Duval Sees First Signs of Success

By Brian HewittSeptember 8, 2004, 4:00 pm
Vijay Singh elbowed Tiger Woods out of the way Monday for the coveted No. 1 spot on the Official World Golf Ranking list. But you will be hard pressed to find a player feeling any better about himself right now than David Duval.
Duval fired a 4-under par 67 Monday in the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship at the TPC of Boston to finish tied for 13th. Once upon a time it was Duval who unseated Woods from the No. 1 spot. But that was before injuries and related swing troubles ushered in a swift fall from golfing grace.
Mondays round was the first in the 60s for Duval in a PGA Tour event in 15 months. The check he received for his top 15 ($93,750) was worth more than all the ones he earned in an horrific 2003 season that saw him play 20 events and total less than 85 grand.
Earlier this year Duval married a woman, who had three children from a previous marriage. They moved into a new house in Denver. His health'most notably back problems'improved. He played his first event of the year at the U.S. Open at Shinnecock and missed the cut by a million. He withdrew from the British Open with more back trouble. He played at The International near his new home and missed the cut there, too. Ditto for the next week at the PGA Championship.
Then he got with Texas-based instructor Hank Haney. Haney, who has spent much of the summer saying he is NOT Tiger Woods new swing coach, changed Duvals grip from strong to neutral. That forced swing changes. The goal was to take the hook out of the equation.
So far so good.
Lots of changes, says Charley Moore, Duvals manager. You get the sense that with family and health and contentment of life back in their proper places that Davids golf now has a chance to emerge.
Duval is entered in this weeks Bell Canadian Open. And Moore said he expects Duval to play in two or three events after next week. If everything continues to move in the right direction, Moore said it would not be out of the question to see Duval playing a full schedule in 2005.
The relationship with Haney is not one that needs constant monitoring. Haney basically laid out the necessary changes in Texas. And he isnt expected to travel to events, at least not on a regular basis, to be with Duval.
This arrangement should suit the independent-minded Duval.
He is not within shouting distance of the top any more. But his world ranking did climb back to 451 Monday.
Dont be surprised if he cracks the top 100 early in 2005.
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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.