Scott leads McIlroy, D. Johnson by two at Doral

By Nick MentaMarch 4, 2016, 10:39 pm

Thanks to a round of 6-under 66, last week’s winner Adam Scott will take a two-shot lead into the weekend over a loaded leaderboard at the WGC-Cadillac Championship. Here’s what went down on Day 2 at Doral:

Leaderboard: Scott (-10), McIlroy (-8), Johnson (-8), Willett (-7), Watson (-6), Hoffman (-6)

What it means: Scott is in search of his second consecutive victory after snapping a winless drought last week at the Honda Classic. He made four birdies and a bogey on each nine to take a two-shot lead over Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson, who both went low in Round 2 after pedestrian starts. A 12-time Tour winner, Scott has one previous WGC title, when he won in Akron alongside a jubilant Steve Williams in 2011. In his Tour career, he's converted 6 of 13 36-hole leads, and seven of the last 10 winners at Doral had a share of the 36-hole lead.  

Round of the day: Following an even-par start, Dustin Johnson turned in a bogey-free 8-under 64. DJ went out in 33 and closed in 31 to move within one of the lead. With a win this week, Johnson would become only the third player to successfully defend a PGA Tour title at Doral, joining Ray Floyd (1980-81) and Tiger Woods (2005-07).

Best of the rest: McIlroy rebounded from a water-based, double-bogey finish on Thursday with a round of 7-under 65. Rory traded a birdie and a bogey on his first two holes, then rattled off four circles in a row on Nos. 5-8 and added three more on the back to put himself squarely in the mix for his first U.S. victory since last year’s Wells Fargo Championship. The world No. 3 has won a WGC event in each of the last two years, taking the Bridgestone in 2014 and the Match Play last year.

Biggest disappointment: Phil Mickelson raced out to the lead on the back of four consecutive birdies on Nos. 5-8. Already ahead by two, Mickelson had an opportunity to run away from the field but failed to cash in on three quality opportunities for birdie on Nos. 10-12, two of which were from inside 10 feet. From there, he forfeited his lead and his 4-under-par start with two bogeys and a double across his final six holes to shoot an even-par 72. He sits five back at 5 under heading into the weekend.

Shot of the day: How about by accident? Kristoffer Broberg was 10 over for the week as he stood over this third shot from a little inside 30 yards at the driveable par-4 16th on Friday. And for a second, it looked like his week was about to get worse, as he certainly appears to have skulled this pitch shot - before it went in.

Broberg shaved 10 shots off his opening round, carding a 73 Friday.

Storyline heading into the weekend: It’s a stacked field, and three of the top eight players in the world – Johnson, McIlroy, and Watson – are within four shots of No. 9 Scott. Other players within striking distance include No. 15 Willett, No. 30 Casey (-5) and fellow Masters champions Mickelson and Charl Schwartzel (-4). Suffice it to say, Scott has his work cut out for him if he wants to pick up his second victory in as many weeks. 

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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.

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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.