No Easy Ride Home at Finale

By Sports NetworkNovember 2, 2006, 5:00 pm
2006 The TOUR Championship presented by Coca-ColaATLANTA -- Retief Goosen and Joe Durant carded rounds of 2-under-par 68 Thursday to share the lead after the first round of The TOUR Championship at East Lake Golf Club.
 
Vijay Singh and Stuart Appleby held a share of the lead until late bogeys on the back nine. That duo shares third place at minus-1 with Jim Furyk, Stewart Cink, Tom Pernice, Jr. and Adam Scott, who was one of two players to birdie No. 18 in the opening round.
 
Jim Furyk
Jim Furyk, the leading money winner in the event, is one back at 1-under-par 69.
On the 18th hole, only four players managed to get their tee shots within 25 feet of the cup at the 235-yard par-3. Three of the last four players to finish were among those four, as the wind died down later in the afternoon. Scott and Furyk were the only two players to convert birdie putts at the last.
 
The top-30 players on the PGA TOUR money list qualified for this event. Three players -- Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Stephen Ames -- are not playing this week. Bart Bryant, the 2005 winner, did not qualify to defend his crown.
 
Goosen tripped out of the gate with a bogey on the third. He parred the next four holes before draining a birdie putt on the par-4 eighth. Goosen came right back with a birdie on the ninth to move into red figures.
 
The South African got within one of Durant's lead with a birdie at the par-3 11th.
 
Goosen joined Singh and Durant in the lead at minus-3 with a birdie on the 15th. However, he tripped to a bogey at the last when he could not save par from a greenside bunker.
 
'It was totally different than the practice rounds. The practice rounds you felt like you could have shot seven-under,' said Goosen, who won this event in 2004. 'The way conditions were today was a big difference. It was cold and the wind was blowing hard. Because it's cold, the ball wasn't going anywhere into the wind.'
 
Durant got off to a quick start with birdies on three and four. He faltered to a bogey on the fifth. However, Durant recovered quickly with birdies at six and seven to take the lead at minus-3.
 
The 42-year-old tripped to another bogey on the 10th. He recovered that lost stroke with a birdie at the 12th. Durant fell back to minus-2 with a three-putt bogey on 16 and ended there with two pars.
 
'It was very difficult today. I felt the wind was across most of the holes. I felt like I was fly-casting a lot of times, trying to fight from keeping the ball going right on the left-to-right holes for me,' Durant stated. 'It was very difficult.
 
'Driving the ball was tough, but I managed my game fairly well. I stayed under the hole most of the time, which I think is very important on this golf course.'
 
Singh, the 2002 winner here, bogeyed the first, but four birdies on the front nine carried him into a share of the lead. Around the turn, things took a turn for the worse.
 
The Fijian could not get up and down from a bunker on 12 to slip to 2 under. He missed birdie putts ranging from 18 to 40 feet over the next three holes, then three-putted for bogey on 17 to slide one behind the leaders.
 
'I'm kind of disappointed,' said Singh of his round. 'The bogey on 12 was the easiest sand-wedge shot. The ball was sitting up and I thought the ball might jump, but it came out dead. Besides that, I played pretty well. It was unfortunate about two putts, but I'll take in these conditions.'
 
Singh has had a good week though as he was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame on Monday.
 
'You never dream of getting in there. Once you get in there, you know how big a deal it is and it is a big deal,' Singh admitted. 'I'm just proud to be one of the legends in there. I don't know if you can call me a legend, but it was special.'
 
Ernie Els, who shared second place here in 2001, posted a 1-over-par 71. He was joined in ninth place by Brett Quigley, J.J. Henry, Zach Johnson and Arron Oberholser.
 
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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.