Petersen on Top Gore Four Back

By Sports NetworkAugust 6, 2005, 4:00 pm
Nationwide TourOMAHA, Neb. -- Scott Petersen fired an 8-under 63 on Saturday to take the lead after three rounds of the Cox Classic. His 54-hole total of 19-under-par 194 is good for a two-shot lead at Champions Run.
Steve LeBrun holed out from the fairway for eagle at both the 17th and 18th holes Saturday. He also shot an 8-under 63 in the third round and is alone in second at minus-17.
Roger Tambellini posted a 3-under 68 and is alone in third at 16-under-par 197.
On Friday, Jason Gore became the third player in Nationwide Tour history to fire a 59. Saturday was a different story for the golfer who played in Sunday's final pairing at this year's U.S. Open.
He was cruising along at 5 under for his round until the 13th when he hit his approach from 130 yards out in the fairway long and right. Gore ended up with a double-bogey and a round of 3-under 68.
Gore is tied for fourth place with second-round leader Jon Mills, who managed an even-par 71. The duo is knotted at 15-under-par 198.
Petersen was two-under on his round when he ran in a 7-foot birdie putt at the seventh. That kickstarted a run of amazing golf that put Petersen atop the leaderboard.
He holed a 45-foot birdie putt at the par-3 eighth, then birdied No. 9. Petersen two-putted from 35 feet for a birdie at the 10th, his fourth in a row.
Petersen parred the 11th, but tallied another birdie at the 12th. He parred his next four holes, but recorded his eighth birdie of the round at the par-5 17th when he came up short with his second, but pitched to 3 feet and converted the birdie putt.
Petersen has now gone through 54 holes without a bogey.
'You have to realize that every hole, if you're hitting it good, is a birdie hole,' said Petersen, whose only Nationwide Tour victory came in 2000. 'I feel like I can birdie every hole.'
LeBrun actually bogeyed his first three holes on Saturday, but eagled the fourth and amassed three more birdies before making the turn. He birdied 12 and 14, but the best was yet to come for the 27-year-old.
At the par-5 17th, LeBrun hit a wedge for his third shot and the ball took two hops before rolling 10 feet into the hole. Then, at the 18th, LeBrun's 8-iron approach took two hops and ran into the cup for back-to-back eagles.
'That's unbelievable,' said LeBrun, who is winless on the Nationwide Tour. 'I hung in there. I played 11 under the last 15 holes. I've been playing really good and those first three holes are pretty tough. I wasn't too upset. Anything can happen and it did.'
Greg Kraft (64) and Bubba Dickerson (65) are knotted in sixth place at 14-under-par 199. John Mallinger shot a 5-under 66 and is alone in eighth at minus-13.
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    Cabrera and son 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 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.