Forsyth Overtakes Garcia in Spain

By Sports NetworkOctober 30, 2004, 4:00 pm
SOTOGRANDE, Spain -- Alastair Forsyth shot a 4-under 67 on Saturday to grab the lead after the third round of the Volvo Masters Andalucia. Forsyth finished 54 holes at 9-under-par 204 for a three-shot lead heading into Sunday.
'Three shots is certainly not enough around this golf course,' Forsyth said. 'Hopefully I can keep playing good solid golf and if its not good enough, so be it.'
Sergio Garcia, who held at least a share of the lead throughout the first two rounds, carded an even-par 71 to join Ian Poulter at 6-under-par 207. Christian Cevaer was two shots further back at 4-under-par 209.
Forsyth trailed Garcia by one to start the day at Valderrama and dropped a shot off the bat with a bogey at the opening hole. Garcia struggled early as well with a bogey at the second, but the Spaniard hit his third shot to 6 feet for a birdie at the par-5 fourth to get back to 4 under.
Forsyth persisted and drained a long birdie putt at the seventh to get within one of the Garcia. At the very next hole, Forsyth played his approach inside 14 feet and converted the birdie putt to grab a share of the lead.
Garcia, fueled by the Spanish galleries, knocked his second within 5 feet for a birdie at the ninth to regain the advantage. Forsyth hung around, however, and pitched his third shot to 5 feet for a birdie at the par-5 11th.
Forsyth found himself alone atop the leaderboard after Garcia bogeyed the 12th. At the very next hole, Forsyth landed his second shot inside 25 feet as an unexpected thunderstorm was approaching Valderrama. Forsyth ran home the putt to reach minus-8 moments before the horn sounded signaling a suspension of play.
Garcia had 6 feet left for par at the 13th, and after waiting for over an hour, the 24-year-old returned to the course and missed the putt to fall three shots back.
Forsyth let Garcia climb back, however. After the Scot bogeyed the 14th, Garcia hit his tee shot to 30 feet at the par-3 15th and drained the birdie putt to get within one of the lead.
Forsyth responded with a birdie at the 16th and played a wedge inside 8 feet at the difficult par-5 17th. Forsyth sank the birdie putt to give himself some breathing room with one round to play.
'It would have been a pain to come back tomorrow morning so I was glad to finish, especially with a three-shot lead,' said Forsyth, who last won on the European Tour at the 2002 Malaysian Open. 'I've certainly not been in this positioning a tournament of this stature and I am sure I will be nervous tomorrow.'
Garcia seemed to hit a great third shot to the 17th, but the ball spun away from the flag stopping a good distance away from the cup. He two-putted for par and managed a par at the last as daylight faded.
Peter Hanson posted his third straight round of 70 stand alone in fifth place at 3-under-par 210. Trevor Immelman followed at 2-under-par 211 while Stephen Dodd finished alone in seventh place at 1-under-par 212.
Darren Clarke recovered from a disheartening second round that saw him take an 11 at the 17th with a 68 on Saturday to join Padraig Harrington and Scott Drummond in a tie for eighth at even-par 213.
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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.