Parry Prevails in New Zealand

By Mercer BaggsJanuary 12, 2002, 5:00 pm
Craig Parry gave himself a belated birthday present Sunday, winning the New Zealand Open when Michael Campbell inexplicably double-bogeyed the 71st hole.
 
Parry, who turned 36 Saturday, shot a 3-under 68 to finish at 11-under-par 273. Campbell was also at 11-under through 16 holes, but three-putted from six feet at the par-4 17th. The 2000 champion needed to eagle the par-5 finishing hole to force a playoff. But after reaching the green in two shots, he narrowly missed his 15-foot effort.
 
The Australian collected $77,000 for his 11th career Australasian Tour title.
 
Its been a while since Ive won, Parry said to the New Zealand fans. I know you were barracking (cheering) for the Kiwis, but I just happened to play a little bit better than them today. I know thats going to come back and haunt me now. Michael and the boys and Steve have won enough over in Australia, so I thought wed better get one back.
 
Campbell (69) finished tied for second with Stephen Leaney (71) and Steve Alker (71). Leaney and Alker could also have each eagled the home hole to force an extra session, but, like Campbell, came away with birdies.
 
Tiger Woods never factored in the final round. Starting the round seven shots back, he hit his tee shot 370 yards at the 400-yard par-4 first, but had to settle for a par. He then three-putted from four feet for a double bogey at the par-4 second.
 
Woods, who received a $2 million appearance fee, birdied Nos. 6, 7 and 10, and eagled the par-5 12th to get within four shots of the lead at 5-under. However, a bogey at the par-4 13th thwarted his momentum.
 
Woods rolled in a 15-foot birdie putt at the last to shoot 2-under 69 and finish the event at 5-under-par, tied for sixth.
 
'I hit the ball well all week, but I didn't get anything out of the greens,' Woods said. 'It was a tough week, but I was happy with my ball-striking in this wind.'
 
Due to a three-hour 20-minute rain delay Saturday, 14 players were forced to complete their third rounds Sunday morning.
 
Leaney birdied the par-5 18th to take a one-shot lead at 10-under into the final round, and, following another hour-long rain delay, birdied the first hole to increase his lead to two strokes.
 
That proved to be the largest difference between first and second place throughout the final 18 holes of competition.
 
Leaney bogeyed the third, fourth and sixth holes to fall to 8-under, but birdied the par-4 11th to reclaim a share of the lead with Parry and Alker at minus-9. It then became a four-way tie at the top when Campbell birdied the par-5 11th.
 
Parry broke the deadlock, sinking an eight-foot birdie putt at No. 13, but was caught a couple of holes later by Campbell. The Kiwis approach shot on the par-4 15th bounced off a mound back of the green and rolled 15 feet from the hole. He then sunk the subsequent putt to also move to 10-under.
 
Campbell passed Parry with another 15-foot birdie at No. 16, but found trouble on the next hole when his approach shot landed in the greenside grandstand. Campbell was awarded a free drop and pitched to six feet, from where he missed the par save.
 
Amazingly, he then missed the two-foot bogey putt.
 
It was Parry who now led by a shot at 10-under; he quickly moved two clear with a routine two-putt birdie at the par-5 18th.
 
Campbell had one last chance to redeem himself. He hit a 3-wood from 225 yards to within 15 feet of the flagstick on the final hole, but was unable to convert the playoff-forcing putt.
 
Full-field scores from the New Zealand Open
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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.