Pak Two Times a Winner

By Martha BrendleApril 22, 2001, 4:00 pm
It wasnt historic, it wasnt even particularly riveting golf - unless, of course, you were Se Ri Pak. For Pak it was sweet victory.
 
Pak had a game plan as she entered the final round of the rain shortened Longs Drugs Challenge. I think tomorrow, everything will not change. Same game, same plan as the last two days, Pak said following Saturdays round. Thing is, not easy to get through as a leader through 18. Behind me, there are very strong players. Mentally, I have to try to be strong. Really, I just want to play by my game and enjoy myself. Thats all.
 
Free Video - Registration Required Se Ri Pak comments on her Longs Drugs Challenge win
 
This year, Im very confident in myself, my game. Mentally, Im pretty much stronger than last years. It is helping me for the golf course. I make a plan and am smart. Tomorrow, its going to be much confidence for myself. In two days, I only missed one fairway and one missed green today. This is not an easy golf course. But I have a lot of confidence to play 18 holes tomorrow.
 
Sunday did not begin exactly as she planned. Pak made bogey on the 370-yard, par 4 first ' a hole she bogeyed for the second day in a row, but quickly turned her game around with a birdie on the par-3 4th to move back to even par. I know I would have a good day, but putting was little bit of struggle. All day I couldnt putt, I hit great shots, but I couldnt make a putt all day. I was mad, a little upset, it was difficult to play out there. I knew I had to hang in there with the golf and I tried to play it hole by hole. I wanted to get the trophy, I promised myself.
 
Making the turn at even par, Pak continued on that path until encountering trouble on the 13th - a par-3 - in the form of a bogey after three putting. It was at this point that Se Ri really needed to play smart golf. She was no longer in the lead of this tournament. A young, and winless Laura Diaz had made a putt to pull into the lead and put pressure on Pak.
 
Heading into the final stretch Pak stepped up to the challenge by birding the par-4 16th and par-5 17th. Pak made birdies on these two holes in every round of this event, though by doing it today she pulled ahead of Diaz by one shot. Even par on the last gave Se Ri a final round of 1-under-par 71.
 
62 putts later with three-day scores of 66-71-71 (208), Pak captured her second win of the season. I said no matter what I was not going to give up that trophy.
 
Laura Diaz finished in second place and smarting from letting potentially her first win on Tour slip through her fingers. Diaz finished 6-under-par with three-day scores of 70-72-68 (210).
 
The three-year veteran from Scotia, NY held the lead outright midway through her round after carding birdie on the par-4 10th and again on the par-5 12th.
 
It was nothing less than disappointing for Diaz, who played great golf this week hitting 42 greens in regulation, when Pak made back-to-back birdies once again leaving the New York native trailing the lead by one stroke. A final and poignant bogey on the 398-yard par-4 last destroyed any hopes of a win this week.
 
Michele Redman, not one for watching the scoreboard, finished 5-under 68-70-73 (211) and in sole possession of third place.
 
The stars were not in Annika Sorenstams house this week. An unusual three-day total of 4-over-par 73-72-75 (220) left her tied for 43rd place. Sorenstams game was as sharp as ever in many ways - Sunday she hit 16 greens. Ultimately, it was her putter that failed her this week.
 
The pragmatic Swede was not daunted by her performance this week. I feel good about my game, Sorenstam said after the final round. Im disappointed over all but I never really had a chance. Im going to try to do it again.
 
I feel calm. I was excited at the beginning of the week and I had a chance to do something no one else has ever done. I had a few breaks last week and this week I didnt have the breaks.
 
Next week Im going to go work with my teacher and figure out what when wrong this week. Im more than pleased with my game this year. I wasnt going out to win five tournaments in a row, I just wanted to win tournaments this year.

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.

Getty Images

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.