Reese Pieces Together Days Best

By Mercer BaggsOctober 25, 2001, 4:00 pm
Don Reese, the last man eligible for this weeks Buy.Com Tour Championship, is at the top of the leaderboard through one round in Prattville, Ala.
The 47-year-old Reese shot 4-under-par 68 to lead Rod Pampling by one shot. Eric Meeks and Tim Petrovic are tied for third place after a posting a pair of 2-under 70s.
Reese finished tied for third in last weeks Shreveport Open, earning just enough money to qualify for the season finale. At 55th on the current money list, Reese will need to cash the $108,000 first-place prize in order to crack into the top 15 in earnings.
The top 15 players on the money list at the conclusion of this event will earn their 2002 PGA Tour cards.
Current 2001 Buy.Com money list
The first player out on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trails 7,656-yard Senator Course - the longest layout ever in a PGA Tour-sanctioned event - Reese carded five birdies over his first eight holes. He stumbled a bit with bogeys at Nos. 9 and 14, but recovered with a final birdie at the par-5 17th.
'It was weird being out there by myself,' said Reese, who played college golf at Troy State, about 90 minutes southeast of Prattville. 'I've never done that before. Golf is all about rhythm and pace, and I was setting my own all day. It was nice.
'I didn't have anything outside of 10 feet at the start,' he said. 'I was trying not to think about it as I was going along. I wasn't concerned with anything.'
Reese is completing his 10th year on the Buy.Com Tour (1990-94 and 1997-2001). Hes won once ' the 1991 Lake City Classic ' but has never finished better than 30th on the money list.
He last played on the PGA Tour in 1995, thanks to a tie for 10th in the 94 Qualifying Tournament. He made 10 of 26 cuts that year and finished 217th in earnings. Reese also played on the big tour in 1982 and 89.
Pampling has already secured a spot on the 2002 PGA Tour. He entered this week third on the money list, but still seeks his first title of the year.
Meeks is 39th in earnings, and Petrovic is 7th.
In the Player of the Year battle, Chad Campbell (No. 1 on the money list) shot 1-under 71 to tie for fifth place, while Heath Slocum (No. 2) opened in 4-over 76.
Both players have three victories to their credit this season.
Todd Barranger won this years Dayton Open, but it probably wont be enough to earn his PGA Tour playing privileges next year. Barranger (No. 15 on the money list) recorded two quadruple bogeys on Thursday en route to a 13-over 85.
Heres how the rest of the players on the top-15 bubble fared in Round One:
12. Jason Hill+3 (75)T36
13. Richard Zokol+5 (77)T46
14. Michael Long+4 (76)T41
15. Todd Barranger+13 (85)53
16. Paul Claxton+1 (73)T20
17. Steve Haskins+2 (74)T32
18. Ryuji Imada+6 (78)T49
19. Tjaart Van der Walt+1 (73)T20
20. Kelly Gibson+1 (73)T20
Full-field scores from the Buy.Com Tour Championship

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 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.