Irwin Earns 44th Tour Title at SAS

By Sports NetworkOctober 2, 2005, 4:00 pm
2005 SAS ChampionshipCARY, N.C. -- Hale Irwin fired a 6-under 66 in the final round Sunday to come from behind and win the SAS Championship. Irwin completed the event at 13-under-par 203.
 
Tom Jenkins carded a 2-under 70 to share second place at 11-under-par 205. He was joined there by Bob Gilder, who won two weeks ago at the Constellation Energy Classic. Craig Stadler, the 2004 champion, was one stroke further back at minus-10.
 
Hale Irwin
Hale Irwin has won four times this season.
Second-round leader R.W. Eaks struggled to a 5-over 77 to slide back to 6-under-par 210.
 
Irwin surely didn't look like he was going to make a run at the title early on Sunday. He played the first seven holes in 1 over with a bogey on the third at Prestonwood Country Club.
 
The 60-year-old got that stroke back with a 20-foot birdie putt on the par-3 eighth. Around the turn, Irwin caught fire. He dropped in a 7-foot birdie putt on the 10th.
 
Irwin birdied the par-5 12th and made it two straight with a birdie on 13. He sank another birdie putt on the 14th to move to minus-11. Irwin ran home an eagle putt from the back fringe at the par-5 17th to jump out in front at 13 under.
 
'When I made the turn, I didn't give it much thought that I'd win because I didn't play that well on the front nine,' said Irwin, who earned $285,000 for the win. 'The birdie on 10 kind of opened the floodgates and I started putting more aggressively. Of course, the eagle at 17 was the clincher.'
 
Jenkins parred his first five holes before dropping in a birdie putt on the par-4 sixth. The six-time winner on the Champions Tour stumbled to consecutive bogeys from the eighth to drop back to minus-8.
 
The 57-year-old parred the first five holes on the back nine. Jenkins birdied the par-4 15th, then closed with back-to-back birdies to share second place.
 
Gilder started the day at 10 under, but fell backwards with bogeys on the second and fifth. He quickly got those strokes back with a birdie on six and another on the seventh.
 
The eight-time winner on the Champions Tour stumbled to another bogey on the 10th, but came right back to birdie the 11th. Gilder birdied the 15th to get back to minus-11. He had a chance to get to 13 under and force a playoff with Irwin, but he could only par the final three holes to end two shots back.
 
'I felt pretty good out there today, but my iron play let me down and I needed to hit the irons well,' Gilder said. 'I had two three-putts early which really hurt. My iron play put me in the bad positions though.'
 
Danny Edwards finished alone in fifth place at 8-under-par 208. Bruce Lietzke, Gary McCord, Lonnie Nielsen and Bobby Wadkins were one stroke further back at minus-7. Eaks shared 10th place with James Mason at 6-under-par 210.
 
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  • 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.

    Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

    By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

    JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

    Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

    Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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    Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

    Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

    The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.