Local Favorite Chris Couch Wins Florida Classic

By Sports NetworkMarch 11, 2001, 5:00 pm
Chris Couch, a Gainesville resident, fired a 7-under 64 on Sunday to win the Buy.Com Florida Classic by one shot. His 15-under 269 was one better than his playing partner Chad Campbell.
Couch's 269 broke the tournament record for this event. Richard Johnson set the previous mark of 270 in 1999.
Heath Slocum finished alone in third at 13-under while Danny Briggs, Mike Heinen and third-round leader John Patterson shared fourth at minus 12.
Couch started strong with a birdie at No. 1 and then seemed to find trouble on the third. His tee shot landed in the right rough and was under a tree. Couch hit a 30-yard cut-shot from 249 yards out and with a 3-iron, landed the ball 15 feet from the cup, where he two-putted for birdie.
'I pulled it off,' said Couch, referring to his amazing shot at three. 'That was the turning point. It just as easily could have been a bogey.'
Couch added birdies at nine and 11 before back-to-back birdies at 14. His wedge shot at 17 hit close to the pin but bounced 20 feet right.
'I couldn't believe it bounced right,' said Couch, talking about the approach at 17. 'I looked at my caddie and said 'that ball is meant to be there.' I knew I was going to make that putt.' He converted the birdie to go to 15-under and needed to save par at 18. Couch hit a low, draw shot from 170 yards at 18 that landed 20 feet from the cup. He two-putted from there to get into the clubhouse with the lead.
After Patterson failed to eagle the 18th, Couch had his first win on the Buy.com Tour.
'I feel like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders,' said Couch, who earned $76,500 for the win. 'This takes so much pressure off now. I wasn't sure I knew how to win again.'
Campbell was flawless on Sunday, scoring six birdies and no bogeys. He finished with a 65 for his 14-under total.
Slocum posted a 6-under 65 on Sunday and vaulted 12 spots to third.
Patterson struggled to a 70 in the final round and with a bogey at 18, tied for fourth. Briggs (67) and Heinen (69) joined Patterson in rounding out the top-five.
Defending champion Fran Quinn tied for 17th at 9-under 275.
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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.