Icher Wins LET Season Finale

By Golf Channel NewsroomSeptember 24, 2005, 4:00 pm
Ladies European TourKarine Icher of France secured her fifth career victory with a successful defense of her Catalonia Ladies Masters title at the 54-hole Catalonia Ladies Masters in Spain, the final event on the 2005 Robe di Kappa Ladies European Tour calendar.
The 26-year-old from Chateroux defeated three other players by a one stroke margin at 12-under-par 207 (70-69-68), with a clinch birdie putt at the final hole.
Gwladys Nocera from France, Spaniard Paula Marti and Italian Sophie Sandolo finished in a tie for second position at 11-under-par 206.
Nocera carded rounds of (68-71-69) for her third runner-up spot of the season, after she finished in second position at the Thailand Ladies Open and the Siemens Austrian Ladies Golf Open earlier in the year.
Marti, playing in the final group with Icher and Sandolo, carded rounds of (68-70-70) and just missed out on the chance to force a play off after leaving her birdie putt short at the 18th hole.
Sandolo, the second round leader, fired rounds of (69-68-71) to equal her best finish on the LET, after she secured another second place finish at the Ladies Spanish Open in 2003.
New Zealander Lynnette Brooky rounded off her season in fifth place totalling 10-under par with rounds of (71-70-68).
Anja Monke and Miriam Nagl of Germany both tied for sixth position with Denmarks Iben Tinning, the 2005 Money List winner, at 9-under-par 210. Tullia Calzavara from Italy and Asa Gottmo tied for ninth position at 8-under-par.
Spanish 15-year-old amateur sensation Carlota Ciganda totalled 7-under-par 212. Ciganda fired a course record 8-under-par 65 in the final round to tie for eleventh position with Trish Johnson and Stephanie Arricau.
Icher, who is based in Orlando, Florida, earns 34,000 in prize money as well as a scooter courtesy of Yamaha for her victory.
She also becomes the fourth player to successfully defend her own title this year on the LET.
I feel more confident with my putting now under pressure, said Icher. This win will give me more confidence when I return to America.
It seems that Spain is very lucky for me because Ive now won here three times on the LET.
On top of her two Catalonia Ladies Masters titles, Icher also won the Ladies Spanish Open in 2002, as well as the German Open and Mexx Sport Opens in 2001.
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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.