Europe turns the tables on Asia in Royal Trophy

By Associated PressJanuary 9, 2010, 6:51 pm

CHONBURI, Thailand – Europe turned the tables on Asia at the Royal Trophy on Saturday, winning three of four matches in the four-ball competition to take a 4 1/2 to 3 1/2 lead into the final day.

“To come out 3-1 was a great result for Europe,” Europe captain Colin Montgomerie said.

“To go into the singles matches one ahead gives us a good advantage. But the job is only half over. There are eight points to play tomorrow, it’s a big day.”

Scotland’s Montgomerie and Simon Dyson of England set the tone early, beating India’s Gaganjeet Bhullar and Jeev Milkha Singh, 4 and 3, to even the competition at 2 1/2 points each after Asia edged the day one’s foursomes.

“We enjoyed playing together today. Simon played specially well throughout the day,” Montgomerie said. “We kept both balls in play, and that was key. We hardly missed a fairway between us, and that’s why we came out victorious.”

Asia regained the lead when Charlie Wie of South Korea and Liang Wenchong of China – the only Asian pair who lost on day one – flew five shots ahead by the turn and completed a 5-and-4 win over Peter Hanson of Sweden and Soren Kjeldsen of Denmark.

Wie was much happier with his performance Saturday, getting off to a “really great start and made a couple of birdies, and Liang really put us on top after that.”

However, Europe got even again when the Swedish pair of Robert Karlsson and Alexander Noren had a dominant 6-and-4 win against the Japanese teen sensation Ryo Ishikawa and his countryman Koukei Oda, preventing the Asia pair from taking a single hole.

“After winning our first match we felt it was important to get off to a good start again, and not give them anything,” Karlsson said. “It was a very big match, and it is going to be a tough day tomorrow with two strong teams. I’m looking forward to it.”

Europe then ensured it would take the lead into the final day, as Henrik Stenson of Sweden and Pablo Martin of Spain combined for a 3-and-1 win over the Thai duo of Thongchai Jaidee and Prayad Marksaeng.

Stenson birdied the 10th and 13th to give Europe a grip on the match.

Martin credited the team’s putting especially on the back nine where Stenson seemed to be sinking shots from everywhere.

“The match is still quite even and we have to go out there and play our best golf,” Martin said. “That is the only way.”

The draw for Sunday’s singles was an intriguing one, with home favorite Thongchai drawn to face Europe’s top player Stenson in the final match if it goes that far. Wie will take on Dyson in the opening singles encounter.

The rest of the draw has Liang vs. Montgomerie, Oda vs. Noren, Singh vs. Karlsson, Prayad vs. Martin, Ishikawa vs. Hanson and Bhullar vs Kjeldsen.

Asia won last year’s competition after losing to Europe in the first two editions of the event in 2006 and 2007.

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.