Second Round Resumes in PGA

By Mercer BaggsAugust 17, 2002, 4:00 pm
The second round has finally resumed in the 84th PGA Championship. Lightning suspended play Friday, which was further delayed Saturday by overnight rains. Fred Funk started the day with a one-shot lead over four others. He was 7-under-par through 13 holes when play was initially halted.
The second round was scheduled to resume at 7:15 AM CDT, but rains saturated the Hazeltine National Golf Club, pushing back the start time two hours.
Funk is one of 41 players who has to complete his second 18 holes.
Retief Goosen (69), Justin Leonard (66), Mark Calcavecchia (68) and Rich Beem (66) are all in the clubhouse, tied at minus 6.
Friday marked the second straight day that lightning had factored at Hazeltine. Thursday, the elements postponed play for nearly three hours, forcing 39 players to complete their opening rounds Friday morning.
In 1991, lightning killed one spectator and sent six others to the hospital in the first round of the U.S. Open at Hazeltine.
Though rain and lightning aren't in the forecast Saturday, 30-40 mph winds are.
'I can't imagine that kind of wind and playing this golf course and trying to get the ball to stay in the fairway,' said Funk, one of the most accurate drivers on the PGA Tour.
If thats the case, it will be similar to the conditions faced in the third round of the preceding major.
At Muirfield, 40 mph gusts blew away Tiger Woods chance for a seasonal Grand Slam. He shot 81 under treacherous conditions to fall out of contention in the British Open.
Hes once again in contention this week, at 3-under-par for the tournament through 16 holes.
After starting his second round with a 15-foot par save at the first, Woods made three birdies in a four-hole stretch to get to 4-under for the tournament. But after missing a seven-footer for birdie at the eighth, Tigers round stalled. He made five straight pars before three-putting for bogey at the 13th.
Funk began the round tied with Jim Furyk. But while Furyk shot 73 to drop to 3-under, Funk continued to progress.
The five-time PGA Tour winner started on the back nine and birdied Nos. 10, 13 and 15 to take sole possession of the lead at 7-under.
Funk missed the fairway at the par-4 first and had to pitch out into the fairway. He was left with a 10-footer for par, but made the save.
Funk took a two-shot lead with a birdie on the par-5 third, but gave it right back with a bogey at 4.
He was quite animated throught the round, swinging his putter when left a ball short of the hole, pumping his fist when they fell, and hi-fiving everyone with an extended hand.
'I wasn't scared of the atmosphere I was in,' said Funk. 'I was having fun. I was enjoying being in the lead at the PGA.
'I'm not going to back down.'
The quartet of players at minus 6 all posted their numbers in the morning, and all but Beem are past major champions.
Calcavecchia is making his 50th major start since winning the 1989 British Open, and the big events have seen little results. The 42-year-old has but three top-10 finishes in majors since his British triumph, two of which came last year. He tied for fourth in the 2001 Masters and recorded the same result later that year at the PGA in Atlanta.
This year, he missed the cut in both the Masters and U.S. Open, and tied for 80th ' out of 83 to make the cut ' at Muirfield.
'That'd be the ultimate,' he said about winning a second major. 'I wouldn't think coming into this week that it was looking too good; certainly my form hasn't been great. But that's the way I play. Any given week I show up and I hit three or four good iron shots in a row and make some putts, I can get hot, get going.'
Leonard and Goosen have both fared better since their major triumphs.
Since winning the 1997 British Open, Leonard lost in a playoff to Paul Lawrie in the 1999 British, and has finished in the top 20 in all three majors this season. He also won the '99 Players Championship.
Goosen, the 2001 U.S. Open champion, finished second this year at Augusta and tied for eighth at Muirfield.
Beem, on the other hand, is making just his fourth career major appearance, and first of the season. He has two missed cuts and tie for 70th (1999 PGA) in his three previous starts.
'I didnt come into this tournament expecting anything. Im just as surprised as you all that Im sitting here, Beem told the media. What Im not surprised is that Im playing well. I know Im good, I know Ive got some game, but at the same time this is a major championship and I havent really done anything in majors yet, so Im pleasantly surprised.
As is Funk, who is also making his first major start of the season. The 46-year-old has only two top-10 finishes in 36 prior majors played.
Full-field scores from the 84th PGA Championship

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.

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.