Rookie pair among leaders at Johnnie Walker

By Associated PressAugust 27, 2010, 11:43 pm

European TourGLENEAGLES, Scotland – The rookie pair of Frenchman Julien Guerrier and England’s Gary Boyd plus England’s David Lynn are tied for the lead at 9 under par after two rounds of the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles in Scotland.

Guerrier, 25, shot a 5-under-par 67 while 23-year-old Boyd, who lost out in a playoff for last week’s Czech Open title, shot a 68. Lynn, 37, later joined the two rookies in also shooting a 68.

The trio are two shots clear of three other players Scotland’s Marc Warren (70), England’s Mark Foster (67) and South African George Coetzee (68).

England’s Simon Dyson, who is striving to secure a place in the European Ryder Cup team, did his chances no harm in moving to a share of seventh place at 6 under par after a round of 70.

Dyson is currently four places outside of qualifying and will need to capture the Scottish event to ensure automatic selection for the event at Celtic Manor.

Also at 6 under par was Ireland’s Paul McGinley (70) along with Spain’s Miguel Angel Jimenez (68) and Italy’s Edoardo Molinari (68).

Jimenez was a late entry into the tournament as he looks to secure his place in the Ryder Cup team while Molinari is hoping a good showing in Scotland will help in earning a wildcard pick.

Guerrier rose to fame in capturing the 2006 British Amateur championship.

The Evreux-born player comes from rich sporting pedigree. His grandfather was a fencing world champion; grandmother played basketball for France; his mother played basketball in the French First Division while his father played football in the French Second Division.

Guerrier turned professional straight after the 2007 Masters at Augusta.

But he said it was watching TV footage of Martin Kaymer’s recent PGA Championship success that inspired him to one of his lowest scores of the season.

“I watched Martin Kaymer, 26 years old, make the fantastic title in the U.S. PGA and I said, he’s a good player, but I’m a good striker and I can do it,” said Guerrier.

“So I try to do it and don’t try too much, just play your golf, play your best and go see the flag and play it. That’s all.”

Missing from the closing two rounds will be European Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie. who can now concentrate fully on his Sunday night choice of wildcard picks.

“I just think it’s super that everyone is performing to the best of their ability,” said Montgomerie after scores of 71 and 76 for a 3-over-par tally.

“I can’t please everybody, the only way I could do that was to pick 20 players but I have to leave out some good players, some winners. It’s a good headache to have and it’s the first time a European captain can use such terminology.

“I will go out on the course on Sunday. I’ll be doing my homework on Saturday. I’ll get on the computer so that I’m up to speed so that you can ask any questions you like and I will have the answers.”

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.