Watson Leads Stadler Norman at Sr British

By Sports NetworkJuly 23, 2005, 4:00 pm
Senior British OpenABERDEEN, Scotland -- Tom Watson fired a 7-under 64 in the third round Saturday to move into the lead at the Senior British Open Championship. He completed 54 holes at 3-under-par 210.
 
Craig Stadler, the second-round leader, posted a 1-under 70 to take second place at 2-under-par 211. Two-time British Open champion Greg Norman (70) shares third place with Irishman Des Smyth (68) at even-par 213.
 
Greg Norman
Greg Norman will have to step it up if he's to catch Tom Watson and Craig Stadler in Sunday's final round in Scotland.
Loren Roberts, who, like Norman, is making his Champions Tour debut, carded an even-par 71 in the third round. He was joined in fifth place by Derrick Cooper at 4-over-par 217. Cooper ran off five straight birdies around the turn en route to a 64.
 
Watson, a five-time British Open champion, birdied the par-3 third to open his round. He came back with a birdie on the par-4 fifth at Royal Aberdeen Golf Club to get to plus-2.
 
The 55-year-old then eagled the par-5 sixth. Watson moved into red figures with a birdie on No. 7. He tripped to a three-putt bogey on the seventh, but that was his only mistake on the day.
 
Watson, who owns 11 major titles with eight on the PGA Tour and three on the Champions Tour, parred his next three holes before tying Stadler for the lead. Watson birdied the par-5 12th for the second straight day to join Stadler in first at minus-1.
 
The six-time winner on the Champions Tour moved ahead of Stadler with a birdie on the 14th. Watson got to 3 under when his birdie putt on the 16th found the bottom of the cup. He ended his round with a pair of pars for a 64, that matched Cooper for the low round of the championship.
 
'Today was the first time in a long time I made some putts,' Watson said. 'I hit the ball well today, the best I've driven it in two days. I may play a little bit differently tomorrow, as far as where I try to place the ball off the tee.'
 
Stadler stretched his early lead to three shots with a birdie on the par-5 second. He moved to minus-3 with a birdie on the eighth.
 
The 52-year-old fell back to minus-1 after a bogey on nine and another one at 12. Stadler got one stroke back with a birdie on the 14th, but stumbled to the third bogey of his round at the 15th.
 
Stadler climbed back within one stroke of the lead with a birdie on the par-3 17th.
 
Mark James, the 2004 Ford Senior Players champion, shot a 1-under 70. He shares seventh place at 6-over-par 219 with Ian Mosey, John Bland and Seiji Ebihara.
 
Mark McNulty, who owns four Champions Tour titles, is one shot further back at plus-7. He was joined there by Horacio Carbonetti.
 
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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.