Dallas teen starts prep graduation day on PGA Tour

By Associated PressMay 28, 2011, 10:57 pm

IRVING, Texas (AP)—Jordan Spieth started his high school graduation daywith a round of golf—in the PGA Tour’s Byron Nelson Championship.

The 17-year-old amateur birdied the first two holes Saturday. He was 5 underand within three strokes of the lead before hitting a couple of tee shots intobunkers. He finished with a 2-over 72 and was 1 under for the tournament, onlyfour strokes behind leader Ryan Palmer (73).

Spieth’s round ended about 4 p.m. time, the same time the other 245 boys inthe senior class of Dallas Jesuit Prep were beginning their graduation ceremonyon the SMU campus about 20 miles away.

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Because of expected traffic, Spieth’s mother said they wouldn’t try to getto the ceremony, which was also near where Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo wasgetting married.

With a large gallery following Spieth and playing partner Jerry Kelly , theteenager opened with a 10-foot birdie putt.

Then on the 190-yard No. 2 hole, with heavy winds bending the flagsticktucked on the front left of the green, Spieth hit his tee shot inside 3 feet foranother birdie.

“I was like all right, who knows what can happen, who says you can’t shoot5, 6 under today. And then reality kind of kicked in,” Spieth said. “I caughta couple of bad breaks. But also within those bad breaks, I made a couple ofamateur decisions, which definitely hurt.”

Spieth’s first hiccup came when his tee shot at the par-4 fourth holelanding on the facing of a fairway bunker. After blasting out only 50 yards—with one foot in the bunker and the other out—his third shot hit and thenrolled through the green. When the ball rolled off the back of the green, Spiethgritted his teeth while dropping into a half squat and gripping his club hardwith both hands.

After he chipped to 8 feet off, he two-putted for double bogey.

Before his first putt at No. 4, Spieth stood in front of a leaderboard whichhad his name directly below Palmer and Sergio Garcia , then the co-leaders whohad not yet teed off.

Spieth (pronounced SPEE-th) had another bogey at No. 9 when he hit anotherfairway bunker, then found a greenside bunker before blasting to 5 feet. Afteran 11-foot birdie on No. 10, his first tee shot at No. 11 went out of bounds andhe had a double bogey 6.

“On four or five holes today I made four or five swings where I wasn’tready to hit me. And it cost me five shots,” he said. “But, you know, I’mhappy today the ball is rolling on the greens and my putter is keeping me inthis and helping me. Maybe one of these rounds I’ll find a way to not make anybogeys.”

With winds were sustained at 25 mph with gusts near 40, it was a tough dayfor scoring. There were only eight under-par rounds among 74 players, the best a3-under 67.

After a birdie at the par-4 14th, Spieth had consecutive bogeys before a10-foot birdie putt at the par-3 17. He then had a 7-foot par-saving putt aftermissing the green with his approach at No. 18, where he was greeted with aroaring ovation from the fans.

“I’m actually in a good mood because I finished well on 17 and 18,” hesaid.

It is the second year in a row the Spieth made the cut at the Nelson. Hefinished tied for 16th last year and was within three strokes of the lead after10 holes in the final round. He received a sponsor’s exemption to play in thetournament again this week.

His caddie this week is another local amateur, and his future teammate whenthey get to the University of Texas next fall. He is carrying Spieth’s “JesuitRangers” bag from his high school team.

Spieth, a past U.S. Junior Amateur champion, plans to take part in a U.S.Open qualifying tournament June 6 in Dallas.

When Spieth made it to play the weekend rounds as a 16-year-old at theNelson last year, he was the sixth-youngest person to make the cut in a PGA Tourevent.

After Spieth’s second round Friday, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cubantweeted: “Shout out to Huge Mavs Fan JORDAN SPEITH.. Congrats and Keep itrolling !!!”

Spieth was sitting in a suite with tournament officials and other golfersWednesday night at the American Airlines Center when the Mavericks won Game 5 oftheir Western Conference finals series against Oklahoma City to earn a spot inthe NBA Finals.

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.