Nelson and Colbert on Top at SBC Senior Classic

By Sports NetworkMarch 10, 2001, 5:00 pm
NelsonLarry Nelson fired an 8-under 64 on Saturday to join Jim Colbert in a tie for the lead at 10-under 134 after two rounds of the SBC Senior Classic.
Jim Ahern and first-round co-leader Jose Maria Canizares share third at 9-under-par. Graham Marsh is alone in fifth at minus eight.
Nelson was flawless on Saturday with eight birdies and no bogeys. He went into red figures at the 190-yard third hole when he roped a 4-iron three feet from the cup. He added back-to-back birdies late in his first nine when he drained a 15-footer at eight and then followed with a two-putt birdie at the par-5 9th.
A two-time winner already this season, Nelson holed birdie putts from three feet and six feet at the 10th and 12th, respectively. He played a 6-iron to 25 feet at the 211-yard 14th and drilled the putt for birdie. Nelson two-putted from 30 feet at No. 15 after he played to 30 feet with his second shot.
Nelson capped his round off with a birdie at 17 when his 6-iron approach landed four feet from the cup.
'The last nine holes today were as solid as I have played in a long time,' noted Nelson, whose 64 tied the course record at Valencia Country Club. 'Overnight rain made this play easier today.'
Colbert posted his second 5-under 67 in as many days. He saved par at the first and then rolled home a pair of 10-footers for birdie on four and six to go out at 2-under 34.
Colbert suffered just his second bogey of the tournament after he drove into the rough at 10 and could not make the save. He holed a nine-foot birdie at 12 and then converted a 15-foot par putt at 13.
He hit a 5-iron to 25 feet at the 14th green and then ran home the putt for birdie. Colbert grabbed his share of the lead thanks to his approach at 17. He had 180 yards to the stick and he smacked a 5-iron that landed behind the hole and spun into the cup for an eagle-two.
'You don't count on shots like I hit at 17,' said Colbert, who is winless in individual tournaments since 1998. 'I hit it 180 yards and one foot and it spun back in.'
Colbert knows that he will have to beat one of the Senior Tour's best to earn the victory.
'Larry Nelson has played well for a seven or eight-month period now,' said Colbert, referring to one of his final-round partners on Sunday. 'It's much like Tiger. He's totally committed and totally focused on being the best out here.'
Ahern made two eagle putts on Saturday, one from three feet at nine and the other a 30-foot bomb at 15. He finished the day with a 5-under 67. Canizares, the winner of last week's marathon playoff at the Toshiba Senior Classic, bogeyed the last hole to fall out of the lead. He posted a two-under 70 on Saturday.
Marsh made three back nine birdies for a 67.
Gary McCord made the biggest move on Saturday with a 7-under 65. He moved to 8-under and is tied for sixth with Bob Eastwood.
'You try to get into a flow,' said McCord, who is probably better known as a broadcaster for CBS' golf telecasts. 'You have to mesh the mental and physical. For me, thinking well doesn't collide in the same sentence with the physical. It's hard to balance these things, but is there anything better?'
Bob Charles, who shared the overnight lead with Canizares, struggled to a 2-over 74 and is tied for eighth at minus five.
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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 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.