Green Edges Out Campbell in New Zealand

By Sports NetworkDecember 3, 2006, 5:00 pm
2006 Blue Chip New Zealand OpenWHANGAPARAOA, New Zealand -- Nathan Green fired a 6-under 65 Sunday to finish the New Zealand Open at 5-under-par 279.
 
When he completed his round, he was not even in the lead, but as the leaders went backwards Green's score held up giving him his first European Tour title.
 
For the second straight day, the wind got worse as the day went on giving those out early the best of the conditions.
 
'I can't believe it. We definitely had the best of the conditions this morning,' said Green, who was in the 12th group out on the course. 'It was brutal out there this afternoon. I managed to just hang on. I saw the boys had a bit of trouble on 16 and 17, so I am just ecstatic to earn the win.'
 
Marcus Fraser, who shared the lead with Graeme Storm and Kim Felton after three rounds, stumbled to a 2-over 73. That dropped him into a share of second place at 3-under-par 281.
 
Fraser ended alongside 2005 U.S. Open champion Michael Campbell (72), Nick Dougherty (67), Jarrod Moseley (70), Wade Ormsby (70) and Brett Rumford (71).
 
Green flew out of the gate with birdies on the first two holes. He collected back-to-back birdies from the third to move to minus-3.
 
The Australian parred his next four holes. Green dropped a stroke on the 10th, but rebounded with birdies on 11 and 12 at Gulf Harbour Country Club to move to minus-4.
 
Green stood there as he parred his next four holes and the leaders started their rounds. With plenty of early movement on the leaderboard, Green stood one stroke behind six players at one point.
 
Two of those players were Fraser and Campbell, who were at minus-5 after one hole.
 
Fraser took the lead with back-to-back birdies from the second to move to 7-under. He slid back into a share of the lead with Green and Felton after bogeys on the sixth and ninth. For the week, Fraser played the par-4 ninth at plus-4.
 
Green had gotten to 5 under with a birdie at the 17th. He parred his final hole, then had to watch and wait. Green joined the television broadcast for a while to kill time, then found a television to watch some cricket as well.
 
'I watched a bit of the cricket and have been watching the golf for the last hour or so. It has been pretty nerve-wracking,' admitted Green, as the last groups finished their rounds. 'I really didn't know what to do. I didn't know if I should go hit balls or what so I just tried to stay warm and stay with what the guys were doing.'
 
Fraser moved back out in front with a birdie on the 11th. Fraser, playing one group ahead of Felton, bogeyed the 14th to slip back to minus-5.
 
Meanwhile, Felton opened his round with 13 straight pars. Felton also bogeyed the 14th to fall out of the lead. He went on to bogey three of the final four holes to share second.
 
That left Fraser and Green standing at 5 under. Fraser also bogeyed 15 to give Green the lead for good. Fraser closed with a bogey on the last to share third.
 
Campbell, a New Zealand native, was even-par for his round through 13 holes with two birdies and two bogeys. He needed one birdie over the final five holes to force a playoff. Campbell had makeable birdie putts on 16 and 17, but both narrowly missed each time.
 
His approach at the last came up short of the green meaning he would need to pitch in for birdie to force an extra session. Campbell was unable to sink the chip and actually bogeyed the hole to share second.
 
Green's title was not secured until Peter O'Malley failed to hole his second shot at the 18th for eagle. O'Malley also bogeyed the last to slide into a share of eighth at 2 under.
 
'The greens were just so much easier to play this morning,' Green said. 'We saw a lot of guys go out early (Saturday) and post some good scores, so I knew it was out there to be had today.'
 
O'Malley closed with a 2-over 73 to end in a share of eighth at 2-under-par 282. He was joined there by Greg Chalmers (72), Scott Strange (71) and Simon Wakefield (69).
 
Felton led a group of six players that finished at minus-1. Also in that group was Daniel Chopra, who birdied five of the first seven holes to grab a share of the lead at 5 under before playing the rest of the round at plus-4.
 
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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.