Tway Sets Record at Island-Green 17th

By Associated PressMarch 28, 2005, 5:00 pm
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Golf course architect Pete Dye would be proud. One of his most famous tests, the island green at TPC Sawgrass was living up to its dubious reputation at The Players Championship.
And no one felt its sting worse than Bob Tway, the former PGA champion who set the all-time record for futility, taking a 9-over 12 on the devilish 17th hole after dumping four balls in the water. View Tway's Scorecard
Youre playing great in the tournament and all of a sudden, in one hole, you might as well be finishing last, a somber Tway said Monday.
His score erased the mark of Robert Gamez, who took an 11 on the hole during The Players Championship in 1990.
I didnt think anybody would break it, Gamez said. Eleven is a pretty big number.
Tway was tied for 10th stepping to the 17th tee Monday morning and thought he struck a decent iron to the green, but a gust carried it into the water. At the drop area, 77 yards from the cup, things got worse.
Tway again went over the green. His next two shots came up short, and he finally hit the back side of the green, 40 feet away. He three-putted for a 12.
I think I played the hole 4, 4, 6 and 12, he said. I dont know what that adds up to, but I think thats quite a few.
After finishing at No. 18, Tway sat alone at the end of his golf bag, hands covering his face. Scott Verplank, a fellow Oklahoman and one of Tways good friends, patted his buddy to boost his spirits.
Tway was far from No. 17s only victim.
Phil Mickelson put two shots in the water during the third round for a quadruple bogey, then dumped another one in during the final round for a double bogey.
Sergio Garcia went over the green on his first shot, then short after the drop to take a triple bogey.
Tiger Woods couldnt escape trouble either. His shoulders slumped as his ball sailed over the green for a saddening splash.
Woods loves the hole, he just wishes it werent in such a critical location.
Ive always said, 17 is a great hole if it was No. 8, not No. 17, he said. I dont think a hole like that should decide a tournament.
The wind was a major factor. Morning gusts blew to 35 mph, keeping players guessing what clubs to choose.
Vijay Singh, a resident of Ponte Vedra Beach, was asked what he normally does in these conditions.
When its this breezy, we dont even go out, not even to the range, he said.
It wasnt so long ago, Dye says, when PGA Tour pros hated his creation and the havoc it caused. Only recently, he said this week, have the players not snarled as they go by.
If Dye were around at the end of this one, he might have heard those old, familiar grumbles. Tway shrugs his shoulders. Theres not much to say after a hole like that.
Its a shame that it happens, that you play that well for that long, he said. But everyones got to play it.
Joe Ogilvie and Tom Lehman are heading to Augusta National.
Ogilvie was ninth on the PGA Tour money list after The Players Championship, while Lehmans tie for second at TPC Sawgrass left him right behind in 10th, qualifying both for The Masters in two weeks.
Ogilvie finished 1-over at The Players, 10 shots behind champ Fred Funk. But that was still good enough to leave him at $1,223,855. When Ogilvie finished his round, he wasnt sure what his status was as far as going to for the green jacket.
If I get it, itll be great, Ogilvie said as he signed autographs.
Dont worry, Joe. Youre in. It will be the first time down Magnolia Lane for Ogilvie, wholl turn 31 on the Friday of Masters week.
For Lehman, its a return to Augusta after missing last year. Lehman cemented his entry by tying for second, the prize money of $597,333.33 bringing him to $1,211,560 -- $2,030 ahead of 11th place Kenny Perry.
Im looking forward to getting back there, Lehman said.
Calm down Atlanta golf fans and BellSouth Classic organizers, Phil Mickelson says hes coming.
With a bright, sunny day, Mickelson was able to finish The Players Championship on Monday. That means he can get in his practice for the Masters at Augusta National on Tuesday and arrive at TPC Sugarloaf in time for Wednesdays pro-am.
With five weather delays this weekend and nearly two rounds of golf left to play, the defending Masters champion thought hed have to break his commitment to the BellSouths pro-am.
PGA Tour rules are clear'no pro-am without an excused absence, no tournament.
Mickelsons schedule cleared up once the weather did at TPC Sawgrass.
Now that we got it in today, Ill go to Augusta, play tomorrow and should make it to Atlanta in time for Wednesday, Mickelson said.
You couldnt tell the leaders without a scoreboard'at least on the 18th hole of The Players Championship.
Things were so windy Monday morning on the 18th hole that tournament personnel took down the names and numbers from the large, white hand-operated scoreboard from behind the green. Lee Westwoods name literally blew off the leaderboard and nearly went into the lake before a worker chased it down.
Winds gusting up to 35 mph swept over the Stadium Course early on and breeze continued blowing strongly throughout the final round.
Lee Westwoods morning was one to forget. Once tied for the lead, Westwood had a stretch from the 14th to 18th holes of bogey, bogey, bogey, quadruple bogey, bogey. He shot a third round of 80. ... Thomas Bjorn withdrew during Mondays restarted third round. Brent Geiberger also pulled out after shooting a 78 in the third round and continuing his troubles in the final round with two bogeys and a double bogey. He left the last round after five holes.
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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.