Shin looks to extend lead in Player of the Year race

By Associated PressOctober 29, 2009, 5:06 pm

SEOUL, South Korea – The LPGA Tour’s two-week swing through Asia begins this week in South Korea with the Rolex Player of the Year award still up for grabs.

Current leader Jiyai Shin will look to extend her narrow lead over top-ranked Lorena Ochoa in front of her home fans when the $1.7 million KOLON Championship gets underway Friday at Sky 72 Golf Club’s Ocean Course in the city of Incheon just west of Seoul.

Shin, who rallied for a win on the Japan LPGA Tour last week, has virtually clinched the Rolex Rookie of the Year award. She currently leads 20-year-old Michelle Wie by almost double the number of points on the list.

If Shin were to finish the year with both season-ending awards, she would be the first player to do so since Hall of Famer Nancy Lopez in 1978.

Ochoa began the season with wins at the Honda LPGA Thailand and the Corona Championship. However, the reigning three-time Player of the Year endured a summer drought before winning the Navistar LPGA Classic earlier this month.

Like Ochoa, Shin has three wins on tour this season, including the NW Arkansas Championship, where she overcame a 7-stroke final-round deficit.

This week will be Shin’s chance to separate herself from Ochoa by playing in her home country.

“I can’t waste an opportunity to win in Korea,” she said earlier this week.

Similarly, Ochoa will play in front of a friendly gallery when the tour moves to Guadalajara, Mexico, next month after a stop in Japan next week.

South Koreans won this tournament, formally known as the CJ Nine Bridges Classic, in its first five years between 2002 and 2006. The 2001 edition was canceled due to events surrounding the September 11th terrorist attacks.

Suzann Pettersen of Norway broke the Koreans’ winning streak in 2007 before Taiwan’s Candie Kung claimed the title last year.

Also among the 71-player field this week are Cristie Kerr, currently third on the LPGA money list, and fellow American Paula Creamer, ranked ninth in earnings.

This week’s tournament also comes after the LPGA announced Wednesday that marketing executive Michael Whan will be the tour’s next commissioner after Carolyn Bivens was forced out by players in July, citing a drop in sponsors.

The number of official money events has dropped from 34 in 2008 to 28 this year. This comes despite the growing popularity of golf worldwide, and the recent inclusion of the sport in the program for the 2016 Summer Olympics.

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.