Summer Time at Kroger Classic

By Sports NetworkSeptember 12, 2004, 4:00 pm
Kroger ClassicMAINEVILLE, Ohio -- Bruce Summerhays overcame a six-shot deficit on Sunday to win the Kroger Classic, his first victory in almost six years on the Champions Tour.
Summerhays fired an 8-under 64 in the final round to finish at 15-under- par 201, which was good for a one-shot win over Jim Thorpe (66), 2003 winner Gil Morgan (66) and overnight leader Doug Tewell (71).
'I'm so excited,' said Summerhays, who pocketed $225,000 for the victory. 'Sixty years old and winning golf tournaments still. I doesn't get any better than that.'
Summerhays broke out of a tie for first with a spectacular shot at the par-5 closing hole at the TPC at River's Bend. He came up short with his second shot, but hit a wonderful bump-and-run shot that stopped two feet from the cup. Summerhays tapped in to reach 15 under par, but had to wait to see if any of his closest competitors could catch him.
Thorpe was the first to give it a go. He held the lead until a bad bunker shot at the 16th cost him a stroke. Thorpe's blast out of the sand came up 12 feet short and he missed the putt to fall two behind Summerhays.
Thorpe, one of the longest hitters on the Champions Tour, reached the green in two at No. 18 and gave himself a reasonable a chance at eagle. His eagle putt from 20 feet missed left and Thorpe converted the birdie putt to get to minus-14.
Morgan was next up to challenge Summerhays' lead. The defending champion birdied the 10th and 11th to get into the mix, but it was a 7-footer for birdie at the 14th that tied him for the lead at 14 under par.
Once Summerhays took first, Morgan needed a birdie on the way in to try and repeat. Morgan also found the 18th green with his second shot, but three-putted for par to share second.
Tewell, the overnight leader by one after Saturday's second round, took sole possession of the lead before Summerhays reached 15 under par. Tewell, who battled a left elbow injury throughout the final two rounds, ran home a 6-footer for birdie at the 15th, but found trouble at the next hole.
At the par-3 16th, Tewell hit a 4-iron into the bunker short and right of the hole. He failed to save par to fall one down and missed a 15-footer for birdie at the 17th.
Tewell was in almost the same position Summerhays was in a few groups earlier. Tewell's second came up short and left, but unlike Summerhays, his chip checked up and stopped 35 feet from the hole.
Tewell missed the putt and Summerhays collected his third title on the Champions Tour. It was also his first since the 1998 State Farm Senior Classic.
'I had a few people not make birdie on that last hole and that's unfortunate for them,' said Summerhays. 'It was a good day for me. It was fun. The chip on the last hole was beautiful. It's nice to be under the pressure and chip one up there where you could miss it, but it would be difficult.'
Summerhays trailed by six at the start of Sunday's final round. He tallied four birdies and a bogey in a six-hole span on the front nine, but his play at the start of the second nine sent him to the winner's circle.
He birdied the 10th and ran off four in a row, including a 3-footer at the 13th that tied him for the lead at 14 under par. Summerhays' birdie at the last polished off a back-nine 31.
Mike Reid shot a 5-under 67 on Sunday to share fifth place with Des Smyth, who only managed an even-par 72. They came in knotted at 12-under-par 204.
David Eger (68), Fred Gibson (70) and Hale Irwin (69) tied for seventh at minus-11.
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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 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.