Goosen Leads Daly Monty at BMW

By Sports NetworkAugust 26, 2004, 4:00 pm
European TourMUNICH, Germany -- Retief Goosen, playing for the first time since suffering an injury in a jet-ski accident that forced him out of several events including the PGA Championship, shot a 6-under-par 66 Thursday to take the opening-round lead at the BMW International.
John Daly, who won this event in 2001, was one shot off the pace at 5-under-par 67 along with David Lynn, Peter O'Malley and Ryder Cup hopeful Colin Montgomerie.
'It doesn't hurt does it,' said Montgomerie. 'Of course it doesn't hurt. Of course there's a bit of pressure on me. And I'm delighted with scoring 67, don't get me wrong.'
Luke Donald, who along with Montgomerie is looking to convince Bernhard Langer that he is worthy of a captain's pick for the European squad, was joined by Miguel Angel Jimenez, Raphael Jacquelin, Michael Jonzon and Alex Cejka in a tie for sixth at 4-under-par 68.
'He knows the situation, how I'm playing and how everyone else is playing, I'm sure,' Donald said of Langer. 'He'll make a good decision.'
With the European Ryder Cup team being finalized at the completion of this event, the early front-runner was playing without the pressures of having to qualify.
Goosen played the back side and stumbled out of the gate with a bogey at the 10th. The South African recovered with back-to-back birdies starting at the 11th, however, and added a birdie at the 18th to make the turn at minus-2.
At the par-4 third, Goosen dropped his approach inside 5 feet for a birdie and picked up another birdie at the fifth after his second shot stopped within 8 feet of the hole.
Goosen kept on rolling with a birdie at the sixth and converted a 6-foot putt for a birdie at the seventh to make it three in a row.
The reigning U.S. Open champion found trouble with a bogey at the eighth but attacked the par-5 ninth in search of a closing birdie. He sent his second shot into the crowds to the left of the green, but got up and down for birdie to hold the outright lead.
'Last weekend was the first time I tried to hit a few balls, and I played six holes on Saturday to see how it feels walking,' said Goosen, who hurt himself while on vacation with his family. 'It's still hurting quite a bit walking. But, you're playing this well, sort of keeps your mind on the game.'
Daly hit a wedge to 12 feet for a birdie at the par-4 fifth. He bogeyed the seventh, but came back with a birdie at the ninth.
The American caught fire on the inward half with back-to-back birdies from the 12th and a birdie at the 15th. Daly then chipped his third shot from behind the green to 6 feet at the par-5 18th and ran home the putt for his share of second.
'It was one of my better rounds of the year,' said Daly. 'Usually the scores are really low here, but the course didn't play that easy today. The wind was swirling a lot and the rough is up so much, it's not that easy to get it out of the rough and on to the greens as it used to be.'
Montgomerie, who has reunited with caddie Alastair McLean, started on the 10th and tallied a lone birdie over his first nine holes. The Scot made a move on the front side with a birdie at the fifth and an eagle at the par-5 sixth. He then drained a 12-foot putt for a birdie at the ninth to finish one behind Goosen.
'It's nice to get off to a decent start. I did putt particularly well today,' said Montgomerie. 'The main reason for this is my caddie, actually. I've always put a huge emphasis on who carries my bag around a golf course and I've missed Alastair McLean, the last sort of two years.'
Paul Casey, who has all but locked up a spot on Langer's team, carded a 69 to finish alongside Joakim Haeggman, who is one of the many trying to play their way onto the squad this week. The duo was joined by Jean-Francois Lucquin, Henrik Stenson, Jamie Spence, Patrik Sjoland, Mark Foster, Ivo Giner, Emanuele Canonica and Johan Edfors in a tie for 11th.
Sergio Garcia was five shots off the pace in a group at 1-under-par 71 while defending champion Lee Westwood, Darren Clarke and Padraig Harrington followed in a bunch at even-par 72.
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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.