Three Tied Woods Survives Cut Scare

By Golf Channel NewsroomJuly 2, 2004, 4:00 pm
Cialis Western OpenLEMONT, Ill. -- Charles Howell III shot a 4-under 67 Friday to grab a share of the lead after the second round of the Cialis Western Open. Howell was joined atop the leaderboard by Matt Gogel and Steve Lowery at 6-under-par 136.
 
Defending champion Tiger Woods stared down the cut-line but in the end survived to play the weekend after a 2-over 73 left him at 1-over-par 143.
 
'It's one of those things where you've got to always play hard,' Woods said of his cut streak, which now stands at 126 straight tournaments. 'One of the things I've always believed in is that you don't try any harder because you try the same way all the time. Whether I'm down the stretch in a major championship or trying to make a cut or trying to win a tournament, effort level doesn't change.'
 
Woods played the back side first at Cog Hill, the site of his three Western Open titles, and struggled early with a bogey at the 12th. He responded with a birdie at the 15th but found trouble again with a bogey at the very next hole.
 
Woods' round began to fall apart on the front nine, starting with a double bogey at the third and a bogey at the fourth. The top player in the game countered with back-to-back birdies starting at the par-3 sixth and had a chance for a birdie at the ninth. Woods failed to convert but tapped in for a closing par to finish seven shots back.
 
'A few years ago I did the same thing and I think I finished top 10 that year, so it was kind of the same way,' said Woods. 'I really grinded it out coming in just to make the cut then, and same way this year for some reason.'
 
Howell, who almost came back last Sunday in an eventual four-shot loss to Adam Scott at the Booz Allen Classic, has been searching for his second PGA Tour win for quite some time since break through at Kingsmill in 2002.
 
'Until last week I couldn't say at all that I had a chance to win a golf tournament this year other than New Orleans,' said Howell. 'As everyone knows out here, it's about winning. It's about how many times you win.'
 
The 25-year-old hit a 6-iron to 10 feet for a birdie at the fifth and added a birdie at the ninth to make the turn at 4 under. Howell dropped a shot with a bogey at the 10th but recovered with a birdie at the 11th after his third shot stopped within 6 feet of the hole.
 
Howell came close to an ace at the par-3 14th and tapped in for a birdie. He then reached the green in two at the par-5 15th and took two putts for another birdie to hold a share of the halfway lead.
 
'I thought yesterday the scores would be a lot lower than they were,' said Howell. 'I played in the afternoon, and it was absolutely zero wind. For any event, but especially for one in Chicago, it was phenomenal. It's actually almost more difficult when there's no wind because you're looking for just a little bit.'
 
Gogel, who earned his lone PGA Tour victory at the 2002 Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, improved his standing drastically from Thursday to Friday. After a 72 yesterday left him in a tie for 66th, Gogel crafted a second-round 64 to secure a piece of the lead.
 
'I finished yesterday with three bogeys in the last five holes, so a disappointing finish,' said Gogel. 'I played really solid today.'
 
Gogel started on the 10th tee and tallied a birdie at the 13th to get back to even par and picked up steam with an eagle at the par-5 15th. Gogel kept his momentum going around the turn with birdies at the first and the fourth.
 
At the par-4 seventh, Gogel knocked his second shot inside 8 feet for a birdie and capped off his round with a birdie at the ninth.
 
'I'm excited to be in this position and my expectations are low. Now that I'm kind of in contention I'm not trying to finish it off and win,' said Gogel. 'I'm just kind of more committed to kind of playing the kind of golf I've been playing the last five or six tournaments.'
 
Lowery managed a couple of bogeys and a birdies on the front nine before catching fire on the inward half. The 43-year-old ran off four birdies over his last nine holes for a round of 68.
 
'It's a good hard golf course. If you hit your irons well, which I'm a pretty good iron player, I'm keeping the ball in the fairway,' said Lowery, a two-time winner on the PGA Tour. 'I'm pretty competitive, and I putted pretty well.'
 
Mark Hensby converted an 8-foot birdie putt at the 16th to join the leaders at 6 under. He bogeyed the last, however, to finish alongside Geoff Ogilvy at 5-under-par 137.
 
Scott Hoch used a hole in one at the par-3 14th to move into a tie for first at minus-6, but a pair of bogeys down the stretch left him two shots off the pace. Hoch carded a 69 to join Robert Allenby, D.J. Brigman and Robert Gamez at 4-under-par 138.
 
Loren Roberts, who held the first-round lead, followed up his 64 with a 75 to finish in a group at 3-under-par 139 that features Stuart Appleby and K.J. Choi.
 
The 36-hole cut fell at 2-over-par 144 with 82 players qualifying for the weekend. Notables who missed the cut were major champions Ben Curtis, Shaun Micheel and Mike Weir.
 
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  • Rose wins; Aphibarnrat earns Masters bid in Indonesia

    By Will GrayDecember 17, 2017, 1:59 pm

    Justin Rose continued his recent run of dominance in Indonesia, while Kiradech Aphibarnrat snagged a Masters invite with some 72nd-hole dramatics.

    Rose cruised to an eight-shot victory at the Indonesian Masters, carding bookend rounds of 10-under 62 that featured a brief run at a 59 during the final round. The Englishman was the highest-ranked player in the field and he led wire-to-wire, with Thailand's Phachara Khongwatmai finishing second.

    Rose closes out the year as perhaps the hottest player in the world, with top-10 finishes in each of his final 10 worldwide starts. That stretch includes three victories, as Rose also won the WGC-HSBC Champions and Turkish Airlines Open. He hasn't finished outside the top 10 in a tournament since missing the cut at the PGA Championship.

    Meanwhile, it took until the final hole of the final tournament of 2017 for Aphibarnrat to secure a return to the Masters. The Thai entered the week ranked No. 56 in the world, with the top 50 in the year-end world rankings earning invites to Augusta National. Needing an eagle on the 72nd hole, Aphibarnrat got just that to snag solo fifth place.

    It means that he is projected to end the year ranked No. 49, while Japan's Yusaku Miyazato - who started the week ranked No. 58 and finished alone in fourth - is projected to finish No. 50. Aphibarnrat finished T-15 in his Masters debut in 2016, while Miyazato will make his first appearance in the spring.

    The results in Indonesia mean that American Peter Uihlein and South Africa's Dylan Frittelli are projected to barely miss the year-end, top-50 cutoff. Their options for Masters qualification will include winning a full-point PGA Tour event in early 2018 or cracking the top 50 by the final March 25 cutoff.

    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.