McCarron (61) shares Dick's Sporting Goods lead

By Associated PressAugust 19, 2017, 11:57 pm

ENDICOTT, N.Y. – Scott McCarron had two eagles in an 11-under 61 on Saturday to join Kevin Sutherland atop the Dick's Sporting Goods Open leaderboard.

Sutherland, the first-round leader, had a 67 to match McCarron at 12-under 132 at En-Joie.

McCarron also had eight birdies and a bogey. He matched his career best set in 1999 in the PGA Tour's Air Canada Championship.

''I felt pretty good going out there today, just making a lot of putts and got a couple good breaks,'' McCarron said. ''It was lot of fun. You shoot 61, it's a great round. I still left a couple out there I'd like to have back, but at least we got ourself in some position tomorrow.''

Sutherland had six birdies and a bogey - on the par-4 first. He shot a PGA Tour Champions-record 59 three years ago at En-Joie.

''I like the way I'm playing,'' said Sutherland, winless on the 50-and over tour. ''Scott's obviously been playing great all year, so I know tomorrow I have to go and shoot a really good score. I have to go and shoot at least what I shot today, if not better. So back to the same thing, hit the ball in the fairway. I didn't do that as well today.''

McCarron played the first five holes in 5 under, making his first eagle on the par-5 fifth. He hit a 3-wood 270 yards to 15 feet to set up the eagle putt.

''I really enjoy the golf course,'' McCarron said. ''The par 5s I can get to. I drive one of the par 4s, so if I'm driving it well, I'll have a lot of wedges in my hand and if I can hit the wedges good I'll have some good opportunities.''

McCarron made his second eagle on the par-5 12th, getting a break when his drive to the right went off the trees and into the fairway about 260 yards from the hole.

''Kicked in the middle of the fairway,'' McCarron said. ''Hit a beautiful 3-wood to about 12 feet just beyond the hole. That was a great off the downslope. That was probably my best shot of the day.''

The 52-year-old McCarron has four victories on the 50-and-over tour, winning the Allianz Championship in February and the major Senior Players Championship in July. He won three times on the PGA Tour.

Joey Sindelar, from nearby Horseheads, shot his second straight 67 to join Jerry Smith (67) and Corey Pavin (68) at 10 under. Sindelar won the PGA Tour's B.C. Open in 1985 and 1987 at En-Joie.

''This is one of the things I wait for every single year,'' Sindelar said. ''A lot of people with a lot of encouragement.''

Charles Schwab Cup leader Bernhard Langer was 9 under after a 66. The 59-year-old Langer has a tour-high four victories this year, winning three of the tour's five major championships.

He made his lone bogey on the par-4 11th, hitting a poor drive after the screw that attaches the clubhead to the shaft came loose.

''I hit a big snap hook and grabbed my driver and it was all loose,'' Langer said. ''So called for a wrench and tightened it up on the next tee and it was all OK. It was a new experience but it happens, so otherwise would have been bogey-free. That's life. Things happen out there.''

Colin Montgomerie also was in the group at 9 under after a 69.

John Daly had a 69 to reach 7 under.

Defending champion Paul Goydos had a 76 to drop to 1 over.

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.