Am Tour: Capps, Frink take home Hogan and Palmer flight crowns

By Brandon TuckerSeptember 26, 2013, 5:52 am

LA QUINTA, Calif. -- While the Championship and Sarazen flights came down to a playoff, it was the Palmer flight (4.0-7.9 handicaps) that had the most players in the mix down the stretch. In the end, it was Johnny Frink, from Fair Oaks, Calif., who took home the trophy by one shot over David Barker. Mike Joaquin's blistering even-par round of 72, good for medalist honors by four shots, put him in a tie for third with Ava Lourenco.

Frink, from the Sacramento area, won his two-day local Tour Championship in August, which gave him confidence heading into Nationals. But after finishing T-36th in the 2011 Nationals at La Quinta, his goals were to simply finish Top 20. But after finding himself in the lead after day one, expectations were raised.

It was difficult to comprehend,' said Frink. 'But I thought I might have a shot at this thing.'

Frink feared the Norman Course most of the four at PGA West, and after shooting a second round 80 that put him in sixth place. But as tough as he thought the Norman would be, no one was prepared for the afternoon winds that picked up just as the leaders were settling into the front nine.

'It was brutal out there,' he said. 'Pars were going to be few and far between. The conditions were enough to take anyone off their game. You had to lower your expectations.'

Grinding out a win in such tough conditions made the victory all that more fulfilling for Frink and the rest of the winners on Wednesday.

'I'm still in shock,' he said. 'I can't believe it. It was a grueling four days and I'm just happy I'm still standing.'

Hogan flight is all Capps


Kevin Capps won the Hogan flight by five shots at PGA West. 

The Hogan flight (8-11.9 handicaps) wrapped up on the Norman Course at PGA West, and Kevin Capps used a steady front nine with no big numbers to pull away from the field and win by five shots over Johnny Galarza.

Capps, from Santa Clara, Calif, coaches his son's baseball team in the spring before ramping up his competitive golf schedule in the summer. Between June and August, he competed on Am Tour every weekend and managed one victory and nine other top-5 finishes.

At Nationals, Capps overcame an 87 in the second round with 76s in the first and third rounds before carding a final round 83. He finished 37th in the 2012 Nationals at TPC Sawgrass.

'This is top of the list,' said Capps. 'To come out here and compete against guys from all over the place. there's a lot of great competitors out here.'

Ed Lewis, from Currie, N.C. won Hogan flight medalist honors in the final round with a tidy 75 to finish T-25.

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.