Yoo leads windy, suspended Bahamas Classic

By Randall MellFebruary 6, 2015, 11:27 pm

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas – Sun Young Yoo is the leader in the clubhouse with Friday’s second round of the Pure Silk Bahamas Classic suspended due to darkness.

Yoo’s 4-under-par 69 in heavy winds that gusted over 30 mph moved her into good position to make a weekend run at her third LPGA title, her first since winning the Kraft Nabisco Championship in 2012.

At 7-under overall, Yoo is tied with Brittany Lincicome, who was among 60 players still on the course when the horn blew at 5:44 p.m., suspending play with darkness falling. Lincicome is at 7 under through five holes in her second round.

Rolex world No. 2 Inbee Park, trying to take back the No. 1 ranking a week after Lydia Ko took it from her, is at 6 under through five holes of the second round. Ko was able to finish the second round, posting a 71 to move to 3 under overall.

Jenny Shin (71), Dori Carter (72) and rookie Kelly Shon (71) were all in the clubhouse one shot behind the leaders.

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Players are scheduled to be in position to resume the second round at 8 a.m. Saturday.

“It was very tough,” Yoo said of the winds blowing hard from the north off the ocean. “I just tried to stay focused.”

Lincicome found conditions comically bad.

“It's so ridiculous out there that it's not even normal,” Lincicome said. “You’ve just got to laugh about it. You can't get mad.”

Carter got off to a sizzling start while finishing up the suspended first round. She chipped in for eagle at the 11th hole with her first shot after play resumed Friday morning and closed out a 68. In unrelenting winds that nearly caused suspension of play, she managed a 72 in the afternoon.

One caddie after another dropped his player’s bag at the scoring tent with weary faces after long rounds. Carter’s caddie, Chris Gold, was one of them.

“After we hit our approach shot on the last hole, he said, 'I’m not going to lie, this is the worst conditions I’ve ever seen, wind conditions,’” Carter said. “He told me that at the last hole. He didn’t say it in the middle of the round. We laughed about that. Yeah, it was pretty crazy.”

Shin was exhausted after her round.

“I can’t wait to go back to bed,” she said. “It’s been a long day.

“I’ve never played in these conditions before. We asked the officials,`Is this playable?’ But the ball wasn’t floating around the greens, so we can’t say anything about it. This course is set up perfectly where it is playable.”

Defending champion Jessica Korda (73-74) was among a number of players who backed off putts with their balls oscillating, but rules officials reported the wind never got to where they had to stop play.

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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.