Pettersen Hur take lead at LPGA Thailand event

By Associated PressFebruary 18, 2010, 7:37 pm

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PATTAYA, Thailand – Norway’s Suzann Pettersen made a tap-in eagle on the par-5 18th for a 6-under 66 and a share of the first-round lead Thursday with South Korea’s M.J. Hur in the season-opening Honda PTT LPGA Thailand.

Pettersen played the final four holes in 4 under, birdieing 15 and 17 before capping her bogey-free round with the eagle on 18, while Hur had seven birdies and a bogey in hot conditions on the Siam Country Club’s Old Course.

“Gave myself a lot of chances. Made some and tried to stay patient,” Pettersen said. “When it finally turns around, you’re able to make some moves.”

Pettersen won the event in October 2007, beating Laura Davies with a 15-foot eagle putt on 18 after blowing a seven-stroke lead.

The Norwegian star is being careful in the heat.

“I’m just trying to get good nutrition, drinks at night and stay hydrated to be as fresh as possible in the morning,” she said. “This heat takes a lot out of you.”

Ai Miyazato, Kim Song-hee and Park Hee Young shot 67s, and Stacy Lewis, Brittany Lincicome, Yani Tseng, Angela Stanford and Cristie Kerr opened with 68s.

Top-ranked Lorena Ochoa and Paula Creamer were in a group at 69, but Creamer injured her left thumb on the 17th hole and later withdrew. She said Friday on her Twitter account that she was headed to Detroit to see a hand specialist.

Michelle Wie shot a 72. She dropped four strokes on Nos. 9-11 – bogeying nine and 11 and making a double bogey in the par-5 10th – before rallying with birdies on three of the final four holes.

Hur’s wedge shot from 70 yards on 18 hit the flagstick and she missed the 15-foot birdie attempt.

“Some holes, I was unlucky,” said Hur, who beat Suzann Pettersen and Michele Redman in a playoff last year in the Safeway Classic for her lone LPGA Tour title. “It hit the pin. I had a really good shot, but it kicked out to the right and I made par.”

Hur praised the course.

“I love it,” she said. “The course conditions are so good, some of the best I’ve seen. The greens are fast and firm, really nice. The fairways have no divots.”

Lewis also is comfortable on the layout.

“I think you really get rewarded with good shots and you get penalized for bad ones.” she said. “It’s pretty fair and the greens are rolling well. It’s a good track for me.”

DIVOTS: There were eight eagles in the round, two on par 4s. I.K. Kim eagled the par-4 11th with an 8-iron from 126 yards, and Stanford holed an 8-iron shot from 153 yards on the par-4 14th. … The HSBC Women’s Champions is next week in Singapore. The tour will open its U.S. schedule March 25-28 with the Kia Classic in Carlsbad, Calif.

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.