Five Share Lead Annika Three Back

By Sports NetworkAugust 25, 2005, 4:00 pm
2005 WendyDUBLIN, Ohio - Defending champion Catriona Matthew was one of five players to post rounds of 6-under-par 66 on Thursday to share the lead after the opening round of the Wendy's Championship.
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Annika Sorenstam parred her first 12 holes Thursday before going on a late run.
Matthew was joined atop a crowded leaderboard at Tartan Fields Golf Club by Soo-Yun Kang, Paula Marti, Marisa Baena and Heather Daly-Donofrio.
Rachel Hetherington and Karrie Webb lead a group of seven players one stroke behind the five leaders. They were joined at minus-5 by Brandie Burton, Pat Hurst, Meena Lee, Helen Alfredsson, Michele Redman, Lara Tadiotto and Nadina Taylor.
Annika Sorenstam returned to action for the first time since the Women's British Open. She carded a 3-under-par 69 and stands in a tie for 27th. She started on the back nine and parred her first 12 holes, before picking up three birdies in her last six holes to end three shots off the pace.
Matthew, who turned 36 on Thursday, started on the back nine and opened with a 6-foot birdie putt on No. 10. She made it two straight when she knocked her third to the par-5 11th within 2 feet.
The two-time Solheim Cup performer made another 6-foot birdie putt on the 12th to make it three in a row. Matthew bogeyed the par-3 15th, but came right back with a birdie on 16.
Matthew made the turn at minus-4 after sinking a 15-foot birdie try on 18. She birdied the fifth and seventh, but stumbled to a bogey on the eighth. The Scotland native knocked her third to the par-5 ninth to tap-in range to share the lead.
'I got off to a perfect start,' said Matthew. 'I birdied the first three holes. It's just great when you're defending and start well and be in contention again.'
Daly-Donofrio birdied the first, third and fifth to quickly move to minus-3. She dropped in back-to-back birdies from the eighth to get to 5 under.
The two-time winner on the LPGA Tour bogeyed the 11th, but got that stroke back with a birdie on 12. Daly-Donofrio sank an 8-foot birdie try on 13, but slipped to a bogey at the next. She erased that mistake with a birdie on the 16th before she parred the last two holes.
'It's a great place to be, the top of the leaderboard,' Daly-Donofrio said. 'You can never win a tournament on the first day, but you certainly can play your way out of a tournament on the first day. It's just a very easy, steady round today.'
Baena birdied each of the first two holes from within 6 feet. She then two-putted for birdie at four. The 28-year-old drained an 8-foot birdie putt on eight and two-putted for birdie on nine to turn at minus-five.
After a bogey on 10, Baena birdied 11 and 15 to share the lead.
Marti started on the back nine and posted birdies at 12 and 17. Around the turn, she ran in a 13-foot birdie putt on the third. The Spaniard got up and down for birdie at the fourth. She birdied eight and two-putted for birdie on nine to close a bogey-free round.
'It definitely was a nice day. I haven't had a good round for a long time,' said Marti. 'I just played very good golf today. I didn't miss a fairway, I didn't miss a green.'
Kang knocked her second shot to 3 feet at the first and kicked that in for birdie. She stuck her wedge within 2 feet at the fourth to get to minus-2. However, Kang three-putted for bogey at six, but got that stroke back with an 8-foot birdie putt at the eighth.
The Korean chipped in for eagle on the ninth to jump to 4 under. Around the turn, Kang birdied the 10th from 10 feet out and the 16th from 6 feet for a share of the lead.
Mi Hyun Kim, the 2000 runner-up and 2002 champion, and Hee-Won Han, the 2003 winner and last year's runner-up, each carded 4-under-par 68s. They were joined there by Cristie Kerr, 2003 Kraft Nabisco champion Patricia Meunier-Lebouc, Women's British Open winner Jeong Jang, Angela Jerman, Amy Hung, Karen Weiss, two-time winner this season Paula Creamer, Giulia Sergas, Sae-Hee Son and Sherri Steinhauer.
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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.