Quick Round with Jamie Lovemark

By Randall MellOctober 23, 2010, 4:01 am
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Jamie Lovemark’s the youngest player on the Nationwide Tour at 22 years, 8 months and 29 days old.

Nobody calls him “Kid” or “Junior” or “Young ‘un” and that’s probably because he seems so old for his age.

This is a no-nonsense guy with serious game and serious plans. The evidence is in his seriously steely demeanor and the seriously quick starts he makes in life.
Jamie Lovemark
Scrambling has been one of Jamie Lovemark's biggest assets. (Getty Images)
Lovemark won the NCAA individual title as a freshman at USC and also claimed the Jack Nicklaus and Haskins awards as National Player of the Year in his first collegiate season. In his first season as a pro last year, he nearly won the Frys.com Open, losing out to Troy Matteson in a three-way playoff that included Rickie Fowler. Now, Lovemark is busy trying to win the Nationwide Tour money title in his first season on that tour. He has one hand on the big prize, teeing it up No. 1 on the money list this week at the Winn-Dixie Jacksonville Open with next week’s Nationwide Tour Championship at Daniel Island the year’s last event. His season highlights include winning the Mexico Bicentenary Open in June.

Lovemark’s a long hitter, ranking ninth on the long-hitting Nationwide Tour at 311.5 yards per drive, but you ask his peers what sets him apart and they’ll tell you it’s his ability to get up and down from almost anywhere. Though he’s just 57th on tour in hitting greens in regulation, he ranks fifth in scoring (69.19). He’s fourth in scrambling and 13th in putts per round.

In a Quick Round, Lovemark talks about his Nationwide Tour experience:

You’re No. 1 on the money list, how important is it to you to finish there?

It’s very important. If I finish No. 1 I get into The Players Championship, and I can get into most anything [among PGA Tour regular events] and if I play well there I get into even more events.

How do you evaluate your first full season as a pro?

I wanted to finish the year No. 1 on the money list, and so far I’m No. 1 . . . so far, so good.

What’s most satisfying about your year?

That I won. That’s probably the best part of this season. I’m first on the money list, but the win was the best part.

Where have you made your biggest improvements as a pro?

I think I’m scoring better. I’m making more birdies in a round than I did in college.

You came so close to winning a PGA Tour card with your playoff effort at the Frys.com Open last year. Was it frustrating or motivating to come so close?

It was neither. I had one good event. I finished second, so that was good. This year’s been good for me, and it will be good for me next year, too.

Did you prove anything to yourself nearly winning the Frys.com Open last year that helped you this year?

It proved something to other people, not to myself. I knew I could compete anywhere. In that respect, it didn’t change my opinion of myself. I’m maybe on the map a little bit more in other people’s minds.

Have you learned anything beyond golf playing this tour, about life, being on your own, how to travel, etc.?

We traveled a bunch in college. I grew up a single child, so I know how to be on my own. I think the tour’s helped me with being in contention more and making a lot of birdies in a round.
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Angela hits Sergio in stride on field at Superdome

By Grill Room TeamDecember 18, 2017, 3:22 pm

Sergio and Angela Garcia's super 2017 keeps getting more ... Super ... Dome. (+1 awful blog lede.)

The couple started the year with Sergio's win at the Masters, then embarked on a whirlwind green jacket media tour, then kicked off El Clasico, then attended Wimbledon, then got married, then announced they were expecting their first child ...

2017 Newsmaker of the Year: No. 5, Sergio Garcia

And now, they're throwing each other passes on the New Orleans Saints' home turf at the Superdome.

Man, it must be so cool do that at the Silverdome. ... ... ... I'm sorry, it is the Superdome, brothers.

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.

Full list of 2017 Newsmakers of the Year

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.

Win No. 1: Title defense at the CIMB Classic

Article: Thomas (64) rallies to defend CIMB title

Win Nos. 2 and 3: The Hawaiian double

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Record Round No. 1: 59 at the Sony Open

Article: Thomas becomes youngest player to shoot 59

Take a look: Thomas’ scorecard from his amazing 59

Record Round No. 2: 63 at the U.S. Open

Article: Thomas sets U.S. Open record with 9-under 63

Temporary Slide: Open MC makes it three in a row

Watch: Thomas loses club, makes 9, misses Open cut

Mr. Major (and win No. 4): PGA champ at Quail Hollow

Article: Thomas joins the club – the major club

Win No. 5: Dell Technologies Championship

Article: Thomas wins the battle of buddies over Spieth

The $10 Million Man: FedExCup champ

Biggest Win of All? Player of the Year

And One to Grow On: Wins at CJ Cup in 2017-18 season

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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.