Thousands turn out for Tigers practice round

By Associated PressNovember 10, 2009, 2:45 am

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP)—Thousands of fans lined fairways and TV networkhelicopters circled overhead as Tiger Woods played his first round of golf inAustralia in 11 years Tuesday.

Woods joined Australian veteran Craig Parry for a practice round at theKingston Heath course near Melbourne, site of this week’s Australian Masters.The tournament will be Woods’ fourth in Australia but his first since the 1998Presidents Cup.

“Is it normal? Trust me, it’s not,” Woods told a news conference, whichwas broadcast live around the country. “Thank God it’s not normal!”

Woods also played the 1996 Australian Open and 1997 Australian Masters buthas yet to win in Australia.

He is being paid almost $3 million in fees for his one-off appearance, buthis presence caused tickets to the tournament to sell out within minutes.

Woods landed in Australia Monday in his private jet, flying from Shanghaiwhere he finished sixth at the WGC event during the weekend. His accommodationarrangements and movements while in Australia have been kept a closely guardedsecret.

Some of the fans on the course complained that the whirring of thehelicopters was so loud they couldn’t hear Woods connecting with the ball.

“I’ve never experienced that before,” he said of the helicopters. “Theywere definitely overhead, but they weren’t interfering with play.”

Woods said he was looking forward to taking on one of Melbourne’s sandbeltcourses, which offer similar challenges to playing links golf.

“I’ve always been a huge fan of the sandbelt golf courses,” he said. “Thebunkering is just phenomenal. You don’t get a chance to see bunkering like thisin any other place in the world. So playing these golf courses, it’s a treat.”

Woods said a course didn’t need to be long to be difficult, with trickycourses such as Kingston Heath offering good variety.

“It is what golf is all about. There are so many different options,” hesaid. “You have to be able to shape the ball around the golf course, you haveto be able to think.

“It’s one of the reasons that I love playing links golf, because it’s thesame. The only differences here, one, it’s as hot as hell … but it’s similar,though, similar type of style.”

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.