Rose earns first PGA Tour win at Memorial

By Associated PressJune 7, 2010, 1:55 am

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DUBLIN, Ohio – Justin Rose was looking at a birdie putt on the 16th green while holding a two-stroke lead in the final round of the Memorial Tournament. Then a thunderous roar came from the nearby 15th hole.

Ahh, Rose thought, Rickie Fowler made an eagle and we’re all tied.

Except he had the wrong Ricky.

Spurred by that little scare, Rose rolled in his 13-foot birdie putt for some added breathing room, shooting a closing 6-under 66 to win the Memorial by three strokes.

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Justin Rose overcame a four-shot deficit to win his first PGA Tour event. (Getty Images)

“That sounded like an eagle roar to me,” Rose said. “So I thought, OK, here we go. This is all dead even. So I knew the putt at 16 was key.”

Rose, who finished at 18-under 270 to collect the $1,080,000 first prize, isn’t known to be demonstrative. But he was so pumped up by the birdie putt that he pumped his fist in celebration.

“I just felt like it swung the momentum back my way,” he said.

Actually, it was Ricky Barnes who holed an 87-yard wedge shot for the eagle at 15, not his rookie playing partner, Fowler. Fowler had led the Memorial by himself after the second and third rounds and began the day with a three-stroke cushion on Barnes and Tim Petrovic, with Rose four shots back.

Fowler was in or tied for the lead most of the day. Barnes, coming off a brilliant 62 in the third round, fell back with a double-bogey at the par-5 7th and never recovered, wilting to a 73.

That left Rose as Fowler’s closest pursuer. He birdied four of the last five holes on the front nine to pull within a shot.

Fowler, second at Phoenix and itching for his first career PGA Tour victory, bogeyed the uphill 10th to fall into a tie with Rose.

Then came the most pivotal shot of the tournament. In swirling winds, Fowler tried to feather a 5 iron into the narrow green on the famous water hole, the par-3 12th, at Muirfield Village.

“I was just trying to aim it at the back bunker and cut it off a little bit there,” he said. “The ball started going where I wasn’t trying to (hit it). I just made a bad swing – and paid for it.”

Fowler’s shot bounded off a bank and into the lake for a double-bogey, providing Rose all the opening he needed. Fowler finished with a 73 to stand alone in second.

Now clear of the field by two shots, Rose played keepaway with four straight pars. He birdied the difficult 14th and then rolled in the birdie at the 16th and was able to play for the middle of the greens on the final two holes to capture his first PGA Tour victory in his 162nd career start.

“It’s a week where I really stayed the most patient, the most within myself, and the most calm,” he said. “It’s a great way to win. And to win here at the Memorial, at Jack Nicklaus’ tournament – I couldn’t think of a better place to win my first tournament. It’s a great day.”

Rose, who’ll turn 30 next month, is far removed from the callow amateur who was marked for greatness when he pitched in at the last hole to tie for fourth place in the 1998 British Open at Birkdale. He’s won seven times worldwide, including five of the six major tours. Still, he hadn’t won anywhere for more than two years.

“Until you win over here, you don’t feel like you’ve really achieved all you want to in the game,” Rose said. “But it’s about winning worldwide, too.”

Rose was greeted by his wife, Kate, and his 15 1/2 -month-old son, Leo, who clapped his hands as his father held him.

Nicklaus, the Memorial founder and host, came away impressed with what he saw from Rose.

“He never made any mistakes,” Nicklaus said of Rose. “He just played good, solid golf.”

Rose one-putted eight consecutive greens at one point in becoming the second consecutive Memorial winner to overcome a four-stroke deficit in the final round. Tiger Woods did it a year ago.

Barnes, who shot a closing 73, was at 276 along with Bo Van Pelt. Phil Mickelson, who double-bogeyed the 15th hole after taking a drop and then hitting a metal wood from black-topped pavement near the 17th fairway, was at 277 along with Ryan Moore and Petrovic. Matt Kuchar and Stewart Cink were another shot back, with 2002 Memorial winner Jim Furyk at 279 along with 21-year-old sensation Rory McIlroy, making his first appearance at the tournament.

Woods, who has won the Memorial four times, had been off the previous three weeks because of a neck injury. He fought a balky driver and never got anything going, winding up tied for 19th at 282. He vowed to be ready for the U.S. Open in two weeks at Pebble Beach.

Rose was also looking ahead. He considered the victory just the start.

“I turned pro at 17 and now I’m 29; that’s 12 years,” he said. “I figure, OK, that’s the real learning phase. I hope to be moving into my prime for the next 10 years. I don’t know what happens after that. We’ll see. I’m very excited about 29 to 39.”

 

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Newsmaker of the Year: No. 1, Justin Thomas

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Thomas entered the year ranked outside the top 20, and few might have pegged him for a transcendent campaign. But he kicked off January with a win in Hawaii, added another before leaving the Aloha State and never looked back.

Thomas’ seminal moment came in August when he captured the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow for his breakthrough major title. One month after greeting Jordan Spieth behind the final green at Royal Birkdale, this time it was Thomas’ turn to have friends stick around to snap pictures with the trophy that signaled his arrival among golf’s upper echelon.


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In addition to racking up the hardware – five in total, including the inaugural CJ Cup at Nine Bridges in his first start of the new wraparound season – Thomas dazzled with style. His runaway win at the Sony Open included an opening-round 59, and his third-round 63 at Erin Hills marked the first time anyone had ever shot 9 under on a U.S. Open venue.

Thomas’ consistency was rewarded at East Lake, when a runner-up finish at the Tour Championship netted him the season-long title and $10 million prize. It was in the subsequent press conference where he shared the goals list he had written into his cell phone in February, having ticked off nearly every one. It showed a dedicated attention to detail as well the tactical approach with which Thomas had steered his rapid ascent.

Heading into a new year, he’s now very clearly entrenched as one of the world’s best. And as his career progresses, it’s likely we’ll look back at 2017 as the point where Thomas first transformed great potential into eye-popping results.

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Cabreras win PNC Father/Son Challenge

By Associated PressDecember 17, 2017, 11:36 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. closed with a 12-under 60 for a three-shot victory in their debut at the PNC Father/Son Challenge.

The Cabreras opened with a 59 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club and were challenged briefly by the defending champions, David Duval and Nick Karavites, in the scramble format Sunday. The Argentines went out in 30, and they had a two-shot lead with Cabrera's son came within an inch of chipping in for eagle on the final hole.

They finished at 25-under 199 for a three-shot victory over Duval and Karavites, and Bernhard Langer and Jason Langer. The Langer team won in 2014.

Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara tied for fourth at 21 under with Jerry Pate and Wesley Pate.

Cabrera wasn't even in the field until two-time U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange and his son, Tom Strange, had to withdraw.

Duval and his stepson went out in 28, but the Cabreras regained control by starting the back nine with back-to-back birdies, and then making birdies on the 13th, 14th and 16th. The final birdie allowed them to tie the tournament scoring record.

''This is certain my best week of the year,'' said Cabrera, the 2009 Masters champion and 2007 U.S. Open champion at Oakmont. ''To play alongside all the legends ... as well as playing alongside my son, has been the greatest week of the year.''

The popular event is for players who have won a major championship or The Players Championship. It is a scramble format both days.

In some cases, the major champions lean on the power of their sons for the distance. O'Meara said Saturday that his ''little man'' hit it 58 yards by him on the 18th. And on Sunday, Stewart Cink said son Reagan told him after outdriving him on the opening four holes, ''In this tournament I may be your son, but right now I'm your Daddy!''

Jack Nicklaus played with his grandson, G.T. They closed with a 64 and tied for 15th in the field of 20 teams.