Cox Captures First Nationwide Tour Victory

By Sports NetworkOctober 16, 2005, 4:00 pm
2005 Permian Basin Charity Golf ClassicMIDLAND, Texas -- Kris Cox shot a 4-under 68 on Sunday to win the Permian Basin Charity Golf Classic for his first title on the Nationwide Tour.
Cox ended the tournament at 18-under-par 270 for a two-stroke victory over three players. His win was facilitated by chip-in birdies at his last two holes, but also by the collapse of another player looking for his first victory.
Overnight leader Camilo Villegas carded double-bogeys on consecutive holes late in his round and ended four strokes back in a tie for sixth place.
'Sometimes, it's your turn,' said Cox, who collected $85,500 for his first victory. 'This is phenomenal. I played pretty well all week and was able to make two pretty good chips there at the end.'
Jerry Smith carded Sunday's second-lowest round at 6-under 66 to finish tied for second place at 16-under-par 272. Joining him there were Craig Bowden (69) and Chris Tidland (68).
Villegas, a Nationwide Tour rookie, held the lead after the second and third rounds and was at 17 under before a bogey at the ninth dropped him back a stroke.
Cox was playing in the group ahead of Villegas and he rolled in birdie putts at the 10th and 12th to get to minus-16. Villegas also birdied those two holes to reach 18 under, but they would be his last two birdies.
Coming off two runner-up finishes in his last five events -- the Envirocare Utah Classic and the Oregon Classic -- Cox seized the lead on the final six holes Sunday.
The 31-year-old birdied 13 and bogeyed 16 to remain at 16 under, but Villegas was busy squandering his chance for a maiden win with double bogeys at the 14th and 15th.
Cox then watched as a 25-yard wedge shot at the 386-yard, par-4 seventh rolled into the cup for a birdie and a one-shot lead. He drove into the trees at 18, came up short of a bunker on his second shot and finally hit the pin from 50 yards out with his third.
The ball fell straight down into the cup for another chip-in birdie.
'I was honestly trying to hit the chip solid. It was sitting up pretty good,' said Cox, who won despite hitting just four of 14 fairways Sunday. 'I hit it too solid though. Somehow it hit the pin and dropped straight down. If it hadn't hit the pin it would have been 10 feet past the hole.'
With the win, Cox moved from No. 25 to No. 7 on the Nationwide Tour money list to assure himself a return trip to the PGA Tour in 2006.
Jeff Freeman finished in fifth place at minus-15 after a final-round 67, while Rick Price (67), Scott Weatherly (68) and Keoke Cotner (69) shared sixth place with Villegas.
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  • Rose wins; Aphibarnrat earns Masters bid in Indonesia

    By Will GrayDecember 17, 2017, 1:59 pm

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    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.

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    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.

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    By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 11:23 pm

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    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.

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    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.''

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    ''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.

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    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

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    Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told 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.

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    By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

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    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.

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