Irish Group Protests All-Men Club Policy

By Associated PressNovember 30, 2002, 5:00 pm
DUBLIN, Ireland -- An Irish women's group wants to end the men-only membership at a golf club that hosts a PGA European Tour event ' a dispute similar to that at the home of the Masters.
The National Women's Council of Ireland said it will lead protests to try to force Portmarnock Golf Club to admit female members before the Irish Open in July.
Government ministers debated Saturday whether Ireland should support the event, held at one of the country's only two clubs that bar female members. The government gives the tournament about $250,000 for tourism promotion.
The government's Equality Authority, which enforces antidiscrimination laws, plans to take the club to court and get ``a declaration that the Portmarnock Golf Club is a discriminating club.''
The dispute echoes the one at Augusta National Golf Club, which does not admit women as members. Augusta National has been threatened with protests but says it has no intention of changing its policies before the Masters in April.
Sports Minister John O'Donoghue said he was ``completely and utterly opposed'' to Portmarnock's membership policy but added, ``We are sponsoring an important international competition in Ireland, not the club.''
Cabinet member Willie O'Dea said the government should not be associated with the club and should have lobbied the PGA European Tour to move the tournament elsewhere.
PGA European Tour officials could not be reached for comment Saturday.
O'Dea, the government's minister for promoting equality, said Portmarnock's policy appeared to violate equality legislation enacted in Ireland in 2000.
The Portmarnock club management insisted its policy of allowing women to play the course but not be eligible for membership did not violate Irish antidiscrimination legislation.
Under current membership rules, its only permitted female member is Irish President Mary McAleese.
The wind-swept course was designed by German golfer Bernhard Langer and is bounded on three sides by the Irish Sea. Another top Irish course, the Royal Dublin, also bars female members.

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 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.