Watson Prugh tied after 4 rounds at Hope Classic

By Associated PressJanuary 25, 2010, 2:04 am

LA QUINTA, Calif. (AP)—Bubba Watson , Alex Prugh and Joe Ogilvie all had latechances to create a little separation atop the Bob Hope Classic field Sunday.All three made mistakes better suited to their amateur playing partners.

And that left a leaderboard crowded with low-profile pros seeking theirfirst career victories in the Monday finale.

Watson double-bogeyed the final hole in the fourth round, dropping him backinto a tie with PGA Tour rookie Prugh at 23-under 265. Prugh missed a 3-footputt to bogey his own final hole, while Ogilvie sat two strokes back after adouble bogey on his 17th.

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“You can’t have double bogeys and win the Hope,” Ogilvie said.

Actually, you probably can this year. The famed tournament features none ofthe PGA Tour’s top 35 players, creating golden opportunities for the top fourplayers heading into the final round at the Arnold Palmer Private course at PGAWest.

After knocking his second shot into the water and then missing a 6-foot putton the par-4 18th, Watson finished with 3-under 69 to match Prugh (70) at23-under 265. Bill Haas and Tim Clark were a stroke back after 66s, Ogilvie (68)followed at 21 under, and Mike Weir was in a group another stroke behind afterhis fourth straight 67.

Watson, Prugh, Haas and South Africa’s Clark have never won on the PGA Tour,while Ogilvie has just one win.

“The emotions, they’re flowing, they’re going up and down out there,” saidHaas, whose father, Jay, won the Hope Classic in 1988. “If there’s good weather(Monday), it’s going to take a 66 to have a chance. I don’t even know if thatwill win tomorrow.”

Watson was among the last off the courses, and the long-driving pro couldhave put himself in prime position for the $900,000 winner’s share of the $5million purse at this four-course event, which was pushed back a day after rainwashed out play Thursday.

Instead, he failed to overpower the relatively easy Nicklaus Private course.Watson, whose wife played in the pro-am event, still made six birdies before hisdisappointing finish.

“Tomorrow is going to be a tough day no matter if I had the lead, was tiedfor the lead, or one back, or five back,” said Watson, who plans to buy areplica of the General Lee car from “The Dukes of Hazzard” television seriesif he wins. “Tomorrow is going to be a fun day. This is what we live for. Themore chances I get to win, maybe I’ll get one to luckily fall in and win one.”

Prugh, the 25-year-old former University of Washington star making his thirdPGA Tour start, missed an easy putt to bogey his final hole on the SilverRockcourse, finishing another self-described unremarkable round. He still claims theHope Classic doesn’t feel much more stressful than events on the NationwideTour, where he won the New Zealand Open last year.

“The way things were going the first three days, where the scores weregoing, I definitely didn’t think 2 under would keep me in it,” said Prugh, whoopened the Hope Classic with a 64-66-65 start. “It’s definitely what I expectedto feel. I feel like I’ve been in this situation before.”

Ogilvie appeared the angriest at himself after he double-bogeyed the 17th atLa Quinta. Ogilvie, whose only PGA Tour victory came in Milwaukee in 2007, paidthe price for guessing at a yardage distance.

“My caddie was about 30 yards off,” said Ogilvie, who hadn’t made a bogeysince early in the second round. “I had uncertainty on the tee, and it’s amistake to hit driver when you’re not confident standing there.”

Watson held a lead going into the final round twice before, but failed towin the 2007 Houston Open and 2008 Arnold Palmer Invitational.

The cut claimed several of the tournament’s bigger names, including JustinLeonard , Rocco Mediate , David Duval , Jesper Parnevik , Chad Campbell and highlytouted 21-year-old rookie Rickie Fowler , whose first two tournaments of 2010have been nothing special. Fowler missed the cut last week in Hawaii, and hedidn’t crack 70 in his four rounds in the Palm Springs desert.

The Hope Classic had its second straight day of postcard-perfect PalmSprings scoring weather, with no real breeze and ideal temperatures. Thebeautiful conditions even brought out a family of eight bighorn sheep, whichmoseyed out of the craggy cliffs and onto the 16th hole on the Palmer course tochew on some grass.

The sheep ambled back up into the rocks before the group containingParnevik, long-hitting former Jets quarterback Vinny Testaverde and “BurnNotice” actor Jeffrey Donovan reached the hole.

DIVOTS: Mike and Jay Haas could become the eighth father-son combo to win onthe PGA Tour. … All but a handful of amateurs and celebrities stuck around toplay the fourth rounds Sunday. … Jeff Maggert withdrew after eight holes withflulike symptoms.

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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.)

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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.

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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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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.