Three Share SFB Lead

By Sports NetworkSeptember 30, 2004, 4:00 pm
04 Southern Farm Bureau ClassicMADISON, Miss. -- Harrison Frazar shot a 7-under-par 65 Thursday to share the lead with Glen Day and John Senden after the opening round of the Southern Farm Bureau Classic at Annandale Golf Club.
 
Brothers Deane and Brenden Pappas posted matching rounds of 6-under 66 to join Loren Roberts, Bill Glasson, Patrick Sheehan and David Sutherland in a tie for fourth.
 
Frazar kicked off his round with a birdie at the par-4 third and kept on rolling with an eagle at the par-5 fifth. He then birdied the seventh and added a birdie at the par-4 ninth to go out in 31.
 
The 33-year-old continued his fine play on the inward half with a birdie at the par-5 11th, but he found trouble with a bogey at the very next hole.
 
Frazar, who finished in the top-10 in three of his first four events this year, parred his next four holes before a birdie at the par-4 17th lifted him into the group at minus-6. Frazar then secured a share of the lead with a birdie at the par-5 18th.
 
'I'm not paying too much attention to scoreboards right now,' said Frazar. 'The greens were nice and soft. They rolled really well early on, but as the day went on they got a little bumpy.'
 
Day ran off four birdies on the front side and collected back-to-back birdies starting at the par-5 11th to move to minus-6. Day then birdied the par-5 18th to join Frazar in the lead.
 
Senden struggled early with a double bogey at the second, but he birdied five of his next seven holes to make the turn at 3 under. The Australian then picked up a remarkable eagle at the par-4 10th, but gave a shot back with a bogey at the very next hole.
 
The 33-year-old got closer to the leaders with a birdie at the 16th and capped off his round with an eagle at the closing hole to join Frazar and Day atop the leaderboard.
 
Brenden Pappas, the runner-up last year, collected three birdies and two bogeys over his first nine holes at Annandale Golf Club. The 34-year-old picked up steam on the inward half starting with a birdie at the par-5 11th and back-to-back birdies from the par-4 13th.
 
The South African added a birdie at the 16th and closed with a birdie at the last to finish one shot off the lead.
 
Deane Pappas, who finished second at this event two years ago, played the back side first and picked up his first birdie of the day at the 13th. He stumbled to a bogey at the very next hole, but recovered with two straight birdies starting at the par-3 15th.
 
The 36-year-old birdied the 18th and added a birdie at the par-4 first to make to reach 4 under. He made it three straight with a birdie at the second and joined his brother in a tie for second with a birdie at the fifth.
 
Roberts, an eight-time winner on the PGA Tour, ran off three birdies on the front side and added back-to-back birdies from the 10th to jump to 5 under.
 
The 49-year-old faltered with a bogey at the 14th, but countered with birdies on each of the next two holes.
 
Glasson, whose last win on the PGA Tour came at the Las Vegas Invitational in 1997, started at the 10th and mixed seven birdies with a bogey for his 66. Sutherland used a strong finish with three birdies and an eagle over his last seven holes for his share of second.
 
Sheehan birdied each of his last three holes on Thursday to finish within one of the lead.
 
Billy Andrade, Steve Pate, Carl Pettersson, Craig Barlow and Chris Smith are knotted at 5-under-par 67.
 
Defending champion John Huston finished in a group at 3-under-par 69.
 
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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.