DiMarco Cools Still Leads

By Mercer BaggsOctober 19, 2002, 4:00 pm
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. ' A pair of 2002 trends are forming this week at the Disney Golf Classic.
Players seeking their first wins, and others seeking to stop the hands of time are once again in contention outside the Magic Kingdom.
Chris DiMarco, however, would love nothing more than to buck both trends. He wasnt able to maintain his torrid pace Saturday, but he did just enough to keep his two-stroke lead heading into the final round.
DiMarco shot a bogey-free 3-under 69 to move to 20-under-par 196. Hes two clear of Skip Kendall (66), Bob Burns (67) and Scott Hoch (69). Hoch bogeyed his final hole, as did Joel Edwards, who is three back after a 67.
'I'll be more aggressive tomorrow,' DiMarco said. 'I think I came out a little tenative today. I mean, after shooting 63-64, I think I should have come out more aggressive.'
Kendall was agressive from ths start Saturday. He was 8-under, and leading the tournament through 13 holes, but bogeyed the 15th and 17th to relinquish his position.
The goal today was to close the gap, and I did that, said Kendall, who started the day five back. Obviously, Im not happy with the way I finished, but Im only taking away positives.
DiMarco and Kendall will be paired in Sundays final twosome. The two share more than just the fact that they both live in the Orlando area; it was Kendall who resurrected DiMarcos career by introducing him to the claw-style putting grip.
Skip is a good guy and he knew I was struggling back in 95 and showed me something that helped, DiMarco said. It really doesnt matter how you hold it, as long as the ball goes in the hole.
Tiger Woods had a hard time getting the ball in the hole in round three. Needing a remarkably low number to cut into his overnight eight-shot deficit, Woods could only muster a 5-under 67.
I hit so many good putts that didnt go in, he said.
Woods stands at 14-under-par. Hes six off the lead, with 20 players tied with or in front of him.
It is almost impossible to try and catch up, because you need to shoot 62 or something like that to make up a difference and hope they dont go low, he said.
I have always liked tournaments where you go and you shoot 69, and it is well learned and well deserved, and you are going to move up the leaderboard.
Aside from Tigers usually dominance, there have been a record 15 first-time winners on the PGA Tour this season, while five players in their 40s have posted victory.
Kendall, a three-time career runner-up, currently stands behind only Greg Kraft (324) on the active players list without a tour title. This is the 38-year-olds 260th start in the big leagues. Bob Burns stretch extends to 172 events.
A year ago, Edwards snapped a 315-tournament drought at the Air Canada Championship. Now, he wants to add to the list of 40-something winners.
Edwards is 40; Hoch is 46.
DiMarco is neither a graybeard nor winless. He has won each of the last three years, but is still in search of his first multiple-win season.
After shooting a front-nine 35 Saturday, DiMarco was trailing Kendall. He birdied 13 and 15 to jump in front, at minus 20. He then parred his final three holes.
'Playing with Skip, that will be really fun tomorrow,' DiMarco said. 'I know he's had a lot of close calls. My job tomorrow is not to give it to him. If he goes out and beats me...I'd probably feel just as happy as if I won. Because if I play good and somebody beats me, that's fine. And if it's Skip, it's even better.'
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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.