Rain-plagued Scottish Open reduced to 54 holes

By Associated PressJuly 9, 2011, 2:09 pm

INVERNESS, Scotland – Peter Hanson of Sweden fired a 5-under 67 to move into a four-way share of the lead going into the third and final round of the weather-disrupted Scottish Open on Sunday.

The European Ryder Cup player was one of 68 players to complete their second rounds early on the final day, making three birdies in nine holes to go to 11 under.

The 33-year-old Hanson joined Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell and Scottish pair Scott Jamieson and Peter Whiteford, who finished their second rounds on Friday, at the top of the leaderboard.

Top-ranked Luke Donald, playing in the same group as Hanson, also shot a 67 and is with fellow Englishman Barry Lane (67) and Spain’s Jose Manuel Lara on 10 under.

The whole of Saturday’s play was washed out because of torrential rain and thunderstorms, leaving half the field still to complete their second rounds from Friday afternoon and forcing organizers to reduce the event to 54 holes for the first time in its history.

There was some rain overnight but it had relented by the time play began at 7 a.m. (0600 GMT), allowing the likes of Hanson and Donald a decent chance to make some headway.

Resuming on the 10th hole, Hanson picked up shots at Nos. 12, 16 and 18, giving him a great opportunity to capture his first title of 2011 and the fifth of his career.

Donald is dangerously positioned, though, after also making three birdies to wrap up a second straight 67, while second-ranked Lee Westwood is on 8 under after a 71.

Colin Montgomerie’s hopes of qualifying for next week’s British Open are still alive after birdieing the par-5 last for a 3-under 69, leaving him on 8 under with Westwood. Montgomerie, bidding to play in his home major for the 22nd straight year, needs to be the highest of the top-five finishers not already exempt for Royal St. George’s.

England’s Steve Webster made a hole-in-one at the 190-yard No. 8, sinking a 7 iron, but finished on 3 under, making him unlikely to survive the cut which is projected to be at 4 under.

That would mean sixth-ranked Phil Mickelson of the United States (4 under) would stay on for the third round.

China’s Liang Wen-Chong and Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee retired before resuming their second rounds on Sunday, however, taking the total of withdrawals following the freak storms over the past two days to 10 players.

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 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

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.