Scott stands by Williams, stays in the hunt

By Doug FergusonNovember 5, 2011, 9:00 am

SHANGHAI – Adam Scott believes his caddie’s racial comment about former boss Tiger Woods was taken out of context and wasn’t a distraction to him. He showed that much in the final hour of the HSBC Champions to charge back into contention.

Steve Williams was given a mock award for “Celebration of the Year” at the caddies’ awards dinner.

In an evening full of banter and salty language, Williams was being interviewed on stage when he was asked why he gave a TV interview after Scott won the Bridgestone Invitational. “My aim was to shove it right up that black -------.”

Williams issued an apology before the third round of the HSBC Champions, and Scott said that was enough for him.

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“Didn’t distract me too badly in the end today,” Scott said after a birdie-birdie-eagle finish for a 69, leaving him three shots behind Fredrik Jacobson going into the final round of the World Golf Championship.

“Look, anything with Tiger involved is a story,” Scott said. “I value Steve’s contribution to my game and to have him on the bag. While he’s caddying, I hope he can caddie for me.”

Overlooked in all this was Jacobson, who won his first PGA Tour event this summer at the Travelers Championship and is on the cusp of adding an even bigger title at Sheshan International.

Jacobson ran in birdie putts of 30 feet and 40 feet on consecutive holes on the back nine, then finished with four pars for a 5-under 67 that gave him a two-shot lead over Louis Oosthuizen.

Jacobson was at 16-under 200, breaking by two shots the 54-hole tournament record.

U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy finally got on track with bogey-free round of 65 and was at 12-under 204, along with Lee Westwood, who had a 67. Martin Kaymer (68) and Graeme McDowell (67) were five shots behind.

Westwood and McIlroy will be in the penultimate group, with their own small drama. McIlroy two weeks ago left the International Sports Management group that includes Westwood.

He has exchanged banter with Westwood on Twitter this year that had a bit of an edge to it, and McIlroy stopped following Westwood on Twitter after leaving Chubby Chandler and ISM.

Even so, nothing compared with the squabble going on with Williams and Woods, which features Scott trying to keep neutral ground. Westwood, Geoff Ogilvy and Ian Poulter were among those who walked away when the topic shifted to Williams and Woods.

“I’ve had an ear infection for two weeks and I couldn’t hear a lot of what was going on,” Westwood said sarcastically. “So it would be wrong for me to comment on anything.”

The leaders didn’t care, either. At stake Sunday is something they feel is far more important.

Jacobson took the lead Friday with a 66, and he has not shown any indications that he will stop firing at flags on a Sheshan International course that remains vulnerable with occasional light rain and an overcast sky.

“I think I’ve been playing aggressive all week,” Jacobson said. “It’s one of those weeks I think you’ve got to keep putting good numbers on the board. So you can’t really play too safe.”

Oosthuizen recently returned to form after the FedEx Cup playoffs on the PGA Tour, and a 63 in the second round put him in the mix. He had another bogey-free round, with a birdie on the final hole keeping him in range.

“Tomorrow, everyone is going to be pumped up because it’s a great leaderboard going into the final round,” Oosthuizen said. “I think everyone wants that title, so you’re going to see some good golf.”

Indeed, it was the strongest leaderboard of all the World Golf Championships this year. Jacobson will be playing in the last group with a former British Open champion and Scott, who has won The Players Championship and a WGC event.

The next group features Westwood, a former world No. 1, a U.S Open champion (McIlroy) and former PGA champion (Kaymer). After that is McDowell, another U.S. Open champ.

Scott had the most exciting day, and it wasn’t all about Williams.

He was lingering behind Jacobson when his tee shot on the par-5 eighth went left into a creek. Scott saw enough of the ball that he rolled up his pants and stepped into the water to play the shot.

But it popped up on him, and stayed in the creek. He had no choice but to go back toward the tee to play his fourth shot. From there, he hit 5-iron over the trees and into the fairway, then 3-iron to the green. He did well to escape with double bogey.

Right when it appeared he was too far back, Scott hit a wedge to tap-in range on the 16th for birdie, hit 5-iron to 8 feet on the 17th for birdie, when ended a wild day - on and off the course - with a wedge from 105 yards that spun back into the hole for eagle.

Just like that, he was three shots behind and still in there with a chance to talk about his golf.

Or not.

In his only other win this year, the WGC at Firestone, the spotlight shifted from Scott to Williams when the caddie said in a network TV interview that it was the “best win of my life,” even though he had been on the bag for 13 of Woods’ majors.

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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.)

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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.