Durants Win a Classic and a Record

By Mercer BaggsFebruary 18, 2001, 5:00 pm
For at least one week, Joe Durant knows what it is like to be the best golfer on the planet. When all the drives find the fairway, all the approaches find the green and all the putts find the bottom of the cup. When all mistakes are quickly rectified through skill and a bit of good fortune.

Durant capped a dream week in La Quinta, Calif., by establishing a new 90-hole PGA Tour scoring record at 36-under-par 324. His final-round 7-under 65 at PGA West was good enough for a four-stroke victory over Paul Stankowski, who shot a nine-under-par 63 - a rather blas round, this week.
Durant comments on his record setting win.
'It really was a magical week,' said Durant, who won $630,000. 'It seemed like every time I needed to make a crucial putt I did.'
Read what Durant had to say at the winner's news conference
From the time Durant singed for a second-round 61 - a personal best by four strokes - the event was his to lose. An easy proposition when guys are shooting 65 and getting lapped in the process.
One of the Tour's most accurate players, Durant maintained his position at the top of the leaderboard by shooting 67 in the third round. He then carded a 66 on Saturday to move to 29-under-par for the tournament, setting a new 72-hole PGA Tour record by a shot.
Through four rounds, Durant was five-up on the field. His nearest competitor, Mark Calcavecchia, said: 'If he doesn't fill up the pond with his golf balls he's going to win the tournament. He's just too focused on what he's doing.'
Indeed, even Durant knew he was in 'the zone.'
'I just don't want to wake-up,' Durant said after the fourth round.
The former insurance salesman, who never sold a policy, continued to sleepwalk on Sunday. Showing no signs of complacency, Durant birdied the second, sixth, eighth, 10th and 11th holes to move to 34-under-par for the tournament - just one stroke shy of Tom Kite's 90-hole scoring record set at the Hope in '93.
Durant kept his momentum going by sinking a seven-foot par putt at the 12th, the first of four consecutive pars. At the par-4 16th, he tied Kite's mark by dropping in a 10-foot birdie putt; and then did the same at the par-3 17th to move to 36-under.
Durant finally woke from his slumber when he narrowly missed a short birdie putt at the last. But when he wiped the sleep from his eyes, he saw clearly a new record and a new trophy for his mantle.
'To win again means a lot,' said Durant, whose first victory came in the 1998 Western Open. 'In fact, it almost means more to me than my first time. I feel like I've gone full circle and my game is where is should be.'
News, Notes and Numbers
*Robert Gamez shot an 11-under-par 61 in the final round to finish tied for 11th at 23-under. He is one of seven players to shoot 62 or lower this week. Because he finished a stroke out of the top ten, Gamez will have to Monday qualify to compete in the upcoming Nissan Open.
*David Duval shot a final-round 2-over-par 74 to tie for 51st. Two years ago, he fired a 59 at PGA West to win the tournament.
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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 ...

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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.

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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.

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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.