Soups Up

By Mercer BaggsSeptember 30, 2000, 4:00 pm
Michael Campbell followed his Friday 64 with an equally impressive Saturday 65 to take a one-shot lead over Jose Coceres into the final round of the Linde German Masters.
At 19-under-par, Campbell is one clear of the Argentine, and four shots lower than his next nearest competitors, Colin Montgomerie and overnight co-leader Padraig Harrington, who shot a third-round 69.
Campbell is trying to finish what he started in 2000. The Kiwi began the season with consecutive wins at the Johnnie Walker Classic and Heineken Classic. He held the early lead on the Order of Merit; and a win this week would once again put him back in the money race.
'I've gone out and played and had fun,' said Campbell. 'It's been like when you go out and play with three buddies. You usually go out and score well.
'The most important thing I do is keep in the present time. If I think too far ahead, that's when I go wrong. I will take each hole as it comes tomorrow and see what happens.'
About his final-round partner, Campbell said: 'Jose is a strong player - a real little grinder. He's very much in contention, as are the guys three or four shots behind. This is a golf course where, if you get going, you can make birdies and eagles out there.'
Coceres certainly got it going on Saturday. The winner of this year's Dubai Desert Classic came home in 30 for a 7-under-par 65.
'It all points to an exciting finish tomorrow, but it's not just about the two of us,' said Coceres. 'Guys like Langer, Montgomerie and Harrington are all very good players and they can be dangerous.'
In search of his eighth-straight money title, Montgomerie carded a third-round 66, but failed to make a move. In fact, thanks to Campbell's 65, the Scot lost ground on Saturday.
'I'm not happy with a 66, not at all,' said Monty. 'I missed a couple of short putts coming in at 17 and 18 which both went the wrong way. I've got my game back in shape, so it's disappointing to shoot 66. That seems to be around par today.
'I felt two 66s (over the weekend) would be good enough, but now I need something silly like 62 to win. It's on if there is no wind and conditions remain the same.'
There are ten players within six shots of the lead. Thomas Bjorn is five back at 14-under. Langer is one shot higher at 13-under. The three-time German Masters champion is in a five-way tie for 6th with Miguel Angel Jimenez, Sam Torrance, Ignacio Garrido and Adam Scott.

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.