Donald Moves into Share of Lead in Germany

By Sports NetworkAugust 26, 2005, 4:00 pm
European TourNORD-EICHENRIED, Germany -- Luke Donald surged into a share of the second-round lead at the BMW International Open with a bogey-free, 7-under 65 on Friday.
Donald and co-overnight leader Brett Rumford, who shot a 5-under 67, are tied for first place at 12-under-par 132 heading into the weekend.
Angel Cabrera and Simon Khan are one stroke further back in third place at 11- under-par 133, but both made late mistakes that cost them at least a share of the lead.
Cabrera, who shared the overnight lead with Rumford and Robert-Jan Derksen, stumbled to a double bogey at the 16th and settled for a 68. Khan bogeyed the 18th to finish with a 65 after shooting a 30 on the front nine.
Derksen shot a 3-under 69 and leads a group of four players tied for fifth place at minus-10. The others are Bradley Dredge (67), Ricardo Gonzalez (67) and David Howell (68).
Donald started the round tied for 13th place at minus-5, but he quickly began climbing the leaderboard after teeing off in one of the last groups off the first tee. Outside of a 10-footer at No. 3, he never had more than a tap-in for par.
'It was one of those days where I felt like I saw a shot, hit a shot and it turned out how I wanted to play the shot,' said Donald, who is looking for his first victory of the season.
Donald collected the first of his seven birdies at the par-3 second to move to 6 under. Back-to-back pars were followed by consecutive birdies at the fifth and sixth, and the Englishman made the turn at 9 under after another birdie at No. 9.
He then strung together five straight pars to begin the back nine before posting birdies at the 15th and 16th -- both par-4s -- to reach minus-11. Donald finished off his round in style with a birdie at the par-5 last to join Rumford in the lead.
'It was one of those fun days to play golf,' said Donald.
Rumford began his round on the front nine nearly six hours before Donald, and the Australian played his first nine holes at minus-4 after birdies at the third, fourth, sixth and ninth.
That put Rumford at minus-11, and he picked up another stroke with a birdie at the par-5 11th. His only bogey of the day came at No. 13, a 371-yard par-4, but Rumford got that stroke back with a birdie at the last.
Like Donald, Rumford is also looking for his first victory of the year. But unlike Donald, who finished sixth at the NEC Invitational last weekend and fifth at the Barclays Scottish Open last month, Rumford has not been posting strong finishes.
In fact, he has not finished higher than a tie for 85th since the Smurfit European Open almost two months ago, when he tied for 19th.
'I have tried to put the problems of the last few weeks in the past and tried to concentrate on this week,' said Rumford. 'That is all I am concerned with. I am leading a golf tournament and that is all I should be focusing on at the moment. This week and this week only.'
Along with Donald and Khan, David Carter was the third player to shoot the day's low round of 65. He is tied for ninth place at minus-9 with Martin Erlandsson (67), Stephen Gallacher (66), Jonathan Lomas (66) and Ian Poulter (69).
Padraig Harrington, who is the highest-ranked player in the field at No. 11, leads a group of seven golfers knotted one stroke further back in 14th place.
Defending champion Miguel Angel Jimenez recovered from an opening-round 74 to make the cut. Jimenez shot a 6-under 66 to end on the cut line at minus-4.
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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 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.