Daly Wants to Win One for His Mother
Daly played golf through several tough months that culminated in the death of 65-year-old Lou Daly last week. She died after fighting lung cancer for three months.
'We always hoped that they may be able to cure it, but when she fell asleep she just never woke up,'' Daly said Tuesday. 'We thought she might last until the holidays, but at least she didn't suffer much when she passed away.''
Daly honored his mother's wishes that he play the Australian PGA on the Hyatt Coolum resort course, his third of three events in successive weeks in the Asia-Pacific region.
'I'd like to win it for my mom, and I'd like to do it here,'' Daly said.
He learned of his mother's death Thursday after completing the first round of the BMW Asian Open in Ta Shee, Taiwan. Daly will fly back to the United States after the fourth round Sunday to attend a memorial service Monday.
'It's been tough to concentrate on golf since about July,'' Daly said. 'My heart wasn't in the British, wasn't in the PGA, just wasn't in golf.
'It really stunned us to learn she had cancer. The first part of the year was great, the second part not very good at all. I couldn't spend a lot of time practicing. We spent a lot of time taking care of her.''
Daly said his final-round 70 Sunday in Taiwan, where he finished 11 strokes behind winner Padraig Harrington, 'was probably the best ball-striking round I had in a long time.''
'But I didn't make many putts,'' Daly said. 'It's just a matter of how comfortable I can get on the golf course.''
The par-72 Coolum course is tight in spots and might not suit Daly's long-driving approach.
'My days are always different,'' he said, smiling. 'One day it can be 3-iron, the next day it can be a driver on a par-3. Who knows?''
Daly has had some rough trips to Australia ' he was disqualified from the 1992 Australian Masters when he failed to sign his scorecard after shooting an 81 in the second round. He was last at the 1997 Heineken Classic and missed the cut at the 2000 Australian Masters.
In last year's Heineken Classic at Royal Melbourne, he shot a final-round 71 and finished 15 strokes behind winner Ernie Els.
Daly will play with Greg Norman and fellow Australian Craig Parry for the first two rounds of the tournament beginning Thursday.
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.