Spieth four back misses high school graduation

By Associated PressMay 29, 2011, 2:02 am
IRVING, Texas – Jordan Spieth started his high school graduation day with a round of golf – in the PGA Tour’s Byron Nelson Championship.

The 17-year-old amateur birdied the first two holes Saturday. He was 5 under and within three strokes of the lead before hitting a couple of tee shots into bunkers. He finished with a 2-over 72 and was 1 under for the tournament, only four strokes behind leader Ryan Palmer (73).

Spieth’s round ended about 4 p.m. time, the same time the other 245 boys in the senior class of Dallas Jesuit Prep were beginning their graduation ceremony on the SMU campus about 20 miles away.

Because of expected traffic, Spieth’s mother said they wouldn’t try to get to the ceremony, which was also near where Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo was getting married.

With a large gallery following Spieth and playing partner Jerry Kelly, the teenager opened with a 10-foot birdie putt.

Then on the 190-yard No. 2 hole, with heavy winds bending the flagstick tucked on the front left of the green, Spieth hit his tee shot inside 3 feet for another birdie.

“I was like all right, who knows what can happen, who says you can’t shoot 5, 6 under today. And then reality kind of kicked in,” Spieth said. “I caught a couple of bad breaks. But also within those bad breaks, I made a couple of amateur decisions, which definitely hurt.”

Spieth’s first hiccup came when his tee shot at the par-4 fourth hole landing on the facing of a fairway bunker. After blasting out only 50 yards – with one foot in the bunker and the other out – his third shot hit and then rolled through the green. When the ball rolled off the back of the green, Spieth gritted his teeth while dropping into a half squat and gripping his club hard with both hands.

After he chipped to 8 feet off, he two-putted for double bogey.

Before his first putt at No. 4, Spieth stood in front of a leaderboard which had his name directly below Palmer and Sergio Garcia, then the co-leaders who had not yet teed off.

Spieth had another bogey at No. 9 when he hit another fairway bunker, then found a greenside bunker before blasting to 5 feet. After an 11-foot birdie on No. 10, his first tee shot at No. 11 went out of bounds and he had a double bogey 6.

“On four or five holes today I made four or five swings where I wasn’t ready to hit me. And it cost me five shots,” he said. “But, you know, I’m happy today the ball is rolling on the greens and my putter is keeping me in this and helping me. Maybe one of these rounds I’ll find a way to not make any bogeys.”

With winds were sustained at 25 mph with gusts near 40, it was a tough day for scoring. There were only eight under-par rounds among 74 players, the best a 3-under 67.

After a birdie at the par-4 14th, Spieth had consecutive bogeys before a 10-foot birdie putt at the par-3 17. He then had a 7-foot par-saving putt after missing the green with his approach at No. 18, where he was greeted with a roaring ovation from the fans.

“I’m actually in a good mood because I finished well on 17 and 18,” he said.

It is the second year in a row the Spieth made the cut at the Nelson. He finished tied for 16th last year and was within three strokes of the lead after 10 holes in the final round. He received a sponsor’s exemption to play in the tournament again this week.

His caddie this week is another local amateur, and his future teammate when they get to the University of Texas next fall. He is carrying Spieth’s “Jesuit Rangers” bag from his high school team.

Spieth, a past U.S. Junior Amateur champion, plans to take part in a U.S. Open qualifying tournament June 6 in Dallas.

When Spieth made it to play the weekend rounds as a 16-year-old at the Nelson last year, he was the sixth-youngest person to make the cut in a PGA Tour event.

After Spieth’s second round Friday, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban tweeted: “Shout out to Huge Mavs Fan JORDAN SPIETH.. Congrats and Keep it rolling !!!”

Spieth was sitting in a suite with tournament officials and other golfers Wednesday night at the American Airlines Center when the Mavericks won Game 5 of their Western Conference finals series against Oklahoma City to earn a spot in the NBA Finals.

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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.