Evian Masters becomes fifth major

By Associated PressJuly 20, 2011, 2:28 pm

EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France – The Evian Masters in France will become the fifth major on the LPGA starting in 2013.

“In 2013 you will return to the fifth and final major on the LPGA,” commissioner Mike Whan (listen to Whan on 'Morning Drive') said Wednesday, adding that it’s “a new page in women’s golf history.”

Tournament chairman Franck Riboud said the tournament will be moved to the second week of September in 2013. The Evian Masters began in 1994, when Sweden’s Helen Alfredsson won the event.

“It will be the last one of the year, and we are very proud of that,” Riboud said.

The tour’s other majors are the Kraft Nabisco Championship, the LPGA Championship, the U.S. Women’s Open and the Women’s British Open.

“The Evian Masters has always been an elite tournament in the world of women’s golf,” 2007 U.S. Open champion Cristie Kerr said. “Players on the LPGA have always considered the Evian Masters on par with the best tour events in all of golf. As an LPGA major, Evian will continue, as it has always done, to reach new heights year after year.”

Field and qualifying criteria for 2013 has not been finalized, Whan said, adding that other majors - such as the Kraft Nabisco - are not under threat and there is no plan to remove one of them in the future.

“Kraft isn’t going away in 2013 and there is no hidden agenda,” Whan said. “Kraft Nabisco is going to be a time, a place on our schedule as long as I’m commissioner. The plan is to have five truly mega events.”

Modifications to the size of the Evian course and length of the holes will need to be made.

“This is big, and this is bold,” Whan said. “We’re going to take what was already one of the greatest settings in the game, what was already one of the greatest atmospheres in the game, what was already one of the greatest fields in the game and we’re going to put on it one of the greatest monikers in the game.”

Riboud said refurbishment plans are scheduled to start in December, but that the tournament will be played as usual next year, before renovation continues in September 2012.

Riboud added that he hopes to make it “an organic golf course” by using very few fertilizers and taking advantage of Evian’s natural spring water.

“Nature friendly, with Evian’s nature,” he said. “We will not import something from the outside.”

Riboud added that Evian will strive to keep a unique, family-orientated atmosphere, despite its new status as a major.

“The thing we want is to keep the atmosphere,” Riboud said. “We want the Evian Masters to continue to be a real experience for everybody, not just the players but also the caddies. … We want to keep this as a family party.”

 

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.