Roberts Wiebe take team lead at Liberty Legends

By Associated PressApril 25, 2009, 4:00 pm
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2007 Liberty Mutual Legends of GolfSAVANNAH, Ga. ' The birdie-fest continued under near perfect conditions at the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf, with a few eagles and the events first double-eagle tossed in Saturday.
 
Loren Roberts and Mark Wiebe reeled off five birdies and an eagle over the final nine holes for a better-ball 61 and 125 total, a stroke ahead of John Cook and Joey Sindelar (63) at The Club at Savannah Harbor.
 
First-round co-leaders Bernhard Langer and Tom Lehman (66) were tied for third with Mark OMeara and Nick Price (64) at 127 on the island course in the middle of the Savannah River.
 
The leaders finished with birdies on the final two holes, Wiebe from 25 feet on the 17th, Roberts with a 30-footer on the 18th for the final margin.
 
I think the real key to our round was the finish we had, Roberts said.
 
Wiebe had the eagle on the par-5 11th, hitting what he called a soft 3-wood from 250 yards to within 30 feet, then sinking the putt.
 
My caddy kept saying, Keep your foot on the peddle, Wiebe recalled. I said, Dont worry about it. Thats really all you can do in this format.
 
The Legends division of the tournament, an individual affair since 2002, switched back to team play last year and declared the earnings would be official money in the annual rankings. As a result, partners helping one another read greens and birdies are almost a must.
 
Its too easy to get down out here if youre not making birdies, Sindelar said. But, you cant do that. Youve got to keep banging through it until you make another birdie.
 
Cook and Sindelar, who played together in college at Ohio State and helped the Buckeyes win the 1979 NCAA championship, ran off five birdies on Nos. 7-11.
 
Every team goes through a stretch of 45 minutes or so when they dont make any birdies, Sindelar said. I call that lunch hour. But we had a good lunch hour today. We made five birdies instead.
 
The fun-loving duo of Fuzzy Zoeller and John Jacobs (67), who shared the first-round lead, somehow managed to make two bogies, slipping to 16-under 128.
 
Des Smyth and Mark James (62), playing the back nine first, reeled off six birdies and an eagle for an 8-under 28 on their first nine holes. They were in a large group that included defending champions Tom Watson and Andy North (64) tied at 14-under 130.
 
Jay Haas, using a 3-wood from 272 yards, holed it for a double-eagle on the par-5 11th. It was the first double-eagle in the history of the tournament. He and Ben Crenshaw (63) also were at 14 under.
 
Gary Koch and Roger Maltbie (64), who spend more time describing golf on TV than playing these days, won the two-day Raphael division with a 16-under 116, two strokes better than Lee Trevino and Mike Hill (66). Earlier in the week, Bob Charles and Gary Player teamed to win the two-day Demaret division for players 70 or older.
 
Notes: Since teaming up in 2005, Watson and North are a combined 95 under par after 11 rounds in the tournament. Norths caddy this week is three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Tom Friedman. Roberts was scheduled to play with Scott Simpson, with whom he finished T-11 last year. He hooked up with Wiebe after Simpson injured a wrist in an auto accident in January.
 
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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.