Webbs Stellar Play Warrants Win

By Martha BrendleJune 2, 2001, 4:00 pm
The skies cleared just as players started the third round Saturday. A round in which, Australias Karrie Webb picked up right where she left off Friday.
 
I started out pretty much the way I left off yesterday - swinging the club very well and making a lot of birdie opportunities, Webb said. I really feel good about my round. I probably had just a couple of loose iron shots coming in but I cant be too hard on myself today. I shot 1-under and there werent too many other red numbers up on the board.
 
I was really impressed with the job the greens superintendent and his crew did. The course was in great shape today. You would never know that there was that much rain yesterday. There wasnt one part on the fairways where you felt water under your feet. The greens were probably a little bit softer that they were yesterday but we had a breeze today that dried them out.
 
Webb completed her second round Friday at 5-under-par 135 and in sole possession of the lead. I put a lot of emphasis on the Majors now. I always have, Webb said in a press conference Friday. Youre not ever going to win every single time you put yourself in contention, but the more times you put yourself in that position, the more chances you have and maybe you get lucky a couple of times.
 
Of the 21 times Karrie has held the final-round shes won 13 times, finished second seven times and tied for seventh once.
 
Webb made three birdies Saturday and was 8-under with 5 holes left in her round when she made the first bogey of the day on the 401-yard par 4 14th. This was also her first bogey in 32 holes. A bogey on the 429-yard par 4 17th brought her back to 6-under-par with a very comfortable five-stroke lead over Se Ri Pak 1-under-par 69-70-70 209.
 
'I missed so many great birdie chances for 34 holes. I kept missing putts. I misread or missed speed,' Pak said. 'It was a little confusing. But I just -- actually, I find out something on the 18th hold that I'm going to be working on tonight. And I think tomorrow everything will go into the hole.'
 
Pak has been working on her putting with Tom Creavy - formerly with the David Ledbetter Academy.
 
Pak is one stroke ahead of Catriona Matthew even par 72-68-70 210. Inclement weather forced Matthew to complete 36-holes today. Im delighted with 2-under for my 36 holes. I played well this morning and shot 2-under, Matthew said Saturday evening. And really played well this afternoon. Overall Im pretty pleased.
 
Stephanie Keever, one of four amateurs to make the cut (6-over-par), gave her caddy a hug on the first then ripped a drive up the center of the fairway. Her caddy this week doubles as the proud father of Stephanie. Pride in his daughter was never more evident than upon completion of her second round Friday. While Stephanie and the rest of her group made their way to the 18th green, Stephanies dad Larry was spotted taking a picture of the leaderboard with his daughters and score on it. Keever completed the third round at 13-over-par after recording a disastrous 10 on the 351-yard par 4 13th.
 
Juli Inkster has a tumultuous third round consisting of five birdies, four bogeys and a double bogey on the 401-yard par 4 14th. After three disastrous holes on the backside. Inkster made a birdie on the 429-yard par 4 17th. It gave me a little hitch in my giddy up, Inkster currently at plus one 68-72-71 211 said.
 
Annika Sorenstam arrived at the course at 5 a.m. to finish her second round. She was not pleased with the early performance and, after recording her worst score this week 3-over 73 she was equally as dismayed with these afternoons efforts. Im really disappointed with my play today ' I expected to do better, Annika said just off the 18th green. It just didnt go my way and thats the way it is.
 
The first group tees off at 9:10 a.m. Sunday morning. Leaders Se Ri Pak and Karrie Webb tee off a t 2 p.m.

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.

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.