Jimenez One Back in Spain

By Sports NetworkOctober 22, 2004, 4:00 pm
2004 Open de MadridMADRID, Spain -- Paul Broadhurst posted a 6-under 66 on Friday to move into the lead midway through the Open de Madrid. Broadhurst's 36-hole total of 10-under-par 132 left him one shot clear of his closest competitors.
 
Local favorite Miguel Angel Jimenez, a four-time winner on the European Tour this season, fired a 63 to join Darren Fichardt and Johan Edfors in a tie for second at 9-under-par 133. Graeme McDowell, Anders Hansen and Gary Murphy followed at 8-under-par 134.
 
Broadhurst, whose last victory came at the 1995 Open de France, started on the back side at Club de Campo and picked up his first birdie of the day at the par-3 11th. Broadhurst then birdied the par-5 14th and hit his second shot to 3 feet for a birdie at the par-4 18th.
 
The Englishman continued his fine play on the front half with a birdie at the par-4 second after his approach stopped within 8 feet of the hole. Broadhurst made it two in a row with a birdie at the third and looked to be in trouble at the sixth, but drained a 10-foot putt to save par.
 
Broadhurst birdied the seventh before finding trouble with a bogey at the par-4 eighth, his first dropped shot of the tournament. The 39-year-old recovered with a birdie at the par-3 ninth, his last, to secure the outright lead heading into the weekend.
 
'I got back to where I should be. It'd be nice to finish the season off with a win,' said Broadhurst. 'The last couple of weeks I've just started to enjoy it a little bit. Not put too much pressure on myself.'
 
While Broadhurst was enjoying the lead in the clubhouse, Jimenez was gaining momentum on the back nine and nearly grabbed a share of first. After a trio of birdies on the front side, Jimenez tallied a birdie at the 12th and hit his second shot within inches of the hole for a tap-in birdie at the 13th.
 
Jimenez made it three straight with a birdie at the 14th and ran off back-to-back birdies starting at the 16th to reach 9 under. Jimenez had a long birdie chance at the last, but missed left before tapping in for a closing par.
 
Edfors is in danger of losing his card, but a victory this week would remedy his situation. The Swede collected a pair of birdies and an eagle of his first nine holes to make the turn at minus-9.
 
Edfors struggled with bogeys at the 10th and the 11th, but was able to get a shot back with a birdie at the 13th. He added a birdie at the 17th to complete a round of 67.
 
Fichardt played the back side first and tallied a lone birdie at the 13th. The South African caught fire around the turn with four consecutive birdies starting at the par-4 first and grabbed a piece of the lead with a birdie at the seventh. Fichardt stumbled to a bogey at the ninth, however, to finish one back after a 66.
 
Trevor Immelman, Brett Rumford, Richard Sterne, Jamie Donaldson and Jose Manuel Lara shared eighth place at 7-under-par 135.
 
The 36-hole cut fell at 1-under-par 141 with 80 players qualifying for the weekend, including defending champion Ricardo Gonzalez, who made the cut on the number.
 
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  • Newsmaker of the Year: No. 1, Justin Thomas

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 18, 2017, 1:00 pm

    He won a major, captured the FedExCup and was named the PGA Tour’s Player of the Year. It should come as no surprise that Justin Thomas holds the top spot on our Newsmakers list for 2017.

    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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    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!''

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    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.