Chin vs Newman in Publinx final
Chin, a Temecula, Calif., resident had the easier time getting to the championship. He beat David Johnson, of Palm Bay, Fla., 4 and 3 in the semifinals and won by the same score over Jeff Dennis of Jacksonville, Fla., in the quarterfinals.
I got this far with consistent play, Chin said. I hit a lot of greens and a lot of fairways.
In contrast, Johnson struggled getting to the green. Muffed wedge shots cost him the second and sixth holes. And he pitched a shot over the ninth green on a hole he eventually conceded and put Chin ahead 3-up.
Chin won the 13th hole with a 4-foot birdie putt and a hole later, the match ended when Johnson missed a short putt.
John drives the ball farther than anyone Ive played, Johnson said. And he does well around the greens.
Newman beat Cason Hammock, of Columbus, Ga., winning 3 and 1 in the semifinals. He had won matches in 21 and 24 holes.
Newman of Des Moines, Iowa, led 3-up, but Hammock tied the match on the 15th hole.
I made my share of pars and he came back with a flurry of birdies to tie it, Newman said. I was fortunate that he hit a shot out of bounds on 16.
Newman cashed in on the mistake to take the lead by winning 16 with a bogey putt.
Newman needed 24 holes in his quarterfinal match to defeat Corey Nagy of Charlotte, N.C., 1-up. Newman sank a 3-foot, birdie putt on the No. 6 hole while Nagy missed from eight feet.
I was fortunate in that match, said Newman, who played 21 holes in his third-round match play match to get into the quarterfinals. I got up and down and he didnt.
In the other quarterfinal matches, Johnson beat Kyle Leach, Louisville, Ky., 5 and 4 and Hammock beat Randall Hutchison, Traverse City, Mich., 2 up.
Cabreras take 1-shot lead in Father/Son
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.
Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?
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
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.
Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational
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.