Two Lead With One Day Left at Canadian Q-School

By Marty HenwoodJune 9, 2005, 4:00 pm
LANGLEY, BC -- Americans Ryan Camp and Byron Smith share the lead heading into Fridays final round of the Canadian Tours Spring Qualifying School.

Holding a comfortable four-shot edge as play began Thursday, the 24-year-old Smith posted a 3-over 73 at Belmont Golf Club in suburban Vancouver while Camp came in with a 69. Both have a three-day total of 6-under 204, one shot in front of former Tour member Nick Davey of New Zealand.

Reid Hatley of Spokane, Wash. and Aussie Luke Hickmott have made three trips around Belmont and come out at minus-4.

Billy Noon of Maple Ridge, BC is the top Canadian at 2-under 208 which, if the tournament ended Thursday, would be enough to earn the final exempt card for the 2005 Tour season.

Mike Mezei of Lethbridge, Alb. struggled to a 4-over 74 to drop into a tie for eighth at even par 210.

Camp, who played at Washington State University before turning pro last September, didnt have a memorable journey during his first attempt at qualifying for the Canadian Tour. Nine months ago at Royal Ashburn in Whity, Ont., Camp finished well back in 65th spot at Fall Qualifying School.

This time around, it has been a different story.

This week around has definitely been a lot more rewarding, said Camp. Last September, I had just turned pro and was extremely nervous heading into the first round. Combine that with the way I played and it made for a bad week. You have to be there to experience it, and I think that experience helped me for this week.

Mezei, who represented Canada at the Four Nations Cup last month, is also poised to join the Tour ranks Friday. Less than a week after turning professional, Mezei hit a speed bump on a day where the lift, clean and replace rule was in effect.

It was brutally easy out there today and I just didnt get it done, said Mezei. I didnt get any breaks at all and didnt play well. But Ive still given myself a chance to get my full card. Ill go out there (Friday) and see if I can make a move. I feel Ive got a good round left in me.

Camp was 2-over for the day and was poised to drop another shot on the par-5 ninth when he landed his third shot well short of the green. Facing a crucial up and down to save par, Camp instead kept his putter in the bag by chipping in for birdie.

With just one day to go, he would seem to be a lock to earn one of the seven exempt cards that will be handed out. Seven more players, plus ties, will earn non-exempt status.

But dont try telling Camp it is a done deal.

You have to play smart golf out here, he admitted. You have to give yourself those 15 to 20 footers and go after the pins when the opportunity presents itself. Im not changing anything for tomorrow. Im not playing against Byron or anyone else; its me against the golf course.

Scores - Thursday after the third round of the Canadian Tour's Spring Qualifying School being held at the 6,416-yard, par-70 Belmont Golf Club (A-denotes amateur):
 
1. Camp, Ryan Spokane, WA 66  69  69  204  
1. Smith, Byron Palm Springs, CA 65 66 73 204
3. Davey, Nick New Zealand 68 71 66 205
4. Hatley, Reid Spokane, WA 72 70 64 206
4. Hickmott, Luke Australia 69 70 67 206
6. Yanagisawa, Will Sparks, NV 68 69 70 207
7. Noon, Billy Maple Ridge, BC 67 73 68 208
8. Bates, Lucas Australia 70 70 70 210
8. Mezei, Mike Lethbridge, AB 68 68 74 210
10. Wood, Chris Sardis, BC 69 70 72 211
11. Harlingten, Seann Rancho Mirage, CA 69 74 69 212
12. Koh, Hansoi New Westminster, BC 70 73 70 213
13. Dorothy, Dean Aiea, HI 69 72 73 214
14. Lee, Ju Young Korea 70 70 75 215
14. Maunder, Eddie Whitby, ON 74 69 72 215
14. McNally, Mike Billings, MT 70 68 77 215
14. Roberts, Dan (A) Victoria, BC 70 71 74 215
14. Tulk, Adam (A) Vancouver, BC 70 75 70 215
19. Brown, Anthony Australia 70 73 73 216
19. Shafer, Steve Phoenix, AZ 71 72 73 216
19. Wilson, Tim Surrey, BC 68 75 73 216
22. Frier, Steve Richmond, BC 75 68 75 218
23. Balloch, Jay Surrey, BC 78 72 69 219
23. Park, Pedro New Zealand 74 74 71 219
23. Tayler, Nik Australia 72 77 70 219
23. Weaver, Jordan Coquitlam, BC 71 75 73 219
23. Wilson, Wes Oklahoma City, OK 68 75 76 219
28. Lidkea, Ryan Delta, BC 69 79 72 220
28. Murray, Joseph Upland, CA 71 75 74 220
28. Wicks, Richard Australia 73 73 74 220
31. Dennison, Bevan New Zealand 71 75 75 221
32. Burraston, Dale England 72 79 71 222
33. Brown, Daniel (A) Creston, BC 73 76 74 223
33. Scoles, Marty Burnaby, BC 71 73 79 223
33. Smith, Blaise Chino, CA 72 73 78 223
36. Wiles, Trevin Sandy, UT 76 71 77 224
37. Karr, Jim Jupiter, FL 76 75 74 225
37. Robinson, John Orlando, FL 74 77 74 225
37. Young, Scott Australia 74 77 74 225
40. Moser, Nathan Surrey, BC 81 74 72 227
40. Rauberheimer, Anton (A) Smoky Lake, AB 77 73 77 227
42. Walker, Bruce Calgary, AB 79 76 74 229
43. Eide, Scott Henderson, NV 77 75 78 230
43. Jung, Johnny Maple Ridge, BC 80 73 77 230
45. Akizuki, Shingo Surrey, BC 77 79 75 231
46. Williams, Brendon Mackenzie, BC 80 77 78 235
47. Butterworth, Jim Surrey, BC 81 81 75 237
48. Keim, Kenneth (A) Calgary, AB 84 78 77 239
49. Cerrato, Jehu Surrey, BC 88 79 82 249
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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.