Harrington not concerned about McIlroy's layoff

By Associated PressJuly 5, 2011, 5:35 pm

INVERNESS, Scotland – Padraig Harrington believes Rory McIlroy will be well prepared for next week’s British Open even though he hasn’t played since winning the U.S. Open.

The break will be more than three weeks by the time the 22-year-old Northern Irishman tees it up at the British Open at Royal St. George’s.

“He’s very familiar with links golf and he will play quite a bit of links golf in those three weeks at home,” three-time major winner Harrington said Tuesday. “In terms of getting used to it, that shouldn’t be an issue. He doesn’t seem to have any issue in terms of competitiveness not playing.

“He knows what he’s doing. If you can win by eight shots by not playing the week before, I’d stick to that routine.”

Former Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie felt it would have been in McIlroy’s interests to have played at least one event between the majors.

Sixteen days have passed since McIlroy’s stunning U.S. Open victory, when he broke several records, and he continues to be the talk of golf.

His preparations for the third major of the year have come under scrutiny, with Montgomerie saying on Monday that McIlroy could find himself “mentally tired” dealing with the expected barrage of back-patting in the days leading up to the British Open.

“There are going to be so many people wanting to congratulate him. Whether it was (last week’s) French Open or the Scottish Open (starting Thursday), he could have got that out of his system and out of the way so he can start the Open afresh,” said Montgomerie, still looking for his first major title. “Now he’s got that ahead of him.”

Harrington acknowledged that McIlroy’s buildup to the tournament in Sandwich, southeast England, which begins July 14, will be hectic but said having a major title to his name will help him get through it.

“There’s always that external stuff building up and it does make it harder,” said the Irishman, who has fallen to No. 57 since winning the last of his three majors – the PGA Championship at Oakland Hills in 2008.

“But the advantage is, if you get through that and you get to the last nine holes and you are in contention, the fact you have done it before and you’ve already got one certainly eases the pressure on you.”

McIlroy plans to visit Royal St. George’s this week.

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.