Notes Mickelsons gamble doesnt pay off

By Associated PressJune 5, 2010, 4:25 am

2007 The Memorial Tournament

DUBLIN, Ohio – No, that wasn’t golf ball-sized hail at the 14th. It was Phil Mickelson’s golf ball.

Mickelson pulled out the driver on the 363-yard, par-4 hole in Friday’s second round of the Memorial and came close to reaching the putting area.

Players usually don’t chance it because it’s such a narrow green that slopes hard toward a creek that crosses the fairway and then meanders along the right side of the green. If a ball comes in with too much pace, it can easily kick into the drink. The conventional play is a 3-iron or 3-wood off the tee that comes up just short of the creek, then a wedge into the treacherous, fast green.

But Mickelson spit in the eye of such thinking.

“I have never gone an entire round hitting every fairway, and I had hit every fairway through 12 holes,” he said after completing a 71 that left him at 6-under 138. “When I missed (the fairway) on 13, I thought I’d drive on 14 because it didn’t matter. If I had hit that fairway on 13, I would have hit iron on 14. I know it sounds crazy, but that’s the way I was thinking.”

Mickelson hit a 335-yard drive that came up just short of the green, leaving him just 75 feet to the pin.

The strategy might have been sound; the execution wasn’t. He chipped to 5 feet but then missed the birdie putt, settling for par – just like so many who didn’t even run the risk.

DIRTY DOZEN: Geoff Ogilvy felt as if he couldn’t do anything wrong in the first round of the Memorial, when he shot a 65 for his lowest start of any tournament this year.

He was a dozen shots worse Friday, when he couldn’t get anything right.

“Anything that could go wrong went wrong,” Ogilvy said.

The worst of it came on the 14th, when he pulled his tee shot into the water, took a penalty drop, then found a bunker and had to scramble for a double bogey. He finished bogey-bogey for a 77.

Ogilvy didn’t seem overly concerned. He has been hitting the ball well for the last month, and plans a light week of practice and play at his summer home in San Diego next week with good friend Adam Scott.

OLD RELIABLE: Three-time Memorial winner Kenny Perry tied a tournament record by making his 17th consecutive cut at Muirfield Village. Perry shot a 68 and was at 5-under 139, still somewhat in the picture.

The streak began in 1993 with a tie for 19th. Perry did not play in 2006 because of an injury.

Jim Furyk extended his record at the Memorial with the most starts without ever missing the cut. He had played this tournament 15 times and picked up a check every Sunday.

MEMORIAL WEATHER: So fraught with weather problems is the annual tournament at Muirfield Village that locals refer to monsoon-like conditions and heavy rain in the spring as “Memorial weather.”

A year ago, Jack Nicklaus’ tournament enjoyed four days with nary a hint of rain, tornadoes, hurricanes, volcanic eruptions or a plague of locusts.

This year’s tournament has not been so fortunate.

The first round was suspended for 2 hours and 4 minutes by thunderstorms, with a later 34-minute delay because lightning was in the area. Still, all 120 players were able to finish their round.

On Friday, heavy rains suspended play for 24 minutes midway through the afternoon and the threat of dangerous weather held up play for another 35 minutes later. Again, the entire field completed play.

But, not too surprisingly, the forecast for Saturday and Sunday is thunderstorms.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: Steve Stricker on how the media and players’ private lives: “We don’t judge any of you guys on what you do in your personal life.” Then he paused for effect and cracked, “Nor do I WANT to know what you do with your personal life.”

IT’S IN THE HOLE!: The golf movie “Caddyshack” is turning 30.

Few weekend players don’t know at least a line or two from the film. The irreverent and, OK, sophomoric film starred Rodney Dangerfield, Bill Murray, Chevy Chase and Ted Knight.

It figures that touring pros also love the movie.

Tiger Woods says he’s seen it almost a 100 times.

Asked if he had worn out his DVD watching it, Woods joked, “I’ll just buy another one.”

OLD GUARD: Tom Pernice Jr. could be collecting money and spending leisurely weekends out on the Champions Tour. Instead, he gets a kick out of taking on guys half his age on excruciatingly difficult courses.

He could have played all this season on the over-50 circuit, but instead has played just four times – half as many times as he’s started in a regular-tour event.

Why doesn’t the 50-year-old act his age?

“I’ve always said I’m competitive out here,” said Pernice, winner of the 1999 Buick Open and 2001 International. “The ball doesn’t know how old you are. As long as I can keep it in close and make some putts and post the scores, I’m going to try to stay out here and see what I can do.”

So far, so good at the Memorial. Pernice followed an opening 72 with a 67 and is among the leaders through 36 holes.

He credits good habits and hard conditioning for still being on the regular tour after turning pro in 1982.

“I work out quite a bit,” he said. “Through my workouts, I’ve stayed healthy. Haven’t had any major medical problems, so that’s an asset.”

VISION IN MINT: Almost every other player in the field at the Memorial Tournament would like to have Rickie Fowler’s game.

Almost none want his fashion sense.

The tournament’s long-haired leader wore a mint green shirt with an M.C. Escher-like optical-illusion print covering everything but the sleeves. He had on matching mint green pants and color-coordinated Puma shoes with mint green accents and mint green strings. Oh, and he wore a flat-brimmed white Puma hat with black trim and a white belt.

“They wouldn’t even let me in if I wore that,” said Tim Petrovic, who matched Fowler’s 6-under 66 in the second round. “We tease him about maybe getting a haircut, you know, once or twice a year.”

DIVOTS: Angel Cabrera may have two major championship victories but that didn’t prevent the main scoreboard from listing him as Cabreraa. … Jason Day could avoid U.S. Open qualifying by winning the Memorial, falling under the criteria of multiple PGA Tour victories since the previous U.S. Open. He won two weeks ago in Dallas. … Mark Calcavecchia can delay ever so slightly his departure from the PGA Tour. He huffed and he puffed and he made the cut with a second straight round of even-par 72. … Only six of the 22 second-round leaders or co-leaders in PGA Tour events this season have gone on to win. … Henrik Stenson is playing the Memorial for the first time and with a substitute caddie. Fanny Sunesson is taking the week off, so the Swede is using Jude O’Riley, who also filled in when Stenson and Robert Karlsson won the World Cup two years ago.

AP Golf Writer Doug Ferguson contributed to this report.

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.