Montgomerie Wins for First Time Down Under

By Sports NetworkFebruary 18, 2001, 5:00 pm
Scotland's Colin Montgomerie posted a three-under 69 in the final round Sunday to win the Australian Masters at Huntingdale Golf Club. Montgomerie, whose four-day total of 10-under-par 278 left him one shot clear of Nathan Green, captured his first title on Australian soil.
 
'To come down here, feeling the way I do, I feel as though I'm starting out in some new career here,' said Montgomerie, who came from five strokes back on the final day in his first tournament since December. 'It's great to start off the year with a win.'
 
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Green vaulted into contention earlier in the afternoon with a hole-in-one at the 12th worth $500,000 (Australian). He parred each of the last four holes on the way home for a 71 and second place at minus-nine.
 
Brett Rumford, who led at 12-under after shooting a course-record 64 in the third round, closed with a disappointing 76 to tie for third with Rodney Pampling (70) and Peter O'Malley (71) at eight-under par.
 
Montgomerie, one-under for the day at the turn, recorded an eagle at the par-five 10th to get to 10-under. He added a birdie at the 11th for the outright lead at 11-under, but dropped a shot three holes later to fall back into a tie for the top spot with Green and Rumford.

Montgomerie parred his remaining four holes and took the lead into the clubhouse, as Green and Rumford had both suffered bogeys at the 14th to drop to nine-under.
 
Rumford tumbled from his early perch at the top of the leaderboard with a bogey at the second, then dropped two more shots when par putts lipped out at the fourth and sixth holes. He was able to join the tie for the lead at 10-under with a birdie at the seventh, but six straight pars followed by the bogey at 14 left him one behind Montgomerie with four holes to play.
 
After registering pars at 15 and 16, Rumford hit a six-iron approach to 12 feet at the 17th but missed to the right with his birdie attempt. He had one last chance to force a playoff with a birdie at 18, but was long with his approach. Rumford took a shot at holing his chip but wound up two-putting for a final bogey that knocked him out of a share of second.
 
1997 Australian Masters champ Peter Lonard (73) and amateur Michael Cocking (73) tied for sixth place at seven-under, while David Podlich (69), Adam Scott (73), Jim Benepe (75) and Anthony Painter (75) rounded out the top-10 at minus-six.
 
Nineteen-year-old Aaron Baddeley, the winner of last week's Greg Norman Holden International, was among a group of seven players to finish at five-under par.
 
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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.