Edfors shoots blistering 61 to lead in France

By Associated PressSeptember 23, 2010, 11:01 pm
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CHAMBOURCY, France – Sweden’s Johan Edfors shot an 11-under 61 to open a two-shot lead after the first round of the Vivendi Cup on Thursday.

David Dixon was in second place, followed another stroke back by John Parry and Jean-Francois Remesey. All four of those players played their rounds on the Marly course, while Chris Gane posted the best effort on the slightly longer Retz course with a 7-under 65.

Padraig Harrington is the only member of Europe’s Ryder Cup team at the Golf de Joyenval Club, following the withdrawal of Peter Hanson due to illness. Harrington shot 4-under 68.

The Irishman added the event to his schedule at late notice in a bid to find some form ahead of next week’s Ryder Cup, and despite three-putting from close on three occasions, he said he was satisfied with his effort.

“There was some poor routine, and you never pick that up on a range when you are raking golf balls and hitting hundreds of shots in a row,” he said. “I can see it out on the golf course and today it was good at times and other times not so good. So another three rounds of golf here in Paris would be very good for me.”

Edfors said he was chasing a 59 – even though it would not have officially counted as the first in the history of the European Tour because preferred lies were in place.

“I was playing really nice out there and was thinking about a 59,” he said. “I lipped out on my eagle attempt at the ninth hole and then I missed the return putt, so I three-putted there, but the course was pretty much set up for me. The fairways are pretty wide and there is not very much rough so I can give the ball a little extra bash.”

Parry, who is in his first season on the European Tour, said he also was thinking of 59.

“When I got to 8 under through only 12 holes, I thought I had a good chance, but then I missed a birdie opportunity as the par-5 13th and lost some momentum,” he said.

The low scoring on the opening day was not just due to the players being able to pick and place their balls on the fairways.

The Vivendi Cup, which has a pro-am format for the first two rounds, is being played on two courses, both of which are much shorter than those found at most normal European tournament venues. The Marly course is just 6,754 yards while the Retz is 6,811 yards.

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.