Three Tied On Top at Western Open

By Sports NetworkJune 30, 2005, 4:00 pm
LEMONT, Ill. -- Former U.S. Open winner Jim Furyk fired a 7-under-par 64 on Thursday to join 2003 British Open champion Ben Curtis and Todd Fischer in the lead after the opening round of the Cialis Western Open.
 
Chad Campbell, Chris Couch, Robert Allenby and Harrison Frazar finished at 5-under-par 66 on the Dubsdread Course at Cog Hill Golf and Country Club as inclement weather delayed the start of the tournament by an hour.
 
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John Daly posted a 2-under 69 on Thursday, good enough for a tie for 18th.
Stuart Appleby was one shot further back in a tie for eighth place with Craig Perks and Scott Gutschewski at 4-under-par 67.
 
Furyk started on the back side and hit a wedge inside 7 feet for a birdie at the par-four 10th. Furyk added a birdie at the par-5 15th and moved to 3 under with a birdie at the par-4 first.
 
At the par-4 fifth, Furyk played a 6-iron to 15 feet and drained the birdie try. He kept on rolling at the par-3 sixth and rolled in a long putt for another birdie.
 
Furyk dropped his approach inside 6 feet for a birdie at the par-4 seventh and landed his second shot within four feet at the par-4 eighth. Furyk converted the short birdie putt to make it four straight and closed with a par at the ninth for his share of first.
 
'I've just always been real comfortable at Cog Hill,' Furyk said. 'I know if I'm playing well, I can do well on this golf course. If I come in here playing well, I feel good about it.'
 
Curtis sent a 9-iron within inches of the hole for a tap-in birdie at the first. He tallied a birdie at the par-4 fourth and hit his tee ball to 6 feet for a birdie at the par-3 12th.
 
The 28-year-old, who has struggled since his breakthrough victory at Royal St. George's, played his tee shot to 20 feet and ran home the birdie putt at the par-3 14th. Curtis then reached the green in two at the par-5 15th and made the eagle putt to jump to minus-6.
 
Curtis then hit his second shot to 20 feet for a birdie at the par-4 17th and a piece of the first-round lead.
 
'I've had a few decent tournaments, but it hasn't affected me,' Curtis said of the pressure that comes with being a major champion. 'I think more than anything the stuff that you have to deal with after you win, I think I basically got tired, and this year there's been no excuses. It's like my rookie year again.'
 
Fischer played the back nine first and jumped out of the gate with three straight birdies from the 10th. He stumbled to a bogey at the 13th but got that shot back with a birdie at the par-4 18th.
 
The 35-year-old made a move on the front side with four birdies to join Furyk and Curtis atop the leaderboard.
 
Joe Ogilvie, James Driscoll, Tim Herron, Joey Sindelar, Brian Gay, Robert Gamez and Kent Jones are knotted at 3-under-par 68.
 
Defending champion Stephen Ames carded a 1-under-par 70 to finish in a large group six shots off the lead.
 
World No. 1 Tiger Woods, a three-time winner of the Western Open, struggled on Thursday with a pair of bogeys over his last four holes to finish at 2-over- par 73.
 
'I didn't really play all that well today,' said Woods. 'Didn't putt well, didn't play well, just had a tough day.'
 
Vijay Singh was one shot better at 1-over-par 72.
 
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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.