Scott Says Hes Equipped for a Major

By Associated PressMarch 23, 2005, 5:00 pm
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Adam Scott already has one PGA Tour trophy this year, just not a victory.
He emerged the winner of the wet and wild Nissan Open last month at Riviera, where it rained so much the tournament was reduced to 36 holes over five days. He ultimately won a one-hole playoff with Chad Campbell.
The tour now only recognizes tournaments of at least 54 holes.
The check is still mine. The trophy I have, as well, Scott said. Its a strange deal.
Adam ScottScott agreed with the decision to not count it in the record book because he never had to face pressure on the back nine Sunday knowing the tournament was on the line. He wasnt emotionally spent.
Those are the feelings that come rushing back at The Players Championship.
He remembers staring at the island-green 17th with a two-shot lead that could have disappeared with one miss. He wont forget pulling a 6-iron into the water on the 18th hole, then needing to get up-and-down for bogey from 40 yards to hold off Padraig Harrington.
The chip shot on 18 ... was the most pressure Ive felt on any shot, probably ever, Scott said Tuesday.
Scott will try to become the first repeat winner at The Players Championship when it starts Thursday at the famed Stadium Course at the TPC at Sawgrass.
Not far from his mind is Augusta National, where the Masters will be played in two weeks.
The 25-year-old Aussie is regarded among the best of the young players, and he knows that a major championship will put him among the elite.
Scott believes he has the game to win a major'and he has a trophy to prove it.
I have no doubt in my mind that Ive got the ability to win a major, and I think that comes mostly from winning this tournament last year, Scott said. This is as good a field as any major gets, and to come out on top gives you a lot of confidence.
No one denies The Players Championship is the fifth major. The only problem is a Grand Slam has room for only four.
It will be played on the TPC at Sawgrass for the 24th consecutive year, and it already is among the most memorable courses from a television standpoint because of the significance of the tournament and its continuity at Sawgrass.
The 17th stands out as the most dramatic hole in golf because of the island green. The par-4 18th has water down the left side of the fairway, with deep rough to the right leaving no room for error off the tee.
And the field? Some argue its the strongest and deepest on the PGA Tour.
Not only are the top five players in the same field for the first time this year'Vijay Singh, Tiger Woods, Ernie Els, Phil Mickelson and Retief Goosen'but The Players Championship has the top 50 in the world ranking.
You play against the best players on this golf course under these type of conditions, Woods said. This is one heck of a test, so its a bunch of fun for all of us.
The test might not be particularly stiff this year.
Weather continues to be a theme on the PGA Tour this year. A week after no round ended on the same day until Sunday at the rain-delayed Bay Hill Invitational, practice rounds Tuesday were interrupted twice by rain, and players finally were chased off when it started pouring.
We all know what its like when its really firm, Els said. Its different this year, and I dont think its going to firm up at all. You have to hit in the fairway and take your chances from there.
Els isnt sure The Players Championship favors anyone. It is not particularly long and the rough was slightly deeper at Bay Hill last week, although missing greens here is more of a problem.
But he wasnt surprised to see Scott win last year, becoming the youngest winner of The Players Championship. And the Big Easy expects Scott to hit greater heights.
Hes already got that confidence, winning big tournaments, Els said. Hes definitely the best of the young players, him and Sergio (Garcia). Hes got a sound golf swing, and he looks like hes hungry to take it far.
Scott says hes isnt playing as well as he was at this time a year ago, but few would argue with his results.
Even if the Nissan Open doesnt count.
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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.

    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.