Notes All over the place at Aronimink

By Associated PressJuly 4, 2010, 5:58 am

2010 AT&T NationalNEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. – Robert Allenby was all over the place on his way to a 1-over 71.

The four pars and seven birdies could have kept him in serious contention Saturday.

The six bogeys and one double bogey wiped him out of nipping at the lead.

“I guess if you hit in the rough here, you pay the penalties,” he said at the AT&T National. “Tomorrow it would be nice to just make seven birdies and no bogies at all. Or doubles. I don’t know what’s going on. Seriously. It’s one of those weeks.”

Allenby played with a taped left wrist after he was recently injured in a boating accident. The Australian has inflamed tendons and didn’t practice last week to heal up heading into Aronimink Golf Club.

“It’s not hurting me so that’s a good thing,” Allenby said.

Allenby was at 3 under and only four strokes back heading into Saturday. He’s eight strokes behind of leader Justin Rose entering the final day.

He hasn’t won on the PGA Tour since 2001 in western Pennsylvania.

“When you’re just not quite in sync, there are going to be a few mysteries there,” he said.

BRITISH HOPES: A trophy is at stake in the final round of the AT&T National, and so are three spots in the British Open.

Justin Rose has locked up one spot through a special money list that ends on Sunday. That’s about the only thing certain.

Bubba Watson, who is not playing this week, appears to have the second spot sewed up for St. Andrews. But if Carl Pettersson, Charlie Wi, Jason Day, Ryan Moore or Jeff Overton were to win, they would go to No. 2 on that special money list and bump Watson.

The third spot is offered to a player among the top five finishers at Aronimink who are not already in the British Open. Among the candidates for that spot – Pettersson, Wi, Overton, Day, Moore and even John Merrick.

WOUNDED McCARRON: Scott McCarron popped a couple of pain relievers walking down the sixth fairway, sensing this might be a long day. By the 13th hole he hit his tee shot, then laid down on an ice chest to stretch his back.

“It’s been like that for a couple of weeks,” said McCarron, who struggled in for a 73 while playing with Tiger Woods. “Every day has been a battle. The guys in the (physical therapy) trailer have been doing a great job to just keep me playing.”

Rest would help. But there’s no time for that.

McCarron is 133rd on the money list due to a poor start to the year, part of that undoubtedly for taking a strong stand against Phil Mickelson and others using square grooves from Ping clubs made before 1990.

He is playing the John Deere Classic next week, then is the unofficial host of the Reno-Tahoe Open, where he lives. Then it’s off to the Canadian Open. He needs to move up the money list and FedEx Cup standings, and the only way to do that is to play.

“I’m embarrassing to hit it like that,” McCarron said. “I have a new driver and a bad back. You do the best you can. I’m in a position where I have to keep playing.”

When it was jokingly suggested that McCarron miss the cut to take a few days off, he laughed and shot back, “I’ve done that enough already.”

LOCAL FAVORITES: Sean O’Hair and Jim Furyk have the home crowd on their side.

They hope they can deliver a performance worth cheering for on Sunday.

O’Hair, who makes his home in the Philadelphia area and is an Aronimink member, was even at 70. Furyk, born in the nearby Philly suburb of West Chester and raised in Lancaster, shot a 1-under 69.

O’Hair has been bothered by persistent back pain. His left side flared up Saturday after the right side caused most of the discomfort this week. He’s also been congested.

“It hasn’t been a good week health-wise,” he said.

O’Hair is nine strokes back of leader Justin Rose and believes he’s in striking distance for Sunday.

“I’m probably hitting the ball just about as good as anybody out here this week,” he said. “I think I’ve had the game to win, but the putter’s just keeping me out of it.”

For years, Furyk hosted the one-day Exelon Invitational at various stops throughout the state. His event was the only professional golf that the Philadelphia area had on a yearly basis.

He hasn’t held the informal exhibition since 2009 and doesn’t expect it to return.

“There’s nothing stirring up right now,” he said.

Furyk missed lobbying other golfers to come to Pennsylvania and play in the one-day event that was traditionally held after the Memorial.

“It’s not always comfortable trying to corral people,” he said. “I appreciate the quality of guys we had and I probably owe some favors after 11 years of that event.”

MAJOR ACHEIVEMENT: Aronimink Golf Club was widely praised this weekend and several players have made their pitch for the course to host a major.

The PGA Championship is a possible candidate, but it could be another decade or so before it could host it. The AT&T National returns here next year and the nearby Merion Golf Club will host the U.S. Open in 2013.

Tiger Woods, the world’s No. 1 player, endorsed Aronimink for future consideration for the PGA Championship.

“I think the only thing that would be lacking is the distance,” he said. “But if they narrow up these fairways, this is playing very similar to what a Merion would be. I think that would be the only difference.”

NOTES: Overheard in the gallery: On Graham DeLaet’s orange pants. “That’s out of the Herb Tarlek collection.” On Tiger Woods’ shot into the gallery. “He’s back to 3. Has a great shot of back to 4.” … Jack Whitaker was briefly back in the booth for CBS. Whitaker, a Philadelphia native, covered golf for the network for two decades.

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.