Weir Tames Winds for Genuity Lead

By George WhiteMarch 3, 2001, 5:00 pm
Bad weather is expected Sunday, pushing up the Genuity Championship tee times and forcing the players to go off in threesomes. Mike Weir, who is ahead by one stroke over Hal Sutton, says let it blow, let it blow, let it blow.
'I think it separates the players who are really playing well,' said Weir. 'In the wind you really have to strike the ball solidly. I am a very good bad-weather player, so it doesn't matter either/or, I think. I play well in bad weather.'
Saturday was a day for defense at Doral. As opposed to opening day when he shot a 62, Weir shot a 69 Saturday to edge into the lead. He was in a deadlock for the lead with Sutton until the final hole, when he laced a 5-iron at Doral's Blue Monster that came to rest four feet from the hole. He stroked it dead-center to finish at 15-under-par 201.
But they are bunched very close behind him. Sutton is at 14-under while Davis Love III and Jeff Sluman are at 12-under.
'It got a little blustery today before we teed off,' said Love. 'That is what you expect here every day in the afternoons. It is some pretty good wind.
'But I think we have gotten a reprieve for a few rounds. This is the way we expect to see it. It is a little different direction, but it definitely played tough. The greens dried out real quick and got firm a little faster, so it was a real tough day.'
Love has been one of the hottest players this year, winning at the AT&T, losing a playoff at the Buick Invitational and finishing a shot out of a playoff at the Nissan. His superior play has continued on the East Coast with the tall Georgian having a chance to win again.
Weir got out to a quick start with an eagle on par-5 first, bumping in a 50-footer with a 5-wood, while Friday night leader Stewart Cink was bogeying the second and third holes. Sutton had caught him by the eighth, however, and went ahead with birdies on 10 and 11. Weir birdied the par-5 12th and it was close the entire back nine, Weir finally nosing ahead with his birdie on No. 18.
'I know at one point we got to where we were four shots on the rest of the field,' said Sutton, speaking of No. 10. 'I didn't like the way I finished. I hit it six feet on 17 and missed it - but I didn't play badly. You shoot 70 in the last group and the wind is blowing pretty hard . I would have liked to held on, but Mike made two bogeys in a row himself.'
Love has zoomed to the top of the Tour with his high finishes this year. 'I know I can hit good shots, rather than wondering if I can hit a good shot, or if I can drive it down the middle on 18 and hit an 8-iron and make a birdie,' he said. 'I know I can do that.
'I just wonder why I miss a fairway at 17, or why I pipe a 3-wood in the lake. How can the same guy pipe it on 18, and hit an 8-iron six feet and make it? That is the thing that bothers me. I don't doubt I can go out tomorrow and drive it down the middle at 1 and make (an eagle) 3.
'I just wonder why hit it in the left rough the last two days. But I will go out tomorrow with a good attitude and say, `Hey, I've made my mistakes for this week,' and see if we can play a good round.'
Weir conceded that Sunday's final threesome of himself, Sutton and Love will be fun to watch.

'Davis is playing great,' he said. 'I am looking forward to playing with those two guys, really I am. Two of the best players out here, and I think I am close to being where I want to be. That is what it's all about.'
See Full-Field scores from the Genuity Championship here.
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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.