Tigers Nationwide Tour Sergios schedule

By Doug FergusonAugust 4, 2009, 4:00 pm
WGC-Bridgestone - 125wAKRON, Ohio ' Tiger Woods has never played on the Nationwide Tour, although he had reason to feel like he did at the Buick Open. Going into the final round, only one of the 13 players within five shots of his lead was ranked inside the top 100 ' Ben Crane at No. 73.
 
Of his 69 victories on the PGA Tour, this one came against the weakest field based on the world ranking.
 
Woods received only 36 ranking points.
 
The only two tournaments in which he received fewer points for winning was the Johnnie Walker Classic in Thailand in 2000 (24 points) and the Dunlop Phoenix on the Japan Golf Tour in 2005 (34 points).
 
In his other three victories this year, Woods received 50 points at the AT&T National, 60 points at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and 62 points at the Memorial.
 
WATNEYS WORLD: Nick Watney has been lobbying Fred Couples over the last couple of weeks, and it has nothing to do with being at No. 14 in the Presidents Cup standings with two tournaments remaining before the top 10 qualify for the team.
 
Watney was the highest-ranked American (No. 34 this week) who accepted an offer to play in the World Cup in China over Thanksgiving week, and now all he has to do is find a partner.
 
His first choice is Couples, who won the event four times in the 1990s with Davis Love III as his partner.
 
Couples, the U.S. captain for the Presidents Cup, turns 50 in October yet still remains competitive. He had a chance to win the Northern Trust Open at Riviera and the Houston Open, both times finishing third. He is No. 86 in the world.
 
Hes slow-playing me right now, Watney said with a grin, referring to Couples not giving him an answer. I think hed be perfect for the event. Hes won like $80 million in the offseason.
 
Ben Curtis and Brandt Snedeker represented the United States last year. It has been tough to find players because of the travel to China and giving up the Thanksgiving holiday.
 
Watney, who won the Buick Invitational, wasnt about to turn down his chance.
 
I grew up watching the World Cup, he said. Its something Ive always wanted to play.
 
Now if he can just get Couples to join him. Both players work under swing coach Butch Harmon.
 
SERGIOS SCHEDULE: The next two weeks might go a long way toward determining what Sergio Garcia does this fall.
 
The Spaniard has had an awful year on the PGA Tour, with his only top 10 at the U.S. Open. He is No. 121 in the FedEx Cup standings, and only the top 125 qualify for the PGA Tour Playoffs that begin with The Barclays.
 
Garcia has played only 11 times on the PGA Tour this year and needs 15 events to maintain his membership. He is playing the Bridgestone Invitational this week, then the PGA Championship. Depending on how he does, he might need to add the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro to become eligible for the playoffs.
 
And if that doesnt work out, Garcia might have to throw in a tournament from the Fall Series.
 
ALWAYS IMPROVING: Three-time major champion Padraig Harrington is renowned for tinkering with his swing. He is always trying to get better, and made it clear Tuesday that he would go to great lengths ' any length ' to improve.
 
If somebody told me I had to go to a deserted island for the next two years and I would improve my game, the hard part would be telling my wife, Harrington said. Because that is what I would do. Thats always been my makeup. If I thought that was the way to improve my game, thats what I would be doing.
 
Then came one more gem.
 
And the hard part for my wife would be telling the kids that were moving.
 
DIVOTS: The PGA Championship released its field for next week at Hazeltine. It did not offer an exemption to Minnesota-native Tim Herron, who is No. 220 in the world ranking. Herron currently is the eighth alternate. While overnight TV ratings for the Buick Open were up 167 percent from a year ago, that wasnt the only big difference. Buick promotions manager Larry Peck said the Sunday gate was up 900 percent from the previous year. Lorena Ochoa, the No. 1 player in womens golf, did not have a top 10 in any of the four majors.
 
STAT OF THE WEEK: Of the 80 players at the Bridgestone Invitational, 33 PGA Tour members have not won this year.
 
FINAL WORD: You learn a lot more when youre losing. 'Padraig Harrington, winless since the PGA Championship
 
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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.