Woods out of contention in Australia

By Doug FergusonNovember 13, 2010, 1:38 pm

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MELBOURNE, Australia ' Barring the biggest comeback of his career, Tiger Woods is out of contention at the Australian Masters, falling 10 shots off the lead after Saturdays third round.

His 5-foot birdie putt on the easy opening hole didnt even touch the edge of the cup. Then came a three-putt from some 60 feet on the second hole, with his 4-foot par attempt missing to the right.

It was like that all day, as it has been all week.

If I had putted normally, thats a couple of shots each day and Im right there in the tournament, Woods said.

He hasnt. And hes not.

Adam Bland, who was 75th on the Nationwide Tour money list and his headed to the second stage of PGA Tour qualifying school next week in California, kept a smile on his face in miserable weather and shot a 1-under 70 to build a three-shot lead going into the final round.

Woods shot an even-par 71 and looks destined to go through 2010 without a single tournament win.

It was at Kingston Heath a year ago that Woods was atop the leaderboard from the opening round until he slipped on the gold jacket, winning the Australian Masters for the 82nd victory of his career.

Hes still waiting on the next one.

Unfortunately, Im so far back that Ive got to play a great round, and then I need help, Woods said. The only thing I can control is hopefully to go out there and put a low one on the board.

Few players managed low scores on a rainy day at Victoria Golf Club.

Ryan Haller had a 5-under 66 on a day so rugged that the average score was nearly 3 shots over par.

Kieran Pratt, a 22-year-old Australian who only turned pro eight days earlier, got the shock of his life when he wound up in the same group with Woods. He finished with bragging rights, going one shot better than the No. 2 player in the world.

I saw him walking to the range on day one, and its just unreal seeing him, Pratt said. To play with him was really cool.

And posting a better score?

Icing on the cake, Pratt said.

Bland briefly slipped back into a share of the lead with Andre Stolz after a bogey on the tough eighth hole, but a birdie on the para-5 ninth allowed him to regain the outright lead. Over the final four holes, he had two looks at eagle ' a driver on the par-4 15th and he reached the par-5 18th easily. Both times he settled for birdie, which was just fine.

It was tough today ' raining all day, and windy and pretty much miserable ' but I just tried to stay happy and enjoy the day , and I did enjoy it, Bland said. So it was good.

Bland was at 11-under 202 and will be in the last group on what is expected to be another soggy round with Daniel Gaunt, who shot a 68 and was at 8-under 205.

Stolz shot 72 and was another shot back.

Stuart Appleby was making a move until a double bogey on the par-5 17th forced him to settle for a 69, leaving him seven shots behind and perhaps in need of the kind of closing round he had at The Greenbrier this year, when he became only the second player in PGA Tour history to close with a 59.

Geoff Ogilvy, a member at Victoria as a teenager, shot 69 and was in the group at 211, too far behind depending on Bland.

Woods was not the only player to struggle. Sergio Garcia, who showed signs of turning the corner Friday with a 65, lived down to his prophecy after the second round when he cautioned people not to get overly excited about one good round, because he could just as easily shoot 75 the next day. He shot a 77 and is no longer a factor.

Woods took himself out of the hunt earlier.

Along with missing two short putts to start his round, he was at least 60 feet short of the hole on four of the opening six holes, twice taking three-putt bogeys. He made another bogey on No. 8 with a bunker shot ' well short of the flag again ' that sailed over the back of the green and might have gone farther if not for hitting a pole holding the gallery ropes.

He countered with birdies on the ninth, then made all pars until a birdie on the par-5 18th.

Again, I struggled with the pace of the greens, Woods said. I left countless putts short, got off to a bad start the first couple of holes. Consequently, I didnt get anything going. I had a hard time making the adjustment.

Woods attributed his poor distance control to the weather ' cool, at times windy and raining.

The ball was flying nowhere, Woods said. I just had to be committed to hitting the ball lower and harder. I hit a few good ones coming in, but not enough.

Someone asked Bland how he managed to stay so relaxed while being atop the leaderboard since Thursday. For him it was easy, considering he has been uptight the last three months as his hopes for a PGA Tour card slipped away.

It was just beating my head against a brick wall, he said. Hopefully, we can turn that around.

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.