Stewarts Putt Makes Last Win the Greatest

By George WhiteMay 16, 2001, 4:00 pm
This one was destiny. On one of the all-time great courses, Pinehurst No. 2, one of golfs all-time popular players, the late Payne Stewart, made one of the all-time strokes ' a 20-foot putt on the final hole which finally got him to victory.
 
It was the last win he would ever post in the record books. A plane accident in October of 1999 took his life. For a brief shining moment, though, Payne Stewart was the name on everyones lips.
 
Phil Mickelson was the unlucky one on Sunday. He had grabbed the lead at the 10th hole and either led or was tied until suffering his only bogey on the par-4 16th.
 
I thought I had the tournament in control at the 16th, said Mickelson, who played carrying a beeper so he could dash off if his expecting wife had their baby. I was thinking my competition was Tiger Woods or Vijay Singh.
 
Woods and Singh joined Mickelson and Stewart in the Sunday battle, both dropping out late to finally allow the two survivors the stage. Woods missed a short three-footer at the 11th and made bogey, then did the same at the 17th. He had pulled to within one of the lead with a 25-footer at the 16th, but those two costly short misses meant he would have to wait for his first Open victory.
 
Singh got within a stroke on the final nine, but bogeyed the 16th to fall two back and never recovered.
 
The 42-year-old Stewart hit only seven fairways the last day with the driver, but he putted superbly. He had bogeyed the 10th and 12th and fell out of the lead, allowing Mickelson to take over.
 
Stewart one-putted the last three greens. A 25-footer saved par at 16 when he was about to make bogey and fall out of the lead with Mickelson. Mickelson missed an eight-foot par putt. If Stewart had missed and he made, Mickelson would have led by two. As it was, the twosome came out of the hole even when Stewart made and Mickelson missed.
 
Stewart took the lead on the par-3 17th when he crashed a 6-iron to four feet and made the putt for birdie. Mickelson also hit an excellent shot, nailing an 8-iron to eight feet, but he missed the birdie again to drop behind.
 
At the uphill, 446-yard finishing hole, Stewart popped a weak drive into the rough, while Mickelson was safely in the fairway. Stewart hit his second shot 73 yards short, while Mickelson got his second onto the green 25 feet away.
 
Stewart wedged on to 20 feet for his third, while Mickelson missed his putt. Stewart then dropped his winner.
 
I cant describe the feeling that was going through my body when I looked up and saw that putt going into the hole, said Stewart.
 
Five months later, he was dead.
 
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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.

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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.

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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.

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By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

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The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.