Simpson rolling Kite three back

By Associated PressAugust 23, 2008, 4:00 pm
Boeing ClassicSNOQUALMIE, Wash. ' Scott Simpson thought shooting 65 or 66 at the TPC Snoqualmie Ridge wasnt out of the question for someone playing well.
 
Then he went out and proved it.
 
Riding a new putter, Simpson matched the lowest round of the tournament with a 6-under 66 on Saturday and holds a two-shot lead entering the final round of the Boeing Classic.
 
Simpson made five birdies on the back nine, running off a string of one-putts and surging away from a pack of chasers to put himself in position for his first victory in nearly two years. Its the first time on the Champions Tour that Simpson leads going into the final round.
 
I probably didnt hit it as good as today as I did yesterday, but my putter really got hot, said Simpson, a former U.S. Open champion. It seemed like I was one-putting every hole.
 
Simpson started the day even with Mark Wiebe at 5-under, and made his charge on the back nine with birdies on Nos. 10, 11, 13, 14 and dropped a 15-footer on No. 16. Simpson avoided his first bogey of the tournament by dropping a 14-foot par putt on the 17th, then pared the 18th to hold a two-shot lead over David Edwards. Simpson had just 24 putts in his round, including one-putts on six straight holes between Nos. 9 and 14.
 
Simpson changed his putter after the U.S. Senior Open earlier this month and the results are impressive: he has just two bogeys in his last 104 holes.
 
Simpsons last victory came two years ago at the Wal Mart First-Tee Open at Pebble Beach. That victory came a week after he shot 61 in the second round of the Boeing Classic, only to find himself one shot out of a playoff on Sunday.
 
Its great to get the putter rolling. Obviously it helps your score, but it helps your psyche as well, Simpson said.
 
But in true fashion of this 4-year-old tournament, Simpson doesnt find himself with much of a cushion heading into Sundays final round, which was pushed up by two hours because of an incoming storm expected to hit the area later Sunday.
 
Edwards was equally solid, shooting a bogey free round, and dropped all five of his birdies on par 4s, some of them the most difficult holes on the course.
 
Tom Kite, champion two years ago when Simpson shot a course-record 61 in the second round, is two shots back following a 67 that briefly had him in the lead early in his round before seeing Simpson and Edwards pushed ahead on the back nine.
 
Kite left his 30-foot birdie putt on 18 hanging on the lip, one of a number of shots Kite felt he left on the course, despite being pleased with his 5-under round.
 
Its hard to complain with 67, but it was one of those rounds that really could have been something special, said Kite, whose last victory was in 2006 at this tournament. I had some opportunities on the front nine I let get away and then I had opportunities on the back, some holes I didnt take advantage of. Its nice to be in the hunt but it was one of those could of, should of.
 
Bruce Fleisher is at 7-under after shooting 68 and Bruce Vaughan and John Cook lead a group of four golfers at 6-under. Playing in the same group, Cook and Vaughan fed off each other, with Cook making four birdies in his first six holes, then Vaughan added six birdies in his last 11.
 
Playing in the first group off the 10th tee, Lonnie Nielsen was 7-under for his round heading to his 18th hole, but hit his tee shot on the par-3 ninth into the rough and made bogey. He is at 5-under for the tourney.
 
Also lamenting mistakes was Wiebe, who struggled with his putter on the back nine. He drove the green on the par-4 14th, which required a 300-yard drive across the tree-lined canyon, bowing toward the cheering fans at the top of the ridge after his shot finished within 20-feet. Wiebe saw the eagle putt lip-out, then missed a 2-footer coming back for birdie.
 
He again had a short birdie chance on 16, but missed from inside 5-feet. Despite those misses, Wiebe birdied 18 and is 8-under headed to Sunday.
 
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    Cabrera and son 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 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.