Winning Ugly Pernice Survives at International

By Mercer BaggsAugust 5, 2001, 4:00 pm
Tom Pernice, Jr., held on to win his second career PGA Tour title on a sloppy Sunday at The International in Castle Rock, CO.
 
Pernice shot 1-over-par 73 in the final round, but managed to collect one point using the modified Stableford scoring system.
 
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That point proved to be the difference between first and second place, as Pernice finished the tournament at +34, one point more than Chris Riley (72, +4).
 
'The good Lord willing, I held on,' said a relieved Pernice, who collected $720,000.
 
Defending champion Ernie Els (71, +6), Chris DiMarco (73, +4) and Vijay Singh (72, +2) tied for third place at +32.
 
DiMarco appeared ready to run away with the tournament early Sunday. He birdied the 5th, 6th and 7th holes at Castle Pine Golf Club, and then rolled in a putt from off the green for an eagle-3 at the par-5 8th.
 
With birdies worth two points each and an eagle worth five, DiMarco quickly picked up 11 points in four holes to take a six-point lead at +39.
 
Then everything went horribly wrong.
 
DiMarco proceeded to his three balls into the water starting at the 9th. He bogeyed the 9th, doubled the par-4 10th, bogeyed the par-4 12th, bogeyed the par-4 15th and made his second double of the day at the par-3 16th.
 
DiMarco birdied the par-5 17th to enter the clubhouse at +32, which amazingly kept him in the hunt.
 
That's because DiMarco wasnt the only player who failed to remember that even though the highest score wins, you dont obtain that score by playing poorly.
 
Pernice, who entered the final round with a three-point lead, also found the water at the 10th and made a double to drop to +32.
 
He regrouped with a birdie at the 12th and reclaimed sole possession of the lead with another birdie at the 14th.
 
Leading by three points with three holes to play, Pernice bogeyed both the 15th and 16th holes to drop two points.
 
Pernices playing partner and good friend Singh couldnt make a move on Sunday. Following a birdie at the 8th to move to +33, the 98 winner of this event parred his next eight holes.
 
A ninth straight par would have been nice, but instead, Singh bogeyed the par-5 17th to fall to +32, where he finished the tournament.
 
With no one mounting a late charge, Pernice had the luxury of parring his final two holes to win his first title since the 1999 Buick Open.
 
'I do my best when I'm relaxed and I enjoy playing with him,' Pernice said of Singh. 'He's one of my best friends out here. We play a lot of practice rounds on Tuesday, so it was definitely to my benefit to play with him.'
 
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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.