Tangtiphaiboontana In Final

By Associated PressJuly 26, 2002, 4:00 pm
USGA 74x32WESTFIELD, N.J. ' Jenny Tangtiphaiboontana, whose parents were killed in a car crash last year returning from one of her tournaments, won two matches Friday to advance to the final of the U.S. Girls' Junior Championship.
Tangtiphaiboontana, 17, of Long Beach, Calif., beat Allison Martin of Bakersfield, Calif., 2 and 1, in her semifinal match at the Echo Lake Country Club.
Tangtiphaiboontana will play qualifying medalist In-Bee Park, 14, of Eustis, Fla., on Saturday. Park beat Hannah Jun of San Diego in 20 holes in the other semifinal.
``I'm actually pretty excited,'' Tangtiphaiboontana said. ``I was pretty happy just making it to the quarterfinals. When I won this match, it was like: `Wow.' It's all pretty overwhelming.''
In November, Tangtiphaiboontana's parents died in an automobile accident on the way home from a state tournament in California.
Tangtiphaiboontana and her best friend, Dianne Sirisut, were riding in the vehicle. Tangtiphaiboontana sustained only minor cuts and scratches and returned to play golf only a few weeks later.
``There have been certain periods when I'm not playing well, or I'm stressed out, I say, 'Why am I still playing?''' she said. ``But I don't mean that seriously.''
In her mother's memory, Tangtiphaiboontana carries a red blouse that her mother used to wear during the final rounds of tournaments.
Her brother 19-year-old brother Tommy, who attends Yale, has taken time from pursuing college internships this summer to be with her. Tangtiphaiboontana, still living on the West Coast with a family friend, said she talks to her brother every night.
``He has taken my mom's place,'' she said. ``It's a little easier. It's nice to have someone here. I'm just kind of trying to repay him; so far I think it's working.''
After beating Amie Cochran, 16, of Torrance, Calif., in 20 holes in the quarterfinal, Tangtiphaiboontana won the first two holes in the semifinal match. Martin squared the match by the seventh hole, but it would be closest she would get.
Tangtiphaiboontana pushed her lead back to 2-up on the 16th hole, when Martin missed a 7-foot putt for par. Tangtiphaiboontana ended the match on the 17th.
Tangtiphaiboontana hasn't wondered about winning.
``I've managed to shut it all out,'' she said.
Park went to extra holes to win both matches. She needed 22 holes to beat Jean Reynolds, 17, of Newnan, Ga. in the morning, and then spoiled Jun's 17th birthday in the afternoon.

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.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.