Adamonis aims to persevere

By Randall MellOctober 20, 2009, 9:27 pm

Brad Adamonis is playing hurt.

He plans to tee it up at the Frys.Com Open Thursday with an injured left foot, but that’s not the injury his family worries about. It’s the ache in his heart he’ll be playing with at Grayhawk Golf Club this week, if the foot allows.

Adamonis, 36, buried his father last week. Dave Adamonis, 63, was Brad’s inspiration. Brad watched a priest give his father last rites in a Fort Lauderdale hospital almost four years ago, but his father got up off that bed and walked out of the hospital.

Dave amazed family and friends the way he touched so many lives while fighting five forms of cancer these last few years. He was given last rites three times and refused to die.

Finally, though, he succumbed at a hospice near the Cumberland, R.I., home where he made his name before moving to South Florida.

He created the popular U.S. Challenge Cup for junior golfers in New England before moving to Miami Beach to take over the Johnson & Wales golf management program. He built an NAIA powerhouse there. He battled prostate cancer, throat cancer and lymphoma in the first wave of sickness, then lung and liver cancer in the second wave.

“He hurt more than he ever let us know,” Brad said Monday night from Scottsdale, Ariz. “He insisted on working almost to the end, making sure he helped the school make the transition. I didn’t think it was a good idea, but it’s what he wanted to do.”

Adamonis was at the hospice on Oct. 10 when his father died.

“This summer’s been tough,” said Stacey Adamonis, Brad’s wife. “Brad was with his father virtually 24 hours a day, seven days a week, over the last few weeks.”

The funeral was in Cumberland, R.I., on Oct. 14.

“My father showed me what’s possible if you put your mind to something,” Brad said.

Adamonis has some professional challenges to overcome as this PGA Tour season winds to a close. He’s 162nd on the PGA Tour money list with just three events left to move among the top 125 and secure exempt status for next season. He’s playing with an inflammation of the bone and tendon in his left arch that’s bothered him for more than two months. He received a cortisone shot before leaving his Coral Springs, Fla., home and hopes the foot holds up at Grayhawk this week.

It isn’t easy playing in pain, but Adamonis has the memory of a father helping him endure whatever life brings.

For those interested in honoring the memory of Brad’s father, donations can be made to: The Dave Adamonis Memorial Fund, The Development Office, MGH, 175 Cambridge Street, Boston, MA, 02114.

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 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.