Jimenez looking for No 4 McDowell for groove

By Associated PressSeptember 15, 2010, 6:25 pm

European TourATZENBRUGG, Austria – Ryder Cup teammates Miguel Angel Jimenez and Graeme McDowell tee up in the Austrian Open on Thursday with contrasting buildups.

Jimenez wants to maintain solid form which has netted him three titles this year, while McDowell hopes to rediscover his touch at the Diamond Country Club after a lengthy break.

Following recent wins in the European Masters and French Open, Jimenez, easily the oldest member of Europe’s Ryder team at 46, dismisses any thought that he should rest up completely before the biggest pressure week of the golf year.

McDowell, on the other hand, is returning to tournament golf after four weeks off in search of the form which has deserted him since winning the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach in mid-June.

In five tournaments following his first major win, the Northern Irishman’s best finish has been 21st at the Scottish Open. He missed the cut by two shots at the PGA Championship, his last event. 

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Jimenez is looking for his fourth victory of the year at this week's Austrian Open. (Getty Images)

Jimenez makes no attempt to deny that his approach to his golfing career bucks the modern trend of the young pros who spend hours in gyms, follow special diets and manage tight schedules.

“This week I will try and win a fourth tournament for 2010,” he says. “Then next week I will be resting before the Ryder Cup. I will rest, exercise a little, eat well and keep doing the same things as always. You don’t need to change anything just because it’s the Ryder Cup.

“You are in the team because you are doing something well. I will have some nice red wine, maybe a special Rioja, and some good cigars because that’s what I always do.

“You have to be yourself. Golf is not only about doing one thing well, it’s about finding a good level for lots of different things.

“You need to enjoy your life and what you do, too. That’s very important.”

In contrast, McDowell has has been weighed down by his success at Pebble Beach and has had difficulty coping with increased demands for his time.

“Since the PGA Championship I’ve had four weeks rest after a very busy spring and summer,” McDowell said. “I needed some rest and time away from the game but now I need to play some competitive golf before the Ryder Cup to sharpen up and get back into the groove of competition.

“The last four weeks I’ve averaged about 30 minutes of practice each day. The last month has been about getting my head refreshed.

“We play a lot of golf and this week I will be playing or practicing seven to eight hours a day. It’s impossible to do that all the time.

“From now until the end of the season I will be working very hard so it was important to recharge my batteries.”

During his month off, McDowell has been replaced atop the European Tour’s Race to Dubai money list by Martin Kaymer, following the latter’s wins at the PGA Championship and in last week’s KLM Open.

The German has opened a $650,000 lead at the top of the list and even should McDowell win in Austria on Sunday, the $163,000 first prize will not make a big hole in Kaymer’s advantage.

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.