Torrey Pines Weighing Heavily on Players Minds

By Associated PressJune 2, 2008, 4:00 pm
2008 U.S. OpenLAFAYETTE HILL, Pa. -- Jim Furyk gathered three of his golf buddies for an informal exhibition Monday, yet the foursomes thoughts were far from The Ace Club in suburban Philadelphia.
Furyk hosted of the 10th Exelon Invitational, and joined fellow PGA Tour players Steve Stricker, Aaron Baddeley and K.J. Choi in putting on an entertaining show for the thousands who trekked around the breezy, sun-splashed Gary Player-designed course.
The USA vs. The World best-ball twosome format (Furyk and Stricker vs. Baddeley and Choi) featured plenty of shot-making and even some laughs. But each player got serious when the topic of conversation switched to the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines.
When the pros converge on the San Diego area next week, Torrey Pines will feature the usual narrow fairways and high rough, and could play nearly 7,600 yards. But that number didnt faze the players.
Length doesnt concern anyone on our tour, said Furyk, the only major winner in Mondays group and runner-up at the Open in the last two years. You cant make golf courses long enough anymore. Seventy-six hundred yards is not that long, especially if the course is playing fast and hard.
But the golf course concerns me because it is hard. The greens are very severe, as severe as weve seen for a long time at a U.S. Open. A lot of the fairways are pitched You have to carve the ball to keep the ball in the fairway.
Baddeley, Stricker and Choi all have their major aspirations.
Last year, the 27-year-old Baddeley led the U.S. Open after three rounds, but fell out of contention after a triple-bogey at No. 1 in the final round.
Baddeley says the experience made him stronger. And should he win a title, he promises to cherish it.
The names that are on that trophy, and to be a part of that history, it would be something that would be so special, the Australian said.
Stricker enjoyed a resurgence in his game recently and is a two-time PGA Tour comeback player of the year. He has struggled this season, however, missing the cut six times after missing six total cuts the two previous seasons. Hes hoping for one more chance to contend for a major.
It would be the ultimate, Stricker said. My career is kind of winding down; Im 41. That would be the ultimate. It would be a dream come true.
Furyk won his only major in 2003, the U.S. Open at Olympia Fields. He admits that Torrey Pines isnt high on his list of places to play.
Its no secret Ive only played Torrey Pines three times in 15 years, Furyk said. And unless I win the Open, theres a good chance Im not going back next year.
I dont dislike it. I dont think its a bad course. Its a good golf course and its hard.
Furyk said Baddeley and the Choi as players doing well enough this season to be in the hunt.
I have to go with the hot player, Furyk said. If it had been last fall, Id have said it would have been Strick. But he has kind of cooled off this spring.
And Choi has been doing well. The 13-time worldwide winner from South Korean claimed the Sony Open in January and has six top-25 finishes in 12 events this year. He was followed around The Ace Club by a large contingent of Korean fans.
Furyks event is the only professional golf that the Philadelphia area gets on a yearly basis. Born in the Philly suburb of West Chester and raised in nearby Lancaster, Furyk is well-versed in the areas place in golf lore.
There is a lot of rich golf history here, Furyk said. We have a lot of wonderful golf courses with (Bobby) Jones winning the Slam at Merion (in 1930) and finishing that off. Its a big part of the city and its a shame we dont have an event here.
The international pairing defeated Furyk and Stricker 3 and 1 after Choi spun a wedge to 6 inches at No. 17. The event raised more than $300,000 for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Eastern Pennsylvania and nudged the decade-old events total earnings for charity past $1.2 million.
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    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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    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.