Purdy Leads by Three After 61

By Sports NetworkSeptember 16, 2004, 4:00 pm
2004 Valero Texas OpenSAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Ted Purdy fired a course-record tying 9-under-par 61 Thursday to take a three-stroke lead after the first round of the Texas Open.
 
Tim Clark, J.J. Henry, Jim McGovern and Dean Wilson share second place at 6-under-par 64. Six players, including Justin Leonard, are one stroke further back at minus-5.
 
Purdy got off to a hot start on the Resort Course at LaCantera Golf Club. He parred the 10th, his first, then dropped a wedge within 10 feet at the 11th to setup his first birdie.
 
He came right back with a 3-foot birdie at the 12th and made it three straight when he stuck a wedge within 3 feet of the cup at 13.
 
Purdy wasn't done there. After he knocked his second shot over the green at the par-5 14th, he nearly chipped in for eagle, but settled for a kick-in birdie to quickly move to 4 under.
 
Purdy, a two-time runner-up this season, reeled off five consecutive pars around the turn. He hit a 7-iron to 2 feet at the second for his fifth birdie of the day.
 
He came right back with a birdie at the third to climb to 6 under. Purdy holed out from the fairway with a sand-wedge at the par-4 eighth for eagle.
 
'I hit the ball better today than I have maybe ever in my life, and I can attribute that to I had a great message last night from a guy named Jim Weathers,' Purdy said. 'I was relaxed and the club was on plane and I was hitting it far and square, and it was a lot of fun.'
 
At the ninth, his last, Purdy rolled in a 10-footer for birdie to tie the course record set three times previously.
 
'The last hole was a driver and if it hadn't been uphill, I probably would have hit that 400 yards,' said Purdy, who won once on the Nationwide Tour. 'That drive, I hit it straight down the middle. That was probably the longest putt of the day, 10 feet, which was a great way to end a great round.'
 
Henry also started on the back nine and birdied three of his first seven holes. He ran off four straight pars around the turn, before birdieing the par-3 third to move to minus-4. The 29-year-old then dropped in back- to-back birdies from the sixth to get to 6 under.
 
Clark, a two-time winner on the Nationwide Tour, got off to a hot start. He ran off five straight birdies from the par-4 11th. Around the turn, he birdied the first and fourth to climb to 7 under. The South African bogeyed the par-4 eighth to slip back into a tie for second place.
 
McGovern stumbled out of the gate with a bogey at the 10th, his first. However he came right back to birdie No. 11. He dropped in back-to-back birdies from the 16th and again from the first to climb to minus-4. The 1993 Houston Open winner converted birdies at the seventh and eighth to tie for second.
 
Wilson, best known as one of Annika Sorenstam's partners at the 2003 Colonial, began with four straight pars before carding an eagle at the par-5 14th. He came right back with a birdie at the 15th. The Hawaiian then birdied Nos. 17 and 18 to jump to 5 under.
 
Around the turn, Wilson tripped to a bogey at the par-4 fourth. He fought back with birdies at the sixth and seventh to move to 6 under. He parred his final two holes to remain there.
 
Leonard is joined in a tie for sixth place at 5-under-par 65 by Jay Delsing, Scott Simpson, Mark Wilson, Scott McCarron and Patrick Sheehan.
 
Duffy Waldorf, Jerry Kelly, Tom Lehman and Loren Roberts lead a group of 17 players one stroke further back at minus-4.
 
Tommy Armour III, the defending champion, shares 29th place at 3-under-par 67.
 
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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.