England Soars into World Cup Lead

By Sports NetworkNovember 19, 2004, 5:00 pm
04 WGC-EMC World CupSEVILLE, Spain -- The English tandem of Luke Donald and Paul Casey combined for an 8-under 64 in Friday's alternate-shot format to take a commanding lead after two rounds of the World Golf Championships - World Cup. The duo stands at 19-under-par 125 and is five ahead of the team from Austria, Markus Brier and Martin Wiegele.
Brier and Wiegele could not get up and down for par from a greenside bunker at the 18th at Real Club de Golf Sevilla. That bogey gave them a 2-under 70 and a two-round total of 14-under-par 130.
The English team was one back in third place after Thursday's opening round, but wasted little time in getting the top spot on the leaderboard. The pair birdied four in a row from the third to go two clear of the field.
Donald and Casey, both of whom represented Europe in this year's Ryder Cup, did not relent. Casey drained a 20-foot birdie putt at the eighth to go three ahead, then Donald knocked the team's third to 10 feet to set up another Casey birdie putt at the par-5 ninth.
The duo kept their huge margin even when they ran into trouble. At the 10th, Casey drove into the right rough, and Donald hit the approach well left of the green. Casey pitched to 20 feet and Donald sank the par putt to keep their large lead.
Donald's second at the par-4 12th spun back to 3 feet. Casey tapped in the birdie putt, then holed a 5-footer for birdie at 14 after Donald blasted out from a greenside bunker. The English team made it three in a row at 15 when Donald's approach from a fairway trap came up 18 feet short. Casey converted the birdie try to give England a six-shot advantage.
The Austrian team clawed back with a 6-foot birdie putt at the 13th. They trailed by five and looked like they might gain another stroke when England appeared to be in danger at the par-5 16th.
Casey drove in the water right and after a drop, Donald hit a fairway-metal from the rough that just cleared a lake guarding the green. Casey chipped 5 feet short of the flag, but Donald drained the par-saving putt.
At the 18th, Donald's second landed over the flag in the back rough. Casey chipped 8 feet past the hole and Donald played too much break in his putt. The team made bogey and saw its lead slip to four.
But Austria, who played in the final group on Friday thanks to sharing the first-round lead with Ireland, also had problems at 18. The team was over the green in two and also failed to save par, giving England a five-shot lead with two rounds to play.
'I think we played very solidly today,' said Donald. 'I think our plan was to give me a lot of iron shots and leave Paul with all of the putts. He's putting great right now. That kept our momentum going.'
So England has a five-shot lead, but does that mean they will play conservatively on Saturday?
'The beauty is we've got four-ball tomorrow,' said Casey. 'There's no reason to hold back with two balls in play tomorrow. We'll try to put together something in double-digits, 10-under or plus. Hopefully we'll be in a good position for Sunday.'
The Austrian team was a shocking co-leader after the opening round considering they were not even qualified for the tournament. They missed the mark by three strokes in a qualifying event last month in Mexico, but when Thailand withdrew, the Austrian side got a spot.
Austria started poorly with a bogey at the third, but rebounded with a birdie at the eighth. They combined for three birdies in a four-hole span from the 10th to get into a share of second with Ireland, but Padraig Harrington and Paul McGinley fell on hard times on the back nine.
Harrington and McGinley, who won this event in 1997, was in second throughout much of the second round, but disaster struck at the par-5 16th. McGinley needed to roll in a 35-footer for bogey, but came up almost 4 feet short. Harrington made the putt for double bogey and parred out for a 1-under 71.
The Irish team is tied for third place at 13-under-par 131 with the defending champion South Africa (Rory Sabbatini & Trevor Immelman, 65), Sweden (Fredrik Jacobson & Joakim Haeggman, 67), the United States of America (Bob Tway & Scott Verplank, 67), Japan (Shigeki Maruyama & Hidemichi Tanaka, 69) and host country Spain (Miguel Angel Jimenez & Sergio Garcia, 68).
Australia's team of Nick O'Hern and Stephen Leaney posted a 4-under 68 and are alone in ninth place at 12-under-par 132. Marcel Siem and Kariem Baraka of Germany carded a 3-under 69 and are in 10th at minus-11.
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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.