the bunker. Howell shot 83 that day.
 
In the middle of the carnage, Mickelson's caddie shook his head in disbelief. Anything that could so wrong went worse.
 
One reporter noted that he had never seen so many bad breaks.
 
'Yeah, but just watch,' Jim 'Bones' Mackay said with a laugh. 'He'll make everything at the Ryder Cup.'
 
Howell played Brett Wetterich in singles at the Ryder Cup and finished with four straight birdies for a 5-and-4 victory.
 
LPGA ROOKIE AWARD
The LPGA Tour's player of the year got even tighter when Karrie Webb won the Longs Drugs Challenge for her fourth victory of the year, one of those a major.
 
The rookie-of-the-year race is over, and it wasn't one of the young Americans who got all the hype at the start of the year.
 
Seon-Hwa Lee tied for 39th at the Longs Drugs Challenge, giving the 20-year-old from South Korea enough points to clinch the award. She is the fifth player from South Korea in the last nine years to win the award.
 
Lee earned her LPGA card by finishing atop the Futures Tour money list last year.
 
KIM'S DEBUT
Anthony Kim left the Oklahoma Sooners early to turn pro, and he can't argue with the immediate results.
 
Using his first sponsor's exemption at the Texas Open -- and with help from a seasoned caddie -- Kim closed with a 65 to tie for second and earned nearly $300,000. In also got him a spot in the Southern Farm Bureau Classic.
 
'I feel if I play well, I can play with anybody,' Kim said. 'My problem was maybe my course management wasn't where it needed to be, and with an experienced guy like 'Bambi' on the bag, it was a lot easier to play golf.'
 
'Bambi' would be Ron Levin, the caddie for Todd Hamilton. The former British Open champion took the week off, so Levin helped navigate Kim around the LaCantera course in San Antonio.
 
DIVOTS
Ireland hasn't seen the last of match play. The European Tour is taking the Seve Trophy to the Heritage Golf & Spa Resort, about 30 miles away from The K Club, in 2007 and 2009. The Seve Trophy is matches between Great Britain & Ireland and continental Europe. ... Perhaps the most biting comment at the Ryder Cup came on Sunday, when Sergio Garcia said Europe's victory hopefully would end questions whether the Nationwide Tour was the second-best tour in golf. 'Behind Europe,' Luke Donald added. ... Eric Axley's victory in the Texas Open was the eighth by a left-hander on the PGA Tour. ... Davis Love III pulled out of the American Express Championship to spend time with his family after two high school friends of his daughter were involved in a car accident Sunday night.
 
STAT OF THE WEEK
Stuart Appleby is the only player to compete in every World Golf Championship that counts toward official money since they began in 1999.
 
FINAL WORDS
'Second-guessing is a waste of time.' Tom Lehman, after his U.S. team was beaten 18 1/2 -9 1/2 at the Ryder Cup.
 
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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.