Crenshaws course receives positive feedback

By Associated PressMay 28, 2010, 5:17 am

PARKER, Colo. – Ben Crenshaw played an impeccable round of golf and yet he couldn’t help finding a few flaws.

Not in his game, but on his course.

That was simply the fastidious architect in him coming out.

Crenshaw shot even-par 72 Thursday in the first round of the Senior PGA Championship at the Colorado Golf Club, a course he co-designed with Bill Coore.

The two-time Masters champion thought the greens were fair and the conditions, though blustery, were conducive for scoring, which is why leaders Robin Freeman and Bernhard Langer were each able to shoot 6-under 66s.

Crenshaw wished, however, that the fairways weren’t so soft due to watering and the rough, at least in spots, not so deep.

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Of course, that’s not his decision. Those kind of things are left up to the PGA of America.

“We didn’t build the course that way,” explained Crenshaw, who had two birdies and two bogeys. “This should be a running, bouncing course. That’s why we built it the way we did.”

If he had a mulligan from a design standpoint, though, Crenshaw would use it on the size of the green at No. 8, a drivable 309-yard par-4. He wishes it was a little wider, especially up top.

That’s something he would like to change, if the private club is willing.

“It was in our minds and it was a tough green to build,” Crenshaw said. “There’s just not quite enough room up there.”

So far, the feedback on the course from his peers has been favorable, which means the world to Crenshaw.

“I just hope they enjoy playing it,” Crenshaw said. “I hope it’s interesting.”

Langer definitely thought so. Then again, after the round he turned in, he wasn’t about to nitpick.

“Neat design. Every hole is different, it’s not boring,” Langer said. “Some of the greens are pretty severe, especially when the wind blows.”

That’s out of Crenshaw’s control. But those gusting winds have been quite the topic, whipping around all week.

“The wind’s hard,” said Fred Couples, who played in the same group as Langer and finished three shots behind him. “But the course played nice.”

Crenshaw couldn’t agree more. His baby came through, even in breezy conditions.

“It’s been fun playing and practicing this week and seeing what (the course) will do under really harsh conditions,” Crenshaw said. “I sure enjoyed building it.”


TITLE DEFENSE: After finishing up his round, Michael Allen said he was heading over to the practice area to squeeze in some extra chipping and putting.

Never hurts, especially with a title to defend. Allen kept himself in solid contention by shooting 1-under in the morning round.

“It wasn’t easy,” Allen said. “But it wasn’t as hard as I thought it was going to be.”


BALKY BACK: Had this tournament been anywhere else, Denver resident Mark Wiebe would’ve been a spectator instead of a participant.

His bad back was acting up in the morning, sending shooting pains into his right calf. If that wasn’t enough, Wiebe also pulled a rib out of place hitting balls on the range just before he was scheduled to tee off.

He quickly sauntered over to the medical trailer, got the rib back into alignment and went on to a 77.

All things considered, Wiebe wasn’t displeased with his play on a course he knows quite well, having logged numerous rounds on it.

“I played nice,” Wiebe said.

Wiebe was toying with the idea of withdrawing from the field, given his ailing back was so bad he had two injections to ease the pain leading up to the tournament.

“I love playing at home,” Wiebe said. “As much as I was hurting, I had fun.”

 


GOTTA BE THE GRIP: Freeman has never felt so comfortable over the ball on the green.

 

For that, the co-leader credits a new putter with an oversized grip. This was the first time he’s used it in competition.

After making a couple of long putts, the putter is definitely sticking around.

“Probably the best putting round I had in maybe ever,” Freeman said, smiling. “The stroke felt good, even in the high winds. I was a little concerned about it because it’s much lighter than I normally use. … But I’m not concerned about it anymore.”


CHIP SHOTS:
Paul Azinger’s inaugural Senior PGA was over before it even began as he withdrew from the tournament with the flu. Hal Sutton (hip) and Peter Jacobsen (illness) also won’t play. Taking Sutton’s place in the field was club pro Doug Perry of Fort Collins, Colo., who made the 90-mile trek just in time to tee off in a group that featured Tom Lehman and Nick Price. … The group of Langer, Couples and Fred Funk (even par) made 14 birdies and two eagles be

 

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.