Business Edge for Tuesday May 8 2001

By Adam BarrMay 8, 2001, 4:00 pm
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THERE BUT FOR THE GRACE: Remember master putter designer and constant smiling guy Bobby Grace? He developed the Fat Lady Swings, the Kid and several other successful models from his plant in St. Petersburg, Fla. before being bought by Cobra Golf a few years back. When he parted ways with Cobra, he got involved in an Internet venture about caddies. But his real love has always been designing (and collecting) high quality putters.
 
Well, Grace hopes his old pals on the PGA Tour remember him at this weeks Byron Nelson Classic. Hell be there with his latest putter creations, although theyll look a little different than the old silver-colored aluminum models. Black and copper will be the dominant colors in the new line. And in keeping with Graces penchant for catchy, comic-strip names, the mallets will be called the Fat Lady Swings, the Little Man and the Pip Squeek (all names of prior Grace models) and the blades will be called the Snyper, the Pik-Pocket and the Cross Bow.
 
CALLAWAY STAFFING GAME GROWTH INITIATIVE: When Ely Callaway decided not to retire last year after all, many observers began to sound the death knell for the career of industry veteran Chuck Yash, who had been pegged as Mr. Callaways successor. Word was that Callaway was dissatisfied with the manufacturing glitches in the opening months of the companys golf ball operation. When Yash was appointed to a special company department that was given the task of growing the game, many thought he was being put out to a custom-made pasture.
 
Now it appears that was never the case. Callaway is taking its grow-the-game initiative seriously, and may be the only company in golf with an executive titled vice president of recreational golf development. Mike Haynes, a seven-year Callaway veteran, will be the first holder of that position, and will report to Yash.
 
You Pac 10 fans might remember Haynes name from his career as a defensive back at Arizona State, and then with the New England Patriots and Oakland Raiders.

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.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.