San Diegos Ching Florida State lead NCAA golf

By Associated PressJune 3, 2010, 5:39 am

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Neither heavy downpour nor a double bogey got in the way of San Diego’s Alex Ching.

He’s learned a thing or two since his last time in the NCAA Division I men’s golf tournament.

“If you take one minute off your shot or take one minute off thinking about what you’re doing, it can jump up and get you,” Ching said. “I went into today thinking about every shot and keeping my mind in the present, and I hit pretty good shots around the green.

“I was just thinking, ‘Don’t screw up like last year.”’

Ching felt the butterflies in his stomach as he stepped up to the 545-yard, par-5 17th hole, halfway through his round at The Honors Course. After hitting it in the middle of the fairway flanked by water to the left and thick trees to the right, he dropped the ball onto the green 6 feet from the hole and made the putt for a birdie—one of eight for the round that helped him tie the course single-round record.

“You get in the zone and you make a birdie or two, from there, if you watch him putt you think every single putt’s going to go in,” San Diego coach Tim Mickelson said.

Ching shot a 6-under 66 for a 9-under 135 total, two strokes ahead of Augusta State’s Henrik Norlander (69) and Oklahoma State’s Peter Uihlein (68). Illinois’ Scott Langley also was tied for second, but had one final hole to play before darkness suspended play.

A year ago, Ching was of to a strong start with a 5 under through 10 holes in the second round before rain and darkness interrupted his play. He finished that round the next day with a 68 only to follow it up with a disappointing 76 to drop well out of the race for the individual title.

Heavy rain and lightning prompted a two-hour delay in play during the afternoon and kept 33 players from finishing the second round before dark. Play will resume early Thursday morning, with the third round to follow.

The individual title will then be awarded while the top eight teams will advance to three rounds of match play.

Florida State took a commanding advantage in the team competition after each player whose scores counted at the end of the day shot under par. The Seminoles were at 14-under 562 after shooting 9 under in the second round.

Senior Seath Lauer said the Seminoles, who finished their round in the early afternoon before the delay, were the most relaxed team out on the course. The team drew their inspiration from Wesley Graham, whose 71 was dropped as the team’s high score of the day. Graham followed a double-bogey performance in the first round with five-straight birdies to open the second.

“Nobody’s uptight, which is great, and I think it’s the way you have to handle this,” Lauer said. “I think a lot of times people look too much into it being the national championship, and we’re just taking it as another round of golf.”

Oklahoma State was second at 567, followed by Georgia Tech (572), Augusta State (575), Florida (576), San Diego (576), Washington (577) and Clemson (577).

Lauer knows the gap between Florida State and the rest of the field will help the Seminoles relax even more on Thursday.

“Obviously if we were in eighth or ninth we’d probably be a little more nervous coming in, but the team’s playing well and I think we really want to play a good round tomorrow and show everybody what we’re capable of,” he said.

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Angela hits Sergio in stride on field at Superdome

By Grill Room TeamDecember 18, 2017, 3:22 pm

Sergio and Angela Garcia's super 2017 keeps getting more ... Super ... Dome. (+1 awful blog lede.)

The couple started the year with Sergio's win at the Masters, then embarked on a whirlwind green jacket media tour, then kicked off El Clasico, then attended Wimbledon, then got married, then announced they were expecting their first child ...

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And now, they're throwing each other passes on the New Orleans Saints' home turf at the Superdome.

Man, it must be so cool do that at the Silverdome. ... ... ... I'm sorry, it is the Superdome, brothers.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 1, Justin Thomas

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 18, 2017, 1:00 pm

He won a major, captured the FedExCup and was named the PGA Tour’s Player of the Year. It should come as no surprise that Justin Thomas holds the top spot on our Newsmakers list for 2017.

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.