Allenby Takes Lead at Congressional

By Sports NetworkJune 10, 2005, 4:00 pm
BETHESDA, Md. -- Robert Allenby shot a 6-under 65 to take the lead after the second round of the Booz Allen Classic on Friday. Allenby's 36-hole total of 9-under-par 133 left him two shots clear of his closest challengers.
 
Robert Allenby
Robert Allenby had seven birdies and one bogey in his 6-under 65 Friday.
Defending champion Adam Scott carded a 4-under 67 on Congressional Country Club's Blue Course to join first-round leader Matt Gogel, Lee Westwood and Steve Elkington in a tie for second place at 7-under-par 135.
 
Allenby picked up a quick birdie at the par-3 second and played his second shot to 3 feet for a birdie at the par-4 third. At the par-4 fifth, Allenby hit a wedge to 8 feet and converted the birdie try to reach 6 under.
 
The Australian added a birdie at the par-5 sixth, but he gave that shot back with a bogey at the par-5 ninth. Allenby recovered at the par-4 11th and dropped a wedge inside 6 feet for a birdie.
 
Allenby hit an 8-iron inside 10 feet for a birdie at the par-4 14th to move to minus-8. He continued his fine play down the stretch and drained another 10-foot putt for a birdie at the par-4 16th.
 
'I haven't been hitting the ball that bad, but I just haven't been putting or chipping very well,' said Allenby, who has experience inflammation in his hands this season. 'After the U.S. Open, I'm going to do an allergy test. So hopefully I'll get to the bottom of it soon.'
 
Scott knocked his second shot within 6 feet for a birdie at the par-4 first, but he found trouble with a bogey at the very next hole. Scott responded with a birdie at the third and rolled in a 15-foot putt for a birdie at the par-4 fifth.
 
At the par-5 ninth, Scott hit a wedge inside 5 feet for another birdie to go out in 33. He stumbled to a bogey at the 10th, but tallied a birdie at the 15th to get back to minus-6. Scott then played his second shot within a foot of the hole for a tap-in birdie at the par-4 16th.
 
'It was a very consistent round today,' said Scott. 'I played a lot better than I did yesterday. I'm making some nice length putts. When your confidence is up with the putter, it allows you to be a little more aggressive with the rest of your game.'
 
Gogel had a birdie and a bogey over his first five holes, but he ran off back-to-back birdies starting at the sixth to maintain his lead at 10 under par. Gogel struggled to a bogey at the eighth, however, and fell one shot behind Allenby with a bogey at the 12th.
 
He found trouble again with a bogey at the 16th to finish two shots back after a round of 72.
 
Westwood had a rocky front nine with two birdies, two bogeys and an eagle. He found trouble early on the back side with a bogey at the 10th, but collected a birdie at the 14th and parred his way in for a round of 69.
 
Elkington tallied three birdies and a bogey on the front nine to make the turn at 5 under. The former PGA champion added back-to-back birdies from the 10th en route to a round of 67.
 
Ernie Els posted a 67 to share sixth place with Jim Furyk, Paul Goydos, Shigeki Maruyama and Tommy Armour III at 6-under-par 136. Phil Mickelson was two shots further back in a group at 4-under-par 138.
 
Retief Goosen carded his second straight round of 70 to finish in a group at 2-under-par 140 that includes Vijay Singh.
 
The 36-hole cut fell at 1-under-par 141 with 70 players qualifying for the weekend. Among those who failed to make the grade were Stewart Cink, Peter Lonard, Justin Leonard and Tom Lehman.
 
Related Links:
  • Leaderboard - Booz Allen Classic
  • Full Coverage - Booz Allen Classic
  • 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.

    Getty Images

    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.