Winter weather during Pebble Beach summer

By Associated PressJune 17, 2010, 12:30 am

2010 U.S. OpenPEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – Kristoffer Shane prides himself in looking good on the golf course. This week at the U.S. Open, it’s all about long pants and pullover sweaters for this Floridian who never needs anything remotely close to this much clothing when he plays back home.

Shane, a senior-to-be at Division II University of Tampa, is an alternate and qualifier who was still on site Wednesday with slim hopes of cracking a 156-player field that is set for the opening round Thursday. He would love to show off not only his game but also a few more of his new duds. He had to buy several warmer options to play at Pebble Beach.

“This is basically winter for us,” Shane joked at the practice range Wednesday morning, when he wore a favorite charcoal gray sweater for the first time since January with a crisp new pair of matching pinstripe pants. “I’m not used to golfing in sweaters. I brought a whole collection.”

Shane’s caddie and longtime buddy, Brandon Blake, sported one of the louder looks of the day: a sweater of thick horizontal stripes in purple, gray and baby blue to go with his khaki slacks.

“I have the best dressed caddie,” the 22-year-old Shane said with a chuckle before they headed to tee off for a practice round.

Several golfers wore long sleeve T-shirts underneath their polos.

Stylish summer outfits, large sunglasses and sunscreen are going by the wayside – make that seaside in these parts – this week on the Monterey Peninsula in favor of hoodies, windbreakers, fleece vests and even a few stocking caps. One fan walked through the gates sporting an argyle sweater to watch Wednesday’s rounds.

He was far from the only one prepared with an extra layer or two. A female supporter with one of the golfers Tuesday had on a beanie over her hat on a gray, breezy day.

“You look at and it says 65 and sunny and you get out here and it’s low 50s and cloudy and a little bit of breeze,” said Pebble veteran Mike Weir, who plays this course every year. “Any time you are by the coast, you’ve got to have a little luck of the draw. There are so many factors when you play close to the coast.”

This is such a different climate for a major played in mid-June. It was a sunny and warm, for here anyway, 59 degrees early Wednesday with a northwest wind at 6 mph and the chance of the high reaching 65. The rare sight of sun prompted a couple of course officials to slather sunblock on their faces and necks early in the day.

And this was expected to be one of the best days of the week. While Thursday could be mostly sunny with a high of 64, highs of 61 were in the forecast for Friday and Saturday and 62 for Sunday’s final round. The low was anywhere from 51-53 degrees.

That’s a far cry the scorching, steamy weather on the horizon for next year’s Open at Congressional Country Club in Maryland – or even at next month’s U.S. Women’s Open at Oakmont Country Club (Pa.), and any event played in New York or North Carolina for that matter. Yet last year at Bethpage, everybody had umbrellas for an Open that was pushed to an extra day because of all the rain.

At least at Pebble, the spectacular ocean views featuring sandy beaches, steep rock cliffs and the sound of waves crashing into the shore should provide a small distraction from the shivers along the expansive course.

It was Shane’s mother, Darcie, who researched the California coast and made sure her son – who lives at home – was prepared for anything.

“She’s a professional shopper,” Shane said.

These conditions have been an adjustment – and a nice change of pace from the heat and humidity at home.

“Down here we think of California as hot,” Darcie Shane said Wednesday from Ruskin, Fla., about 30 miles south of Tampa. “I was just watching our weather and the heat index was over 100 degrees at 10 o’clock in the morning. It’s a hot one. I told them to enjoy the cool weather. I like taking good care of Kris. I want him to be prepared. You know how young boys are, they don’t know about the weather.”

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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.

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.

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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 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.