Long Waite at the Top

By Mercer BaggsAugust 16, 2001, 4:00 pm
With 95 of the top 100 players in the world in this weeks PGA Championship, its No. 101 whos leading the way in Duluth, Ga., after the first round.
Grant Waite birdied the 490-yard par-4 18th to shoot a 6-under-par 64 and take a two-shot lead over a host of other players.
Nine players are tied for second place at 4-under. That list includes Phil Mickelson, David Duval, Fred Funk, David Toms, Niclas Fasth, Stuart Appleby, K. J. Choi, Brad Faxon and Dudley Hart.
Faxon and Toms are 13th and 14th in the U.S. Ryder Cup standings, respectively. The top ten on the points list at the end of the PGA Championship earn an automatic berth on the American squad.
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In 1995, Faxon shot a final-round 63 in the PGA Championship to secure a spot on the team.
However, not everyone was happy with their first round scores, none more so than the two-time defending champion.
Tiger Woods recorded a pair of double bogeys en route to a 3-over-par 73.
Woods, this years Masters winner, played alongside British Open champion Duval and U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen on Thursday. Goosen shot 1-under 69.
The major trio began the day at the par-4 10th. It marked the first time since 1977 that the PGA Championship used split tees. The PGA of America wanted to avoid the six-hour rounds experienced last year at Valhalla.
Woods day started with a bogey and only got worse form there. Woods dropped another shot at the par-4 14th and made a double bogey at the par-3 15th. Tiger missed the green left at No. 15 and then pitched his second shot over the green and into the water.
After making the turn in 3-over 38, Tiger birdied the par-4 2nd, but once again made a double bogey at the par-4 3rd.
Tiger did manage to birdie the 5th and 7th holes; yet three-putted the par-4 9th (his 18th) for a bogey.
I just need to make a few more putts, eliminate a couple of mistakes and Ill be right back in it, Woods said.
Woods is trying to become the first player since Walter Hagen (1924-27) to win three straight PGA Championships, and the first man to win any major on three consecutive occasions since Peter Thomson in the British Open from 1954-56.
If I play a good round tomorrow, I should get right back in the tournament, he said. Thats the good thing about a major tournament. If you play well, youll be rewarded for it. Ive just got to play well.
Thats exactly what Waite did on Thursday.

The 37-year-old Kiwi carded six birdies to no bogeys in the first round.
Waite is competing in his fifth career PGA Championship. He missed the cut in his previous four starts. In fact, he has missed his last six cuts on the PGA Tour in 2001.
'It's an adventure. That's the way I look at it,' said Waite, who is best known for losing to Woods in the 2000 Bell Canadian Open.
'I want to look back at the end of the week and say I enjoyed it.'
When David Duval won the Open Championship a few weeks back he gave Mickelson the undisputed title of best player never to win a major.
Mickelson would now like to pass that on to someone else.
The lefty played 17 bogey-free holes at the Highlands Course, before bogeying the 18th. Mickelsons round included four birdies and an eagle at the par-5 5th.
Likewise, Duval only recorded one bogey in his first start since winning his first major championship.
I havent felt this good about my golf or as confident in my abilities in a long, long time, said Duval.
Duval is no stranger to streaks. He went 0-fer in his first 86 PGA Tour starts as a professional, before breaking through and winning the 1997 Michelob Championship. Duval went on to post 11 victories in a 34-start stretch and become the No. 1 ranked player in the world.
A year ago, Duval was forced to skip the PGA Championship due to a bad back.
I was in Ketchum, Idaho last year lying on the floor of my living room watching it, Duval recalled. I watched all the coverage. Its a lot more fun being here and playing.
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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.