Piri 'Petey's' Final Words

By May 17, 2011, 2:30 am

Waking up that morning was supposed to be filled with many more smiles and excitement; except that I woke up with back spasms like crazy from the flight out to Cali...what a nightmare!  I was still very stiff and FREEZING before I hit the first shot of the competition. Came straight out of it and thinned the heck out of the ball over the green. That sucked so bad, but whatev.  I thought I would still have a couple more chances to avoid elimination.  That was NOT the case though haha…I got one more shot, a drive against Shank…

People might think that picking Shank was a dumb decision.  I didn’t feel that way one bit. I know what he’s done for a living in the past, but I played golf with him the day before I could see how he could get a little loose off the tee, so to me, I had a chance because I driving the ball fairly straight. Well, obviously that backfired hard, and Shank nailed one down the fairway which made me have to step up and murder one to stay alive, which I didn’t do.

What you may not have seen was that Shank and I exchanged more than one drive in that competition. His first shot, he pulled left of the fairway, which gave me the opportunity to hit the fairway and win the match.  What I should have done is go back to the cart and grab an iron and hit the fairway - - thanks for coming.  But, I didn’t.  I kept the driver because I had been hitting it very well and proceeded to hit a very good drive. My first drive ran down the left side of the fairway for forever until it trickled into the rough by about a foot at the last second.  I wasn’t patient enough to go back to the cart and play for the win.  I thought we were playing for real money and I wanted to have the longest drive on that hole after Shank had missed the fairway.  Well I was wrong.  We weren’t playing for money and I lost the match anyway!  That sucked so hard.

Now, I am in an elimination with Oren. I felt very good about my game and even though I was giving a stroke, which made ridiculous sense, I still felt I could beat Oren. My first tee shot found the water, and the crazy thing is that I hit my target and made a great swing…But! I thought we were playing the hole from 440, when in fact they had moved us up to 410, but you really couldn’t tell because of all the cameras and people everywhere. We had also never seen these holes before so I thought we were on the back tee box…guess not, and I flew the ball 20 yards too long off the path.  Totally flabbergasted about how far my ball went compared to the yardage book, which was because of the tee boxes…whatever.  Anyway, I didn’t lose any blood on the first hole but somehow quickly found myself in a lot of trouble on the second hole. I had 200 yards with the green monster in front of me!  I had to try and smash a 7 just to get it up, and ended up losing it well to the right, pretty much knocking myself out of the Big Break. Oren goes on to make a great birdie and eliminates me from the show first!  That’s a terrible feeling to be knocked out first. I feel like I had a very good chance to go very far in this competition, and it ended up being the exact opposite. Regardless, I had an unbelievable time participating on the show, I met a lot of great people, and I would do it again in a heartbeat!

This won’t keep me down by any means.  Since the show, I’ve been playing regularly on the NGA Hooters Professional Golf Tour. I have made four out of five cuts with a couple Top 25s and a Top 15. I’m currently traveling throughout the southeastern U.S. playing as many tournaments as possible. Right now I’m in Knoxville, TN, at an event where I’ve played solid thru two days shooting (71-65) -8 total after two rounds. Hopefully, I’ll keep doing the opposite of how I hit it on the shot hahah…

Take care, y’all.  Thanks so much for watching….we’ll get ‘em next time! Later.

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 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.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.