Englands Wood leads BMW PGA Championship

By Associated PressMay 22, 2010, 10:08 pm

2009 European TourWENTWORTH, England – Chris Wood of England shot a 4-under 67 to take a two-shot lead into the final round of the BMW PGA Championship on Saturday.

However, as the 22-year-old, who has top-five finishes at the last two British Opens, eyes his maiden European Tour victory on Sunday, he knows nothing can be taken for granted.

Not after Sweden’s Robert Karlsson posted a 9-under 62 for the lowest round at the PGA Championship since it was launched in 1955.

And it came on Wentworth’s redesigned West Course, which has been courting controversy for its alleged unfairness for the past three days.

Karlsson flew home to Monaco on Friday believing that at 3-over he had missed the halfway cut. When he discovered he was still in, the 40-year-old could catch only a scheduled flight to Paris, where he paid $11,000 for a private jet to get him back to Wentworth for his 8.55 a.m. tee off time.

Four hours later, he walked off the 18th green with an astonishing round that took him to 6-under and level with halfway leader Luke Donald, who had not started his third round. By the end of the day, Karlsson was in a share of second place, two strokes behind Wood.

While the Englishman has yet to win on the European Tour, he believes he has the composure to take the $938,000 winner’s check from 8-under 205.

“Its good to be leading,” Wood said after holing three straight birdies in a row from the second green.

“I went off like a train after making a couple of nice putts and I stayed calm. I didn’t always have the control of the ball as much as I would have liked, but hopefully if I can improve on that in the fourth round I will be confident.”

Wood drove into trees to bogey the 13th and 15th holes but quickly regained his advantage with a birdie at the 16th.

Danny Willett earned a share of second place with Karlsson after a 70 in which he failed to find consistency, mixing seven birdies with four bogeys and a double.

Overnight leader Luke Donald dropped back to fourth place and 5 under after a 1-over 72, and five players were left tied in fifth place at 3 under.

They included defending champion Paul Casey of England, who could shoot only a 72.

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.