Perry Coasts to No 2

By Associated PressJune 2, 2003, 4:00 pm
DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) -- Kenny Perry releases tension by stomping on the accelerator in his dragster and hitting a top speed of 165 mph while doing the quarter-mile in 8 seconds.
It's the way he gets away from the stress of his day job as a professional golfer.
On Sunday, he almost went to the emergency chute a little too soon.
Perry won for the second time in two weeks, building a six-shot lead with six holes to play and then leaking oil down the stretch to beat Lee Janzen by two strokes at the Memorial Tournament.
'My arms felt real heavy,' Perry said after bogeying five of the last six holes in an even-par 72. 'I felt like the weight of the world was on my shoulders.'
The final six holes didn't really matter, however, because of the way the 42-year-old Perry played the previous 66. He piled up 14 birdies during a 50-hole span without a bogey until calamitous weather hit in the third round.
He stared down the field in the first 12 holes of the final round, posting four birdies with pars on the other eight holes to all but end any speculation that anyone else might win.
'He wasn't quite on top of his game coming in,' Janzen said. 'But he had a big enough lead it didn't matter.'
When Perry was asked if he was worried about falling apart at the finish, tournament founder and host Jack Nicklaus jumped to his defense.
'You did what you had to do coming home to protect the lead,' Nicklaus said. 'You knew you cous two-week winning streak
Perry has been content to stay in the shadows for most of his 17-year PGA Tour career. That may be increasingly difficult to do after his back-to-back wins. The six-time tour winner climbed to fifth on the tour money list and could move into the top 10 in the world rankings.
A country boy from Kentucky, he said he doesn't believe the past two weeks will change him.
'I think it was just my time,' he said. 'I always knew I could win out here. I always felt like my game was good enough. I wasn't pushing the right buttons at the right time.'
Deeply religious and a devoted family man, he said he has become calmer than when he was a young player.
'I just feel relaxed for some reason,' he said. 'I feel like when I get into the heat of the shot I'm able to slow down -- my heart rate slows down. I slow down everything. I slowed my swing down and started hitting terrific golf shots.'
Woods paid the ultimate compliment to a blue-collar player who had never before won twice in one year, let alone twice in two weeks.
'That was a joke to shoot that at Colonial,' Woods said. 'To do it here back-to-back weeks with the wind blowing as hard as it has, he has put up some pretty good numbers.'
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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 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.