He is the sixth player since 1980 to come out of college and earn a PGA TOUR card without having to go to Q-School, joining Gary Hallberg, Phil Mickelson, Justin Leonard, Tiger Woods, and Ryan Moore. He finished T15 at Sea Island GC and although he did not receive an official statement from the PGA TOUR, he does not care how it is done as long as he gets his membership for 2012. Cauley then gave Erik an Alabama football signed by coach Nick Saban to display in the Morning Drive studio. Cauley left Alabama after his junior year and he did not have any opposition to that decision from anyone and in fact, he received an incredible amount of support from his coach, his teammates, and his friends. He went low during the Transitions Championship this year while playing with Vijay Singh and that experience went a long way towards the success he has had later in the PGA TOUR season. He is very happy that he has secured his 2012 PGA TOUR membership and he is looking forward to playing the Winn-Dixie Jacksonville Open on the Nationwide Tour in his hometown. After next week, he is going to take some time off and also go to the LSU game at Alabama in Tuscaloosa and hang out with friends. He played a lot of junior golf with Rickie Fowler and he has received a lot of inspiration from playing with him. He also grew up playing with Peter Uihlein and thinks that he will be very successful as a pro while noting that he has not played a lot of golf with the young European players like Tom Lewis. His clothes are supplied by Ian Poulter’s clothing company and while he has been pretty conservative in his clothing choices, he is starting to branch out and wear more expressive clothes like tartan pants. When he is away from golf, he is a big sports fan who enjoys Alabama football and he is looking forward to the World Series. He also likes going to movies and just spending time with his friends. His favorite course is the Augusta National. His best shot is a 6 foot putt to win a Walker Cup match while paired with Rickie Fowler. His favorite sports team is the Alabama Crimson Tide. His favorite show is Entourage. His favorite male athlete is Larry Fitzgerald. And his favorite non-golf sporting event is the BCS National Championship. He made his 9th hole-in-one this week at Sea Island GC and he made his first one when he was 10 years old. Playing professional golf has always been a dream of his although he never had an “a-ha” moment when he knew that he was going to be a successful professional golf. It has just always been something he has wanted to do. When he is out on the PGA TOUR, he will occasionally sneak over to watch Vijay Singh practice. He learns a lot from Vijay and when he watches him, he figures out what he needs to work on to make himself the best player that he can be.
Rose wins; Aphibarnrat earns Masters bid in Indonesia
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
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.
Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?
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
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.