World Golf Glance

By Associated PressNovember 18, 2009, 1:12 am

EUROPEAN TOUR

Dubai World Championship

Site: Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.

Course: Jumeirah Golf Estates, Earth Course (7,675 yards, 7,018 meters, par72).

Purse: $7.5 million. Winner’s share: $1.25 million.

Last year: Inaugural event.

Last week: Tiger Woods won the Australian Masters for his seventh victory ofthe year, closing with a 4-under 68 at Kingston Heath. Paid a $3 millionappearance fee to make his first Australian start in 11 years, Woods has 82official worldwide victories. Greg Chalmers finished second, two strokes back.… France’s Gregory Bourdy won the Hong Kong Open for his third European Tourtitle, beating Rory McIlroy by two strokes. Bourdy jumped to 47th on the moneylist to earn a spot in Dubai.

Notes: The top 60 on The Race to Dubai money list qualified for theseason-ending event, with only Paul Casey (rib injury) and Anthony Kim missing.The 20-year-old McIlroy tops the standings with $3,778,016. Second-place LeeWestwood ($3,587,256), third-place Martin Kaymer ($3,471,564) and fourth-placeRoss Fisher ($3,132,976) are the only player in contention for the $1.5 milliontop prize from the $7.5 million bonus pool. McIlroy, Westwood or Kaymer wouldwin with a tournament victory, regardless of where the others finished. The Raceto Dubai money winner also will receive a seven-year European tour exemption.The tournament winner will get a five-year exemption. … Citing the economicdownturn, the event purse and bonus pool were cut 25 percent in September—from$20 million to $15 million. … Padraig Harrington , Geoff Ogilvy , Ernie Els ,Retief Goosen , Camilo Villegas and Sergio Garcia are in the field. … The OmegaMission Hills World Cup is next week in China.

On the Net: http://www.europeantour.com

US LPGA TOUR

LPGA Tour Championship

Site: Richmond, Texas.

Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.

Course: The Houstonian Golf and Country Club (6,650 yards, 6,080 meters, par72).

Purse: $1.5 million. Winner’s share: $225,000.

Last year: Inaugural event.

Last week: Michelle Wie won her first US LPGA Tour title, beating PaulaCreamer by two strokes in the Lorena Ochoa Invitational. The 20-year-old Wieshot 70-66-70-69 at Guadalajara Country Club, Ochoa’s home course. Wie wasmaking her 65th US LPGA Tour start.

Notes: The top 120 on the money list after the Mizuno Classic two weeks agoqualified for the season-ending tournament. The event replaced the ADTChampionship, the limited-field Trump International finale that had a $1 milliontop prize. Jiyai Shin won that event last year, beating Karrie Webb by a strokein the eight-player Sunday shootout. … Wie is making her 19th US LPGA Tourstart of the season. She also will play the European Tour’s Dubai Ladies Mastersin December. … Shin has an eight-point lead over Ochoa in the player of theyear race. Cristie Kerr is third, 29 points behind Shin. Points are awarded tothe top 10 finishers, with the tournament winner getting 30, second place 12 andthird nine. If Shin ends Ochoa’s three-year reign, the 21-year-old South Koreanwill sweep the rookie and player awards. Nancy Lopez is the only player to winboth in the same season, accomplishing the feat in 1978. Tied with Ochoa for thetour victory lead with three, Shin wrapped up the money title last week. She hasmade $1,775,104—$279,292 more than second-place Kerr. … Ochoa leads Shin inthe Vare Trophy scoring average race, 70.2250 to 70.2674.

On the Net: http://www.lpga.com

OTHER TOURNAMENTS

Men

PEBBLE BEACH RESORTS: Callaway Golf Pebble Beach Invitational,Thursday-Sunday, Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spyglass Hill Golf Course and DelMonte Golf Course, Pebble Beach, California. On the Net:http://www.pebblebeach.com

JAPAN GOLF TOUR: Dunlop Phoenix, Thursday-Sunday, Phoenix Country Club,Miyazaki, Japan. On the Net: http://www.jgto.org

PGA TOUR AUSTRALASIA: NSW PGA Championship, Thursday-Sunday, Wollongong GolfClub, Wollongong, Australia. On the Net: http://pgatour.com.au

CHAMPIONS TOUR: Champions Tour National Qualifying Tournament,Tuesday-Friday, TPC Scottsdale, Champions Course, Scottsdale, Arizona. On theNet: http://www.pgatour.com

ASIAN TOUR: Cambodian Open, Thursday-Sunday, Phokeethra Country Club, SiemReap, Cambodia. On the Net: http://www.asiantour.com

TOUR OF THE AMERICAS: Roberto de Vicenzo Classic, Thursday-Sunday, SanEliseo Golf and Country Club, San Eliseo, Argentina. On the Net:http://www.tourdelasamericas.com

Women

JAPAN LPGA TOUR: Daio Paper Open, Friday-Sunday, Elleair Golf Club, Ehime,Japan. On the Net: http://www.lpga.or.jp

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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.

Win No. 1: Title defense at the CIMB Classic

Article: Thomas (64) rallies to defend CIMB title


Win Nos. 2 and 3: The Hawaiian double

Article: Thomas refuses to let disastrous hole derail TOC win

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Record Round No. 1: 59 at the Sony Open

Article: Thomas becomes youngest player to shoot 59

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Record Round No. 2: 63 at the U.S. Open

Article: Thomas sets U.S. Open record with 9-under 63


Temporary Slide: Open MC makes it three in a row

Watch: Thomas loses club, makes 9, misses Open cut


Mr. Major (and win No. 4): PGA champ at Quail Hollow

Article: Thomas joins the club – the major club


Win No. 5: Dell Technologies Championship

Article: Thomas wins the battle of buddies over Spieth


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And One to Grow On: Wins at CJ Cup in 2017-18 season

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 18, 2017, 12:30 pm

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.