Jutanugarn leads Olympics after record 65 in Rd. 1

By Nick MentaAugust 17, 2016, 7:45 pm

Thanks to a new Olympic record 6-under 65, Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn holds the early lead by two shots over Inbee Park and Sei Young Kim. Here’s where things stand after the first round of Olympic women’s golf since 1900:

Leaderboard: Jutanugarn (-6), Park (-5), Kim (-5), Nicole Broch Larsen (-4), Candie Kung (-4), Carlota Ciganda (-4), Sei Young Kim (-4)

What it means: Two weeks removed from her first major victory at the RICOH Women’s British Open, Jutaugarn is in search of her fifth win of the year following three straight LPGA victories in May. The first Thai champion in LPGA history, Jutanugarn looked as if she was en route to her first major win in April at the ANA Inspiration before she bogeyed the last three holes and lost the tournament to Lydia Ko. She’s come back with a vengeance, and is now up to second in the Rolex rankings, trailing only Ko. 

Round of the day: Jutanugarn made four front-nine birdies and erased a double bogey at the par-3 fourth with an eagle at the par-5 fifth. After picking up and dropping a shot at Nos. 10 and 11, she added two more circles at 14 and 16 to set the new single-round benchmark for women’s Olympic golf.

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Best of the rest: Park, 28, is a seven-time major champion who officially qualified for the LPGA Hall of Fame in June at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. The otherwise celebratory occasion was dragged down by the circumstances surrounding her injured left thumb and the rules governing qualification. Citing an inflamed ligament, Park withdrew after one round from both the Kingsmill and Volvik Championships prior before missing the cut at the Women’s PGA. She nonetheless received credit for the official starts, which pushed her across the Hall of Fame’s finish line as a 10-year LPGA member. This is the former Rolex No. 1’s second start since she missed the cut that same week at Sahalee. On Tuesday, Park left open the possibility of an impending retirement but stated her goal to the play the year’s final major, the Evian Championship, in September. Park’s round of 66 was matched by fellow South Korean Sei Young Kim, the sixth-ranked player in the world who owns five Korean LPGA titles and five LPGA titles, including two this year.

Biggest disappointment: The ninth-ranked player in the world, Amy Yang carded three back-nine bogeys for a 2-over 73, making her the only of the four competing South Koreans not to break par.

Shot of the day: Even par through her first 14 holes, world No. 1 Lydia Ko holed out for eagle from 135 yards Wednesday at the 15th hole for a first-round 69.

Gaffe of the day: Japan’s Haru Nomura appeared headed for a two-putt par at the par-4 11th until she whiffed on this attempted tap-in.

Quote of the day: “I really think it doesn’t matter how my thumbs feels right now. I want to give it my best this week, and that injury is not going to be a problem this week.” - Park

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Angela hits Sergio in stride on field at Superdome

By Grill Room TeamDecember 18, 2017, 3:22 pm

Sergio and Angela Garcia's super 2017 keeps getting more ... Super ... Dome. (+1 awful blog lede.)

The couple started the year with Sergio's win at the Masters, then embarked on a whirlwind green jacket media tour, then kicked off El Clasico, then attended Wimbledon, then got married, then announced they were expecting their first child ...

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And now, they're throwing each other passes on the New Orleans Saints' home turf at the Superdome.

Man, it must be so cool do that at the Silverdome. ... ... ... I'm sorry, it is the Superdome, brothers.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 1, Justin Thomas

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 18, 2017, 1:00 pm

He won a major, captured the FedExCup and was named the PGA Tour’s Player of the Year. It should come as no surprise that Justin Thomas holds the top spot on our Newsmakers list for 2017.

Thomas entered the year ranked outside the top 20, and few might have pegged him for a transcendent campaign. But he kicked off January with a win in Hawaii, added another before leaving the Aloha State and never looked back.

Thomas’ seminal moment came in August when he captured the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow for his breakthrough major title. One month after greeting Jordan Spieth behind the final green at Royal Birkdale, this time it was Thomas’ turn to have friends stick around to snap pictures with the trophy that signaled his arrival among golf’s upper echelon.

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In addition to racking up the hardware – five in total, including the inaugural CJ Cup at Nine Bridges in his first start of the new wraparound season – Thomas dazzled with style. His runaway win at the Sony Open included an opening-round 59, and his third-round 63 at Erin Hills marked the first time anyone had ever shot 9 under on a U.S. Open venue.

Thomas’ consistency was rewarded at East Lake, when a runner-up finish at the Tour Championship netted him the season-long title and $10 million prize. It was in the subsequent press conference where he shared the goals list he had written into his cell phone in February, having ticked off nearly every one. It showed a dedicated attention to detail as well the tactical approach with which Thomas had steered his rapid ascent.

Heading into a new year, he’s now very clearly entrenched as one of the world’s best. And as his career progresses, it’s likely we’ll look back at 2017 as the point where Thomas first transformed great potential into eye-popping results.

Win No. 1: Title defense at the CIMB Classic

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Record Round No. 1: 59 at the Sony Open

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Record Round No. 2: 63 at the U.S. Open

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Mr. Major (and win No. 4): PGA champ at Quail Hollow

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Win No. 5: Dell Technologies Championship

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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.