Thrust and Parry Aussie Conquers World

By Mercer BaggsAugust 25, 2002, 4:00 pm
SAMMAMISH, Wash. -- This time, Rich Beem said he wasnt going to win and he didnt. But he indirectly helped the man who did.
Craig Parry watched Beem win last weeks PGA Championship. He watched Beem envision the shot and then execute it. He watched, observed on TV after missing the cut, and thought, Why cant I do that?
He did do that Sunday at Sahalee Country Club. Parry, who started the final round of the World Golf Championships-NEC Invitational tied with fellow Australian Robert Allenby, birdied the second hole Sunday and never looked back.
The diminutive 36-year-old stood tall on the front nine and held firm on the back to snap a 235-event winless streak on the PGA Tour. The 20-time worldwide winner finally earned victory No. 1 in the States.
'To win on tour means everything,' Parry said. 'It's been a long time. I've been knocking on the door for 10 or 12 years, even longer playing events in America.'
More from Parry on his win.
Parry shot 4-under 31 on the inward half and turned with a three-shot lead. A bogey by Allenby at the 10th extended the advantage to four, from where Parry was never challenged.
Parry, who didn't card a bogey over his final 48 holes, shot a flawless 6-under 65. He finished at 16-under-par 268; four shots clear of Allenby (69) and Fred Funk (68).
'He took it; he definitely deserves to win,' said Funk, who has three runner-ups and a tie for fourth in his last five starts on tour.
Tiger Woods (68) birdied the last to finish alone in fourth place, at minus 11.
In the process of ending his own futility, Parry also put a halt to Tigers dominance in this event. Woods won the first three NECs ' all at Firestone Country Club ' and was trying to become the first player since Walter Hagen (1924-27 in the PGA Championship) to win the same tournament four consecutive years.
But the change of venue led to a change of results.
Woods, who has played in each of the last three weeks, has finished first (Buick Open), second (PGA) and now fourth.
'I've only won one tournament (in that stretch), but that's not bad either,' Woods said. 'Anytime you can win one and put yourself in contention to win others, you're doing all right.'
Standing a stocky 56, with Popeye forearms and a Bluto belly, Parry collected a cool $1 million for his efforts. He upped his career PGA Tour total to nearly $5.7 million.
'I am going to get blotto (drunk). They might have to carry me off the plane tomorrow morning. I'm sure the Australian customs won't mind,' Parry joked.
He started his move out of the gates Sunday, birdieing Nos. 2-4. And with no other player making a real threat, he birdied the ninth to move three clear of the field.
Funk, who was also in the final threesome, birdied the par-5 11th to cut his deficit to three, but again fell four back when he left his third shot in the bunker at the par-4 12th.
Allenby dropped from contention as soon as the lead group made the turn. He bogeyed the 10th and double-bogeyed 12. As Tiger did a week ago, the four-time tour winner was able to birdie the final four holes, but fell far short.
'He's never won on tour, and he's picked a great tournament to be his first one,' Allenby said of his countryman. 'I think now it will show that's he's as good as we all know he is. He was the best player not to win on tour, and now he's broken through.'
Tiger tried to mount an early charge by birdieing 4 and 5, but a bogey at the par-4 eighth relieved the pressure. And unlike last Sunday's dramatics, Woods managed only two birdies on the back nine.
'I didn't shoot the good number going out I needed to shoot. I wanted 2- or 3- or 4-under-par on the front nine and I wasn't able to do it,' said Woods.
'They completely changed what we faced the first three days,' he added. 'The fairways were faster, the greens were harder and firmer. We had to get accustomed to a golf course like we played in '98 (at the PGA Championship).'
That made Parry's bogey-free performance all the more impressive. Never challenged coming home, he calmly ' at least on the surface ' made seven pars and two birdies.
Parry has four runner-up finishes on tour, in addition to near misses in the 1992 Masters, 1993 U.S. Open and 1999 British Open.
'I've had guys like Tom Lehman go birdie-birdie to beat me at Colonial. Phil Mickelson chipped in at the Byron Nelson one year on 16 for eagle; I think he ended up beating me by a shot,' said Parry. 'Nick Price was the hottest golfer in the 90s; he got me down at the Honda.
'I felt as though I was playing good and the other guys were just doing that little bit extra and beating me. And I've done that to everyone else this week, and that's good.'
Final results from the WGC-NEC Invitational
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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.

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.