Pregnant host Ochoa content to watch

By Associated PressNovember 10, 2011, 1:21 am

GUADALAJARA, Mexico – Lorena Ochoa is right at home at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational, this time off the course just weeks before the birth of her first child.

“It’s something that I’m trying to enjoy,” Ochoa said Wednesday, a day before the start of play in the 36-player event at Guadalajara Country Club. “It’s different, that’s for sure. It’s also great for me to say `Hi’ to the players and be more involved outside the ropes and in interviews and spending time with my sponsors. I like it a lot. I’m going to enjoy every day of the tournament from the outside.”

The 27-time LPGA winner retired last year. She’s expecting a boy, who will be named Pedro.

“(Her belly) is huge,” top-ranked Yani Tseng said. “I guess it’s a boy. I was really happy to see her. I wish she could play, but I’m very happy to see her going to have a baby soon. It’s always great to have her back in Mexico to see all her friends here. She looks very happy.”

Tseng is coming off victories in the LPGA’s Taiwan Championship and Ladies European Tour’s Suzhou Taihu Ladies in China. The Taiwanese star has seven LPGA wins this season, including major victories in the LPGA Championship and Women’s British Open, and four other worldwide wins. She tied for 18th in 2008 in the inaugural event in Guadalajara, tied for eighth in 2009 and was 27th last year.

“This is a really tough golf course,” Tseng said. “You are hitting all different shots on this golf course. Hitting 14 clubs. You need a different kind of shot. I feel I can get used to it on this golf course. I need to trust more, trust my instincts and trust the club I pick. I think this year I will be fine. I feel very comfortable and confident right now to play well this week.”

Michelle Wie won the 2009 tournament for the first of her two LPGA titles, then withdrew last year because of a back injury after an opening 78.

“This tournament is very special to me,” Wie said. “Obviously, having my family here is pretty cool. I love this golf course. Unfortunately, it was very sad last year that I couldn’t finish four rounds. Hopefully, this year, I’m feeling good. The weather is great. The golf course is awesome, as always. I’m very excited.”

South Korea’s In-Kyung Kim won last year, closing with an 8-under 64 for a tournament-record 19-under total and a three-stroke stroke victory over Norway’s Suzann Pettersen. Kim donated her $220,000 winner’s check to charity, giving $110,000 to the Lorena Ochoa Foundation.

Kim returned to Guadalajara in April to visit La Barranca, a primary school in Guadalajara with 250 underprivileged students that is operated by Ochoa’s foundation.

“It was very nice of her and her foundation to make efforts for me to come back to see the school,” Kim said. “I was really humbled going there and seeing all the kids so happy.”

“Her visit was very special,” Ochoa said. “It’s different when you see the real school activities and see how much fun they have and how happy they are. … We put her plaque and her name in one of the classrooms. So you know she’s appreciated for the rest of her life.”

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.