Singh Looks to End Dry Spell in Houston

By Associated PressApril 20, 2005, 4:00 pm
2005 Shell Houston OpenHUMBLE, Texas -- Vijay Singh might have found the perfect remedy for his three-month dry spell.
A winner twice in the past three years at the Houston Open, Singh is counting on a return here to snap out of a victory drought that dropped him from No. 1 in the world.
'I'm waiting for another kick start,' Singh said Wednesday, the same day he was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. 'Maybe this is a place to get me going again.'
A year ago, Singh came to this tournament in pretty much the same position. He had won only one event, Pebble Beach, and was mired in a dry spell that gave little hint of the dazzling year to come.
Then he won in Houston by two shots over Scott Hoch, won in New Orleans a week later and finished the season with nine wins, shattering the tour record for earnings with nearly $11 million and replacing Tiger Woods at No. 1.
The season has started off much the same for Singh in 2005.
After a birdie on the 18th hole to win the Sony Open in January, Singh missed the cut at Pebble Beach, was knocked out in the second round at the Match Play Championship and never made much of a run at the Masters. He has come close on occasion, finishing runner-up two straight weeks in Florida.
But he arrived at Redstone Golf Club behind only Phil Mickelson and Woods on the money list and confident he could come up with a repeat performance. After all, he has finished in the top five in four of his last five tournaments.
'I feel like I'm in better position right now than I was last year,' Singh said. 'I'm not going to say I'm going to go ahead and win another eight tournaments, but I'm going to try. It's out there and I'm able to do that.'
History, however, will be against him when the tournament begins Thursday.
The event has never had back-to-back winners since it began in 1946.
Eight players, Singh and Arnold Palmer among them, have won at least twice here and Curtis Strange won three times (1980, 1986 and 1988). Palmer came the closest to winning in consecutive years, taking the 1966 event, then finishing second the next year, one shot behind Frank Beard.
Regardless, Singh has a better chance of repeating than most because several other top players opted not to come.
Five of the top 15 players in the world - Luke Donald, Adam Scott, Ernie Els, Retief Goosen and Sergio Garcia - are playing at the Johnnie Walker Classic in China.
Singh, David Toms, Darren Clarke and Chad Campbell are the only players from the top 20 in the world at Houston.
Peter Jacobsen, who helped redesign Redstone in 2002, lamented the absence of big names, particularly Woods.
'I think it is incumbent upon all of the best players to come play in an event like this,' Jacobsen said. 'I think this would be a great golf course for Tiger Woods. I'm shocked that Tiger does not play this event.
'We wanted to build a golf course that was fun and fair for all levels of players and I think we've done that.'
This year's event is the third and final one at Redstone, where it moved in 2003 after 18 years on the TPC at The Woodlands. It is scheduled to move again next year to a Rees Jones-designed course now under construction next to Redstone.
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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.