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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Angela hits Sergio in stride on field at Superdome

By Grill Room TeamDecember 18, 2017, 3:22 pm

Sergio and Angela Garcia's super 2017 keeps getting more ... Super ... Dome. (+1 awful blog lede.)

The couple started the year with Sergio's win at the Masters, then embarked on a whirlwind green jacket media tour, then kicked off El Clasico, then attended Wimbledon, then got married, then announced they were expecting their first child ...

2017 Newsmaker of the Year: No. 5, Sergio Garcia

And now, they're throwing each other passes on the New Orleans Saints' home turf at the Superdome.

Man, it must be so cool do that at the Silverdome. ... ... ... I'm sorry, it is the Superdome, brothers.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 1, Justin Thomas

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 18, 2017, 1:00 pm

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.

Full list of 2017 Newsmakers of the Year

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.

Win No. 1: Title defense at the CIMB Classic

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Win Nos. 2 and 3: The Hawaiian double

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Record Round No. 1: 59 at the Sony Open

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Take a look: Thomas’ scorecard from his amazing 59

Record Round No. 2: 63 at the U.S. Open

Article: Thomas sets U.S. Open record with 9-under 63

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Watch: Thomas loses club, makes 9, misses Open cut

Mr. Major (and win No. 4): PGA champ at Quail Hollow

Article: Thomas joins the club – the major club

Win No. 5: Dell Technologies Championship

Article: Thomas wins the battle of buddies over Spieth

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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.