Stadler Among Trio of Leaders

By Sports NetworkAugust 20, 2005, 4:00 pm
Boeing Greater Seattle Champions ClassicSNOQUALMIE, Wash. -- David Eger fired an 8-under 64 on Saturday to move into a tie for the lead after the second round of the inaugural Greater Seattle Classic.
 
Eger stands at 12-under-par 132, alongside Morris Hatalsky (66) and Craig Stadler (65).
 
John Harris and James Mason each posted their second straight rounds of 5-under 67 to share fourth place at 10-under-par 134. They were joined there by Brad Bryant (68), who shared the first-round leader with Hatalsky, Tom Kite and Jim Thorpe.
 
Eger opened with a two-putt birdie on the first, then dropped in consecutive birdies from the seventh to get to minus-7, before he parred his next two holes before catching fire.
 
The 2003 MasterCard Classic winner birdied the 11th from 3 feet out and made it two straight as his birdie putt on the par-4 12th found the bottom of the cup.
 
Eger kept rolling with a birdie on the 13th. He capped a run of four straight birdies at 14. However, Eger stumbled to a bogey on the par-5 15th at the Jack Nicklaus-designed TPC at Snoqualmie Ridge.
 
The 53-year-old bounced right back, though, with a birdie on 16. Eger gave that stroke back as he bogeyed 17 after finding a hazard off the tee, but he closed with an eagle on the par-5 18th to share the second-round lead.
 
'My 9-iron and putt for bogey on 17 were every bit as good as the shot on 18,' said Eger. 'I was disappointed with the bogey on 17, but I was pleased to come out with bogey.'
 
Stadler flew out of the gate with three straight birdies from the first to move to minus-8. After four straight pars, the eight-time winner on the Champions Tour birdied his next two holes.
 
The 52-year-old tripped to his lone bogey on the 10th, but Stadler parred the next three holes, then got back to minus-10 with a birdie on the 14th.
 
Stadler made it two in row as he birdied the par-5 15th. He closed with a birdie at the last to end at minus-12.
 
Like his co-leaders, Hatalsky opened with a birdie on No. 1. However, he missed the green at the third and was unable to get up-and-down for his par, but he got that stroke back with a birdie on the fifth.
 
Hatalsky got to 8 under with a birdie at the seventh. The 53-year-old ran off six straight pars around the turn. He ran in a 12-footer for birdie on 14 and made it two straight as his pitched his third to 5 feet at the par-5 15th.
 
The two-time winner on the Champions Tour made a 12-footer for birdie on 16, then made it four straight as he kicked in a short birdie putt on 17. Hatalsky missed a birdie try from inside 6 feet at the last.
 
'I started slow, but finished strong. I struggled with some things early and my putter was a little cold on the front nine,' Hatalsky said. 'I got things going on 14 and made four straight birdies. I just threw up on that putt on the 18th.'
 
Don Pooley matched the 64 of Eger in round two. Pooley climbed into a share of seventh place at 9-under-par 135 and he was tied there by Thorpe, D.A. Weibring and Kite. Hale Irwin and Bruce Lietzke are one stroke further back at minus-8.
 
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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.