Sabbatini Mallinger tied at Byron Nelson

By Associated PressMay 22, 2009, 4:00 pm
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IRVING, Texas ' John Mallinger knew he had a perfect lie in the bunker. Next came the perfect shot for an eagle, which he only knew for sure because of what he heard.
 
I actually didnt see the ball go in because I was so deep, Mallinger said. But I heard my buddies yelling, so it was good.
 
Mallinger holed that 45-foot shot from the sand at No. 7, and had another eagle at the only other par 5 at the TPC Four Seasons on his way to a 5-under 65. That gave him a share of the second-round lead with Rory Sabbatini (64) at 8-under 132, a stroke ahead of five players.
 
2000 champion Jesper Parnevik is three shots back. (Getty Images)
Sabbatini had a season-low round, including four consecutive birdies following an unconventional par.
 
My par on No. 3 was better than any of the birdies, Sabbatini said. I drove it in the water, then hit a 5-iron in the right greenside bunker, then holed it. Just a regulation par.
 
That 96-foot par-saving bunker blast came at the 528-yard third hole, his 12th of the day. He then pitched inside 9 feet at Nos. 4 and 6, made a 13-footer at the 174-yard fifth and two-putted from 65 feet at par-5 7th.
 
Mallinger, who tied for third at The Players Championship earlier this month to match a career-best finish, got back even for his round with a 16-foot birdie at the par-4 sixth. He immediately followed that with his first eagle and another birdie.
 
He gave strokes back with bogeys at Nos. 11 and 12, but finished with four consecutive 3s ' the second eagle, two birdies and a par in that closing stretch.
 
I was proud of myself for coming back, said Mallinger, who got even with Sabbatini after his 15-foot birdie at No. 18. It was kind of slipping away. Now were in a perfect spot.
 
First-round co-leader James Nitties (68) was in the group at 7 under along with Brian Davis (65), Briny Baird (64), James Driscoll (66) and Dustin Johnson (65).
 
Nitties, the fun-loving PGA Tour rookie who had predicted his biggest challenge of the second round would be his 7:25 a.m. tee time, hit his first tee shot way left out of bounds and opened with a double bogey.
 
It was a poor start, theres no excuse, Nitties said.
 
But Nitties didnt let it carry over. He responded with eight consecutive pars before five birdies in a seven-hole stretch.
 
Davis, in the same group with Nitties, had a double bogey when he three-putted from 5 feet at No. 12. That was his only miscue of the day.
 
Driscoll, who lost in a playoff to Zach Johnson last week in the Texas Open, got to 9 under before finishing with consecutive bogeys. He three-putted the 198-yard 17th and missed the fairway off the tee at No. 18.
 
It stinks to end like that, but I did a lot of things great out there, too, Driscoll said. So its kind of what Im going to focus on.
 
Davis and Driscoll both have six consecutive rounds in the 60s. Davis has the longest active streak on the PGA Tour with 18 straight rounds of par or better.
 
Defending champion Adam Scott missed the cut by three strokes after consecutive 71s. Since a runner-up finish at the Sony Open in January and two World Golf Championship events that have no cuts, Scott has missed the cut and gone without a paycheck his last six tournaments.
 
Divots: Ken Duke, who shared the first-round lead, shot a 69 and was two strokes back with Robert Allenby (67) and D.A. Points (66). Justin Leonard had the best round of the day, a 7-under 63. That followed his opening 75. With inclement weather forecast for Saturday afternoon, players will tee off early in threesomes off Nos. 1 and 10. Sabbatini, Mallinger and Davis tee off at 9:30 a.m. local time. David Toms missed the cut, but still has a chance to earn exemptions to the U.S. Open and British Open as long as more than two players behind him do not knock him out of the top 50 in the world ranking. Among the closest behind Toms, who is No. 47, are Davis Love III, Graeme McDowell and Ben Crane. All of them made the cut in either the Nelson or in Europe.
 
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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

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    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

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    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.