Ticked off Tiger texting MJ Boo are you

By Associated PressSeptember 20, 2008, 4:00 pm
Ryder CupLOUISVILLE, Ky. ' Justin Leonards undefeated record through the first three matches of the Ryder Cup wasnt enough to convince U.S. captain Paul Azinger to play Leonard during Saturdays afternoon four-ball.
 
Leonard and Hunter Mahan rolled to a 3-0-0 record through the first three rounds, and Azinger sent Mahan back out for the afternoon matches. Mahan joined Phil Mickelson as the only American players to play in each of the first four matches.
 
Leonard felt he could have gone another 18 holes, but respected Azingers decision.
 
I told Zinger, you know, I felt like I had some more in the tank, Leonard said. I wasnt sure how much. And I think he wants me to be ready for tomorrow. Im going to use this rest to my advantage.
 
Leonard wasnt the only red-hot player who took the afternoon off. Europes Justin Rose asked captain Nick Faldo if he could sit out the four-ball matches even though he and Ian Poulter had gone 2-1-0 through three matches.
 
I really felt like it was best for the team, should I sit out a bit, Rose said. Ive got a bit of a sore wrist and a few little things that you just want to just take care of, no big deal.
 
Valhalla marked the first time under the current Ryder Cup format that Europe had just one player compete in every session.

PAYNES SON

 
U.S. captain Paul Azinger had a special guest in his cart late Saturday afternoon ' Aaron Stewart, the 19-year-old son of the late Payne Stewart, who was Azingers best friend on tour.
 
The Americans have not won the Ryder Cup since Stewart played on the team in 1999 at Brookline. Six weeks later, Stewart perished in a plane accident.
 
TICKED TIGER
 
Michael Jordan knows how tense things can get during competition. So he took a little pity on European captain Nick Faldo during Fridays opening round matches, playfully giving Faldo a neck massage.
 
Jordan, back at Valhalla on Saturday, admitted the move didnt sit well with at least one Ryder Cup regular: Tiger Woods.
 
The worlds No. 1 golfer, watching the Cup on TV while recuperating from knee surgery, fired off a text to Jordan telling him to cut it out.
 
He texted me when I was massaging (Faldo), Jordan said. He said Get your hands off him and choke him instead of massage him.
 
Jordan has attended every Ryder Cup since 1997 and called it one of his favorite competitions in sports.
 
FLASHBACK
 
Justin Rose and Ian Poulter have been friends a long time, well before Poulter turned himself into arguably the most fashionable golfer this side of Jesper Parnevik.
 
To Rose, Poulter is still the chunky kid he played against as a junior, and the memories pop up at unexpected times.
 
Standing on the 14th green during their morning foursome match against Chad Campbell and Stewart Cink, Rose had a flashback.
 
This feeling came over me, and he probably wont thank me for saying this, but I said, Come on Poults, the fat kid from Milton Keynes, knock it in, Rose said.
 
Poulter converted the putt as the English duo won 4 and 3, their second win in three pairings during this weekend.
 
SERGIO SAVES THE DAY
 
Sergio Garcia found a way to make himself useful during the morning foursomes, even though the longtime European team star was sitting for the first time in his Ryder Cup career.
 
Riding along with assistant captain Jose Maria Olazabal, Garcia was standing behind the green watching Miguel Angel Jimenez and Graeme McDowell when a golf cart attempting to get up the bank spun its wheels and fell back.
 
Garcia leaned over to the driver and told him to back up and hit the hill running. After successfully making it up, the driver walked over and gave Garcia a high-five.
 
BOO ARE YOU?
 
Becoming one of the early U.S. heroes of this Ryder Cup hasnt exactly made Boo Weekley a recognizable face.
 
When Weekley attempted to duck under a rope and head into the clubhouse before his afternoon foursomes match with J.B. Holmes, the security guard manning the gate stopped him in his tracks and asked Weekley for his credentials.
 
Weekley, wearing a blue U.S. Ryder Cup team jacket, tan slacks and a blue cap with his name on the back, raised out his arms and pulled out his team shirt before looking at nearby reporters for some help.
 
The guard, embarrassed, let Weekley into the clubhouse while a handful of Weekley supporters ' several wearing Red, White & Boo T-shirts, laughed.
 
WEARING THE COLORS
 
U.S. captain Paul Azinger is borrowing a move from college sporting events to give Valhalla a more festive feel.
 
Azinger encouraged fans to wear blue to the course on Saturday and red on Sunday in support of the U.S. team. Azinger has implored fans to become the 13th man, even creating T-shirts with that phrase splashed across the front.
 
Getting the fans to play dress-up is a tactic thats worked well in Kentucky. Both the University of Louisville and the University of Kentucky have staged White Out and Black Out promotions during high-profile football and basketball games.
 
SOGGY START
 
A small batch of showers softened things up early Saturday morning, and had some of the players wives scrambling for rain gear.
 
Amy Mickelson was seen hustling down the first fairway after husband Phil, her arms full of stuff to bring the wives. The rain made going treacherous for spectators as they walked along the mounds and several photographers took a spill trying to make their way behind the green on No. 9.
 
The sky cleared as the morning went on with temperatures rising into the low-80s by the middle of the afternoon. Forecasters are calling for sun and temperatures in the 80s for singles play on Sunday.
 
SAY THAT AGAIN?
Players arent the only ones coping with nerves at the Ryder Cup.
 
The PGA of America asked former president M.G. Orender to announce the matches on the first tee, and there have been a few glitches. It started with the opening match Friday, when he introduced Padraig Harrington as Harrison.
 
Saturday afternoon, Orender had another slip of the tongue. He first announced Henrik Stenson as Stevens. Then he quickly changed it to Stevenson.
 
Orender at least got a mulligan. After introducing the European team, he again announced the Swede as first to hit, and correctly referred to him as Stenson. Orender held out his palms and rolled his eyes at Stenson to acknowledge the mea culpa.
 
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  • 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.

    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.