Roberts Morgan Join Nielsen at Top

By Sports NetworkOctober 28, 2005, 4:00 pm
2005 Charles Schwab Cup ChampionshipSONOMA, Calif. -- Overnight leader Lonnie Nielsen ran home a 51-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole Friday to shoot an even-par 72 and join Gil Morgan and Loren Roberts atop the leaderboard after two rounds of the Charles Schwab Cup Championship.
 
Morgan and Roberts both posted rounds of 3-under 69 to get in the clubhouse at 6-under-par 138. Nielsen's heroics on 18 got him into the tie at Sonoma Golf Club.
 
Gil Morgan
Gil Morgan is trying to win at least one event on tour for the 10th straight year.
It is a crowded leaderboard in the season's final event.
 
Jay Haas, who has won his last two starts on the Champions Tour, carded a 3-under 69 and is tied for fourth place with Craig Stadler (70), Des Smyth (70), Tom Watson (70), Bruce Fleisher (71) and Jerry Pate (72). The group is one shot back at minus-5.
 
This title is not the only thing at stake this week. The $1 million annuity and the year-long Charles Schwab Cup title are on the line with Dana Quigley leading Hale Irwin by 345 points.
 
There are several players in the mix for the Cup, but Quigley has the advantage. He was alone in the lead at 7 under par, but fell apart with a bogey at 15 and a double bogey at the 16th.
 
Quigley shot a 1-under 71 and is tied for 10th with Tom Kite (68) and Morris Hatalsky (70) at 4-under-par 140. Irwin managed a 2-under 70 and is tied for 16th at minus-2.
 
Nielsen struggled early in Friday's second round. He bogeyed the third, fourth and fifth holes to fall down the leaderboard, but rebounded around the turn with a birdie at the ninth.
 
He birdied 11 to get to 1 over on the round, but dropped another shot at 15, only to make that bogey with a birdie one hole later.
 
At the closing hole at Sonoma, Nielsen hit a poor second shot well left of the flag. Nielsen, winless on the Champions Tour, holed the long birdie try to join the lead.
 
Morgan, the 1997 Charles Schwab Cup Championship winner, recorded birdies at four and five, then rolled in a 4-footer for birdie at the ninth. Morgan dropped a shot at the 14th, but took advantage of the last par-5, the 16th.
 
At that hole, Morgan sank a 6-foot birdie putt to reach 6 under par for the championship. His birdie putt from 21 feet came up one revolution short at 17, then the 23-time winner on the Champions Tour played solid golf on 18.
 
His approach landed in a greenside bunker, but he blasted out 12 feet short. Morgan calmly rolled in the par save to claim his piece of the lead.
 
'It's a nice feeling,' said Morgan, who needs a win this week to extend his streak to 10 consecutive years with a win on the Champions Tour. 'Obviously I'd like to keep the streak going, but if ends this week, so be it.'
 
Roberts, who collected his only Champions Tour win at The Tradition, made the turn at 1 under par thanks to a 4-foot birdie putt at the par-4 ninth hole.
 
He birdied the 10th. bogeyed 11 and 12, but birdied 13th to stay 1 under on his round. Roberts birdied the 16th to get to 5 under for the championship, then drained a 10-foot birdie putt at the 17th to join the lead at minus-6.
 
On the 18th, Roberts hit a 6-iron just off the green on the right side. He was able to get up and down for par and now has a good chance at his second win on the elder circuit in his rookie year.
 
'It's wide open with 15 people within three shots,' said Roberts. 'It's hard to separate yourself. We'll see what happens tomorrow and Sunday. I think it's going to be a shootout all week.'
 
Jim Thorpe (68), Brad Bryant (70) and Tom Purtzer (71) are the other players within three as they are knotted at minus-3.
 
Defending champion Mark McNulty posted his second consecutive round of even- par 72 and is tied for 21st place at 144.
 
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  • Newsmaker of the Year: No. 1, Justin Thomas

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 18, 2017, 1:00 pm

    He won a major, captured the FedExCup and was named the PGA Tour’s Player of the Year. It should come as no surprise that Justin Thomas holds the top spot on our Newsmakers list for 2017.

    Thomas entered the year ranked outside the top 20, and few might have pegged him for a transcendent campaign. But he kicked off January with a win in Hawaii, added another before leaving the Aloha State and never looked back.

    Thomas’ seminal moment came in August when he captured the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow for his breakthrough major title. One month after greeting Jordan Spieth behind the final green at Royal Birkdale, this time it was Thomas’ turn to have friends stick around to snap pictures with the trophy that signaled his arrival among golf’s upper echelon.


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    In addition to racking up the hardware – five in total, including the inaugural CJ Cup at Nine Bridges in his first start of the new wraparound season – Thomas dazzled with style. His runaway win at the Sony Open included an opening-round 59, and his third-round 63 at Erin Hills marked the first time anyone had ever shot 9 under on a U.S. Open venue.

    Thomas’ consistency was rewarded at East Lake, when a runner-up finish at the Tour Championship netted him the season-long title and $10 million prize. It was in the subsequent press conference where he shared the goals list he had written into his cell phone in February, having ticked off nearly every one. It showed a dedicated attention to detail as well the tactical approach with which Thomas had steered his rapid ascent.

    Heading into a new year, he’s now very clearly entrenched as one of the world’s best. And as his career progresses, it’s likely we’ll look back at 2017 as the point where Thomas first transformed great potential into eye-popping results.

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    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!''

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    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.

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