Crunch Time on the Nationwide Tour

By Golf Channel NewsroomOctober 18, 2004, 4:00 pm
04 Permian Basin Charity Golf Classic It's crunch time on the Nationwide Tour as the tour heads into south Florida for the last full-field event of the season, the Miccosukee Championship.
 
After 29 tournaments there are some very important spots still available as the players descend on the Miccosukee Golf and Country Club in Miami, many trying to finish in one of several categories that could improve their pocket books this year and next.
 
Here's a look at what they will be playing for this week and at next week's Tour Championship:
 
  • Top 20 on meoney list graduate to the PGA Tour.
  • Top 35 advance into the final stage of Q-School.
  • Top 55 qualify for the Nationwide Tour Championship, with each of the 55 fully exempt on the Nationwide Tour in 2005.
  • Top 70 advance directly into second stage of Q-School.
  • Top 100 retain conditional Nationwide Tour membership for next season.
  • Players outside the top 100 must return to the first stage of Q-School.
     
    Four of the five players who have two victories on the season are entered in the field and a third win would give them the PGA Tour's Battlefield Promotion, although it would pretty much be a moot point as each has all but locked up their PGA Tour cards for 2005. Plus, their would be just one full field event remaining on the the PGA Tour's schedule, the Chrysler Championship in Tampa.
     
    Jimmy Walker still leads the money list and he will likely hold on to that top spot, unless either D.A. Points or Ryuji Imada - who rank second and third on the list - can pull out a victory.
     
    Last year, Craig Bowden, who despite making bogey on two of his last four holes in the final round, managed to hang on and win the Miccosukee Championship by one stroke.
     
    The victory propelled him into the Tour Championship where he then secured his card for the 2004 PGA Tour. Currently, he stands 132nd on the PGA Tour money list after making 12 of 25 cuts and posting one top-10 finish.
     
    In just its second year on the Nationwide Tour schedule, the Miccosukee Championship offers a purse of $450,000 with $81,500 going to the winner.
     
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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.