Webber Tops Barkley Tolliver Celeb Champion

By Associated PressJuly 17, 2005, 4:00 pm
STATELINE, Nev. -- Former NFL quarterback Billy Joe Tolliver overcame a bogey on the last hole to win the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship at Lake Tahoe on Sunday.
 
Tolliver, the 1996 champion who squandered a final-round lead last year, closed with a 1-over 73 for 76 points in the modified Stableford scoring system. He was four points better than Cleveland Browns quarterback Trent Dilfer.
 
Former pitcher Rick Rhoden, playing in the same group as Tolliver, missed a 25-foot eagle putt on the last hole and finished with 71 points. Chris Chandler was fourth with 69 points in the scoring system that awards six points for eagle, three for birdie, one for par, zero for bogey and minus two for double bogey.
 
It was the first time in five years that someone other than Rhoden or former NHL star Dan Quinn won the 16-year-old tourney at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course. Quinn, who won three of the last four, finished sixth on Sunday.
 
Tolliver seemingly had the title wrapped up heading to the final hole, but hit his drive wide right into a waste area. He then onto the beach bordering the lake on the par-5 18th. After taking a drop, he chipped off a cart part and made a 5-foot putt for bogey.
 
``I was lucky to get out of this alive today,'' Tolliver said. ``I'm a little bit devoid of talent so, naturally, I blocked it left onto the beach, where I always spend Sundays here. I've probably thrown away $300,000 to $400,000 on that beach. They ought to call it Joe's Beach.''
 
Tolliver said Rhoden would have won easily if a few putts dropped.
 
``Rick was probably a total of 3 inches from being 8 or 9 under. I just got lucky that the putter wasn't hot for him today,'' Tolliver said.
 
Tolliver had three bogeys and three birdies on the front nine, including a 14-foot, downhill birdie putt on the 439-yard, par-4 ninth that put him five points ahead of Rhoden and Dilfer.
 
But he got into trouble on the par-5 16th when he drove into the left rough then hit his approach into a greenside bunker. He blasted out of the sand to 3 feet, but missed the birdie putt, setting up the dramatic finish.
 
Charles Barkley finished next-to-last in the 81-player field minus-84 points. As a result, to pay off a wager with Chris Webber, Barkley will have to pay $50,000 to a charity of Webber's choice.
 
``I feel like Tiger Woods today,'' said Webber, who finished at minus-76.
 
Others in the field included John Elway (22nd), Dan Quayle (32nd), Michael Jordan (36th), Donald Trump (42nd) and Don Cheadle and Kevin Nealon (tied for 75th). Actor Brad Garrett finished last at minus-87.
 
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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 ...


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

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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.