Woods Gets New Partner

By Mercer BaggsSeptember 28, 2002, 4:00 pm
SUTTON COLDFIELD, England ' Tiger Woods will try his luck with a third different partner in Saturday mornings foursomes.
 
Woods is paired with Davis Love III. They face Darren Clarke and Thomas Bjorn at 8:45 AM local time.
 
'I will say a bit of a hunch with Tiger and Davis, I'll be honest with you,' said U.S. Captain Curtis Strange, whose team trails 4 - 3 . 'This is a golf course where they're hitting so many irons off the tee, so everybody is hitting a lot of fairways, and with that they're wonderful second-shot players.
 
'The golf ball means a great deal to me. Davis can launch Tiger's golf ball. A Scott Verplank or Scott Hoch would have difficulty with the Nike golf ball. So that played a big part in the decision.
 
'And plus, they can get on the par-5s in two, if they drive it in the fairway.'
 
Woods lost both of his matches Friday. He and Paul Azinger fell to Clarke and Bjorn, 1-up, in the morning four-balls. He then lost with Mark Calcavecchia to Sergio Garcia and Lee Westwood, 2-and-1, in foursomes.
 
Woods overall Ryder Cup record now stands at 3-8-1, but Strange has no thoughts of benching the worlds No. 1.
 
You go with your horses. If you get beat, you get beat. But you go with your horses and thats what I intend to do, he said.
 
Phil Mickelson and David Toms face Pierre Fulke and Phillip Price in the first group out Saturday, at 8:00. Mickelson and Toms beat Padraig Harrington and Niclas Fasth, 1-up, in Fridays four-balls. They then came from 3-down with four to play to earn a crucial half point against Bernhard Langer and Colin Montgomerie in the foursomes.
 
Fulke and Price, both Ryder Cup rookies, will be making their first appearances.
 
'The whole week, Fulke and Price were definitely going to be a team. They're perfect for foursomes, they play the exact same game,' European Captain Sam Torrance said.
 
Stewart Cink and Jim Furyk go up against Westwood and Garcia at 8:15. Cink and Furyk took down Harrington and Paul McGinley in Fridays foursomes, 3-and-2.
 
Aside from their victory over Woods and Calcavecchia, Garcia and Westwood also beat Love and David Duval, 4-and-3, in the four-balls.
 
Verplank teams with Hoch against Langer and Montgomerie, who handled Hoch and Furyk, 4-and-3, in Fridays four-balls.
 
Duval, Sutton, Calcavecchia and Azinger will sit on the sidelines Saturday morning. Strange said it was a tough decision to bench Sutton after his performance in the alternate-shot format Friday.
 
To sit somebody out, to go back right in the same format they won earlier, is difficult to do. Its the toughest thing I have to do, Strange said. You put your best players out there tomorrow morning. I have what I think is the best foursomes playing in the morning.
 
Harrington, McGinley, Fasth and Jesper Parnevik will be Saturday morning spectators. Parnevik, who went 3-1-1 in the 1999 Matches, has yet to play thus far this go-around.
 
'Jesper is ready. I just thought it might have been a bit much to put him in foursomes because there is a wee bit extra pressure,' Torrance said. 'But there's a fair chance he'll be playing in the afternoon.'
 
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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.