Loren Roberts and Fred Funk battling for Charles Schwab Cup

By Associated PressOctober 29, 2009, 10:37 pm

Champions TourSONOMA, Calif. – Loren Roberts doesn’t have much ground to give as he closes in on his second Champions Tour championship in three years. He does have history on his side.

Roberts holds a 165-point lead over Fred Funk heading into this week’s Charles Schwab Cup Championship, though – with points being doubled for the final event of the season – Bernhard Langer and 2008 champion Jay Haas are also within range.

Yet the 54-year-old Roberts can take comfort knowing that only once in the previous eight years has the leader heading into the final tournament lost the points lead.

“It’s nice to come in here with a lead but it’s not safe,” said Roberts, who won the Tour title in 2007. “I haven’t shown good form the last two weeks so I’ll have to take it up a notch, raise my game up a level. I will probably look at the (leader board) more than usual.”

Roberts is second on the tour with three wins this season but finished tied for 22nd at last week’s AT&T Championship after placing 26th at the Administaff Small Business Classic before that.

The 54-year-old Roberts leads in points despite taking an entire month off this summer. Upon returning, he ran off seven straight Top 10 finishes, including a win at the Senior Open Championship in July, to move past Bernhard Langer, who led the points race for the first six months of the season.

“The break in the middle of the season really recharged my batteries,” Roberts said. “I hadn’t done that in 28 years, and I really credit that for my success the last half of the season.”

Roberts has 2,458 points while Funk is in second with 2,293 followed by Langer (2,110) and Haas (1,856).

Langer leads the Tour with four wins. He also has placed in the Top 10 in 14 of 19 tournaments this season but struggled in August when Roberts passed him for the points lead.

“The bottom line is we still have four rounds of golf to play,” said Langer, who shot a 7-under 65 during Wednesday’s Pro-Am. “You have to do the business first and try to win the tournament, then the rest will happen. I don’t think you want to be out there thinking about it constantly every shot. You just have to play the course.”

The 72-hole event is being played at the Sonoma Golf Course for the last time in seven years. The Schwab Cup Championship moves to San Francisco’s Harding Park, site of this year’s President’s Cup, for 2010 and 2011.

Points are doubled for the year-end tournament, with the winner receiving 884 points. Only Funk, Langer and Haas are within 900 points of Roberts.

Haas won the 2008 tournament by just 12 points over Funk in the closest race in the eight-year history of the Cup race.

The only time someone has rallied to win the points race in the final tournament was in 2005 when Tom Watson finished first to edge past Dana Quigley for the overall title.

The field for this week’s tournament was narrowed to 29 players after Tom Lehman withdrew Wednesday due to a family emergency. The nature of the emergency was not disclosed.

Lehman was 22nd on the money list to qualify for the tournament. Because he withdrew, the winner of this year’s tournament will receive 884 points and $442,000, meaning four players will have a chance to claim the $1 million annuity for winning the Charles Schwab Cup competition.

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.