Friends competing for Presidents Cup spot

"Like a grizzled veteran, I pulled through," he quipped.


ADIOS, ARGENTINA: U.S. Open champion Angel Cabrera bounced back nicely from his 81 with one birdie, one bogey and 16 pars on his way to a 70. He still missed the cut, taking two other Argentines with him. Andres Romero finished his amazing summer with an 81-72, while Jose Coceres had a 77 to finish at 8-over 148.

Romero was playing for the eighth consecutive week, with the British Open and Bridgestone Invitational surprise additions. He'll find out Monday if he gets another tournament on his schedule - the Presidents Cup.

He was 10th on the Presidents Cup standings for the International team, which is based on the world ranking. But with gradual reductions that take place each week, he was assured of dropping to No. 11 behind Nick O'Hern no matter what happens the rest of the week. His only hope is for Gary Player to make him a captain's pick.

Being from Argentina might work in his favor, especially since it would give Cabrera a partner with whom he is comfortable.

"It is the decision of Gary Player," Romero said. "I would like to play. But I didn't play well this week, so I have to wait."

Stephen Ames, who is trying to make the team with a big week at Southern Hills, said he expected Romero to be on the team.

"He's proved himself as a performer to some extent," Ames said. "If I was a captain, I would be picking him, without a doubt. Too good of a player to leave out."


HALL OF FAME: With the induction ceremony being held only about a half-hour from the Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio, Scott Verplank had made plans to go watch Thurman Thomas enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame last weekend.

"I had my tickets and everything. I was all set up," Verplank said.

Then he spoiled it all by getting into contention at the Bridgestone Invitational. Verplank had finished outside the top 50 the previous two years at the event, but was three shots off the lead entering the weekend.

"I actually played decent up there where I couldn't make it," Verplank said. "I told him, `Sorry. I usually don't play any good here."'

Verplank said he didn't expect Thomas, who also attended Oklahoma State, to be in attendance at the PGA Championship. But he thought another former Oklahoma State tailback and Hall of Famer might stop by.

"It wouldn't surprise me if Barry (Sanders) showed up. He's a golf nut," Verplank said.


MAJOR DEPARTURE: The PGA Championship typically groups the three major champions of the year, but only two of them will be playing on the weekend. Along with Cabrera, Masters champion Zach Johnson also missed the cut with rounds of 74-76.

Johnson said he would learn to say no to all the media obligations, and he did just that Friday, declining to stop for reporters.

British Open champion Padraig Harrington was the only player still alive, despite a 73 that left him at 2-over 142.

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