DiMarco Avoids Disaster Wins Phoenix Open

By Mercer BaggsJanuary 27, 2002, 5:00 pm
Chris DiMarco blew a four-shot lead on the back nine Sunday in Scottsdale, Ariz., but fought back for victory at the Phoenix Open.
 
DiMarco shot 2-under-par 69 to finish at 17-under 267, one shot clear of Kenny Perry (70) and Kaname Yokoo (64).
 
John Daly (70) tied Lee Janzen (64) for fourth place at 15-under. Daly earned a share of the early lead, thanks to an eagle and a birdie over his first three holes. He also recorded an eagle and a birdie over his final four holes; however, he played Nos. 5-11 in 5-over.
 
Overnight leader Duffy Waldorf struggled to a 2-over 73 and finished in sixth place at minus 14.
 
DiMarco earned $720,000 for his third career PGA Tour title, putting him atop the 2002 money list at almost $1 million. His total stands at $986,857 after four events.
 
DiMarco has three top-six finishes in four starts this season. He was one stroke off the 54-hole lead at the Mercedes Championships, only to bogey both par-5s down the stretch Sunday to tie for fifth.
 
He then finished tied for sixth at last weeks Bob Hope Chrysler Classic after hitting into the water on both the 17th and 18th holes in the final round.
 
It appeared another final-round failure was in the cards this Sunday.
 
DiMarco birdied four of his first eight holes to take a four-shot lead at 19-under. But he left his game at the turn.
 
He pushed his tee shot into the right rough at the par-4 11th. With a tree impeding his swing, he was able only to advance his second shot some 15 yards ' still in the rough.
 
He made double bogey, cutting his lead in half.
 
Trying to avoid the water on the right of the par-3 12th green, DiMarco next pulled his tee shot into the left-hand greenside bunker. He failed to get up and down for par. Meanwhile, Perry sank a 20-foot birdie putt ' his first of the day ' to tie for the lead at 16-under.
 
DiMarco again found trouble off the tee at the par-5 13th, pushing his drive into the right water hazard. He went on to make bogey, but got a bit of a reprieve when Perry missed a two-foot birdie putt.
 
'That really killed me,' Perry said. 'I missed a gimme.'
 
Leading outright for the first time, Perry was quickly caught by Yokoo, who shot a back-nine 31 to enter the clubhouse at 16-under.
 
DiMarco reached that number with a birdie at No. 14, yet couldnt match Perrys birdie at the par-5 15th. Perry hit the green in two shots and easily two-putted for a birdie 4. DiMarco, on the other hand, had to settle for a par, after his tee shot caromed off the cart path and settled behind a bush.
 
DiMarco showed a great deal of resolve on the par-3 16th. He stuck an 8-iron from 162 yards to within three feet of the hole. And just before he attempted to tie for the lead, someone in the crowd yelled, Noonan! ' a choking reference from the movie 'Caddyshack.' DiMarco stayed over his putt and rolled in the birdie effort. He then motioned for security to throw out the boisterous patron.
 
The final group was forced to endure a 15-minute wait on the par-4 17th, as players in front of them were taking their shots at the 332-yard hole.
 
During the downtime, DiMarco, a Pittsburgh Steelers fan, found out his team lost the AFC Championship game to the New England Patriots.
 
The same fate would not befall DiMarco.
 
Both he and Perry hit drivers off the tee. DiMarco came up short of the green, while Perrys ball rolled into a swell, right of the putting surface.
 
DiMarco pitched onto, and through the green with his second shot, but successfully saved par. Perry, though, came up 40 feet short of the hole on his second shot and three-putted for bogey.
 
'I don't know what you're supposed to do on that crazy hole,' Perry said. 'I was looking for the miracle shot, and it didn't happen.'
 
Leading by one stroke with one hole remaining, DiMarco two-putted from 45 feet for par, leaving Perry with a 30-foot birdie putt to force a playoff. He missed right.
 
Perry has now finished third at the Mercedes, tied for sixth at the Bob Hope and second this week. It was the third time this year he has played in the final group without winning.
 
Full-field scores from the Phoenix Open
Getty Images

Angela hits Sergio in stride on field at Superdome

By Grill Room TeamDecember 18, 2017, 3:22 pm

Sergio and Angela Garcia's super 2017 keeps getting more ... Super ... Dome. (+1 awful blog lede.)

The couple started the year with Sergio's win at the Masters, then embarked on a whirlwind green jacket media tour, then kicked off El Clasico, then attended Wimbledon, then got married, then announced they were expecting their first child ...


2017 Newsmaker of the Year: No. 5, Sergio Garcia


And now, they're throwing each other passes on the New Orleans Saints' home turf at the Superdome.

Man, it must be so cool do that at the Silverdome. ... ... ... I'm sorry, it is the Superdome, brothers.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 1, Justin Thomas

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 18, 2017, 1:00 pm

He won a major, captured the FedExCup and was named the PGA Tour’s Player of the Year. It should come as no surprise that Justin Thomas holds the top spot on our Newsmakers list for 2017.

Thomas entered the year ranked outside the top 20, and few might have pegged him for a transcendent campaign. But he kicked off January with a win in Hawaii, added another before leaving the Aloha State and never looked back.

Thomas’ seminal moment came in August when he captured the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow for his breakthrough major title. One month after greeting Jordan Spieth behind the final green at Royal Birkdale, this time it was Thomas’ turn to have friends stick around to snap pictures with the trophy that signaled his arrival among golf’s upper echelon.


Full list of 2017 Newsmakers of the Year


In addition to racking up the hardware – five in total, including the inaugural CJ Cup at Nine Bridges in his first start of the new wraparound season – Thomas dazzled with style. His runaway win at the Sony Open included an opening-round 59, and his third-round 63 at Erin Hills marked the first time anyone had ever shot 9 under on a U.S. Open venue.

Thomas’ consistency was rewarded at East Lake, when a runner-up finish at the Tour Championship netted him the season-long title and $10 million prize. It was in the subsequent press conference where he shared the goals list he had written into his cell phone in February, having ticked off nearly every one. It showed a dedicated attention to detail as well the tactical approach with which Thomas had steered his rapid ascent.

Heading into a new year, he’s now very clearly entrenched as one of the world’s best. And as his career progresses, it’s likely we’ll look back at 2017 as the point where Thomas first transformed great potential into eye-popping results.

Win No. 1: Title defense at the CIMB Classic

Article: Thomas (64) rallies to defend CIMB title


Win Nos. 2 and 3: The Hawaiian double

Article: Thomas refuses to let disastrous hole derail TOC win

Article: Worst week ever ends with another title at Sony Open


Record Round No. 1: 59 at the Sony Open

Article: Thomas becomes youngest player to shoot 59

Take a look: Thomas’ scorecard from his amazing 59


Record Round No. 2: 63 at the U.S. Open

Article: Thomas sets U.S. Open record with 9-under 63


Temporary Slide: Open MC makes it three in a row

Watch: Thomas loses club, makes 9, misses Open cut


Mr. Major (and win No. 4): PGA champ at Quail Hollow

Article: Thomas joins the club – the major club


Win No. 5: Dell Technologies Championship

Article: Thomas wins the battle of buddies over Spieth


The $10 Million Man: FedExCup champ


Biggest Win of All? Player of the Year


And One to Grow On: Wins at CJ Cup in 2017-18 season

Article: Thomas caps torrid 12-month run with CJ Cup win


Photo Galleries: Best of ...

Best of: Justin Thomas and Jillian Wisniewski

Best of: Justin Thomas through the years

Getty Images

Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 18, 2017, 12:30 pm

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.