Wrong Turn

By Rex HoggardJuly 17, 2009, 4:00 pm
135th Open Championship TURNBERRY, Scotland ' Sandy Lyle has spent the better part of the week digging himself into a hole. Tiger Woods spent the better part of Friday afternoon trying to dig himself out of one. Both proved about as effective as an umbrella against a Scottish gale.
 
For the second time in a historic career Woods has missed the cut at a major championship, dropping to 47-for-49 in weekend Grand Slam play as a professional.
 
The world wasnt coming to an end on the Firth of Clyde on Friday, it just felt like it, if one glanced at an upside down leaderboard. A 59-year-old was tied for the lead with a first-time Open participant at intermission and a T. Wood (that would be 28-year-old Timothy from Australia) and a T. Woods (the 14-time major winner) were headed for the same place ' the airport.
 
Its not as though Woods made a complete mess of things. Dressed in all black, which seemed about right, and under menacing gray skies that matched his mood, he opened his second round with the type of ball control that was missing on Thursday when he signed for a 71 and headed to the practice range looking for answers.
 
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Tiger Woods could not recover from the deficit he put himself in Friday at the 138th Open Championship. (Getty Images)
I was playing well the first seven holes, hitting good shot after good shot, said Woods, who last missed a cut at a major at the 2006 U.S. Open at Winged Foot shortly after the death of his father, Earl. The way the guys were all coming backwards, I would have figured if I would have shot 2-under par today I would have been right there.
 
A steady start and a deft birdie at No. 7 lifted Woods out of the black for the week. But from there, as they say here on the craggy coast, things went pear shaped.
 
He missed the fairway left at the eighth ' bogey. His 3-wood into a savage gale adjacent the ancient lighthouse found the right rough on the next hole ' bogey. And at the 10th another wayward 3-wood prompted Woods to use a rarely-used word, provisional ' double bogey.
 
From there, as the old baseball bromide goes, it was getting early late for the three-time Open Championship winner.
 
Five holes ultimately decided Woods Open fate, a run from Nos. 8 through 13 he played in 7 over. By the time Woods turned for the downwind run he was three shots outside the projected cut line and playing catch up on a course that was giving little. He made a game of it. Always does.
 
Birdies at Nos. 16 and 17 gave Woods and the huddled galleries hope, but his chip for birdie at the last turned away at the last and emptied the field of the games top draw.
 
I just havent put together all four rounds, Woods said of his 0-for-3 run in the seasons biggest events. You have to play clean cards and I just didnt do it. Although he said he was comfortable with his swing, there was no room for error as the wind began to ravage the Ailsa Course, just ask Ben Curtis who went from contender to count me out in 80 strokes on Friday.
 
One can only imagine the text message waiting for Woods from Grand Slam stablemate Roger Federer: And I never lose in the second round of a major. LOL.
 
What happened? Scotland happened. Golfs oldest major championship is also its oddest.
 
You dont often see him play shots like that, but everybody is entitled to a bad day, said Lee Westwood, who played alongside Woods on Friday. The wind can play havoc with your swing and he hit a couple bad shots at the wrong time.
 
The best fix for Woods swing is Hazeltine National, site of next months PGA Championship and about as far from the capricious and windswept Scottish fairways as one can get.
 
You can break down his swing all you want, cautioned one longtime Tour swing coach, but its just links golf. It happens.
 
Just not very often to Woods.
 
Dont expect a post-mortem from the Woods Camp when he arrives in central Florida early Saturday. The world may be asking whats wrong, but the world No. 1 will only be interested in whats next?
 
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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 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.