Lynn Leading KLM Open

By Sports NetworkAugust 5, 2004, 4:00 pm
2004 KLM OpenHILVERSUM, Netherlands -- David Lynn fired a 7-under-par 63 on Thursday to take a one-stroke lead after the opening round of the KLM Open at Hilversumsche Golf Club.
 
Englishman Andrew Raitt is alone in second place after a 6-under-par 66. Stephen Scahill was joined in a tie for third place by 1997 Dubai Desert Classic winner Richard Green, Paul McGinley, a three-time winner on the European Tour, and Austrian Martin Wiegele at 5-under-par 67.
 
Lynn got off to a hot start as he birdied the first and came right back to birdie the second. The Englishman made it three straight to open his round as he dropped in his birdie putt on No. 3.
 
The 30-year-old moved to minus-4 when he converted a birdie try at the par-4 seventh. Around the turn, Lynn tripped to his lone bogey of the day at the par-4 11th after he was unable to get up-and-down from over the green.
 
Lynn quickly atoned for that mistake. He reached the par-5 12th in two and drained his 25-foot eagle putt to get to 5 under. Lynn dropped in another birdie putt at the par-3 15th. He grabbed the outright lead with a two-putt birdie at the par-5 closing hole to finish off a career low round.
 
'The game has been feeling really good the last few months, but my putting has not been great,' said Lynn. 'Today there was a bit of a reversal. I was working on my putting when I got here on Tuesday and something has dropped in, but the game doesn't feel as in control as it has. But it was the lowest round of my career so I'm delighted about that.'
 
Raitt quickly moved to minus-2 with an eagle at the par-4 second. He ran off seven consecutive pars from there. At the 10th, Raitt stumbled to a bogey.
 
The 34-year-old Raitt, who had part of his finger bitten off by a dog in 1997, rallied with back-to-back birdies from the 12th. He moved to 4 under with a birdie at the par-3 15th and capped his round with birdies at the 17th and 18th to take solo second.
 
McGinley, who is trying to battle his way onto the European Ryder Cup squad, started his day with a bogey at the first, but came back with consecutive birdies from the second.
 
The Irishman picked up his third birdie at the par-3 fifth. McGinley played steady golf from there as he ran off 10 straight pars around the turn. He birdied the 16th to get to minus-3. McGinley capped his round with an eagle at the last to move into a share of third place.
 
'The bottom line is I am either going to do it or I am not, but the fun is trying,' said McGinley of his attempt to make the European Ryder Cup team. 'It is an exciting thing. It is fun being in the melting pot and trying to make the team. People say you should forget the Ryder Cup, but I don't agree with that. I think you have to enjoy it and enjoy the process.'
 
Raymond Russell and a pair of Swedes, Per Nyman and Patrik Sjoland, share seventh place at 4-under-par 66. David Park, Ian Poulter, Miles Tunnicliff and David Dixon are one stroke further back at minus-3.
 
Defending champion Maarten Lafeber spread three birdies and three bogeys over his opening round of even-par 70. He stands in a tie for 45th.
 
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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.