McCarron offers apology tour mulls options

By Associated PressFebruary 3, 2010, 3:56 am

Scott McCarron has apologized to Phil Mickelson for using the word“cheating” when he disagreed with Mickelson and others who use the Ping Eye2wedges that are only allowed because of a legal loophole.

PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem met with players at the Northern TrustOpen late Tuesday afternoon in Los Angeles and, according to one player, saidthe tour was working with Ping to figure out a solution.

The player spoke on condition of anonymity because Finchem asked that he bethe first to speak publicly to the media Wednesday morning.

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The tour likely would not be able to invoke a local rule banning the wedgeat Riviera this week.

McCarron caused a furor last week at Torrey Pines when he told The SanFrancisco Chronicle about Mickelson using Ping wedges with square grooves,“It’s cheating, and I’m appalled Phil has put it in play.”

Mickelson said he had been “publicly slandered” and hinted at legalaction.

McCarron told The Golf Channel as other reporters looked on Tuesday evening:“I’m certainly sorry for it. I’d like to apologize to Phil Mickelson for what Isaid. We both realize we’re on the same page on this issue.”

Whether that was enough to satisfy Mickelson remained to be seen.

McCarron also apologized in the meeting, according to the player.

The USGA changed its rules to outlaw square grooves with a certain depth andvolume, now requiring grooves that are more shallow with rounded edges, whichsome refer to as V-shaped grooves. The idea is to reduce spin and make hittinginto the fairway more important.

However, the Ping Eye2 wedges made before April 1, 1990, are approved forplay, even though the grooves don’t conform. That’s because Ping’s legalsettlement with the USGA (in 1990) and PGA Tour (in 1993) take precedence overany rule changes.

The player at the meeting said Finchem apologized to players for the PGATour not realizing some competitors—Mickelson, John Daly and Hunter Mahan ,among others—would use clubs that were at least 20 years old.

Among the considerations were to find a solution with Ping and John Solheim,the chairman and CEO of the equipment company; or to look into the possibilityof creating its own set of rules, the player said.

Solheim had said in a statement Monday that the tour could not establish alocal rule that was different from the USGA. Solheim also said he was willing todiscuss a “workable solution.”

Earlier Tuesday, three-time major champion Padraig Harrington said he wascontemplating using the Ping wedges at Riviera.

“I’m kind of waiting to see what the tour’s direction is,” Harringtonsaid. “What I’m doing is I’m preparing myself for all eventualities. It wouldbe naive not to. I did some good testing yesterday. Unfortunately, the testingshowed up exactly what you would expect, and there’s a significant difference. Ithink that significant difference depends on the players.”

Steve Stricker said he was surprised how divisive the Ping wedges havebecome.

“The rule isn’t very good,” he said. “We have conforming grooves, but yetwe can play a set of grooves that were legal back in 1990. I think the rule justneeds to be altered. Hopefully, we get it straightened out and we all get on aneven playing surface.”

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.