Kerr Defends Title at Wendys Championship

By Associated PressAugust 23, 2006, 4:00 pm
2006 Wendys ChampionshipDUBLIN, Ohio -- Being the defending champion is a big disadvantage for Cristie Kerr.
In five tries, Kerr never has defended a tournament, but she hopes to end that trend this week at the Wendy's Championship for Children.
'I've been playing some great golf of late,' Kerr said Wednesday. 'I've been playing with a lot of confidence. When it's like that for me, it's a lot of fun to play golf.'
Kerr, an eight-time winner on the LPGA Tour, has won twice this year -- victimizing Angela Stanford each time. She overcame a four-shot deficit to Stanford in the final round, shooting a 67, to win by two strokes at the Franklin American Championship in May. Then she overcame an eight-shot deficit to Stanford in the last round to win the Canadian Open two weeks ago.
A year ago at Tartan Fields Golf Club, Kerr held off challenges from Pat Hurst, Annika Sorenstam and Paula Creamer to win by a shot. She hit a 10-foot putt to save par on the 17th green of the final round, then won with a par on the final hole when Hurst found trouble off the 18th tee and finished with a double-bogey.
'I love winning,' Kerr said. 'It's a very addicting feeling. And I'm in a very good place in my career right now.'
Six of the top 10 and 33 of the top 50 on the money list will take part in Thursday's opening round.
Karrie Webb, continuing her comeback, tops the money list by just over a thousand dollars more than No. 2 Lorena Ochoa.
Webb has won three times this year -- giving her 33 victories in her career -- after winning just twice in the previous three seasons.
'As old as everyone thinks 31 is, I still feel I have quite a few years left to play,' said Webb, who has won the Kraft Nabisco, Michelob Ultra and Evian Masters this year. 'What drives me is that I don't want to be one of the players out here just trying to make the field.'
Paula Creamer is also back at the tournament. She led by a shot going into last year's final round but a closing 71 left her tied for second with Sorenstam.
Creamer was the tour's rookie of the year in 2005 after winning twice and finishing second on the money list. She hasn't won yet this year but has nine top-10 finishes.
'That's the difference between this year and last year -- I just haven't made quite as many putts,' she said. 'Another thing is that I made more bogeys the last couple of months than I did last year. I'm making a lot of birdies but just giving them away with the bogeys. I've re-evaluated a little of my course management, and I think it's a learning experience. I'm hitting the ball well, so we'll see what happens.'
Related Links:
  • Full Coverage - Wendys Championship for Children
  • 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.

    Getty Images

    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.

    Getty Images

    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.