Notes Unfortunate missed cuts and withdrawals

By Associated PressMay 14, 2011, 4:19 am
The Players ChampionshipPONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – With his ball nestled near a tree on the par-4 fifth at TPC Sawgrass, Mark Wilson decided to turn around and hit a left-handed chip shot.

It ended up being a costly mistake.

Wilson seemingly struck the ball twice and called a two-shot penalty on himself. The extra strokes caused him to miss the cut at The Players Championship on Friday.

“I think I hit it twice,” Wilson said. “Not for certain, but I heard two clicks. I asked my caddie what he thought and he was, ‘Yeah, I think I heard two clicks, too.”’

Wilson asked PGA Tour officials for help. They checked video replays, but decided those were inconclusive. So they left the call up to Wilson.

“You never know for sure,” Wilson said. “If I was 1 percent (sure) that I thought I hit it, then I have to call the penalty on myself. It’s not like (if it’s) 50-50, it goes in the player’s favor. If 1 percent of me thinks I double-hit it, then I have to take the penalty.”

Wilson, a two-time winner this year, shot a 3-over 75 and finished at 1-over 145, one stroke off the cut.

It wasn’t the first notable penalty Wilson has called on himself.

In the 2007 Honda Classic, Wilson called a two-shot penalty on himself because his caddie told another player in the group what club he hit on a hole. Without that penalty, Wilson might have won the event in regulation. Instead, he needed to win a four-man playoff the following day.

LITTLE HELP: Michael Bradley yanked his tee shot into a lake on No. 7 and immediately dropped his driver in disgust.

A second later, he watched the all-important club bounce into the water.

Oops. Now what?

His playing partner, Louis Oosthuizen, tried to get it but couldn’t. Luckily for Bradley, a spectator agreed to try a more risky retrieval. With others holding him tight, the fan stepped down into the hazard, standing on a wooden pylon, stretched Oosthuizen’s driver into the lagoon and scooped up the other club.

“It was funny,” Bradley said. “I didn’t really realize I was so close to the water. When I dropped it, it just kind of bounded and I was just watching it, going, ‘Oh, crap, what did I do?’ The head of the driver went, ‘boop,’ and over it went. I’m like, ‘Oh my God, what did you just do?”’

Bradley ended up carding a triple-bogey 7 and missed the cut by a stroke. He finished at 1-over 145. He used the driver again on No. 9 and closed with a birdie.

As for the fan, Bradley gave him an autographed glove for his trouble.

“That’s what he wanted,” Bradley said.

What if he would have asked for the driver?

“I would have probably politely declined,” Bradley said.

RORY TO THE RESCUE: Jonathan Byrd received a bad time Friday for taking too long to hit his second shot while his group was out of position. That’s not terribly surprising.

The stunner was that Rory Sabbatini came to his defense.

Byrd took longer than the minute he was allowed – he was the first to hit on the par-5 11th – and received a bad time. He will be fined the next time he goes over the limit when his group is on the clock, so Byrd contested it. He faced a difficult shot out of the trees.

Sabbatini, one of the faster players on tour, protested the bad time.

“Rory felt it was a challenging shot,” Byrd said. “Rory was my advocate.”

Asked if saw the coincidence in Sabbatini coming to his aid, Byrd shook his head without so much as cracking a smile.

“Rory is a standup guy,” Byrd said. “He does a lot of good things.”

NO REPEAT: Tim Clark’s right elbow was starting to swell. The pain was growing with every shot, too.

So Clark, the defending champion, felt as if he had no choice but to withdraw from The Players Championship in the second round Friday.

Clark shot 2-over 74 in the opening round and played 10 holes Friday before stopping.

“It’s just been getting a little worse as the day went on,” Clark said. “I hit a shot out of the rough on 9 and I could feel it getting worse. There’s just no point in staying. I tried as good as I can for two days. Yeah, at the moment it’s starting to get a little worse. I can see it’s swollen right now and there’s no point.”

Clark developed tendinitis in his elbow following a second-place finish at the Sony Open in January. He played in the Masters, but missed the cut and only showed up at TPC Sawgrass to defend his lone PGA Tour victory. Now, he’s not sure when he will play again.

He plans to withdraw from next week’s event in Texas.

“If I can’t finish two rounds here, how am I going to finish two there?” he said. “But I’m going to go to Fort Worth and continue treatment with the guys. I’m just going to stay on top of it. I can’t get too despondent and down on myself. It has been getting better, which is a good sign, so I’m going to try and stay positive and keep working at it.”

OGILVY OUT: Geoff Ogilvy withdrew because of a sore left shoulder.

Ogilvy shot a 3-over 75 in the first round Thursday and played nine holes Friday before bowing out. He was 2 over when he walked away.

Ogilvy said last week his shoulder started bothering him toward the end of the Masters and at the Texas Open. He thought it would be fine when he got to Quail Hollow in Charlotte, but then decided another week of rest would make sure it doesn’t become a bigger problem.

It’s unclear whether he will be able to play next week in Fort Worth, Texas, his wife’s home state.

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.