Cevaer Eagles Way to Victory

By Sports NetworkApril 25, 2004, 4:00 pm
CANARY ISLANDS -- Frenchman Christian Cevaer posted a 1-under 69 Sunday to break through a big crowd and win the Canarias Open de Espaa. Cevaer earned his first European Tour win by finishing the tournament at 9-under-par 271.
 
'I feel fabulous and really happy that my perseverance has paid off,' said Cevaer. 'I am happy to have clinched one of the first opportunities that I have had.'
 
Overnight leader David Park stumbled to a 2-over 72. He shared second place at 8-under-par 272 with Peter Hedblom (70) and Ricardo Gonzalez (71), who was looking to win for the second straight week. Bradley Dredge and Jarmo Sandelin finished one stroke further back at minus-7.
 
Cevaer began the final round two strokes behind Park, who struggled early. Cevaer got off to a fast start as he holed a wedge from 137 yards out for eagle at the par-4 first. However, he tripped to a bogey at the very next hole.
 
The 34-year-old bounced right back with a birdie at the third and got to minus-11 with a birdie at the fifth. Things took a turn for the worse from there as he battled the breezy conditions at Fuerteventura Golf Club.
 
Cevaer faltered to his second bogey of the day at the seventh. He dropped another stroke at the 10th to fall to 9 under.
 
His struggles continued as he bogeyed back-to-back holes from the 12th to slide back to minus-7. However, Cevaer took advantage of the short par-4 16th. He pitched in for eagle from 53 yards out to jump into the lead at minus-9 and he parred the final two holes to cling to his first place.
 
'It has been a long time but I wanted him to enjoy watching me and feel the rewards for everything that he did, not only money that he put in but also the belief he had in me,' said Cevaer of his father.
 
Gonzalez, who was looking to become the first European Tour player to win back-to-back events since Vijay Singh won the Carlsberg Malaysian Open and Caltex Singapore Masters in February of 2001, got off to good start with a birdie at the third.
 
The Argentine stumbled to a bogey at the next hole but dropped in back-to-back birdies from the fifth to move to 11 under. He looked to be in control of the event as he rolled off five straight pars.
 
Gonzalez then faltered to a bogey at the 12th, but he remained in first place. He parred three straight holes, but the turning point came at the 16th. He knocked his tee shot out of bounds, which led to a double bogey that sent him tumbling out of the lead. He parred the final two holes to share second place.
 
'Finishing second is not bad, especially after last week, but it was just one bad shot which cost me, the shot went wrong because I wasn't thinking straight but that is the way it goes sometimes,' admitted Gonzalez of his shot on 16.
 
Park, who was looking for his second tour title, bogeyed the first but erased that mistake with a birdie at the very next hole. Things went downhill from there for the Welshman as he double bogeyed the par-3 fourth.
 
He stumbled to three straight bogeys from the sixth to slide all the way back to minus-5. Park thought he grounded his club in a bunker at the sixth, which would have led to a penalty, but was later told no such penalty was coming.
 
'If I have one regret, I should have asked right there and then what the penalty was because I played a couple of holes thinking I had incurred a penalty before discussing it with Chief Referee John Paramor on the seventh tee who told me I hadn't,' said Park. 'It didn't prey on my mind too badly, but I just felt a little silly really because I have been playing this game for a long time and you should know what to do but it was a spur of the moment thing.'
 
Park fought back with a birdie at the 10th. He nearly forced a playoff as he birdied Nos. 16 and 17. Needing a birdie at the last to force extra holes, Park only managed a par at the last for his share second place.
 
Hedblom had two bogeys and a birdie over his front nine. Around the turn, he picked up his second birdie at the 12th. He posted another bogey at 14, but came back to birdie the 16th. Like Gonzalez and Park, his playing partners, Hedblom had a chance to force extra holes by birdieing the last, but he could only par the hole.
 
Miles Tunnicliff closed with a 3-under 67 to grab a share of seventh place at 6-under-par 274. He was joined there by Charl Schwartzel (68) and Jose Manuel Lara (68). Marcus Fraser finished one shot further back at minus-5 after a closing 70.
 
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    'The Golf Club 2019' adds Elvy to commentary team

    By Nick MentaJuly 19, 2018, 4:45 pm

    “The Golf Club 2019” is adding a new name to its commentary team.

    Broadcaster Luke Elvy will join returning announcer and HB Studios developer John McCarthy for the title's third installment.

    Golf fans will recognize Elvy from his recent work with CBS in addition to his time with Sky Sports, FOX Sports, TNT, PGA Tour Live and PGA Tour Radio.

    A 25-year media veteran from Australia, he now works in the United States and lives with his family in Canada.

    "Ian Baker-Finch was my right-hand man on Australian televison," Elvy told GolfChannel.com in an interview at the Quicken Loans National. "And Finchy said to me, 'What are you doing here? You should be with me in the States.’ He introduced me to a few people over here and that's how the transition has happened over the last five or six years."

    Elvy didn't have any prior relationship with HB Studios, who reached out to him via his management at CAA. As for why he got the job, he pseudo-jokes: "They heard the accent, and said, 'We like that. That works for us. Let's go.' That's literally how it happened."

    He participated in two separate recording sessions over three days, first at his home back in February and then at the HB Studios shortly after The Players Championship. He teased his involvement when the game was announced in May.

    Although he doesn't describe himself as a "gamer," Elvy lauded the game's immediate playability, even for a novice.

    “It’s exactly how you’d want golf to be,” he said.

    "The Golf Club 2019" will be the first in the HB series to feature PGA Tour branding. The Tour had previously licensed its video game rights to EA Sports.

    In addition to a career mode that will take players from the Web.com Tour all the way through the FedExCup Playoffs, "The Golf Club 2019" will also feature at launch replicas of six TPC courses played annually on Tour – TPC Summerlin (Shriners Hospitals for Children Open), TPC Scottsdale's Stadium Course (Waste Management Phoenix Open), TPC Sawgrass’ Stadium Course (The Players Championship), TPC Southwind (FedEx St. Jude Classic/WGC-FedEx St. Jude Championship), TPC Deere Run (John Deere Classic), and TPC Boston (Dell Technologies Championship).

    “I played nine holes at Scottsdale,” Elvy added. “It’s a very close comparison. Visually, it’s very realistic."

    The Golf Club 2019 is due out this August on PlayStation 4, XBOX One, and PC.

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    Expired visa, helicopter, odd clubs all part of Vegas' journey

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 19, 2018, 3:48 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Jhonattan Vegas thought someone was playing a practical joke on him.

    Or maybe he was stuck in the middle of a horror movie.

    Scheduled to leave for The Open a week ago, he didn’t arrive at Carnoustie until a little more than an hour before his first-round tee time Thursday.

    “Even if somebody tried to do that on purpose,” he said, “you couldn’t really do it.”

    The problem was an expired visa.

    Vegas said that he must have gotten confused by the transposed date on the visa – “Guessing I’ve been living in America too long” – and assumed that he was cleared to travel.

    No problem, he was told. He’d have a new visa in 24 hours.


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    Except the consulate in New York didn’t respond to his application the next day, keeping him in limbo through the weekend. Then, on Monday, he was told that he’d applied for the wrong visa. UPS got shut down in New York and his visa never left, so Vegas waited in vain for seven hours in front of the consulate in Houston. He finally secured his visa on Wednesday morning, boarded a flight from Houston to Toronto, and then flew to Glasgow, the final leg of a 14-hour journey.

    His agent arranged a helicopter ride from Glasgow to Carnoustie to ensure that he could make his 10:31 a.m. (local) tee time.

    One more issue? His clubs never made it. They were left back in Toronto.

    His caddie, Ruben Yorio, scrambled to put together a new bag, with a mismatched set of woods, irons, wedges and putter.

    “Luckily the (equipment) vans are still here,” Vegas said. “Otherwise I probably would have played with members’ clubs today.”

    He hit about 20 balls on the range – “Luckily they were going forward” – but Carnoustie is one of the most challenging links in the world, and Vegas was working off of two hours’ sleep and without his own custom-built clubs. He shot 76 but, hey, at least he tried.

    “It was fun,” he said, “even though the journey was frustrating.”

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    'Brain fart' leads to Spieth's late collapse

    By Rex HoggardJuly 19, 2018, 2:44 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – The closing stretch at Carnoustie has famously ruined many a solid round, so Jordan Spieth’s misadventures on Thursday should not have been a complete surprise, but the truth is the defending champion’s miscues were very much self-inflicted.

    Spieth was cruising along at 3 under par, just two shots off the early lead, when he made a combination of errors at the par-4 15th hole. He hit the wrong club off the tee (4-iron) and the wrong club for his approach (6-iron) on his way to a double bogey-6.

    “The problem was on the second shot, I should have hit enough club to reach the front of the green, and even if it goes 20 yards over the green, it's an easy up-and-down,” Spieth said. “I just had a brain fart, and I missed it into the location where the only pot bunker where I could actually get in trouble, and it plugged deep into it. It was a really, really poor decision on the second shot, and that cost me.”


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    Spieth continued to compound his problems with a sloppy bogey at the 16th hole, and a drive that sailed left at 18 found the Barry Burn en route to a closing bogey and a 1-over 72.

    The miscues were more mental, a lack of execution, than they were an example of how difficult the closing stretch at Carnoustie can be, and that’s not good enough for Spieth.

    “That's what I would consider as a significant advantage for me is recognizing where the misses are,” said Spieth, who was tied for 68th when he completed his round. “It felt like a missed opportunity.”

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    Perez: R&A does it right, 'not like the USGA'

    By Rex HoggardJuly 19, 2018, 2:28 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Pat Perez didn’t even attempt to hide his frustration with the USGA at last month’s U.S. Open, and after an opening-round 69 at The Open, he took the opportunity to double down on his displeasure.

    “They (the R&A) do it right, not like the USGA,” Perez said of the setup at Carnoustie. “They've got the opposite [philosophy] here. I told them, you guys have it right, let the course get baked, but you've got the greens receptive. They're not going to run and be out of control. They could have easily had the greens just like the fairway, but they didn't. The course is just set up perfect.”


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    Concerns at Shinnecock Hills reached a crescendo on Saturday when the scoring average ballooned to 75.3 and only three players broke the par of 70. Of particular concern for many players, including Perez, were some of the hole locations, given how fast and firm the greens were.

    “The U.S. Open could have been like this more if they wanted to. They could have made the greens a bit more receptive,” Perez said. “These greens are really flat compared to Shinnecock. So that was kind of the problem there is they let it get out of control and they made the greens too hard.”