Hooks Cuts - The Best of 06

By Rich LernerNovember 17, 2006, 5:00 pm
Looking back on the 2006 season, here are my awards and my award winnners:
 
Breakthrough Player of the Year -- Geoff Ogilvy
 
Breakthrough Player II -- Lorena Ochoa
 
Comeback Player of the Year -- Karrie Webb
 
Comeback Player II -- Se Ri Pak
 
Most Significant Story -- The passing of Earl Woods
 
Most Impressive Tee-to-Green Performance -- Tiger Woods at the British Open
 
Most Inexplicable Meltdown -- Phil Mickelson at the U.S. Open
 
Inexplicable Meltdown II -- Colin Montgomerie at the U.S. Open
 
Favorite Leaderboard Mystery Guest -- Kenneth Ferrie at the U.S. Open
 
Low Point of the Year -- TOUR Championship without Tiger and Phil
 
Low Point of the Year II -- U.S. blowout loss at the Ryder Cup
 
Sentimental Moment of the Year -- Darren Clarke holing out at the Ryder Cup
 
Snapshot Picture of the Year -- Tiger in tears after winning the British, embraced by Stevie
 
Snapshot Picture of the Year II -- Camilo Villegas in his Spider-Man crouch
 
Snapshot Picture of the Year III -- Michelle Wie on a stretcher at the John Deere
 
Most Bizarre Scene -- Tigers roof ball at Firestone
 
Eye Popping Tournament by Someone Not Named Tiger -- J.B. Holmes in Phoenix
 
Eye Popping Tournament by Someone Not Named Tiger II -- Phil by 13 at the BellSouth Classic
 
Eye popping Tournament by Someone Not Named Tiger III -- Stephen Ames at The Players Championship
 
Eye Popping Tournament by Someone Not Named Tiger IV -- Corey Pavin in Milwaukee
 
Best In-Your-Face Effort -- Ben Curtis winning not once but twice
 
Most Surprising Non-Winner -- Sergio Garcia
 
Most Surprising Non-Winner II -- Retief Goosen
 
Most Surprising Non-Winner III -- Ernie Els
 
Most Exciting Finish -- Webb holes out for eagle at Kraft Nabisco
 
Most Exciting Non-Major Finish -- Chris Couch's cross-handed chip-in to win in New Orleans
 
Most Excruciating Miss -- Greg Owen from 40 inches for par at 17 at Bay Hill
 
Excruciating Miss II -- Greg Owen from 24 inches for bogey at 17 at Bay Hill
 
Excruciating Miss III -- Loren Roberts from 4 8' for a million in Sonoma
 
Puzzling Fall -- Justin Leonard, 109th on the money list in 26 starts
 
Puzzling Fall II -- John Daly, 193rd on the money list in 21 starts
 
Puzzling Fall III -- Craig Perks, 254th on the money list in 18 starts
 
Shot of the Year -- Tigers long-iron hole-out at 14 at Royal Liverpool
 
Shot of the Year II -- Paul Caseys Ryder Cup ace
 
Clutch Putt of the Year -- Geoff Ogilvys par-save on the 72nd hole at the U.S. Open
 
Player of the Year -- Tiger Woods
 
Player of the Year II -- Karrie Webb
 
Player of the Year III -- Lorena Ochoa
 
Feel free to e-mail me with your best and worst, your freakiest and favorite moments of 2006. Have a peaceful Thanksgiving. Ill be enjoying with family, missing the laughs and wisdom from Great Grandmom Ethel, the broccoli casserole and encouragement from Aunt Marcia, now sitting round the great turkey day table in the sky.
 
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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.