Daly Just One Back at FedEx

By Mercer BaggsJune 9, 2001, 4:00 pm
The number tied a personal record. The round, itself, was a personal best.
John Daly tied his career-low round on the PGA Tour Saturday at the FedEx St. Jude Classic in Germantown, Tenn.
Dalys 8-under-par 63 has him one shot off the 54-hole lead, held by Bob Estes. Estes has occupied the top spot ever since opening in 61. His Saturday 69 has him at 17-under-par for the tournament.
Daly recorded eight birdies and no bogeys in the third round. He is vying for his first PGA Tour title since the 1995 British Open.
It was wonderful to play that well in front of my family and friends, said Daly, who used to own a house on the TPC at Southwind course.
I havent felt this good in a long time. I really cherish this.
Dalys off-course problems have been well documented over the years - as has his erratic play. But now, the 35-year-old seems to be more in control of his game and himself.
He collected his first top-10 since 1998 in this years Phoenix Open (T9). He came close to duplicating that feat in the Honda Classic, but posted an even-par 72 on Sunday to tie for 11th.
For the year, hes earned over $300,000 ' good enough for 86th on the seasonal money list.
Daly started Saturdays third round seven shots back of Estes. He quickly made up ground by birdieing four of his first five holes.
Following a stretch of seven straight pars, Daly birdied the 13th and 14th holes to move to 14-under for the tournament, just two off the lead at the time.
At the par-5 16th, Daly smoked a 3-iron from 252 yards to within 20 feet of the cup. He missed the eagle putt but tapped in for his seventh birdie of the day.
After a par at the 17th, Daly hit what he called his best shot of the day ' a 6-iron from 211 yards to 10 feet at the par-4 finishing hole.
This time, Daly rolled in the putt ' complete with an energetic fist putt.
Daly would have held a share of the lead, but Estes birdied the 17th ' just his second birdie of the day ' to go one up with one round to play.
Scott McCarron is also one off the lead. McCarron shot 66 on Saturday to climb to 16-under.
2001 U.S. Ryder Cup captain Curtis Strange (69) is in solo fourth place following his third straight sub-70 round. Stranges winless streak dates back to the 1989 U.S. Open.
Earlier in the week, Strange failed to qualify for next weeks U.S. Open in Tulsa, Okla., as did Daly.
However, Daly didnt spend this week feeling sorry for himself. Hes already won a pair of majors ' and hes never fared too well at the Open, anyway.
In fact, Daly said a win this week would be better than either the 1991 PGA Championship or the 95 British Open.
With everything that Ive gone through in the last six years, it would be the biggest win of my career, said Daly.
Full-field scores from the FedEx St. Jude Classic

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.