Garcia Montgomerie Share Volvo Lead

By Sports NetworkOctober 29, 2005, 4:00 pm
European TourSOTOGRANDE, Spain -- Sergio Garcia birdied three of the last four holes Saturday to join Colin Montgomerie in the lead after three rounds of the Volvo Masters.
 
Garcia posted a 3-under 68, while Montgomerie double bogeyed the 17th en route to a 1-under 70. They are tied at 10-under-par 203.
 
Irishman Paul McGinley posted the round of the day as he fired a 6-under 65 to move into a share of third place. He was joined at 6-under-par 207 by Lee Westwood (67), Paul Broadhurst (67) and defending champion Ian Poulter (72)
 
Spaniard Jose Maria Olazabal shot 3-under 68 to take seventh place at minus-5 at Valderrama Golf Club.
 
U.S. Open champion Michael Campbell, who is the only player that can top Montgomerie for the top spot on the Order of Merit, also carded a 68. He shares eighth place with Nick O'Hern at 4-under-par 209. After his round, Campbell was awarded the status of Honorary Life Member by European Tour Executive Director, George OGrady.
 
Montgomerie was in charge most of the round, but a late double bogey cost him the outright lead. He birdied three of the first four holes for the second straight day to jump to 12 under.
 
Garcia played well, but was six shots behind on the back nine. The Spaniard two- putted for birdie on the fourth, then sank a 10-foot birdie try on five to get within three at minus-9.
 
The 25-year-old bogeyed the seventh and ninth to fall back to 7 under, four behind Montgomerie. The 42-year-old, though, missed a 7-foot par putt on the ninth to turn at minus-11.
 
Garcia two-putted for birdie on the par-5 11th, but stumbled to another bogey at 12 leaving him five back. Montgomerie had matched Garcia's birdie on 11 to stay four ahead.
 
Montgomerie's cushion moved to six when he birdied 13. Garcia began to chip away at the lead with a 6-foot birdie putt on the 15th and he kicked in a two-foot birdie putt on 16 to move within three.
 
Garcia knocked his second shot to the par-5 17th to the back edge of the green. He ended up three-putting for par, but gained two shots when the Scotsman struggled. Montgomerie layed up with his second, then mishit his third and it found the pond fronting the green.
 
Montgomerie took his drop and put his fifth shot on the green. He two-putted for double-bogey as his lead fell to one shot. Garcia's second shot to the last stopped within four feet of the cup and he drained that putt for birdie. Montgomerie then two-putted for par to share the lead with Garcia at minus-10.
 
'Monty was playing really well, so I didn't expect to be tied,' Garcia said. 'I knew that I was playing well and I knew that I could get it going a little bit.
 
'After a nice par save on 13, I was thinking maybe if I could make two or three birdies coming in and get somewhere around double digits (under-par) hopefully I wouldn't be too far back. He gave me a little help on 17, but I gave him help there too with my three-putt. It is the way it is and it's tough for sure.'
 
Montgomerie won this crown in 1993 and shared the title with Bernhard Langer in 2002 when darkness halted their playoff. He knows what he has to do, not only to win this title, but also the Order of Merit crown.
 
'I have a different agenda to 53 other guys and I am doing my job fine,' said Montgomerie, referring to the Order of Merit battle with Campbell. 'I am very proud of what I am doing. Scoring under-par was a very good effort. As I said, this isn't easy and it's proving it. There's nothing wrong with my game. It's just that Sergio had a great finish.'
 
Simon Khan is alone in 10th place at 3-under-par 210. Bradley Dredge and Niclas Fasth are one stroke further back at minus-2, while Robert Karlsson, Graeme McDowell and Henrik Stenson are the final players in red figures at 1-under-par 212.
 
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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.