Mickelson in Position Once Again

By Mercer BaggsJune 30, 2001, 4:00 pm
A year ago hed already have the trophy in hand. Phil Mickelson with a third-round lead was an ironclad victory.
Not so in 2001.
Mickelson fired a career-best 9-under-par 61 to take the lead into the final round of the Canon Greater Hartford Open.
Check out Phil Mickelson's sizzling round of 61!
At 14-under, Mickelson leads David Berganio, Jr., by 1 shot in Cromwell, Conn. Berganio shot 64 in the third round to move to 13-under-par. Chris DiMarco (66) is in third place at 12-under. Billy Andrade (66) is the next nearest competitor at 11-under.
Prior to 2001, Mickelson won 11 of 12 PGA Tour events in which he held at least a share of the 54-hole lead. However, this season the lefty is 0 for 3.
Mickelson shared the third-round lead at Pebble Beach, shot a final-round 73 and tied for third. He led by three in New Orleans, shot a Sunday 72 and finished second. And at the Colonial, he was tied for the top spot through 54 holes only to shoot 70 and tie for second.
Mickelson has an astounding eight top-3s on the PGA Tour this year, but only one win ' the Buick Invitational. Mickelson trailed by one through three rounds in San Diego, shot 66 on Sunday to force a playoff, and then beat Frank Lickliter on the third extra hole with a double bogey.
The 31-year-old winner of 18 Tour titles started the third round at the TPC at River Highlands just three shots off the lead, held by a record eight players.
Upon making the turn in 3-under 32, Mickelson birdied the par-3 12th and then took sole possession of the lead on the next hole.
Perhaps the most aggressive player on tour, Mickelson flew a 3-wood over a water hazard and onto the green at the par-5 13th. He rolled in the 12-foot eagle putt to move to 11-under.
An eight-foot birdie at the 15th gave him a three-shot advantage, which quickly grew to four following a 20-footer at the 16th.
Mickelsons 60th shot of the day was an L-wedge from 99 yards that spun to within six feet of the hole at the par-4 18th. Shot No. 61 tied the course record.
I felt like heading into the week that Thursday and Friday were going to be the difficult days, said Mickelson. I had a good practice session this morning and felt good. I didnt expect to shoot 9-under, but Im very happy with my round.
Berganio has yet to win on tour, but has had a fairly successful 2001 season. He opened in 64 to lead the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am; though he failed to break 70 over the next three rounds and tied for 20th.
His best showing of the year came in the Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic where he tied for 4th.
Berganio earned a spot in Sundays final pairing by making a late run on Saturday. After hitting the green in two at the par-5 13th, he two-putted for birdie. The 32-year-old Californian then birdied the 15th, 16th and 17th holes to get within one of his old college rival.
Yeah, we played a lot of college golf together, but I havent played much with him over the last seven, eight years. Ive just been watching him, said the former Arizona Wildcat of his Arizona State counterpart.
Full-field scores from the Canon Greater Hartford Open

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.