Tiger Impresses In Time of Failure

By George WhiteOctober 27, 2005, 4:00 pm
Sometimes you learn a lot more about people in their moments of failure than you do in their moments of success. And in this instance, Tiger Woods showed an awfully lot in his moment of failure.
 
Tiger missed the cut last week ' you already know that. It was one of the greatest upsets in the history of golf ' yes, I said history of golf ' when he couldnt survive to play the final two rounds at the Funai Classic. It was in his hometown of Orlando, at a place where he had already won two times, Disney.
 
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Tiger Woods made no excuses to the media following his second missed cut of the year.
He had won six times this year, including two majors and the WCG-American Express. In his last eight tournaments before the Funai, he had won three times, finished second three times and third another. Disneys courses are relatively easy ' they have to be to get the amateurs around without darkness sneaking up on them. Bob Sowards made it. So did Brett Wetterich and Gavin Coles. There is D.A. Points and Joey Snyder III and Mark Wilson. Hmmm but no Woods, Tiger.

His houseguest for the week, old Stanford teammate Notah Begay, must have been shocked. Begay made the cut. Tiger didnt! But ' Tiger handled it beautifully.
 
He had hardly seen an MC (missed cut) in his career. Oh, there was that time in Canada in his second year as a pro ' but Tiger wasnt really TIGER WOODS yet, and we figured that was a sometime thing. Then he didnt miss one for seven years and we realized that this was a once-in-a-blue-moon happening. But it happened at the Byron Nelson - that was a pretty good tournament, you know ' and he missed by just one shot.
 
Then came the Funai Classic. And he missed again. Perhaps never has golf been presented with such a dubious circumstance. He missed not just by one shot, but by three.
 
And when it was over, do you think he whined? Do you think he alibied? Do you think he made excuses?
 
Uh-uh. He blamed himself ' totally. He didnt blame the amateur partners. He didnt blame a bad break, he didnt blame the courses ' he took the blame squarely upon his own shoulders.
 
The problem, he said, was painfully obvious ' he had a two-way miss going, and he never could correct it. By two-way, he meant he was missing both way left and way right. 'You can't aim a two-way miss, even if those fairways are 300 yards wide,' he said. 'If you get it hitting both ways, it's tough to play..'
 
He gave us absolutely no high-and-mighty folderol ' none. He, in his own mind, was just another schmoe who had missed the cut. And ' good for him! He talked, he smiled once or twice, he did interviews when asked ' he was just about as average a guy as he could be. And - oh ' if it helps any, Vijay Singh and Chris DiMarco missed the cut, too.
 
Tiger was trying a new driver for a couple of days. Obviously the old one is back in his bag now.
 
My driving wasn't very good, said Woods. The only thing I did well was, I putted well. I just could not get it (the driver) right.
 
I've hit it left so many times and all of a sudden I hit it two-way right. It goes both ways.
I think it's just the driver. It does work ' unfortunately, I didn't have the swing to make it work. My swing was so bad that it just wasn't working at all.
 
It was impressive, to say the least. Back at the Nelson, though, he reacted similarly when he missed the cut. I just didnt have it today, he said, simply enough.
 
You've got to give it everything you've got, got to have some good breaks along the way and I've definitely had my share, he had said then.
 
The tour has simply become too competitive for anyone ' even Tiger Woods ' to make it through 142 events without missing a cut. That was Woods streak for seven years. But one thing the missed cuts do ' they give us a chance to see Tiger when something goes wrong. And, you know, what we have seen is pretty good stuff. This guy can take heartbreak with the best of them.
 
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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.