Granada Trumps Ochoa Webb at ADT

By Sports NetworkNovember 19, 2006, 5:00 pm
2006 ADT ChampionshipWEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Julieta Granada gave herself the perfect birthday gift, surely not minding that it arrived a bit late.
 
Two days after turning 20, the LPGA Tour rookie from Paraguay got her first victory -- and, perhaps more importantly, took home the first $1 million prize in women's golf.
 
Lorena Ochoa
Lorena Ochoa just missed out on her seventh LPGA Tour victory of the the year.
Granada shot a bogey-free round of 68 Sunday, beating an eight-player final-round field to win the ADT Championship at Trump International and take home most of the event's $1.55 million purse.
 
The win pushed her season's earnings to $1,633,586 -- not bad for someone who finished outside the top 10 finishers in 23 of 30 events this year.
 
Only 32 women qualified for the event, where the field was trimmed to 16 after the second round, then down to eight for the final round -- when the scores were wiped away and everyone teed off at even-par in an 18-hole shootout for $1 million.
 
Granada, the youngest of the eight players Sunday, somehow never flinched.
 
She parred her first two holes, then birdied the par-5 third and never slipped, making three more birdies along the way -- including one at the par-4 16th to put herself three shots clear of the field.
 
Granada was tested by a 5-footer to save par on the 17th, and when the ball dropped into the bottom of the cup both she and her caddy -- her mother, Rosa -- pumped their fists, knowing the win was only one hole away.
 
But there was drama awaiting.
 
Granada backed away from her second shot on the 18th fairway, distracted by the roar two holes away, where player of the year Lorena Ochoa had made birdie -- her second in a row -- to get within one of the rookie's lead.
 
Granada got her approach on the green, but well away from the hole. Her first putt got to about 3 feet, and the par try was perfect, protecting her one-shot lead.
 
And when Ochoa and Karrie Webb -- Granada's two closest pursuers -- each found the water with their tee balls at the par-3 17th, the outcome was all but sealed. Ochoa finished the year with the season's money title, but Granada went away with the day's biggest prize.
 
Il Mi Chung, who would have taken a 1-shot lead into the final round under typical one-cut circumstances, was in contention before making double-bogey on the 16th, missing the green left, then chipping back across the green to get into more trouble.
 
Chung finished at even-par, as did Natalie Gulbis and Ai Miyazato, who led after the first two rounds but managed 16 pars, one bogey and one birdie on the way to a 72 Sunday.
 
Paula Creamer (75) had just one birdie -- on 18 -- and was never a factor.
 
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    By Grill Room TeamDecember 18, 2017, 3:22 pm

    Sergio and Angela Garcia's super 2017 keeps getting more ... Super ... Dome. (+1 awful blog lede.)

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    Thomas entered the year ranked outside the top 20, and few might have pegged him for a transcendent campaign. But he kicked off January with a win in Hawaii, added another before leaving the Aloha State and never looked back.

    Thomas’ seminal moment came in August when he captured the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow for his breakthrough major title. One month after greeting Jordan Spieth behind the final green at Royal Birkdale, this time it was Thomas’ turn to have friends stick around to snap pictures with the trophy that signaled his arrival among golf’s upper echelon.


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    In addition to racking up the hardware – five in total, including the inaugural CJ Cup at Nine Bridges in his first start of the new wraparound season – Thomas dazzled with style. His runaway win at the Sony Open included an opening-round 59, and his third-round 63 at Erin Hills marked the first time anyone had ever shot 9 under on a U.S. Open venue.

    Thomas’ consistency was rewarded at East Lake, when a runner-up finish at the Tour Championship netted him the season-long title and $10 million prize. It was in the subsequent press conference where he shared the goals list he had written into his cell phone in February, having ticked off nearly every one. It showed a dedicated attention to detail as well the tactical approach with which Thomas had steered his rapid ascent.

    Heading into a new year, he’s now very clearly entrenched as one of the world’s best. And as his career progresses, it’s likely we’ll look back at 2017 as the point where Thomas first transformed great potential into eye-popping results.

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    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.