Perry Snaps Drought Wins Buick Open
Perry held off a host of challengers Sunday to earn his fourth career PGA Tour title, and his first since the 1995 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic.
Kenny Perry comments on his win
Perry, who entered the final round at Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club with a five-stroke lead shot a 3-under-par 69 to best Jim Furyk (66) and Chris DiMarco (65) by two shots. Perrys 25-under-par 263 total was one shot shy of the 72-hole tournament scoring record set by Robert Wrenn in 1987.
'I hadn't won in six years and this was a very key win for me, especially with a five-shot lead,' said Perry.
'I didn't think I was ever going to win again, to tell you the truth. It made me appreciate those three wins even more.'
All was not lost for Furyk and DiMarco, as both men collected valuable Ryder Cup points. With the upcoming PGA Championship marking the final event to earn Cup points, Furyk moved from 11th to 8th in the standings. DiMarco climbed from 16th to 11th, just 10 points behind Tom Lehman.
The top ten on the U.S. points list at the conclusion of the PGA Championship automatically qualify for the Ryder Cup.
U.S. Captain Curtis Strange will also add two players to the roster.
'Earning some points and getting a little bit more of a solid position for the Ryder Cup is definitely a good consolation,' said Furyk.
Said DiMarco: 'I'm not going to put any more pressure on myself, but I've been playing good. I just have to keep playing good.
'I'm probably going to have to earn it.'
Joe Durant was the odd man out, dropping from 10th in the standings to 12th.
But the big news early Sunday was made by Billy Mayfair.
Mayfair set the early pace; shooting an 11-under-par 61 that included a 9-under-par 27 on the back nine.
The 27 matched the lowest nine-hole score in tour history. The 9-under score set a tour record. Mike Souchak shot an 8-under 27 at the 1955 Texas Open and Andy North shot a 7-under 27 at the 1975 B.C. Open.
The 11-under-par total was also a tournament record.
Click here for Billy Mayfair's scorecard.
Mayfair finished in a tie for 14th.
Perrys biggest challenge came from a couple of groups in front of him. Perrys Sunday playing companion, Padraig Harrington, made an early run in the final round, but bogeyed Nos. 5-7 to fall out of contention.
Starting the day nine shots off the lead, Dudley Hart pulled to within a single shot by playing his first 15 holes in 9-under.
However, Harts run up the leaderboard hit a grease spot when he failed to get up and down from the greenside bunker at the par-3 17th. Hart eventually made bogey and shot 64 to finish tied for fourth with last weeks winner, Tom Pernice, Jr. (66).
DiMarco and Furyk each put some pressure on Perry down the stretch. In fact, Furyk got within one stroke by sinking a 40-foot birdie putt on the par-3 17th.
However, just moments later, Perry regained a two-shot advantage with a two-putt birdie at the par-5 16th. He then parred his way home to victory.
Perry, who turned 41 Friday, and 149 others will next travel to Atlanta, Ga., for the PGA Championship. Perry lost to Mark Brooks in a playoff at Valhalla in the 1996 PGA Championship.
Full-field scores from the Buick Open
Newsmaker of the Year: No. 1, Justin Thomas
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.
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.
Win No. 1: Title defense at the CIMB Classic
Win Nos. 2 and 3: The Hawaiian double
Record Round No. 1: 59 at the Sony Open
Record Round No. 2: 63 at the U.S. Open
Temporary Slide: Open MC makes it three in a row
Mr. Major (and win No. 4): PGA champ at Quail Hollow
Win No. 5: Dell Technologies Championship
The $10 Million Man: FedExCup champ
Biggest Win of All? Player of the Year
And One to Grow On: Wins at CJ Cup in 2017-18 season
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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017
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Cabreras win PNC Father/Son Challenge
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
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.