And Then There Was One
Not only did Jones remain ' she pulled away from the rest of the field in Sorenstam-like fashion. Jones teed off this afternoon recording three birdies and a bogey on the par-4 4th prior to making the turn. Another birdie on 164-yard par-3 11th brought Jones to 3-under for the day, 7-under for the tournament, with only a handful of holes left to play.
Cindy Figg-Currier did her best to knock on Jones door. Her opening 69 was outdone with Fridays round of 3-under-par 67, which insured her of, not only her making the cut, but also doing so in style.
A resident of Austin, Figg-Currier deftly navigated Onion Creek Golf Course for the past two days moving up in the ranks 15 positions. She is presently 4-under-par 136 for the tournament and tied for second.
The former University of Texas MVP and owner of one LPGA Tour career victory (1997 State farm Rail Classic), bogeyed two holes on the backside ' the par-4 13th and the 144-yard par-3 17th in what was otherwise a very good round for her.
Its been a few years for Figg-Currier since being in the winners circle. This season the 18-year veteran has been struggling with her game. Two missed cuts and no finishes this season better than a tie for 23rd have left her wallowing in 58th position on the money list. Shes in good company though.
Yesterdays co-leader Tina Barrett - 60th on the money list - actually trails Figg-Currier in the money race with a total of $37,952 in the bank this season.
Barrett played solid golf Friday, yet seemed unable to get anything going during her round. She made two bogeys through fourteen holes, unfortunately bogeying the 164-yard par-3 11th for the second day in a row.
Lori Kane started the day at 3-under-par 67. Four holes into her second round the friendliest player on Tour, as many refer to her, had recorded two pars and two consecutive birdies. At 5-under-par, and looking back as the rest of the field now trailed her, Kane was surely smiling.
While no competitor really feels secure with a small lead, making bogey and loosing what little lead you had really challenges a players mental game. Kane faced just such a challenge today. Bogey on the 416-yard par-4 15th ended what was shaping up to be another bogey-free round. Although Kane rebounded quickly with birdie on the 386-yard par-4 16th, she played safe golf making par on the next seven holes. Kane was 1-under-par through the 15th.
Almost all of the afternoon groups have made the turn. Check back for final scores.
Angela hits Sergio in stride on field at Superdome
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 ...
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
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.
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.
Win No. 1: Title defense at the CIMB Classic
Win Nos. 2 and 3: The Hawaiian double
Record Round No. 1: 59 at the Sony Open
Record Round No. 2: 63 at the U.S. Open
Temporary Slide: Open MC makes it three in a row
Mr. Major (and win No. 4): PGA champ at Quail Hollow
Win No. 5: Dell Technologies Championship
The $10 Million Man: FedExCup champ
Biggest Win of All? Player of the Year
And One to Grow On: Wins at CJ Cup in 2017-18 season
Photo Galleries: Best of ...
Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017
GolfChannel.com counted down the top 10 Newsmakers of the Year as voted on by Golf Channel’s writers, editors, reporters and producers. Check out the list below. And click here for the full collection of articles.
Cabreras win PNC Father/Son Challenge
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.