Am Tour: True makes Player Of The Year statement

By Brandon TuckerSeptember 8, 2012, 2:12 am

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Player Of The Year? There is no official award on the Golf Channel Am Tour, but if there was, Jeff True (right) would probably be the guy.

True, 65 from Naples, Florida capped a tremendous 2012 campaign with a one-shot victory in the event's most competitive flight, the Sr. Palmer (handicaps 4.0-7.9).

True finally has his first Am Tour Nationals trophy to go along with four major championships this year. He certainly earned it. The Palmer flight was extremely tight coming into the final round. Not only that, playing in the final group, it came down to the wire with Bill Foley. True's 10-foot par save on the final hole for a final round 75 sealed the deal, but admits he wasn't sure if it'd be enough.

'We didn't know how the rest (of the field) was doing,' he said. 'All we knew is we had seven guys within about two shots. So somebody could have gotten hot below us.'

In the end, the difference may have been True's preparation tactics. While many of this week's competitors showed up a day or two early to play practice rounds (many playing 36 holes two days in a row before the first round), True took a different approach. He came the week before to play three practice rounds, then took two days off before the tournament began.

'I didn't really play the two days before the tournament because I didn't want to beat myself up,' he said. 'Guys get here, and they play two or three practice rounds the day or two before the event and it takes it out of you.'

Hanging on at the Stadium Course in the Sr. Jones flight

Along with the Championship flight, the Sr. Jones flight (16.0-19.9 handicaps) staged its final round on the PLAYERS Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass.

Daniel Henris, a retired Marine from Havelock, North Carolina, played defensively and it paid off, winning the 92-person field. Henris held off Craig King and Vincent Sarro to win by one shot. That included surviving the island green 17th with a par and managing a bogey on the hazard-laden 18th. 

'The nerves crept in quite a bit all the way around,' said Henris. 'I thought, 'try to keep it to bogey, you'll throw in a couple pars, and you'll be around a 90 so you'll be okay.''

Henris, who is enjoying his first full season on the Am Tour, said he took up the game after he retired from the Marines twenty years ago. 

'I went out and got hooked, I've just been trying to play and improve ever since.'

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.