Fantasy Island: 2011 BMW Championship

By Golf Channel DigitalSeptember 14, 2011, 10:00 am

GolfChannel.com experts offer up their picks for the BMW Championship. Each week a panel of experts will offer up their picks from three groups of players based on Golf Channel's new fantasy game, Fantasy Challenge. We will also keep track of their scores and standings. The panel consists of: senior writers Rex Hoggard, Randall Mell and Jason Sobel; contributors John Hawkins and Charlie Rymer; editorial director Jay Coffin; 'Morning Drive' hosts Gary Williams and Erik Kuselias; contributor Win McMurry; writer for NBCSports.com's ProGolf Talk, Ryan Ballengee; and RotoWorld.com's Rob Bolton.

In parentheses, next to the names, are the participants' 2011 points earned and ranking among the 17 Fantasy Challenge 'experts.'


Rex Hoggard

Rex Hoggard (10,382,707; 4th)

Group A: Dustin Johnson: The Barclays champion is the original “Monster of the Midway” and 7,600-yard Cog Hill layout is his kind of ballpark.

Group B: Brandt Snedeker: This could be wishful thinking, but “Sneds” needs a top-35 finish to crack the top 10 on the U.S. Presidents Cup points list.

Group C: Kyle Stanley: Six of his last seven rounds have been in the 60s. 


Randall Mell

Randall Mell (8,886,155; 8th)

Group A: Matt Kuchar: Two top-10s on Rees Jones' redesign; he must not hate the place.

Group B: Webb Simpson: The man's 46 under in his last three events with two wins.

Group C: Mark Wilson: Home cooking, sleeping in his own bed - formula for success this week.


Charlie Rymer

Charlie Rymer (9,103,930; 7th)

Group A: Luke Donald: Gotta go with the hometown boy who also happens to be the No.1 player in the world.

Group B: K.J. Choi: I just saw “Seven Days in Utopia.”  K.J. Choi looked pretty mean as the villain. Betting he looks pretty mean in Chicago this week.

Group C: Tommy Gainey: He will have a harder time figuring out the Chicago traffic than he will figuring out Cog Hill.

John Hawkins

John Hawkins (8,758,574; 9th)

Group A: Adam Scott: May be the only guy who hasn't complained about Cog Hill redesign.

Group B: Jim Furyk: Needs a good finish to stay alive and few, if any, play this course better than he.

Group C: Camilo Villegas: A past champ who needs a great performance. 


Jay Coffin

Jay Coffin (13,384,847; 2nd)

Group A: Dustin Johnson: A little uneasy about this but he has the firepower and has his heart set on $10 million.

Group B: Charl Schwartzel: This guy is unflappable. I'd be shocked if he doesn't top-10 here.

Group C: Lucas Glover: Told 'Morning Drive' he's had one good week this year. Hope he makes it two. 


Gary Williams

Gary Williams (9,150,211; 6th)

Group A: Luke Donald: History could be in the making over the next two weeks for the top player in the game.

Group B: Brandt Snedeker: He has two third-place finishes in the playoffs.

Group C: Charley Hoffman: Can sense momentum is with Charley this week.


Erik Kuselias

Erik Kuselias (7,526,767; 11th)

Group A: Luke Donald: It is practically a home game as he went to school at Northwestern and still lives in the Chicago area.

Group B: Brandt Snedeker: He can control his destiny at East Lake and automatically qualify for Fred Couples’ Presidents Cup team.

Group C: Branden Steele: A good week at Cog Hill will take him to East Lake.


Win McMurryWin McMurry (14,921,922; 1st)

Group A: Matt Kuchar: He’s on the cusp of breaking through this year and what better time to strike than now when he’s third in the points race.

Group B: Jim Furyk: His season has rounded back into form over the last few weeks with a T-9 at the Wyndham and a sixth-place finish in Boston.

Group C: Camilo Villegas: He comes into this week with some promising momentum with a top-25 and two top-10s in his last three events. 


Ryan Ballengee

Ryan Ballengee (6,899,004; 12th)

Group A: Dustin Johnson: The defending champion appears to be ready to peak at the right time to claim the FedEx Cup and $10 million.

Group B: Jim Furyk: The 2010 FedEx Cup winner had his worst finish in this event since 2003 last year. He finished T-15. Furyk likes this event.

Group C: Marc Leishman: In the last two years, Leishman has finished T-2 and T-11.  


Rob Bolton

Rob Bolton (9,803,388; 5th)

Group A: Matt Kuchar: Top-10s at Cog Hill in both starts since renovation.

Group B: Webb Simpson: Wins in two of his last three starts. A rock-solid investment.

Group C: Camilo Villegas: Trending upwards in a hurry and owns a stellar track record at Cog Hill.

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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.