Kaymer leads by five in Abu Dhabi

By Associated PressJanuary 22, 2011, 6:55 pm
2009 European TourABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates – Defending champion Martin Kaymer of Germany extended his lead at the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship to five strokes over Rory McIlroy after shooting a 6-under 66 in the third round on Saturday.

Kaymer, the 2010 PGA Championship winner who also won last year’s European money order, birdied three of his last four holes in totaling 18-under 198 at Abu Dhabi Golf Club.

McIlroy finished birdie-eagle in a 65 for the Northern Irishman to move into second place.

“The great thing is I’ve made only one bogey so far, and that was the first day,” Kaymer said. “I played very consistently. I’ve made a lot of birdies the last three days. My putting is very good. I didn’t play as good as yesterday, I think. I missed a lot of fairways, but I got away with it.

“I’m leading by five now, but everybody knows Rory can shoot 5, 6 under in the first nine holes. It will definitely be a great round (Sunday). Leading by five gives me a cushion, but it will be a good challenge nevertheless.”

Kaymer beat McIlroy by two shots in last year’s tournament, and the Northern Irishman is aware he faces a challenge on Sunday.

“Kaymer is very, very good on this golf course,” McIlroy said. “He’s always good when leading from the front as well, so I’m going to have a difficult time to try and catch him.

“But you know, I’ve played great all week. I didn’t hole many putts on Thursday, but it’s been great. No matter what happens tomorrow, it’s been a successful week. All I’m trying to concentrate on is hitting good shots on the course and making good swings at it. If I can do that, the goal that I set myself at the start of the week has been achieved.”

David Lynn of England (67) is at 204, two strokes ahead of current Race to Dubai leader Charl Schwartzel of South Africa (71) and Sweden’s Alexander Noren (67).

U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell’s putting let him down in shooting a 71 to slip into a tie for sixth place at 207.

Paul Casey of England nailed a hole-in-one at the 12th, finishing in equal ninth place at 210 after hitting a 67.

“I played a 7-iron. It was a beautiful little draw that landed about eight inches just right of the hole,” Casey said in a statement. “It probably skipped forward and jumped back into the hole – it was great to see it go in.”

Soren Kjeldsen of Denmark and Ricardo Gonzalez of Argentina have also hit holes-in-one during the tournament.

Four-time major winner Phil Mickelson started brilliantly to be 3 under at the turn, only to make four bogeys on the back nine. He hit a 72 for a share of 39th place at 213.

Lee Westwood, the No. 1 player in the world, shot a 73 to be equal 65th.

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.