Singh Els Six Back in Scotland

By Sports NetworkOctober 7, 2004, 4:00 pm
2004 Dunhill Links ChampionshipST. ANDREWS, Scotland -- Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell matched the course record of 10-under-par 62 at St. Andrews Thursday to grab a three-stroke lead after the first round of the dunhill links championship.
 
McDowell's 62 matched the total put up by Brian Davis in 2003. McDowell had carded a 62 at the BMW International Open earlier this year, but that came under preferred lies.
 
Retief Goosen, the reigning U.S. Open champion, Peter Lonard, David Howell and James Kingston share second place at 7-under-par 65.
 
The top two players in the world, Vijay Singh and Ernie Els, both stand at 4-under-par 68. They were joined there by Thomas Levet, Colin Montgomerie, Jose Maria Olazabal, Adam Scott and Peter Hedblom.
 
The tournament is using three courses as it has a pro-am competition for the first three rounds. McDowell played the Old Course at St. Andrews, while others played at Carnoustie Golf Club and Kingsbarns Golf Links. Players will rotate over the three courses for the first three rounds, before the final round is contested at St. Andrews.
 
McDowell got on the board with a birdie at the par-4 third. He picked up his second birdie at the fifth. The 25-year-old came back with a birdie at six and made it three in a row when he drained a birdie at the seventh.
 
The Ulsterman closed his opening nine with a birdie at the ninth to go out in 5 under. McDowell caught fire early on the back side as he converted a birdie at the 11th and made it two in a row at 12.
 
McDowell rolled in a 15-foot birdie try at the 13th to get to 8 under. He two-putted for birdie from just off the front edge of the green at the par-5 14th to cap a run of four straight birdies.
 
McDowell, who won the Italian Open earlier this year, parred his next two holes. He then dropped a 7-iron within 10 feet of the cup to set up his 10th birdie of the day at the 17th.
 
At the last, McDowell's birdie putt from inside 10 feet slid by the right edge and he settled for par and a share of the course record.
 
'I was walking up to the green with my caddie, and I said to him, 'I saw this putt a million times on television and I know exactly where it's going,'' said McDowell. 'But it turned more than I expected.
 
'It wasn't exactly one you want to leave yourself for a 61, but I had a great second shot in there and I gave the putt my best and didn't leave me that much of an effort at the end. But 62 strokes out there today, I'm very, very happy.'
 
Goosen posted a bogey-free round of his own. He birdied the second at Kingsbarns to start his round. Goosen then ran off three straight birdies from the fifth. Around the turn, he birdied the 10th and 12th to get to minus-6. After five straight pars, the South African birdied the last.
 
'I'm happy with that,' Goosen said. 'We were lucky with the wind dying down a little bit on the back nine because the course is tough. I got off to a good start with a birdie on the second hole. That settled me down and then I had a good run of three birdies in a row from the fifth.'
 
Howell, who also played Kingsbarns, ran off three straight birdies from the first to start his round. He later birdied Nos. 6 and 9 to make the turn at 5 under. He picked up two more birdies on his way in to share second place.
 
Lonard also picked up five birdies over the front nine at Kingsbarns. On the back side, the Australian birdied two of his last three holes to end at minus-7.
 
Kingston, the final player three shots back, played Carnoustie in Round 1. After birdies at one and three, he stumbled to a bogey at the sixth. Kingston responded with birdies on each of the next two holes to make the turn at 3 under.
 
Kingston eagled the par-5 12th and birdied the 15th to move to 6 under. The South African closed with a birdie at the last to join the crowd in second place.
 
Richard Sterne and Luke Donald share sixth place at 6-under-par 66. Gregory Havret, Louis Oosthuizen and Gordon Brand, Jr. are one stroke further back at minus-5.
 
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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 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.

    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.