Perrot Clubhouse Leader

By Futures Tour MediaAugust 14, 2004, 4:00 pm
Futures TourALBANY, N.Y. -- Much as Friday's rain-delayed first round of The City of Albany Futures Golf Classic started on one day and ended on the next, today's second round -- suspended for darkness at 7:47 p.m. -- will resume on Sunday. Twenty-two players will complete 36 holes, starting at 7:30 a.m. Sunday, before a tournament cut is made. The final round starts at 9 a.m. from split tees in what has become yet another weather-related endurance test.
'I'm finished and that's good,' said Nicole Perrot of Vina del Mar, Chile, the clubhouse leader who fired her second consecutive round of 2-under-par 69 to sit atop the leaderboard at 4-under 138. 'You have to play every single hole and every single round as well as possible because you never know. Things happen.'
Indeed, things do happen, especially when an unpredictable hurricane is moving your way up the East Coast. Players ran from the raindrops after an earlier weather system moved in on Friday. The Capital Hills at Albany course has just started drying out from several inches of rain that halted the first round and backed up play going into Sunday. Players in the tournament fields in Lima, Ohio and Beltsville, Md. -- events that were shortened to 36-hole competitions this season -- know that it pays to play 36 holes like you're being chased by a waterspout.
'You have to go out with the mindset that this is the last day,' said Virada (Oui) Nirapathpongporn of Bangkok, Thailand, who is 1-under-par at 141.
But even with the looming chance of inclement weather on Sunday, players also hope they have the opportunity to win the $70,000 tournament in 54 regulation holes on the 6,026-yard, par-71 course that is a new venue this season. Albany's mayor has been at the course watching all week and New York golf nuts, still excited about this summer's nearby U.S. Women's Open Championship, have curiously clutched pairing sheets, studying young talent they hope to see in future LPGA Tour events.
Amy Langhals of Kalida, Ohio, wants to be the first in line. Playing 32 holes today, the former LPGA Tour member says her day included one birdie and one bogey in 16 holes. Langhals, who stands at 4 under par overall, will return to complete two holes in her second round Sunday morning before starting the final round.
'It doesn't help to complain,' said Langhals, who admitted she got up at 3 a.m. today, watched The Weather Channel for an hour, then went back to sleep after she convinced herself that her home in Florida had survived Hurricane Charley's lashing winds. 'For me, it's just about having a solid tournament.'
Erica Blasberg, who finished nine holes of her first round this morning, completed her second round with a 3-under-par 68 and grabbed a clubhouse share of second at 139 (-3) alongside Julia Boros-Pettit of Plantation, Fla., Lisa Chang of Los Angeles, Kylie Pratt of Mackay, Australia and Katie Allison of Mahwah, N.J.
'I haven't set my alarm clock for 5:30 a.m. in a while,' said Blasberg, of Corona, Calif., winner of last month's tournament in New Hampshire. 'I played nine holes, went back to my hotel and watched a movie, then came back to the course for the second round.'
Lisa Chang, tied with the group at 3-under 139, said she played 10 holes of her first round and went back to her host housing and watched Olympic swimming before teeing it up for her second round.
'I'm tired and it was a long day,' said Chang. 'I was just trying to put myself into a good position.'
Kyeong Bae of Seoul, Korea, completed 16 holes of her first round this morning, posting a 5-under-par score of 66. Bae, 19, remained at 5-under par after 15 holes today and will return on Sunday to complete her last three holes, trying to hold off Langhals and Perrot for her first professional win in the U.S.
'I like the shape of the course, the hills and the elevated greens,' said Bae, who has won twice on the Korean LPGA Tour. 'It's a lot like Korea.'
After two days of delays, members of the Futures Golf Tour hope that Sunday's final round will give them a chance to complete play before the remnants of Hurricane Charley arrive in New York. Players are tired and muddied, but with only three more final-round Sundays remaining on the 2004 tournament schedule, they are eager to make a run at the wide-open title this weekend.
'Having been out here for six years now, I've been through a lot of delays,' said Colleen Cashman-McSween, who posted a second-round 69 to tie with four others at two-under 140. 'You learn to be patient and to wait. You can't fight the rain. Besides, I can sleep on Monday.'
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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 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.