McNeill shares lead at Disney Classic

By Associated PressNovember 14, 2009, 10:33 pm

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP)—George McNeill stepped onto the 18th tee with atwo-stroke lead, and was surprisingly still feeling good after just makingbogey.

That’s because everybody else also was struggling, too.

“It was funny. Justin Rose walked up on the tee and he says, ‘Man, out ofthe three guys making 5, I think there’s one guy that is actually happy aboutit,”’ McNeill recalled. “I think he was right because Justin Leonard turnedaround and kind of gave him a look.”

That was only the beginning.

McNeill closed with a double bogey Saturday for a share of the lead enteringthe final round of the Children’s Miracle Network Classic, giving hope to otherswho seemed far out of contention.

McNeill overcame a five-shot deficit and made two eagles on a cool day atDisney World that made greens fast but easy to reach. He shot a 3-under 69 thatleft him tied with Rose (69), Leonard (71) and Mathias Gronberg (66) at 13under.

“I felt back in the tournament, and I felt like it was going to be us threeguys fighting it out,” Rose said. “Then all of a sudden now we’re in atournament where it’s a complete logjam.”

McNeill kept his poise after two early bogeys. But he gave back threestrokes on the final two holes, including a double bogey on the 18th.

McNeill found trouble from the outset.

His first shot of the day hooked past the brush and into the trees, forcinghim to take a drop before guiding the ball 20 feet from the hole. McNeilltwo-putted for bogey but gained six strokes back on six holes later in theround.

None were bigger than when McNeill sank a 34-foot putt for eagle on the 10thand made a 30-footer for another eagle on the 14th.

“I can’t remember the last time I made two eagles in a round,” saidMcNeill, who won the 2007 Frys.com Open for his lone tour title. “So I waspretty excited about those.”

Then things went sour—again.

After bogeying on the 17th, McNeill’s final drive landed out of play. Hetook a drop before missing a 10-foot bogey putt to take the lead into the finalround.

Leonard, the leader after two rounds, had his troubles as well.

He had a five-shot lead after five holes and seemed as if he were going torun away with the tournament. But one hole did him in. His drive on the 11thsliced way right, bounced off the cart path and splashed into the water. He wasable to fade the next shot 30 feet from the pin and two-putted for bogey.

Leonard figures most of the field now has a chance.

“There’s three or four or five or eight of us tied,” he joked. “Don’treally know what to expect Sunday. I think with it bunched up as it is, it’sgoing to take a really good round.”

The competition to secure tour cards next year won’t be decided untilSunday.

Only those who finish in the top 125 on the money list are guaranteed fullstatus. The next 25 will at least get conditional status and be able to entermore than a dozen tournaments.

Rich Beem was among those in danger. The 2002 PGA Championship winner shot a68, and he is projected to finish No. 128 on the money list unless he improvesin the final round.

Jeff Maggert and Ricky Barnes stayed inside the cut line for full statuswith solid rounds. Barnes, who tied for a runner-up finish at the U.S. Open,shot a 71 Saturday.

For those at the top, it’s a different feeling.

“I think you almost don’t want to think that you’re leading because Icertainly don’t see any pressure,” Rose said. “I don’t feel like I’m leadingthe tournament because there are so many guys around the lead.”

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.