You Oughta Know: Wells Fargo Championship

By Will GrayMay 4, 2013, 11:43 pm

A flurry of birdies Saturday gave way to a barrage of wayward shots in the closing holes, as both Phil Mickelson and Nick Watney came back to the pack at Quail Hollow Club. Here's what You Oughta Know heading into the final round of the Wells Fargo Championship, where the two share the 54-hole lead, one shot clear of George McNeill:

• Both Mickelson and Watney will hope to break a recent drought for 54-hole leaders on the PGA Tour, as each of the last five events have seen players come from behind on Sunday to claim victory, dating back to the Shell Houston Open. The last player to convert a 54-hole lead into a win was Tiger Woods, who claimed the Arnold Palmer Invitational after leading through three rounds. Additionally, Mickelson will look to become the first to win at Quail Hollow after holding the 36-hole lead since Woods pulled off the feat in 2007.

• While much of the discussion this week has focused on the quality of the greens at Quail Hollow, Mickelson has had no trouble taming the putting surfaces en route to sharing the overnight lead. The four-time major champion has missed just two putts from inside 10 feet through 54 holes in Charlotte, allowing him to retain a share of the lead despite hitting only nine of 18 greens in regulation during his 1-over 73 in the third round.

• Unlike Mickelson, Watney has relied upon the strong ball-striking he's displayed throughout the 2013 season to grab a share of the 54-hole lead. A five-time winner on the PGA Tour, Watney entered the week eighth on Tour in greens-in-regulation percentage at 70.47, and has successfully reached the green at Quail Hollow 39 of 54 times thus far this week, a 72.22 percent rate of conversion. As a result, the 32-year-old enters Sunday with a great chance for both his first win since The Barclays last year and his first top-10 finish on Tour since a tie for fourth at the Farmers Insurance Open earlier this season.

• Beginning this week, Derek Ernst expected to be hundreds of miles down the road in Georgia, but instead he enters the final round with a chance to win on the PGA Tour for the first time. Ernst, who left last week's Zurich Classic with intentions of playing in the Stadion Classic on the Tour this week, instead gained entry at Quail Hollow during a rash of early-week withdrawals. The 22-year-old, who has never cracked the top 40 on the PGA Tour, now heads into the final round in a large tie for fourth, just two shots off the lead and in great shape for the biggest payday of his career.

• Twice a winner on the PGA Tour, George McNeill is in position to contend for yet another trophy thanks to an increased penchant for birdies this week in Charlotte. McNeill, who won the Puerto Rico Open last year, has largely struggled in 2013, with no top-25 finishes to his credit in nine starts and a current rank of 126th on the PGA Tour in birdie average. This week, though, the Floridian has carded at least four birdies in each of the first three rounds at Quail Hollow, and as a result enters Sunday in third place, having earned a spot in the final group alongside Mickelson and Watney.

• Having fired the low round of the day Saturday, John Senden will look to capitalize on the momentum of a 5-under 67 that helped him climb 31 spots up the leaderboard. The Aussie, who last cracked the top 10 on the PGA Tour at the John Deere Classic last July, carded six birdies against one bogey while moving from eight shots off the pace into a tie for fourth in the span of 18 holes. The round marked Senden's lowest number on the PGA Tour since a 66 during the second round of the Humana Challenge in January, and he now will begin the final round with a great chance to notch just his second top-25 finish of the 2013 season.

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Angela hits Sergio in stride on field at Superdome

By Grill Room TeamDecember 18, 2017, 3:22 pm

Sergio and Angela Garcia's super 2017 keeps getting more ... Super ... Dome. (+1 awful blog lede.)

The couple started the year with Sergio's win at the Masters, then embarked on a whirlwind green jacket media tour, then kicked off El Clasico, then attended Wimbledon, then got married, then announced they were expecting their first child ...

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And now, they're throwing each other passes on the New Orleans Saints' home turf at the Superdome.

Man, it must be so cool do that at the Silverdome. ... ... ... I'm sorry, it is the Superdome, brothers.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 1, Justin Thomas

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 18, 2017, 1:00 pm

He won a major, captured the FedExCup and was named the PGA Tour’s Player of the Year. It should come as no surprise that Justin Thomas holds the top spot on our Newsmakers list for 2017.

Thomas entered the year ranked outside the top 20, and few might have pegged him for a transcendent campaign. But he kicked off January with a win in Hawaii, added another before leaving the Aloha State and never looked back.

Thomas’ seminal moment came in August when he captured the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow for his breakthrough major title. One month after greeting Jordan Spieth behind the final green at Royal Birkdale, this time it was Thomas’ turn to have friends stick around to snap pictures with the trophy that signaled his arrival among golf’s upper echelon.

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In addition to racking up the hardware – five in total, including the inaugural CJ Cup at Nine Bridges in his first start of the new wraparound season – Thomas dazzled with style. His runaway win at the Sony Open included an opening-round 59, and his third-round 63 at Erin Hills marked the first time anyone had ever shot 9 under on a U.S. Open venue.

Thomas’ consistency was rewarded at East Lake, when a runner-up finish at the Tour Championship netted him the season-long title and $10 million prize. It was in the subsequent press conference where he shared the goals list he had written into his cell phone in February, having ticked off nearly every one. It showed a dedicated attention to detail as well the tactical approach with which Thomas had steered his rapid ascent.

Heading into a new year, he’s now very clearly entrenched as one of the world’s best. And as his career progresses, it’s likely we’ll look back at 2017 as the point where Thomas first transformed great potential into eye-popping results.

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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.