Weir fighting arm pain at Canadian Open

By Associated PressJuly 22, 2010, 2:06 am

TORONTO – Mike Weir escaped the usual talk about the long home drought in the Canadian Open, fielding questions instead about his sore right arm and historic St. George’s Golf and Country Club.

Trying to become the first Canadian winner in 56 years and first Canadian-born champion in 96 years, the 40-year-old Weir skipped the final three holes in his pro-am round Wednesday to get treatment for tendinitis.

“It started bugging me a little bit last week at the British Open,” the left-hander said. “I put a little brace on it Monday when we played, and that seemed to do the trick pretty well. I kind of took it easy – just hit probably 20, 30 balls – yesterday.

“Today it progressively got worse. So, I decided to call it a day after 15 holes and got it worked on. So, hopefully I’ll get it ready for tomorrow.”

Weir, the 2003 Masters champion who won the last of his eight PGA Tour titles in 2007, has one top-25 finish – a sixth-place tie in the Bob Hope Classic in January – in 14 stroke-play events this year. He missed the cut last week at St. Andrews, the fourth time he has dropped out after two rounds in his last six starts.

In the pro-am, he had a black elastic brace wrapped around his arm just below the elbow and frequently massaged his biceps and forearm between shots.

“Every week, sometimes, you’re not 100 percent, and it’s just happened that it’s this week that it’s bothering me, but I don’t think it’s a distraction,” Weir said. “It’s just the fact that, I’m not able to practice as much as I would have liked to coming off three weeks off and only playing two rounds last week at the British.”

English star Paul Casey, at No. 8 the top-ranked player in the field, knows what Weir is going through trying to win his national championship.

“As much as you (Canadians) want a Canadian to win a Canadian Open, I guarantee that Mike Weir wants it a thousand times more than you could ever imagine he wants it,” said Casey, coming off a third-place tie Sunday at St. Andrews.

“To win your national championship, that’s what you want. For me, winning the Open championship is the ultimate goal. For an American, the U.S. Open, and I’m sure for Mike Weir, he wants to win the Canadian Open. … He just needs a little bit of luck.”

Pat Fletcher, born in England, was the last Canadian winner, taking the 1954 event at Point Grey in Vancouver. Carl Keffer is the only Canadian-born champion, winning in 1909 and 1914. Albert Murray, a Canadian also born in England, won in 1908 and 1913.

It also has been a long time since the last Canadian Open at Stanley Thompson-designed St. George’s, the hilly, tree-lined classic with thick rough and tricky, undulating greens. Back in 1968, Bob Charles won at 6 under, hitting a 7-iron to inches for a closing birdie and a two-stroke victory over Jack Nicklaus. The club, called Royal York until 1946, also was the tournament site in 1933, ’49 and ’60.

“I think 9 under, when it’s all said and done, would be very good,” Weir said. “Just because, on the greens, you have to be underneath the hole. But when you’re hitting 3- and 4-irons in there, sometimes you’re going to find yourself above it. And they’re really difficult above the hole.”

When asked if St. George’s was a second-shot course, defending champion Nathan Green said he was simply worried about getting the ball in play off the tee.

“You just won’t be able to hit the green from the rough,” said Green, a playoff winner over Retief Goosen last year at Glen Abbey.

Getty Images

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.

Getty Images

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.