Notes Kuchar tops Bubba in snow-covered Arizona

By Associated PressFebruary 28, 2011, 6:36 am
2005 WGC Accenture Match PlayMARANA, Ariz. – Matt Kuchar won the third-place match Sunday in the Match Play Championship, beating Bubba Watson 2 and 1 at chilly Dove Mountain.

“We’re competitors,” Kuchar said. “We each want to win. You kind of forget that it isn’t for the championship.”

Kuchar earned $600,000, and Watson made $490,000.

Watson won the par-5 second with a birdie. Kuchar tied it with a par on the par-3 third, won the par-4 fifth with a par and took the par-4 ninth with a birdie.

They halved the next six holes, and Watson won the par-3 16th with a par. Kuchar then ended the match by winning the par-4 17th with a birdie.

In Saturday’s semifinals, eventual champion Luke Donald beat Kuchar 6 and 5, and Martin Kaymer edged Watson 1 up.

Kuchar will move to No. 10 in the world ranking Monday. He jumped from 62nd to 13th last season.

SAND SAVE: Luke Donald saved par with a deft 70-foot shot from a sandy waste area short of the 10th green to avoid falling behind for the first time in the tournament.

After Martin Kaymer won Nos. 6, 8 and 9 to tie the championship match, Donald blasted out to 3 feet on No. 10 to set up a conceded par and a halve. Donald then won the 11th and 12th holes and went on to finish off Kaymer 3 and 2.

“I think that up and down on 10 was a huge point for me,” Donald said. “If I’d gotten 1 down, I think that changes my mindset a little bit, my psyche. And I got it up and down and then, obviously, birdied three of the next six holes or so. I still felt pretty positive, because I still wasn’t down in the match.”

Donald relies on his short game.

“I know that my game off the tee and some of my iron play, there is room for improvement, you look at my statistics,” Donald said. “But I make up for it around the greens, especially the last few years. And I pride myself having good fundamentals and working on it. And I can only thank my coach, Pat Goss, for that. We work hard on it.”

SNOWBALL: Waking up to a snow-covered course before the championship match against Luke Donald brought back some childhood memories for Martin Kaymer.

“My parents, they took my brother and me out in the wintertime around Christmastime and we played in the snow with some pink golf balls or orange golf balls,” said Kaymer, the German star who lost 3 and 2 to Donald after the snow melted.

“The first nine holes it was not very nice to play golf. But in match play, it didn’t really matter. Both of us, we had to go through it. The back nine was nice to play. But it was definitely the toughest day from all of the last five days.”

DONALD DIVOTS: Champion Luke Donald beat Charley Hoffman (6 and 5), Edoardo Molinari (2 and 1), Matteo Manassero (3 and 2), Ryan Moore (5 and 4), Matt Kuchar (6 and 5) and Martin Kaymer (3 and 2). The English player, a former Northwestern star, is 16-6 in seven appearances in the event. … Donald became the third straight international winner since the event moved to The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club. Australia’s Geoff Ogilvy won in 2009 and England’s Ian Poulter won last year. … In Europe’s victory over the United States last year in the Ryder Cup, Donald beat Jim Furyk 1-up. … Donald missed the cut last week at Riviera in his season debut, shooting 68-79.

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.