Jimenez Wins Fourth Title of 04

By Sports NetworkAugust 29, 2004, 4:00 pm
European TourMUNICH, Germany -- European Ryder Cup member Miguel Angel Jimenez posted a 6-under 66 on Sunday to win the BMW International Open. Jimenez finished at 21-under-par 267 for his fourth victory of the season.
 
'The only pressure I've got is the pressure of the tournament,' said Jimenez. 'Playing with three or four guys out there fighting for spots on the Ryder Cup, but apart from them, there are also lots of players that this is a very big field this week here. It's always very nice for me to win this tournament with this field here.'
 
Thomas Levet could not keep up in the final round at Golfclub Munchen Nord- Eichenried and carded a 68 to take second place alone at 19-under-par 269. Paul Casey made his first Ryder Cup appearance official with a final-round 65 that lifted him to 16-under-par 272 along with Colin Montgomerie and Alex Cejka.
 
Montgomerie, who won the Caltex Masters this year, played valiantly this week and will be heading back to the Ryder Cup as one of Bernhard Langer's captain's picks.
 
England's Luke Donald, a winner on both sides of the Atlantic, was the second captain's pick and will be making his Ryder Cup debut. Donald shot a 69 on Sunday to finish at 12-under-par 276 alongside Peter Fowler.
 
'I've played in a couple of Walker Cups, obviously it's not the same, but I've felt that pressure before and done okay under it,' said Donald.
 
Jimenez began the day tied for first with Levet, but birdied the first to break away from his playing partner. Jimenez found trouble with a bogey at the par-four third but recovered in style starting at the very next hole.
 
The Spaniard birdied the fourth and added birdies at the fifth and the sixth to reach 18-under. At the par-4 seventh, Jimenez dropped his approach within inches of the hole and tapped in for birdie to make it four in a row.
 
Jimenez struggled to a bogey at the eighth, but came back with a birdie at the following hole. He faltered with another bogey at the 10th, but was able to respond with a birdie at the 11th.
 
The 40-year-old hit his second shot to 18 feet and drained the putt for a birdie at the 13th. Jimenez then birdied the 14th to leave little in doubt and parred his way in for his 11th career victory on the European Tour.
 
'I have been very relaxed all year,' said Jimenez. 'I've been playing very well and I feel very good on the golf course. When you are playing well, you know, you turn the right side of the coin and you win the tournament.'
 
Levet got off to a solid start with a pair of birdies over his first six holes and reached the green in two at the par-5 ninth. He two-putted for birdie to keep pace with Jimenez, but stumbled to a bogey at the 10th to drop back to minus-17.
 
The Frenchman countered with a birdie at the 11th and only managed a single birdie the rest of the way to finish two shots off the pace.
 
Montgomerie looked to be in position to take home the title after five straight birdies starting at the fifth lifted him to 17 under and a birdie at the 11th tied for the lead briefly with Jimenez.
 
The Scot bogeyed the 13th but got that shot back with a birdie at the 15th. He struggled on the way in, however, with back-to-back bogeys from the 16th but all in all put together a strong showing worthy of one of Langer's captain's picks.
 
Fredrik Jacobson was also bidding for a captain's pick and seemed to be on his way to making the team outright with four birdies over his first seven holes. The Swede ran out of gas from that point on, however, with a pair of bogeys and a birdie en route to a round of 69.
 
Jacobson finished alongside Paul McGinley, who qualified for the European team, at 15-under-par 273. The duo was joined by U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen, Darren Clarke and David Lynn in a tie for sixth.
 
'It's been a roller coaster ride the last six weeks,' said McGinley, one of the heroes of the winning European team at the 2002 Ryder Cup. 'I had the leash between my teeth like a dog, I didn't want to let it go and fortunately I just held on to it long enough.'
 
John Daly fired a 65 on Sunday to move into a tie for 11th with Joakim Haeggman, Soren Kjeldsen, Tino Schuster and Andrew Raitt at 14-under-par 274.
 
Graeme McDowell matched the course record with a 62 in the final round. He finished in a group at 13-under-par 275 that included last year's champion Lee Westwood.
 
David Howell qualified for the team outright after a round of 69 left him in a bunch at 11-under-par 277. Fellow Englishman Ian Poulter also made the squad after a strong finish erased some early disasters and left him at 10-under-par 278.
 
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  • 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.

    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.