Storm Tops Monty in Paris - COPIED

By Sports NetworkJune 22, 2008, 4:00 pm
European TourPARIS -- England's Graeme Storm fired a 5-under 66 on Sunday to come from behind and win his first title on the European Tour at the Open de France.
 
'Unbelievable,' said Storm. 'It's just a magnificent feeling. I've been putting too much pressure on myself thinking when is it going to happen. Is it going to happen? Hopefully I can go on to better things.'
 
Storm posted a bogey-free round on Sunday, including four pars on the final holes, a tough stretch at Le Golf National. He finished at 7-under-par 277 and won by a single stroke over third-round leader Soren Hansen.
 
Thomas Bjorn and Colin Montgomerie both shared the lead late in the back nine, but struggled down the stretch. Bjorn shot a final-round 69 and Montgomerie had a 70 to tie for third place with Simon Khan (72) and Damien McGrane (65). The group finished at minus-5.
 
Storm birdied the second and fifth holes to get back into the tournament. He drained an 18-footer for birdie at the eighth to get to minus-5, one shot behind Bjorn and Montgomerie.
 
Bjorn raced back into the mix with a birdie at three and a tap-in birdie at the fifth. He holed a 7-foot birdie putt at the seventh and found himself in the lead.
 
Montgomerie, the 2000 winner here, also climbed the leaderboard with front-nine birdies. He rolled in an 8-foot birdie putt at the third and kicked in a short birdie putt at the ninth.
 
Montgomerie moved into the lead with a 15-foot birdie putt at the 10th, then fell victim to an off-course distraction at 12. He heard a cell phone during his drive and missed the fairway well right. Montgomerie could not get it out of the rough and walked off with a bogey to lose sole possession of first place.
 
Meanwhile, Storm cruised to 7-under par thanks to back-to-back birdies at 13 and 14. Montgomerie joined him at minus-7 with a 4-foot birdie putt at the 14th. Bjorn could do no better than pars after his final birdie at seven.
 
Montgomerie was the first to fall off the pace. At the par-4 15th, the Scotsman missed a 4-foot par putt to give Storm the lead to himself. Montgomerie's approach at 16 sailed over the green and he could not save par to fall two behind Storm.
 
Bjorn bogeyed the 17th and Storm played 18 with a two-shot cushion. He hit an iron off the tee and had a long second, which he played 45 feet from the hole. Storm lagged his birdie putt to close to 4 feet and holed that putt to save par.
 
Before Storm's name could be engraved on the trophy, another contender emerged late and that was the overnight leader. Hansen found water at two and double-bogeyed the hole. All totaled, Hansen played the front nine in 3-over 39, but came back on the back side.
 
He birdied 14 and 16 to find himself one off the lead. Hansen narrowly missed a birdie effort at the 17th and had almost the same length as Storm on 18. Hansen needed a birdie to force a playoff and his putt came up short, giving Storm his first win on tour.
 
'It's obviously very difficult out there,' said Storm, who got into the British Open with the win. 'The last four are very tricky especially with the wind blowing. It was just make pars and hopefully that would be enough.'
 
Martin Kaymer (71) and Jyoti Randhawa (68) shared seventh place at 4-under- par 280. Ian Poulter shot a 2-under 69 and took ninth place at 3-under-par 281.
 
Bradley Dredge (68) and David Lynn (72) tied for 10th at minus-2.
 
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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.