Clock Approaching the 11th Hour

By Golf Channel NewsroomOctober 24, 2005, 4:00 pm
2005 Chrysler ChampionshipThis was supposed to be it. A quick drive down from Lake Buena Vista to Tampa, play 72 more holes, and thats all she wrote for the 2005 season ' save for 30 select players.
 
But this weeks Chrysler Championship will be the penultimate full-field event on the PGA Tour. The ultimate honors now belong to the Southern Farm Bureau Classic, which was delayed four weeks due to Hurricane Katrina.
 
Tag Ridings
Tag Ridings is again hoping that he can earn his card at the Chrysler Championship.
With Hurricane Wilma now having come and gone, the Westin Innisbrook Resort is set to host a field that features the likes of defending champion Vijay Sigh, 2003 winner Retief Goosen, David Toms, Davis Love III, Adam Scott, John Daly and Mike Weir.
 
Its a big week for some of those latter names. Love, Scott, Daly and Weir are all trying to avoid going winless on tour this season. Scott did get a trophy at this years Nissan Open, but he didnt get credit for an official victory, as the event was rain-reduced to 36 holes.
 
For the players previously mentioned, this week is all about restoring some pride. For so many others, its all about securing playing status for next season ' or even next week.
 
A year ago, the Chrysler was the final full-field event, and there was plenty of moving and shaking on the money list.
 
Most notably, Tag Ridings took the final fully-exempt spot. He shot 64 in the final round to tie for 11th in the tournament, and move into the 125th position.
 
Kenny Perry shot 67 that Sunday to move from 31st to 29th in earnings and qualify for the following weeks Tour Championship, which is on offer to the top 30 on the money list.
 
A little further down the list, Jesper Parnevik snatched away a Masters spot from Joey Sindelar, thanks to some help from Tommy Armour III.
 
Armour missed a 3-foot putt on the final hole to fall into a second-place tie with Parnevik. That gave the Swede an extra $100,000 and allowed him to bump Sindelar, who had missed the cut, from the 40th position. The top 40 at seasons end get an invitation to the following years Masters, and Sindelar hadnt been since 93.
 
Around the 150 number, Jeff Brehaut birdied his final hole to make enough money to move from 152nd to 149th. That gave him conditional status on tour for 2005 and gave him a pass into the final stage of Q-school, where he eventually tied for 13th to earn his card for this year.
 
Last week, Lucas Glover moved into the top 30 by virtue of his victory at Disney. Geoff Ogilvy also crept inside thanks to his tie for third. Jason Bohn and Peter Lonard were the unfortunate players who fell outside the Tour Championship's exempt number.
 
Around the 125 line, Rich Beem and Rocco Mediate were the only players to move from the outside in. Beem is exempt through 2007 due to his 2002 PGA Championship victory. Mediate, however, needs to finish inside the 125 to secure his card -- he's 125 right now. Kirk Triplett and Ridings were the two players who fell out.
 
Mark Wilson is at No. 131. He moved up 20 spots thanks to his tie for 10th. He -- and so many others -- will be looking to make another big move this week.
 
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  • 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 GolfChannel.com 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.

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    Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

    Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

    The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.