Barkley says tornado damage worst hes ever seen

By Associated PressMay 5, 2011, 3:26 am

Champions TourBIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Alabama football coach Nick Saban spends much of his spare time in tornado-ravaged parts of Tuscaloosa. Former NBA star Charles Barkley had never seen anything like the destruction in the Birmingham suburbs of Pleasant Grove and Pratt City.

“It was far and away the worst thing I’ve seen in my life,” said Barkley, a native of nearby Leeds who played college basketball at Auburn.

They spoke Wednesday of the deadly tornado that struck a week earlier after a pro-am for the Champions Tour’s Regions Tradition. The PGA Tour has pledged $100,000 to help in rebuilding the area, and an auction Tuesday night raised nearly $50,000.

Saban said he has spent “quite a bit” of time in the hard-hit areas and that his wife, Terry, is out there daily.

“When I’m not doing anything else, that’s where I’ve spent most of the time,” the Crimson Tide coach said. “You can see the devastation on TV, but the real personal feeling is really what people need a lot of help with.”

He said injured football player Carson Tinker is out of the hospital, but is also dealing with the death of his girlfriend, Ashley Anderson.

“He’s going to take a little while to get healed up,” Saban said. “He’s also got some psychological trauma with what he lost personally, with his girlfriend.”

Saban said helping out after the storm took an emotional toll on other players.

“Some of the guys that went out right after it happened and tried to help people and pull people out of homes, I think they were shaken up with what they saw,” Saban said. “Until you actually live through something like this, you don’t really have a good feeling for the personal devastation and how it affects people.”

On the Champions Tour, Tom Lehman said he filled a couple of boxes with clothes to donate to tornado victims. Jerry Pate, who played collegiate golf at Alabama, owns a Toro dealership and donated 100 chainsaws to both Tuscaloosa and Pratt City for the cleanup efforts.

John Cook drove around taking in some of the damage Tuesday after his morning round.

“To play a golf event, you kind of feel a little bit insignificant for what’s been going on, and we certainly feel for the area,” he said. “Hopefully we can bring some sort of entertainment to the people that are pretty down and out right now.”

PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem said “our hearts go out to the people who were affected with loss of life, loss of property, here in Alabama.”

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 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.