Woods never gets under par at Aronimink

By Associated PressJuly 5, 2010, 12:04 am

2010 AT&T NationalNEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. – Changing out of his golf shoes after another frustrating round at Aronimink, Tiger Woods could not think of the last time he failed to finish a regular PGA Tour event without breaking par.

“Maybe a Tour Championship?” he asked.

Not quite. It was 11 years ago at the Bay Hill Invitational when Woods shot par or worse all four rounds, He matched that dubious distinction Sunday in the AT&T National by closing with a 1-over 71, to follow scores of 73-70-70.

What sent Woods to Ireland in such good spirits, however, was that he could not remember the last time he drove the ball this well.

He measured that not by any statistics, but by having so much confidence in where it was going that he found himself talking caddie Steve Williams into hitting driver. Usually it’s the other way around.

He was never a factor as the defending champion of the AT&T National, playing so early that the leaders were just teeing off about the time Woods finished both rounds on the weekend. Even so, Woods didn’t hesitate when asked if he made progress.

“I did,” he said. “I drove it pretty good this week. That was fun. It’s not too often that Stevie is talking me out of hitting driver. I was driving it so good, I just wanted to hit driver every hole. It hasn’t been like that in an extremely long time.”

Including the majors, it was the first time Woods failed to break par in any round since the 2007 Masters. At Augusta National that year, he went 73-74-72-72 and tied for second.

Aronimink certainly had the feel of a major this week with its ultra firm greens and fast fairways. Woods was up to the test from tee to green. It’s when he had the putter in his hand that it fell apart.

He took 120 putts for the week – that’s an average of 30 per round – and made only 13 birdies over four rounds. Woods was never under par for his final round. He got back to even on the par-5 16th only to hit it so long on the par-3 17th that from the back rough, he chose to play toward a swale instead of a risky pitch to a shallow section of the green, taking the water – and a big number – out of play.

He settled for a bogey, and finished with a routine par.

Next up is a pro-am charity event Monday and Tuesday in Ireland hosted by longtime friend J.P. McManus, then a return flight to Florida to get ready for the British Open at St. Andrews, where Woods has won the last two times.

“It does feel good to hit the ball as well as I did this week,” he said. “I just need to get my putter organized a little better and really work on my putter over there. We’re going to be tested. There are a lot of long putts.”

Woods won the last two British Opens at St. Andrews by a combined 13 shots, although he had momentum on his side in 2000 and 2005. This time, he goes to St. Andrews having not won since November.

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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.

Man, it must be so cool do that at the Silverdome. ... ... ... I'm sorry, it is the Superdome, brothers.

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.