Medalist rolls Pressel squeaks by

By Usga News ServicesJuly 23, 2008, 4:00 pm
USGAWEST HARTFORD, Conn. ' Stroke-play medalist Lisa McCloskey easily advanced in Wednesdays first round of match play at the 2008 U.S. Girls Junior Championship at Hartford Golf Club.
 
On a weather-plagued day that saw three delays totaling five hours and 12 minutes, McCloskey got off to a quick start against Christine Song by winning the first three holes. Song cut the deficit to 1 down with pars on the fourth and fifth holes, but McCloskey came back to birdie the ninth, 10th and 12th holes to earn a 5-and-3 victory shortly before play was suspended for a third time.
 
I was lucky enough to have a lead before those two big rain delays, said McCloskey, who is playing in her fourth Girls Junior. Its hard because you go out there and youre ready to play and it starts raining really hard. Its tough, but most people are used to it.
 
For McCloskey, who admitted shes more comfortable in a stroke-play format, getting through the first match was a relief.
 
It feels good, although there are many matches left, she said. But you have to win the first one to keep on going, so it feels good.
 
Also finishing just before the third weather delay was 2006 U.S. Womens Amateur champion Kimberly Kim, who recorded three consecutive birdies starting at the par-5 ninth to take control against Stacy Kim en route to a 5-and-4 victory.
 
Kimberly Kim, who is trying to become the seventh golfer in USGA history to claim both the Womens Amateur and Girls Junior titles, said she wasnt bothered by the dreary weather.
 
I like the rain, she said. Its better than the heat. I wanted it to rain all day, but I didnt want delays.
 
Defending champion Kristen Park needed extra holes to outlast Veronica Valerio. Park won No. 15 with a birdie and remained 1 up until the par-4 18th, when she missed a 6-foot par putt and Valerio converted hers from 2 feet.
 
I think I was just too aggressive on that, said Park. Its a tough green and I left it on the wrong side.
 
Her chance for redemption came on the first extra hole. After Valerio made her 10-footer for bogey, Park converted her 6-footer for par and the win.
 
I didnt think of that putt as a putt to win, said Park, who is trying to become the first repeat champion since Hollis Stacy won three consecutive Girls Juniors from 1969-71. It was just another putt.
 
Also needing extra holes to advance was 2006 Girls Junior champion Jenny Shin. She made a 21-footer for birdie on the 20th hole to oust 13-year-old Esther Lee.
 
Madison Pressel advanced to the second round for the first time in three Girls Junior appearances but it wasnt easy. Pressel, the younger sister of 2005 U.S. Womens Amateur winner Morgan Pressel, was the equivalent of seven over par in her match against Anna Jang but still managed to earn a 1-up victory.
 
I didnt play my best, but it starts all over tomorrow, said Pressel. [Match play] is a great game.
 
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    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.

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    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’ 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.

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    By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

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    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.