Thorpe Wins Roberts Loses Big

By Sports NetworkOctober 29, 2006, 5:00 pm
2006 Charles Schwab Cup ChampionshipSONOMA, Calif. -- Jim Thorpe played brilliantly down the stretch Sunday to shoot a 4-under 68 and win the Charles Schwab Cup Championship. The overnight leader finished at 17-under-par 271 and won by two over Tom Kite at Sonoma Golf Club.
 
Kite held the lead on the back nine, but stumbled. He only managed an even-par on the back nine, but shot a 4-under 68 for second place at 15-under-par 273.
 
Jim Thorpe
Jim Thorpe reacts to his first win of the season.
Keith Fergus fired a 6-under 66 for a solo third at minus-14.
 
Aside from the tournament title, there was quite a battle between Jay Haas and Loren Roberts for the year-long Charles Schwab Cup race, which featured a $1 million annuity. Haas won it, but it was certainly not easy.
 
It was back-and-forth on the back nine between the two as Haas held a lead in the race heading into the season-ending event. Roberts built a three-shot lead over Haas in the tournament and since this event featured double points, that would have been enough for the $1 million.
 
Haas rebounded in a big way with a 20-foot eagle putt on the 16th hole. He cut the gap to one shot and that was enough to hold on to the Charles Schwab Cup race title.
 
Roberts appeared to be in serious trouble at the same hole in the group behind. His second at the par-5 hole landed in the right rough, but he hit as good a pitch as he could to 22 feet. Roberts, nicknamed 'The Boss of the Moss,' rolled in the long birdie putt and moved ahead of Haas in the year-long race.
 
Roberts was 16 points ahead and two shots in front of Haas in the tournament. Haas got into the clubhouse at minus-11, so Roberts needed a par at the closing hole.
 
At No. 18, Roberts hit a 3-wood off the tee, which put him in the fairway, but left him a long way to the pin. His approach came up 62 feet short and one of the game's best putters ran it 5 feet past. Roberts' par putt lipped out of the hole and that cost him the $1 million annuity for winning the Charles Schwab Cup race.
 
'I think I got a little fatigued,' admitted Roberts, who earned a $500,000 annuity. 'I had a lot of things going on. I made a couple on the back nine, but the putter let me down today. That's what happens sometimes.'
 
'First of all, I want to thank Loren and congratulate him,' said Haas, who won by 30 points and also wrapped up the money title. 'I heard he had a 5-footer on the last hole and I was saying, 'yup, he's going to make that one.' He's a wonderful putter and I feel terrible for him for not getting this award.'
 
Thorpe built a two-shot lead with a 6-foot birdie putt at the eighth. Kite erased that deficit with a tap-in birdie at the ninth, a hole he eagled on Thursday, and a 6-foot birdie putt at the 10th.
 
Kite took the lead when Thorpe hit a terrible approach at 10 and left with a bogey. Thorpe reclaimed first at the par-5 13th when he knocked his second to 8 feet. He holed the eagle putt to move into the lead at 16 under par.
 
Kite missed a 3-foot par putt at the 15th and fell two back. Thorpe's approach at the same hole sailed over the green, but he chipped in for a birdie and a three-shot lead.
 
At the par-5 16th, Kite recorded a birdie to trim the margin to two. Thorpe hit an 8-iron to 3 feet to set up birdie at the par-3 17th.
 
Armed with a three-shot lead on 18, Thorpe made a bogey, but collected his second win at this event.
 
'It's a golf course that suits me very, very well,' said Thorpe. 'I have a lot of short clubs in my hand, shooting for birdies at tight pins. If I get my putter going, I've always been a tough player.'
 
Roberts finished with a 1-under 71 on Sunday to tie Eduardo Romero, who shot a 4-under 68 in the final round. The pair came in at minus-12.
 
Haas was joined in sixth place by Craig Stadler (69) and three-time winner, including 2005, Tom Watson (70). The trio finished at 11-under-par 277.
 
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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.