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Henderson barely makes cut then fires 63 in Canada

By Associated PressAugust 26, 2017, 10:30 pm

OTTAWA, Ontario – Brooke Henderson made a big move Saturday in the Canadian Pacific Women's Open to the delight of her many home fans.

The 19-year-old major champion from nearby Smiths Falls shot a course-record 8-under 63 to get into contention at Ottawa Hunt, finishing before most of the other leaders even teed off.

''I knew I had to get going,'' Henderson said. ''Today is moving day, and I moved, that's for sure.''

A day after birdieing the par-5 18th to make the weekend cut on the number, Henderson had eight birdies in her bogey-free round to reach 7 under - leaving her three strokes behind third-round leaders Nicole Broch Larsen and Mo Martin.

''I felt like I could make something happen,'' Henderson said. ''I made putts that I didn't even know I could make, and I made shots that were just great.''

Larsen, an LPGA Tour rookie from Denmark, birdied two of the last three holes for a 66.

''I've made 21 birdies so far, so I know it's scorable,'' Larsen said.

Five-time LPGA Tour winner Sophie Gustafson is serving as Larsen's caddie.



''It's our first week together,'' Larsen said. ''But she's definitely a help out there. We're just trying to kind of play our game for three holes and then we go three holes and starting a new game. That's kind of kept me in the birdie moment. It's been really good so far. I'm sure she will help me tomorrow.''

Martin birdied the final two holes for a 67. She won the 2014 Women's British Open for her lone tour title.

''I had another solid front and then a hot back nine, so that's a good combination here,'' Martin said. ''Pretty much just continuing the momentum from the last couple days.''

Second-round leader In Gee Chun was a stroke back after a 70.

Cristie Kerr (68) and Mirim Lee (66) were 8 under.

''I really haven't hit my stride hitting it yet this week,'' said Kerr, the 2006 winner at London Hunt. ''I feel like if I hit it good I'm going to be a force tomorrow.''

Top-ranked So Yeon Ryu (69) was at 7 under along with Henderson, Stacy Lewis (69), Shanshan Feng (68), Marina Alex (70) and Mi Jung Hur (65).

Henderson has four LPGA Tour victories, winning the major KPMG Women's PGA last year and the Meijer LPGA Classic in June. She trying to join Jocelyne Bourassa (1973 La Canadienne) as the only Canadians to win an LPGA Tour event in Canada.

''The biggest crowds I've ever played in front of, and I know they're all out here for me, so that makes it even more special,'' Henderson said. ''Coming up 18 I kind of just took a peek around and I didn't see any green grass outside of the ropes,'' Henderson said. ''Everybody was everywhere. So it's such an incredible feeling. Being so close to home makes this week so much more special.''

She expects even bigger and louder crowds Sunday.

''Crazy, crazy. But I'm super excited for it,'' Henderson said. ''Hopefully, it does live up to the expectation, and hopefully I can play well enough to keep their interest and see what happens.''

Rose wins; Aphibarnrat earns Masters bid in Indonesia

By Will GrayDecember 17, 2017, 1:59 pm

Justin Rose continued his recent run of dominance in Indonesia, while Kiradech Aphibarnrat snagged a Masters invite with some 72nd-hole dramatics.

Rose cruised to an eight-shot victory at the Indonesian Masters, carding bookend rounds of 10-under 62 that featured a brief run at a 59 during the final round. The Englishman was the highest-ranked player in the field and he led wire-to-wire, with Thailand's Phachara Khongwatmai finishing second.

Rose closes out the year as perhaps the hottest player in the world, with top-10 finishes in each of his final 10 worldwide starts. That stretch includes three victories, as Rose also won the WGC-HSBC Champions and Turkish Airlines Open. He hasn't finished outside the top 10 in a tournament since missing the cut at the PGA Championship.

Meanwhile, it took until the final hole of the final tournament of 2017 for Aphibarnrat to secure a return to the Masters. The Thai entered the week ranked No. 56 in the world, with the top 50 in the year-end world rankings earning invites to Augusta National. Needing an eagle on the 72nd hole, Aphibarnrat got just that to snag solo fifth place.

It means that he is projected to end the year ranked No. 49, while Japan's Yusaku Miyazato - who started the week ranked No. 58 and finished alone in fourth - is projected to finish No. 50. Aphibarnrat finished T-15 in his Masters debut in 2016, while Miyazato will make his first appearance in the spring.

The results in Indonesia mean that American Peter Uihlein and South Africa's Dylan Frittelli are projected to barely miss the year-end, top-50 cutoff. Their options for Masters qualification will include winning a full-point PGA Tour event in early 2018 or cracking the top 50 by the final March 25 cutoff.

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.