Wind Causes Havoc In Winnipeg

By Marty HenwoodJuly 7, 2005, 4:00 pm
Canadian Tour-LargeWINNIPEG, Man. -- Mother Nature flexed her muscles and overpowered the field Thursday during the opening round of the MTS Classic.

On a day when southerly winds reached more than 60 km/h at Pine Ridge Golf Club, only five of 156 players were able to get in under par. Lee Williamson, Mike Grob and Michael Sabo each opened with a 2-under 69, with current money leader Jaime Gomez and Daniel DeLeon of Mexico one back.

Adam Short of Vineland, Ont., who began his day on the back nine, had it to 2-under before taking a double bogey on the par-4 eighth, the toughest hole of the day, en route to a 72.

Winnipegs Adam Speirs and Dustin Risdon of Calgary are the top Canadians at even par 71.

Williamson, who finished third in Winnipeg two summers ago, marked his scorecard with four birdies and a pair of bogeys and figured any player under par Thursday made up a few shots on the rest of the field.

It sounds funny, but I still think I left a couple out there, said Williamson, who was in the lead group Thursday morning. Its getting tougher as the day goes on. I think that rough is growing as we speak.

Sabo, the Ohio amateur runner-up in 2002, is now into his third season on the Canadian Tour. After a double-bogey on his opening hole of the day, he bounced back with a birdie on the par-5 second and drained an eight-footer on six. Making the turn at even par, Sabo hit a 7-iron from 185 yards to within 15 feet on the 12th before making the eagle putt.

I knew it was going to be a tough day, so I tried to stay positive, said Sabo of his start. You had to take your lumps and take advantage of the opportunities when they came. This is a shot makers course. With that wind and that rough, if you dont keep it in the fairway, youve got no chance.

Teeing it up on the afternoon side of draw, Grob arrived at Pine Ridge Thursday and was caught off guard when the top number on the leaderboard was a 1-under as the morning draw continued.

Grob was the only player in the afternoon to get in the red.

Ive played this course a lot, and it has beaten me up a lot more than Ive beaten it, laughed Grob, who will become the all-time Canadian Tour earnings leader with a top five finish in Winnipeg. With the wind the way it was today, I try not to get too worried about playing it low or high. You want to play the wind instead of battling it.

Less than a month after qualifying for the Bell Canadian Open at a regional qualifier in Vancouver, Short has put himself in early contention in the Manitoba capital. He hit his tee shot into the woods on number eight, had to chip back out onto the fairway and couldnt save bogey from nine feet away.

I had a couple of bad breaks coming down the stretch, but other than that I played well, he said. Besides the double, I was solid. Those were crazy conditions out there.

With a $15,000 lead atop the money list, Gomez knows a strong showing this week could almost put him out of reach with just three events remaining on the Tour schedule.

With the wind dictating big numbers all day long, Gomez was pleased to be on the happy side of par heading into Friday.

On this course, on a day like today, if you are shooting 1 or 2-over, that is a good round of golf, reasoned Gomez. You cant let the bogeys get to you. Everyone is going to make them. Its playing tough out there.

Winnipeg amateur Scott Loewen created a stir Thursday afternoon when he turned at 4-under before struggling over his inbound nine to post a 74.

Clint Jensen of Florida was 3-under but had a five-hole stretch where he went 8-over, including a triple on the eighth, to come in at plus-5.

NOTES: The par-4 eighth gave up a 4.83 scoring average Thursday and yielded just eight birdies. There were 53 bogeys, 16 doubles and 14 in the vaunted 'Other' category...The weatherman and Pine Ridge brought the field to its knees Thursday. While there were 21 eagles and 324 birdies, there were also 778 bogeys, 158 double-bogeys and 42 'Others'.....The scoring average was 76.63 on the day.
 
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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.