How new CME Globe format would look in past years

By Randall MellJanuary 8, 2014, 4:48 pm

So how would the new Race to the CME Globe have played out it if were in effect the last three seasons?

Here’s a look:

2013 – Another crown for Inbee

Inbee Park was the Rolex Player of the Year, and she would have won the CME Globe, too, but not without some final-round angst. By winning the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship, Shanshan Feng almost stole the Globe and the $1 million prize that goes with it. Park needed a strong closing round of 68 and T-5 finish to secure the Globe. Feng nearly leaped from seventh to first in points by winning the season finale. If Park hadn’t finished T-6 or better in the season finale, she would have lost the Globe.

Here’s what the points leaderboard would have looked like after it was reset going into the 2013 season finale:

1 Inbee Park, 5,000.

2 Suzann Pettersen, 4,500.

3 Stacy Lewis, 4,000.

4 So Yeon Ryu, 3,600.

Here’s what the final points standings would have looked like after the CME Group Tour Championship:

1 Inbee Park, 6,500.

2 Shanshan Feng, 5,900.

3 Stacy Lewis, 5,200.

4 Suzann Pettersen, 4,820.

Notably, Pettersen fell out of the money in the season finale, dropping to fourth. Only the top three point winners win money with $150,000 for second and $100,000 for third. Pettersen would have dropped out of the money with her T-29 finish in the season finale.

2012 – Choi overtakes the favorites

Lewis was the Rolex Player of the Year in ’12, Park the LPGA’s leading money winner, but neither would have gone home with the CME Globe. Na Yeon Choi would have taken it with her strong finish. Choi would have leaped from fourth to first in points after winning the CME Group Tour Championship.

Here’s what the points leaderboard would have looked like after it was reset going into the 2012 season finale:

1 Stacy Lewis, 5,000.

2 Inbee Park, 4,500.

3 Yani Tseng, 4,000.

4 Na Yeon Choi, 3,600

Here’s what the final points standings would have looked like after the CME Group Tour Championship:

1 Na Yeon Choi, 7,100.

2 Stacy Lewis, 5,320.

3 So Yeon Ryu, 5,200.

4 Inbee Park, 5,000.

2011: It’s all Yani, all the time

Yani Tseng dominated 2011, winning seven LPGA titles, two of them majors. She was Rolex Player of the Year and the LPGA’s leading money winner, and she would have won the CME Globe, too.

Here’s what the points leaderboard would have looked like after it was reset going into the 2011 season finale:

1 Yani Tseng, 5,000.

2 Cristie Kerr, 4,500.

3 Na Yeon Choi, 4,000.

4 Stacy Lewis, 3,600.

Here’s what the final points standings would have looked like after the CME Group Tour Championship:

1 Yani Tseng, 6,200.

2 Na Yeon Choi, 5,800.

3 Cristie Kerr, 5,700.

4 Paula Creamer, 4,800.

*The winner of the CME Group Tour Championship gets 3,500 points, second place gets 2,400 and third place gets 2,200 with points continuing to lessen the lower a player finishes.

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.

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.