Two tales of sponsor exemptions

By Associated PressJanuary 27, 2010, 1:09 am

SAN DIEGO (AP)—David Duval went from the sixth alternate at Torrey Pines toreceiving a sponsor’s exemption to withdrawing from this week’s FarmersInsurance Open, all within a span of about 24 hours.

Missing from this strange sequence of events is that Duval had already beenrejected once. When the exemption was awarded to him on Monday night, his WestCoast schedule already was set.

“It was entirely unplanned,” Duval said on Tuesday from his home inDenver. “I had written for an exemption and was turned down, and other thingsfell into place.”

The former British Open champion ran out of status last year when he failedto finish in the top 125 on the money list and didn’t earn a card from Q-school.He is having to rely on sponsor exemptions and his status as a past champion,and he’s having relatively good success.

Just not in San Diego.

The U.S. PGA Tour players who initially received exemptions to Torrey Pineswere John Daly , Rocco Mediate and Billy Mayfair . The tournament had two extraexemptions to award on Monday, and gave them to Duval and Tom Pernice Jr.

Duval missed the cut on Sunday at the Bob Hope Classic, flew home with hisfamily and then learned a spot was waiting for him in San Diego. Trouble was, healready had accepted exemptions to Los Angeles and Pebble Beach, and he’s in thetournament in Mexico. To play in San Diego would have meant five straight weeks.

“That’s not conducive to your golf game, mental game, anything,” Duvalsaid. “I feel bad about it, but I already had been turned down once and I hadto build my schedule around that.”

CHARITY BOOST: In a tough year for charity, Billy Andrade and Brad Faxon hada record year in New England.

The Andrade-Faxon Charities for Children distributed more than $321,135 to52 organizations that serve at-risk children in Rhode Island and southeasternMassachusetts.

Money comes from their CVS Charity Classic in the summer and from individualcontributions. They have awarded more than $4 million since they created thecharity in 1994.

“These grants will help meet the basic needs of our community’s children,”Faxon said. “We try to lessen the burden of hunger and illness so kids can bekids.”

VETERANS: Bobby Mitchell, a two-time winner on the U.S. PGA Tour, onceshowed up at Quail Hollow as a 60-year-old who was the 61st alternate. Becauseso many alternates didn’t show up, he was next in line when the final group teedoff.

That wouldn’t happen under a new policy in the PGA Tour regulations thisyear.

To be eligible as an alternate as a past champion or a veteran (making 150cuts in a career), a player must have signed up for Q-school in at least one ofthe previous two years, made a cut on the U.S. PGA Tour or Nationwide Tour inthe previous two calendar years, or played in five or more tournaments on eithertour the previous year.

The change should help Lance Ten Broeck , the caddie for Jesper Parnevik whoplayed in the Texas Open last year under such circumstances. He gets credit forplaying the Texas Open in 2009. Plus, he played the Reno-Tahoe Open and aChampions Tour event in Minnesota in 2008.

DIVOTS: The U.S. PGA Tour’s final tally for charity in 2009 was $108million, with the Valero Texas Open the top tournament at $8 million. … PaulLawrie signed an equipment deal with Wilson Golf. Lawrie last played Wilson whenhe won the British Open at Carnoustie in 1999. … Four weeks into the U.S. PGATour season, Pat Perez is the only player to enter every event this year.

STAT: Tim Clark of South Africa has more runner-up finishes (eight) than anyother active player without a U.S. PGA Tour victory. Next on the list is BrettQuigley with five.

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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 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.