Sterne Triumphs in Spain

By Sports NetworkOctober 24, 2004, 4:00 pm
2004 Open de MadridMADRID, Spain -- Richard Sterne fired a 6-under 65 on Sunday to come from behind and win the Open de Madrid. Sterne finished at 18-under-par 266 for his first career victory on the European Tour.
Anders Hansen posted a 66 to take second place at 16-under-par 268. Terry Price was one shot further back at 15-under-par 269, while Paul Broadhurst and Raphael Jacquelin shared fourth place at 14-under-par 270.
Sterne was on the outside looking in heading into Club de Campo this week needing a strong finish to retain his card for 2005, and he did just that.
'The whole year has been a tough year, especially the last three weeks,' said Sterne. 'I knew I had to perform. I wanted to give myself a chance going into the back nine, and I did and I pulled it off.'
Sterne parred his first three holes before an eagle at the par-5 fourth lifted him to 14-under. He continued to build momentum with a birdie at the very next hole and added a birdie at the par-5 seventh.
The 23-year-old tallied a birdie at the par-3 ninth to make the turn at minus-17, but was in trouble at the par-3 11th after his tee shot missed the putting surface. Sterne played his second to 20 feet and drained the par putt to remain mistake-free on Sunday.
While his challengers were scrambling on the inward half, Sterne ran home an 18-foot putt for a birdie at the par-5 14th to leave little in doubt. Sterne then parred his way into the clubhouse to complete the breakthrough win.
'I'm excited,' said the South African. 'Obviously a new experience for me. I've won a lot of amateur tournaments and I just tried to do the same thing here. I'm looking forward to next year.'
Hansen jumped out of the gate with a birdie at the opening hole and added birdies at the fourth and seventh to move to 14 under around the turn.
The Dane stumbled to a bogey at the 11th, but recovered with back-to-back birdies starting at the par-4 13th. Hansen then birdied the par-4 16th to secure a runner-up finish.
While Sterne earned his playing card for next year and Price moved into the top 60 on the Order of Merit to gain a spot in next week's Volvo Masters at Valderrama, there was plenty disappointment to go around.
Ivo Giner needed a second-place finish to maintain his card, but a 1-under 70 was only good enough for a share of sixth at 13-under-par 271 along with Wade Ormsby and Darren Fichardt.
Johan Edfors also needed at least a runner-up finish to hold onto his playing status on the European Tour. He stood atop the leaderboard on Saturday until his ball disappeared after an errant tee shot on the 18th, and Edfors managed only a round of 70 to finish six shots off the pace.
Edfors was joined by Trevor Immelman, Henrik Stenson, Brett Rumford and Raymond Russell at 12-under-par 272.
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    Snedeker starts slow in effort to snag Masters invite

    By Will GrayDecember 14, 2017, 4:22 pm

    Brandt Snedeker flew halfway around the world in search of a Masters invite, but after one round of the Indonesian Masters it appears he'll likely return home empty-handed.

    Snedeker made only two birdies during his opening round in Indonesia, shooting an even-par 72 that left him in a tie for 77th and 10 shots behind leader Justin Rose. This is the final OWGR-rated event of 2017, and as a result it has drawn several notable entrants, including Snedeker, who hope to crack the top 50 in the world rankings by year's end to secure a trip to Augusta National.

    Snedeker started the year ranked No. 28, but after missing five months because of injury he entered the week ranked No. 51 and is projected to slip even further by the end of the month. As a result, he likely needs a top-3 finish in order to secure a return to the Masters, which he has missed only once since 2007.

    World No. 55 Dylan Frittelli also struggled, shooting a 4-over 76 in the opening round, while No. 56 Kiradech Aphibarnrat is tied for 14th at 4 under. Yusaku Miyazato, currently 58th in the world, is tied for ninth and five shots behind Rose.

    Should Snedeker and the other hopefuls fail to crack the top 50 by the end of the year, two paths to the Masters remain: win a full-point event on the PGA Tour in early 2018 or be inside the top 50 in the world rankings when the final cutoff is made on March 25.

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    Crosby selected as 2019 U.S. Walker Cup captain

    By Will GrayDecember 14, 2017, 3:19 pm

    The USGA announced that former U.S. Amateur champ Nathaniel Crosby will serve as the American captain for the 2019 Walker Cup, which will be played at Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, England.

    Crosby, 56, is the son of entertainment icon and golf enthusiast Bing Crosby. He won the 1981 U.S. Amateur at The Olympic Club as a teenager and earned low amateur honors at the 1982 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. He also played in the 1983 Walker Cup, coincidentally held at Royal Liverpool, before embarking on a brief career in professional golf, with his amateur status reinstated in 1994.

    "I am thrilled and overwhelmed to be chosen captain of the next USA Walker Cup team," Crosby said in a statement. "Many of my closest friends are former captains who will hopefully take the time to share their approaches in an effort to help me with my new responsibilities."

    Crosby takes over the captaincy from John "Spider" Miller, who led the U.S. squad both in 2015 and earlier this year, when the Americans cruised to a 19-7 victory at Los Angeles Country Club.

    Crosby is a Florida resident and member at Seminole Golf Club, which will host the 2021 matches. While it remains to be seen if he'll be asked back as captain in 2021, each of the last six American captains have led a team on both home and foreign soil.

    Started in 1922, the Walker Cup is a 10-man, amateur match play competition pitting the U.S. against Great Britain and Ireland. The U.S. team holds a 37-9 all-time lead in the biennial matches but has not won in Europe since 2007.

    Rose (62) sets blistering pace in Indonesia

    By Associated PressDecember 14, 2017, 3:06 pm

    JAKARTA, Indonesia – Justin Rose shot a 10-under 62 Thursday to take a two-stroke lead after the first round of the Indonesian Masters.

    Rose, starting on the back nine at Royale Jakarta Golf Club, had five birdies to go out in 31, then birdied four of five holes midway through his final nine and another birdie on his last hole in the $750,000 tournament.

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    Gunn Charoenkul (64) was in second place and Kim Giwhan and Phachara Khongwatmai (both 65) were tied for third.

    Brandt Snedeker shot 72. Ranked 51st in the world, the American is aiming for a strong finish in Jakarta to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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    LaCava: Woods wouldn't talk after H.O.R.S.E. match

    By Will GrayDecember 14, 2017, 2:27 pm

    The competitive streak within Tiger Woods knows no bounds - even on the basketball court, according to caddie Joe LaCava.

    LaCava has been on Woods' bag since 2011, and he recently shared a story on "Inside the Ropes" on Sirius/XM PGA Tour Radio about a clash between the two men over a seemingly friendly game of H.O.R.S.E. Actually, it turned into nine straight games (and nine straight wins) for LaCava, who exploited a weakness in Woods' on-court strategy while leaning on a mid-length jumper of his own:

    "The thing with him was if I missed a shot, which I missed plenty of shots, but if I missed the shot he'd go back down to the 3 (point line) because he liked to make the 3," LaCava said. "But it's harder obviously to make a 3, and I'd go right back to the baseline 12-footer, and he couldn't make it."

    It's a short list of people who have beaten Woods nine times in any athletic pursuit, let alone in a row. But for LaCava, the fallout from his afternoon of on-court dominance was less than subtle.

    "He did not talk to me the rest of the day," LaCava explained. "I didn't even get the old text, 'Dinner is ready,' because I stay across at the beach house. I didn't even get that text that night. I had to get take-out. He didn't announce he wasn't (talking), he just did it. I'm telling you, nine games in a row. Like I said, he's so competitive, even at something like that."