Singh Shares Lead in South Carolina

By Mercer BaggsApril 12, 2001, 4:00 pm
Vijay Singh birdied his final hole of the day, the par-4 9th, to tie Doug Dunakey and Billy Mayfair for the first-round lead at 6-under in the WorldCom Classic.
 
Singh picked up where he left off in Hilton Head Island, SC. His 65 on the par-71 Harbour Town Links course was just one shot higher than his final-round score a year ago.
 
Last year, Singh followed his Masters victory with a tie for 3rd at the WorldCom, courtesy in large part to his Sunday 64.
 
Singh opened and closed in 69 in last weeks title defense at Augusta National. He finished tied for 18th.
 
Singh is in search of his first PGA Tour victory since he was awarded the Green Jacket in 2000. He has won twice, however, in 01, with both wins coming in Malaysia.
 
Singh called his first round a working mans 65.
 
Im playing 14, 15, 16 - great holes - but there are always one or two bad ones that pop up for me, said Singh, who hit only 10 of 18 greens in regulation, but managed to record six birdies and no bogeys.
 
Mayfair has five tour wins to his credit, but none since the 1998 Buick Open. The Buick was the second of two victories he posted three years ago. The first was the Nissan Open, where he defeated Tiger Woods in a playoff.
 
Thursday, Mayfair overcame a bogey at the par-4 10th, his first hole of the day, to card a 4-under-par 32 over his final nine holes.
 
Dunakey has yet to win in two full seasons on tour. Hes best known for shooting 59 in the second round of the 1998 Buy.Com Miami Valley Open.
 
As impressive as that round was, it ended with a three-putt bogey. It also ended in defeat, as Craig Bowden won the event.
 
Thursdays 65 included seven birdies and one bogey.
 
It was a long ways from a 59, but it was a pretty solid round, said Dunakey.
 
After winning his fourth consecutive major championship at the Masters, Woods isnt in this weeks field. Several other big names are; and many are in good position after Round One.
 
Rocco Mediate, Tom Lehman and Mark Calcavecchia each opened in 5-under-par 66 to finish the day one off the lead. Calcavecchia tied for fourth last week in Augusta, Ga.
 
Scott Hoch, Jeff Sluman and 1996 WorldCom winner Loren Roberts are in a group two back at 4-under-par.
 
Four-time champion Davis Love III is just three back after shooting 68. Hes tied for 21st place with Jesper Parnevik.
 
Full-field scores from the WorldCom Classic

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.