Golf Channel Am Tour National Championships 2012

By Golf Channel DigitalSeptember 13, 2012, 2:20 am

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – A record turnout has descended upon the PGA Tour's home for the 2012 Golf Channel Am Tour National Championships. 

Over the course of four rounds, The Players Stadium Course and neighboring Dye’s Valley Course at TPC Sawgrass and Ponte Vedra Inn and Club’s Lagoon and Ocean Courses welcomed more than 1,100 expected participants for the concluding event on the Golf Channel Am Tour season. The Golf Channel Am Tour National Championships were broken up into two tournaments: the Senior National Championships (ages 50 and over), Sept. 4-7, and the traditional National Championships (below age 50), Sept. 10-13.

Check back here for all the latest news during the event.

Day 4: Beach captures Championship flight: Brian Beach moved from Montana to California to hone his golf game. It appears to have been a good move.

Day 4: Healy wins Palmer flight: Mike Healy almost withdrew from the Am Tour Championships. Good thing he didn't.

Day 4: Connor captures Hogan flight: Three years after finishing dead last in the Hogan flight, Jason Connor was a winner by two shots.

Day 4: Ambrosio captures Sarazen flight: Ken Ambrosio has had better finishes, but he withstood the final-round pressure to take a one-stroke win.

Day 4: Island-green 17th key as Nault wins Snead flight:  Paul Nault was seven shots behind Scott Fjeldstad with five holes to go, but staged a rally, including a birdie at No. 17.

Day 4: Kelley wins Jones flight in playoff:  Rich Kelley defeated Rick Ramsey with a par on the first playoff hole.

Day 3: Former MLB pitcher loving life on the Am Tour: Once a competitor, always a competitor. That's the way guys like former Major League Baseball pitcher Mark Mulder are wired.

Day 3: Players closing in on National crown: Make no mistake: For the players contending at this week's Golf Channel Am Tour Championships, the stakes are high. For many of them, it's a rare opportunity to realize a dream.

Day 2: Par-3 17th a little devil: For many golfers it's the most difficult short shot they'll ever hit, simply because of the intimidation factor.

Day2: Albatross, eagle lift Embry: Ted Embry recorded both an double eagle and an eagle to vault into contention in the Championship Flight of the Golf Channel's Am Tour National Championship.

Day 1: Ball envy: Bridgestone has been analyzing Am Tour golfers' swings for over a week now and report their results thus far. 

Day 1: Couples affair: Many of the players here at the Golf Channel Am Tour Championships are making a week of it in the Jacksonville area, but Kathy Provazek and Jeff Ross are doubling their pleasure.

Nationals preview: Big Break stars provide their pressure wisdom: On the eve of the Golf Channel Am Tour National Championships, Big Break competitors welcomed competitors and offered their advice on dealing with pressure. 

Dyer on 'Morning Drive': Ed Dyer, winner of the Hogan Flight in the Golf Channel Am Tour Senior National Championship joined Gary and the team.

Senior results: True Statement: Jeff True won four majors in 2012 and capped it off with a clutch, 10-footer for the Nationals crown. 

Senior results: Indiana Eyes Smiling: Indiana residents Ed Dyer and Randy Snodgrass finished one-two in the competitive Hogan flight. 

Senior results: Going Low: Who says the finishing holes on the Stadium Course are tough? Mark Palmer birdied four of the last six holes to win the Championship flight. 

Day 4: Now it gets interestingWith the help of an ace, Charles Voss finds himself in the lead, while other flights have their story lines heading into the final day.

Day 4: One competitive coupleThere aren't many couples who both play competitive golf. Lynn and Lu Cormier, from Sugarland, are the exception. 

Day 3: Ace in the hole! David Wachnish, records the week's first ace at Ponte Vedra Inn's Lagoons Course. 

Day 3: Sink or swim on 17: After two days, the 17th hole has seen scores ranging between 2 and 32. 

Day 2: The Better Half: While competitors took to the golf course on Day one, many of their wives and girlfriends got the royal treatment. 

• Day 2: Aloha, SawgrassSix competitors at this week's Senior National Championship made the long trip to Ponte Vedra Beach from Hawaii to compete this week. 

Day 1: Let the games begin! On the eve of the largest ever Am Tour Senior National Championship, David Feherty had some not-so-inspirational words for Am Tour competitors. Also, three competitors have a unique advantage this week when the stakes are high.

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Cabreras win PNC Father/Son Challenge

By Associated PressDecember 17, 2017, 11:36 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. closed with a 12-under 60 for a three-shot victory in their debut at the PNC Father/Son Challenge.

The Cabreras opened with a 59 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club and were challenged briefly by the defending champions, David Duval and Nick Karavites, in the scramble format Sunday. The Argentines went out in 30, and they had a two-shot lead with Cabrera's son came within an inch of chipping in for eagle on the final hole.

They finished at 25-under 199 for a three-shot victory over Duval and Karavites, and Bernhard Langer and Jason Langer. The Langer team won in 2014.

Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara tied for fourth at 21 under with Jerry Pate and Wesley Pate.

Cabrera wasn't even in the field until two-time U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange and his son, Tom Strange, had to withdraw.

Duval and his stepson went out in 28, but the Cabreras regained control by starting the back nine with back-to-back birdies, and then making birdies on the 13th, 14th and 16th. The final birdie allowed them to tie the tournament scoring record.

''This is certain my best week of the year,'' said Cabrera, the 2009 Masters champion and 2007 U.S. Open champion at Oakmont. ''To play alongside all the legends ... as well as playing alongside my son, has been the greatest week of the year.''

The popular event is for players who have won a major championship or The Players Championship. It is a scramble format both days.

In some cases, the major champions lean on the power of their sons for the distance. O'Meara said Saturday that his ''little man'' hit it 58 yards by him on the 18th. And on Sunday, Stewart Cink said son Reagan told him after outdriving him on the opening four holes, ''In this tournament I may be your son, but right now I'm your Daddy!''

Jack Nicklaus played with his grandson, G.T. They closed with a 64 and tied for 15th in the field of 20 teams.

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.