Blomqvist Wins on Ladies European Tour

By Martin ParkJuly 19, 2004, 4:00 pm
Remetesgpuszta, Hungary -- Just ten months ago, Minea Blomqvist was still playing junior golf as she represented Europe in the Junior Solheim Cup. But after battling her emotions during the final round of the OTP Bank Ladies Central European Open in Hungary, the 19-year-old came of age as a professional, becoming the sixth first time winner on the Ladies European Tour this season and the first rookie to win on the LET since 2001.
 
Blomqvist carded a final round 1-under-par 70 to win on 14 under par, four shots clear of New Zealander Gina Scott and Swedens Emma Zackrisson. But it was not the stroll in the park at Old Lake GC in Tata which everyone expected after her opening rounds of 62 and 67 suggested she would walk away with the title.
 
The Finn admitted to being tense out on the course and the birdies which came fast and furious over the first two rounds had all but dried up as she turned in 1 over par after a bogey at the third hole.
 
Virginie Auffret from France, who finished tied for fourth place with compatriot Karine Icher, closed the gap to a shot after she eagled the 13th to reach 12 under par, but Blomqvist, who kept a note of the leader boards at every available opportunity, found her putting touch again with birdies at the tenth and 14th.
 
Auffrets challenge ended with a bogey at the 15th and a double bogey at the final hole, but Zackrisson provided some pressure towards the end with a flurry of birdies at the 13th, 15th and 17th. Sadly for the big hitting Swede, she also endured a double bogey at the last hole to fall back into a share of second.
 
Blomqvist had no idea that the Swede had dropped those shots at the final hole and after an errant tee shot at the tight 18th, the Finn caught her five iron approach heavy and came up 30-yards short of the green.
 
It was only then I realised I when I looked at the scoreboard next to my ball I had a four shot lead and then the tears began, explained an emotional Blomqvist, who had the Hungarian gallery in raptures as she made a gritty up and down for par with her eyes almost bloodshot from the tears.
 
Last night, we went out to eat and I just couldnt eat anything as I was thinking that this was my dream if I should win. I knew it was going to be a tough day out there after about six holes and I was so tense. I was fine at the beginning but as the round got longer, I knew it would be a hard day.
 
Ive dreamed of this moment all my life. This was my goal this year and I still cant believe Ive won on the European Tour. I have always tested myself and try to make my goals and now it has come true.
 
Some of the gallery have already compared the Finn to world number one Annika Srenstam and they have even called her Minni Annika. And that will be the Finns next item on her agenda after the Weetabix Womens British Open at Sunningdale when she will play the Swede in a 9-hole challenge match in Finland on August 2nd.
 
Now Im really looking forward to that now I have won. Its going to be so much fun playing my idol, added the Finn, who becomes the third youngest winner on the Ladies European Tour aged 19-years and 128 days.
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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.