Oakland Hills Waiting for Next Years PGA
'The countdown has begun,' tournament director Ryan Cannon said.
Cannon, his staff and about 25 Oakland Hills Country Club members -- who are leading some of the 62 committees -- will travel later this week to Southern Hills in Tulsa, Okla., to get an up-close look at this year's PGA Championship.
'We will meet with our counterparts to find out what went well in the planning process and what didn't,' Cannon said. 'It really establishes a working dialogue so that we can improve the event next year to make it the best ever.'
Cannon announced Monday that the goal of signing up more than 3,500 volunteers has been reached.
'We are overwhelmed by the response of golf enthusiasts in the state of Michigan,' he said, adding that he's also been pleased by ticket sales since they began July 23.
'We have room for about 40,000 spectators each day and we were at 26 percent of that allotment as of Friday,' he said.
Golf course architect Rees Jones, following in his father's footsteps, reshaped Donald Ross' original design at the famed golf course, located in Bloomfield Township, Mich., about 15 miles north-northwest of Detroit.
The South Course, which was just under 4,000 yards long for the 1996 U.S. Open, was lengthened by 346 yards by altering 15 holes. Several fairways were narrowed and numerous bunkers were added among other changes.
Jones' father, Robert Trent Jones, made changes at Oakland Hills that led to Ben Hogan calling it 'The Monster' after winning the U.S. Open there in 1951.
Oakland Hills will host the PGA Championship for a third time. It has been the site of six U.S. Open tournaments and the 2004 Ryder Cup. Oak Hill, Pinehurst and Scioto are the only other courses that have held a Ryder Cup, U.S. Open and PGA Championship.
'I started working on the 2008 PGA Championship in January of 2005 after helping out with the 2004 Ryder Cup here,' Cannon said. 'It's hard to believe it's just a year away now.'
Cabreras take 1-shot lead in Father/Son
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.
Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?
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
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.
Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational
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.