Stenson (66) leads by two at Bay Hill through 54

By Will GrayMarch 21, 2015, 9:56 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. – It was a revolving door at the top of the leaderboard Saturday at Bay Hill, but when the dust settled Henrik Stenson’s name was above the rest. Here’s how things look heading into the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational, where Stenson leads by two shots:

Leaderboard: Henrik Stenson (-16), Morgan Hoffmann (-14), Jason Kokrak (-13), Matt Jones (-13), Ben Martin (-13), Matt Every (-13)

What it means: Hoffmann began the day with a three-shot lead, but squandered it before making the turn. Kokrak had a short stint in the pole position, but Stenson took sole possession of the lead with an eagle on No. 16 and then followed with a kick-in birdie on No. 18 for a 6-under 66.

Round of the day: Kokrak started the day seven shots off the pace, but he briefly moved to the front of the pack with a bogey-free, 7-under 65. He reeled off four birdies in a six-hole stretch on the front nine, then added three more on his inward half to give him a chance at his first win on the PGA Tour.

Best of the rest: Kiradech Aphibarnrat nearly had as many birdies Saturday as letters in his name, carding seven to match Kokrak’s bogey-free 65. The Thai became just the second player since 2001 to shoot a 6-under 30 on the front nine, and at 10 under he is in position for his best career finish on Tour.

Biggest disappointment: After consecutive birdies on Nos. 12 and 13 brought him within a shot of the lead, Rory McIlroy appeared ready to pounce. Instead, the Ulsterman stumbled with three bogeys in a row, including his second bogey of the week on No. 16, the easiest hole on the course. In the span of a few holes, he dropped from a tie with Stenson to seven shots behind the Swede.

Main storyline heading into Sunday: A number of players have a realistic shot at the trophy, but Stenson appears to be the man to beat coming off a pair of top-five finishes. He’ll be looking for his first PGA Tour win since he left East Lake with both the Tour Championship and FedEx Cup trophies in 2013.

Shot of the day: Daniel Berger offered up the first albatross in API history, holing a 4-iron from 237 yards for a  2 on the par-5 sixth hole. Berger played the par 5s in 6 under Saturday en route to a 4-under 68.

Quote of the day: “The golf ball doesn’t know what happened the previous three rounds, so I’ve got to go out tomorrow and keep the same mindset.” – Stenson

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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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By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 18, 2017, 12:30 pm

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.