McIlroy vows to put Masters collapse behind him
Following his meltdown at Augusta National on Sunday, McIlroy stressed he would “get over it” when the tournament in Kuala Lumpur starts Thursday.
McIlroy was impressive while handling his collapse, and continued when he posed for a photo with Masters champion Charl Schwartzel in the green jacket on the flight to Malaysia. He posted it on Twitter and said, “Glad one of us has a green jacket on!!!”
“It was a long journey from Augusta, about 30 hours, but I’m looking forward to getting back on the saddle and putting last week’s disappointment behind me,” the 21-year-old McIlroy said Wednesday. “I’ve been excited about this event and never had any intention of pulling out.”
The Northern Irishman will tee off with two-time Malaysian Open champion Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand and world No. 1 Martin Kaymer.
McIlroy led the Masters for 63 holes before a back nine of 43 crushed his hopes of winning his first major. He said he plans to play aggressively at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club, adding that the tough opposition and high humidity were his biggest worries.
“I can’t wait to get out playing, but a little disappointed my clubs will only be arriving later today. My caddie has been out walking the course and I take a lot of positives from what happened in the Masters,” he said, noting that he has never played on the Kuala Lumpur course.
Schwartzel, meanwhile, said he has had no time to celebrate last weekend’s victory.
Winning the Masters “has not sunk in yet,” Schwartzel said. “I’m feeling quite tired actually. However, I’m here to win and don’t treat the tournaments any differently. My clubs are not here yet so I haven’t had the time or the opportunity to practice, but I played in Malaysia a few years back and know what to expect.”
Schwartzel will tee off with fellow South African Louis Oosthuizen, the British Open winner, and defending champion Noh Seung-yul of South Korea.
Cabreras take 1-shot lead in Father/Son
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.
Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?
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
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.
Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational
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.