End of the PGA Tour line for Adam Scott

By Doug FergusonAugust 31, 2009, 12:00 pm
NORTON, Mass. – Adam Scott won his first PGA Tour event at the Deutsche Bank Championship six years ago. Not many could have guessed at the start of this year that he would not make it back to the TPC Boston for the second round of the FedEx Cup playoffs.

His troublesome season ended Sunday with a 25-foot birdie and a wistful smile, knowing that he was not even close to moving into the top 100 in the standings to advance.

What’s next for the 29-year-old Scott?

He will return to Australia after next week and plans to have surgery on his right knee for a cyst that has become a nuisance the last few years. Scott said it was unrelated to six times he has dislocated his right knee cap (the most recent last November), nor did it affect his golf swing throughout the year.

He said fluid has caused the cyst to grow, and doctors either will drain it and patch it, or remove it.

“It’s something I should have had done at the start of the year,” he said.

Instead, he played at Kapalua, where he spent the week with Kate Hudson, then tied for second at the Sony Open. That was as good as it got, as Scott spiraled into a mysterious slump. He showed signs of emerging with his tie for fourth at the Loch Lomond, only to miss the cut in the final two majors.

Scott and swing coach Butch Harmon mutually agreed to take a break as Scott tries to find his way.

He only has the Australian Masters, Australian PGA and Australian Open on his schedule the rest of the year. He likely can scratch off the Presidents Cup, although Scott (No. 14 in the standings) won’t rule out being a captain’s pick until Greg Norman tells him so.

He saw Liberty National as an audition, and it turned out to be a final audition.

“I had high hopes of playing well,” he said. “I did play well the last three days, and it’s the most I’ve enjoyed golf in a long time. But I don’t have high hopes – I don’t have realistic hopes – of being a pick.”

ALL IN THE FAMILY: In a peculiar move, Kenny Perry parted ways last week with longtime caddie Fred Sanders, with whom he has won most of his tournaments. Sanders said Perry has decided to use his son, Justin, the rest of the year – the final three FedEx Cup playoff events, and even the Presidents Cup.

His son played college golf at Western Kentucky and caddied for his father at the British Open, where Perry tied for 52nd without breaking par in any round at Turnberry.

Sanders said he learned of the change through Perry’s agent, even though they worked all week at The Barclays.

Asked about using his son, Perry replied tersely to two reporters, “Guys, I really don’t want to talk about that.”

Perry, who turned 49 last month, has won twice this year, lost in a playoff at the Masters and is No. 5 in the world ranking. He has 14 career victories, and has said one of his ambitious goals is to get to 20.

FRUSTRATED KIM: Anthony Kim was 13 shots out of the lead going in to the final round of The Barclays, pounding balls on the range, most of them close to perfect.

“I need some of these out there,” he said as his swing coach and trainer looked on.

Kim turned to an observer and promised, “Something big is coming – soon.” Then he started his final round with a bogey and double bogey, and had to rally for another round of 71.

So what is big, especially with the majors over? And what exactly does he mean by soon?

“For me, being in the hunt is big,” Kim said after his round, an indication of how much his performance has slipped. “And soon will be in the next three weeks.”

Kim says his game is close, but he’s not scoring. Lately, he has been hurt by slow starts. He nearly missed the cut at The Barclays until a strong closing kick Friday.

“I’m just not getting the ball in the hole fast enough,” he said. “And when I do, I’m stalling. I’m not moving forward. It’s frustrating. This is the most time I’ve spent on my swing. This is the most time I’ve spent chipping and putting.”

Later, however, he said he had to “clean up a few things,” which including doing a better job managing his time. He did not elaborate.

PLAYOFF PERKS: Heath Slocum never had a chance to digest the significance of his victory at The Barclays. One minute he was barely in the playoffs, the next he was at No. 3 in the FedEx Cup standings and assured a spot in the Tour Championship.

That means he gets in all four majors next year – the Masters, U.S. Open and British Open take the 30 who qualify for the Tour Championship, the PGA Championship by virtue of winning.

He also gets into all the invitationals and two of the World Golf Championships – Doral and Firestone. And there’s the trip to Kapalua for the winners-only SBS Championship to start the year. His wife, Vicky, won’t be joining him. She is pregnant with their second child and due in the middle of January.

PLAYOFF FEVER: Three years into the FedEx Cup, no one gets ready for the playoffs quite like Steve Stricker.

He won the inaugural playoff event at The Barclays in 2007 and was the runner-up Sunday. Along the way, Stricker has become one of only three players to compete in all 36 rounds of the nine playoff events.

“It’s the playoffs, I guess,” Stricker said with a laugh. “I mean, it’s the time of year. Fortunately, I’ve been playing well since the playoff started. I got that going for me. Obviously, you want to be playing well at this time. There’s a lot of incentive there for us at the end of it all.”

Make that double incentive for Stricker – hunting season is around the corner.

Stricker rarely plays much past September, although he has the Presidents Cup this year. As for the HSBC Championship, a World Golf Championship in Shanghai the first week of November?

“Let me think about that – no,” he said with a laugh.

DIVOTS: With his runner-up finish at The Barclays, Tiger Woods went over $8 million for the season for the fifth time in his career. … U.S. Open champion Lucas Glover is the only major champion who has turned down his spot in the HSBC Championship in Shanghai. … Woods’ runner-up finish at The Barclays leaves the FBR Open in Phoenix as the only tournament he has played at least three times without finishing second or better. … Nick Watney has chosen John Merrick as his partner for the World Cup in China.

STAT OF THE WEEK: Everyone in the top 10 of the FedEx Cup standings has won at least once this year. Last year, three players among the top 10 after The Barclays had not won a tournament.

FINAL WORD: “It’s hard to win out here, as I’m finding out. But at least I’m finding out. Before I didn’t know.” –Paul Goydos.

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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 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.