Fox rallies late to stun Weaver at U.S. Amateur

By Ryan LavnerAugust 19, 2012, 11:07 pm

In a shocking finish to the 112th U.S. Amateur, Steven Fox won the last two holes, then drained a 20-foot birdie on the first extra hole Sunday to stun Michael Weaver and win the 36-hole final match at Cherry Hills.

Weaver had a chance to win on the 36th hole, but his 6-foot par putt spun around the cup and rimmed out. It was the first time the match had been all square since the sixth hole, some eight hours earlier.

On the first extra hole, the short par-4 first at Cherry Hills, Weaver’s drive sailed way left, near another tee box, and he was unable to reach the green with his second shot. Fox, meanwhile, found the fairway with a long iron, stuck his approach to 20 feet, and then buried the birdie putt to win in dramatic fashion.

With the victory, Fox, a senior at UT-Chattanooga, earned exemptions into the Masters, U.S. Open and Open Championship, provided he remains an amateur. (Weaver, a redshirt junior at Cal, received invites to Augusta and Merion, too.)

“I’m at a loss for words right now,” Fox said on the NBC broadcast. “This is unreal.”

Both players survived a 17-for-14 playoff just to advance to the 64-player match-play portion of the championship. Fox and Weaver were the 63rd and 60th seeds, respectively, and the 21-year-old Fox became the first player since Edoardo Molinari (2005) to go from match-play playoff to Amateur champion. At No. 63, Fox also became the lowest seed ever to win.

Despite winning the first two holes of the morning session, Fox was 2 down as he headed to lunch. In the afternoon, he lost the 16th hole to go 2 down with two to play, but made an 8-foot birdie putt on 17, then had a two-putt par from 40 feet on the last green.  

Fox became only the ninth player to win the U.S. Amateur after trailing following the morning session.

“I fought all day,” Fox said. “I had to keep pushing and try to make birdie.”

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.