Wagner holds off late-charging Romo in Lake Tahoe

By Associated PressJuly 17, 2011, 10:28 pm

STATELINE, Nev. – Even actor Jack Wagner’s 91-year-old mother was focused on Tony Romo as her son and the Dallas Cowboys quarterback battled in the final round of the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship at Lake Tahoe.

But Wagner, the only non-professional athlete to have won the tourney in its 22 years, did it again Sunday, holding off the late-charging Romo with a 10-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole and overcoming a shot into the pond guarding the par-5 18th.

“Unbelievable,” said Wagner, who joined Rick Rhoden, Billy Joe Tolliver and Dan Quinn as the only multiple champs to claim the $125,000 winner’s check at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course.

“My hat’s off to Tony Romo,” he said. “What a great player. I’m just really happy to have played well.”

Wagner, who described himself earlier in the week as a “pipsqueak” actor trying to keep up with the big hitters, said he telephoned his mother before Sunday’s round and all she wanted to talk about was Romo.

“I’m like, `Mom, mom, we’re only concerned about Jack today. We can’t control Tony,’ ” Wagner said.

That didn’t stop his mother from commenting on Romo’s size.

”`If it comes down to a wrestling match, mom, we’re going to lose,’” Wagner said he told her. “So that was really the key for me today. I was kind of focused on what I was doing and I think that helped my nerves.”

Wagner birdied his first two holes and five of the first eight to open up a 10-point lead that appeared to be insurmountable in the modified Stableford scoring format that puts a premium on eagles and birdies.

But he bogeyed three of his next six while Romo drove the green and eagled the 315-yard 11th then birdied the 13th to cut the margin to two.

Both hit inside 15 feet on the par-3 17th, but Romo missed his birdie attempt while Wagner made his.

Romo followed Wagner into the pond on the 18th then made par while Wagner saved bogey to win 80-77.

“I had to be aggressive and have a three there,” Romo said of his second shot from about 165 yards that had to clear a big tree in front of the green and knife through a strong wind off Lake Tahoe.

“It’s the kind of shot you’ve got to hit if you need to make eagle. I hit a good shot. It held its line until about the apex when it started to drift,” he said. “Jack deserves all the credit here. He really went out there and won the golf tournament.

“He put a lot of pressure on me to play a great round of golf. When you make six birdies in the first 11 holes it usually is over by that point.”

Ex-quarterback Chris Chandler, who won in 2007, tied Jeremy Roenick for third at 66. Actor Oliver Hudson was fourth at 62. Rhoden, an eight-time winner, was next with 61. A record 40,156 fans attended the tourney, spokesman Phil Weidinger said.

The Stableford system awards six points for eagle, three for birdie, one for par, none for bogey and minus 2 for double bogey or less.

It also gives eight points for a hole-in-one, but that was the last thing on Joe Sakic’s mind after the former NHL MVP made an ace on the par-3 17th, where a hole-in-one earns $1 million from the tournament sponsor, with half going to Lance Armstrong’s Livestrong Foundation for cancer research.

“That’s a shot you never imagine hitting,” said Sakic, who won two Stanley Cups with the Colorado Avalanche. “I’ve never even been close before. If you’re going to do it, why not here?”

Romo shot a 66 in a regular format while Wagner had a 69.

“Six birdies, no bogeys. That’s a good round of golf for me,” Romo said.

Wagner said a lot of the credit goes to his longtime friend and caddie for the week, PGA Tour pro David Berganio Jr., who hopes to be back from an injury in January.

“I think whenever I’ve folded up here and been close to the lead, it’s because I’ve always thought about what might happen, or the negative thoughts,” he said. “And today I stayed pretty positive. That’s a lot to do with David.”

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.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.