Parnevik captures first Champions title at Insperity

By Associated PressMay 9, 2016, 2:26 am

THE WOODLANDS, Texas – Jesper Parnevik won the Insperity Invitational for his first PGA Tour Champions title, shooting a 5-under 67 for a four-stroke victory Sunday.

The 51-year-old Swede won in his 23rd career start on the 50-and-over tour. The five-time PGA Tour winner finished at 12-under 204 at The Woodlands Country Club.

''It feels fantastic, actually,'' Parnevik said after his first victory since the PGA Tour's 2001 Honda Classic. ''I'm still in shock, because when it's been this long, you don't even remember how it is.''

He fought a series of injuries in his 40s.

''I thought I was never going to win again,'' Parnevik said. ''I pretty much thought not play again, because a lot of times if I hit 15 balls, I could not get out of bed the next day, it was that bad. So I was not even contemplating winning.''

John Daly tied for 17th at 2 under in his PGA Tour Champions debut. The two-time major champion closed with a 71 after opening with rounds of 70 and 73. He turned 50 on April 28.

''I hit a lot of fairways this week,'' Daly said. ''The irons weren't all that great. I was really close to being good. But for not playing, I'm pretty pleased.''

He will return to play the next tour event, the major Regions Tradition in Alabama in two weeks.

Local favorite Jeff Maggert, first-round leader Mike Goodes and South Africa's David Frost tied for second. Maggert, a Woodlands resident and former Texas A&M player, had a 71.

''Jesper played well,'' Maggert said. ''I thought he struggled a little bit yesterday coming in down the stretch, but he really hit the ball well all day. He never kind of let go. He putted well, too. ... It was a game of two putts today for me. I made a lot of two putts. Really, all week. The 10- and 15-footers just got me all week long. I just didn't make very many of those.''

Parnevik made three birdies on the front nine, added two more on the par-4 11th and 12th, bogeyed the par-3 14th, rebounded with a birdie on the par-5 15th and closed with three pars. He opened with rounds of 69 and 68 for a share the second-round lead with Maggert.

All the injuries left the Swede motivated to play the senior tour.

''That was a blessing in disguise in a sense,'' Parnevik said. ''I don't know if I would have been as keen or eager to play right now if I would have played those eight years full-time. ... I was really looking forward to playing on this tour because I've had so many injuries and I haven't played much. My form wasn't that great, but I was still looking forward to coming out here and compete, and I think that's the key that kept me practicing so much.''

He earned a spot next year in the season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship in Hawaii.

''My family, I think that's what they are the most happy about, is actually the Hawaii trip,'' Parnevik said. ''They don't care if I win or lose or whatever. They don't even watch me play or whatever. Going to Hawaii is huge for them and it's just going to be a lot of fun.''

Frost shot 69, and the 59-year-old Goodes had a double bogey on the par-3 16th in 70.

''I just hit a terrible shot at the wrong time,'' Goodes said. ''I was trying to get, kind of knock down, squeeze the 5-iron in there and I just open face and hit it out to the right, and then hit a poor bunker shot and just a short putt. It added up to 5. I played really good, though.''

Billy Andrade (66) and Olin Browne (69) tied for fifth at 7 under.

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.