Ogilvie Wins First PGA TOUR Title

By Associated PressJuly 22, 2007, 4:00 pm
US Bank Championship in MilwaukeeMILWAUKEE -- Joe Ogilvie eagled the par-4 16th hole to break a tie with Tim Clark and win his first PGA TOUR event in 230 starts by shooting a 67 to finish 14-under 266 at the U.S. Bank Championship on Sunday.
 
Clark (71), along with third-round leader Tim Herron (72) and Charlie Wi (68) finished 10 under. Steve Flesch (68), Bob Heintz (68), Jeff Maggert (69) and Kenny Perry (71) were six strokes back.
 
Clark squandered a two-stroke lead on the back nine and he and Herron, playing in the final group, heard the gallery's roar after Ogilvie's eagle.
 
Ogilvie, at 11 under, had to carry his wedge shot over water 119 yards to the pin. The ball hit the middle of the green and spun back about 30 feet to the cup, where it dropped.
 
Ogilvie had a wide-eyed look, jumping up and yelling 'Whoa!' before an awkward high-five with his caddie to celebrate the lucky shot that moved him 13 under.
 
He added a birdie on No. 18 to finish his round, but the eagle was all Ogilvie needed.
 
The 33-year-old Duke graduate who closely monitors the stock market had made seven consecutive cuts and led here at the midway point, but said his weekend play made him a seller, not a buyer.
 
Now he'll have $720,000 to invest for winning at the Brown Deer Golf Course, the PGA's shortest event, after the economics major vastly underestimated his own value on the final four holes, which he played at 9 under for the tournament.
 
The holes saved him on Saturday. In the midst of a poor round, he recorded an eagle-birdie sequence on Nos. 15 and 16 to move back within a shot of the lead heading into Sunday.
 
On Sunday, Ogilvie bogeyed the 10th to fall two off the lead, but he responded with a 24-foot birdie on No. 13 to move to 11 under and set the stage for his eagle.
 
It was more frustration for Clark.
 
After squandering a three-stroke lead on the back nine at the John Deere Classic last week, the 31-year-old South African who now lives in Scottsdale, Ariz. held a two-stroke lead for a fleeting moment after Ogilvie's mistake on the 10th.
 
But Clark, runner-up at the 2006 Masters, missed a 16-footer for par on the 10th and dropped to 11 under and bogeyed No. 16 to fall further behind.
 
After receiving a cortisone shot three weeks ago for a bulging disk in his neck, Clark has been playing some of his best golf lately in an effort to make a third consecutive Presidents Cup team and the FedExCup playoffs.
 
But he is still winless on the PGA TOUR in part because he failed to make a birdie on the back nine.
 
Herron, who has more than $14 million in career earnings despite just four PGA TOUR titles, couldn't contain his wayward drives and the shots came back to haunt him after he took a one-stroke lead into the final round.
 
Herron, 37, carded two bogeys on the front nine and continued to squander opportunities on the back side. Herron finally birdied No. 16, but gave it right back with a bogey on No. 17 leaving no one to challenge Ogilvie.
 
Earlier in the day, Wi birdied four of the last five holes to move to 10-under, but it wasn't nearly enough to catch Ogilvie, either.
 
The U.S. Bank Championship had typically been played the week after the British Open, but fell concurrently to the tournament this year and will again in 2008.
 
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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.

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    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.