Tiger Seeks Fifth Consecutive Grand Slam

By Associated PressNovember 26, 2002, 5:00 pm
POIPU BEACH, Hawaii -- Beating Tiger Woods when he's relaxed and having fun at the PGA Grand Slam of Golf has been nearly impossible.
 
Justin Leonard, Davis Love III and PGA Champion Rich Beem will try to stop Woods this week from winning his fifth straight Grand Slam title.
 
'I'm excited about being here again,'' said Woods, the Masters and U.S. Open champion. 'I always have a fantastic time here and I'm sure this year will be no exception.''
 
Woods said he enjoys playing the event at the Poipu Bay Golf Course on the island of Kauai because of the relaxed oceanside setting, warm weather, friendly people and the intimate atmosphere with fans.
 
'This is the hardest tournament to qualify for,'' he said.
 
The $1 million, 36-hole stroke-play event begins Tuesday and is reserved for the winners of the four major championships. With Woods winning a pair of majors and British Open Ernie Els dropping out because of scheduling conflicts, Leonard and Love were able to slip in because of their standing on the major championship points list.
 
'Justin and I are real happy Ernie is not here,'' Love joked. 'We are not disappointed at all.''
 
Beem is making his first appearance.
 
Love tied for 14th in the Masters and British Open, and tied for 24th in the U.S. Open and 48th in the PGA Championship. He's had success at Poipu, finishing third in 1997 and second in 2000.
 
'This is a great, great event,'' Love said. 'Like Tiger said, it's intimate. It's not like there are 20,000 people out here. It's a nice quiet group that is fun to play in front of.''
 
Leonard's season included a tie for fourth in the PGA Championship, tie for 12th in the U.S. Open, a tie for 14th in the British Open, and a tie for 20th in the Masters.
 
Leonard hopes to fare better this week than he did in 1997 when he finished in last place.
 
'You know it is pretty easy to improve on a fourth-place finish by about eight shots,'' he said. 'I think Ernie won that year and during his acceptance speech, he thanked Tiger and David for pushing him onto victory and he thanked me for the entertainment value.''
 
Woods finished in second place that year and won every following Grand Slam. He also topped the money list for the fourth straight year with $6,912,625 on the PGA Tour.
 
But he's not counting his opponents out.
 
'You know if you look at the collection of the players here, there are four pretty good players,'' Woods said. 'We've all had major championship success. We all played well this year.''
 
Woods won the 2001 Grand Slam finishing with a record 12-under 132 total for a three-stroke victory over David Toms. The previous year, Woods tied the match with an eagle and followed with another eagle on the first playoff hole to beat Vijay Singh.
 
All four contestants will go home with some unofficial prize money. The Grand Slam winner will earn $400,000 with the fourth-place finisher earning $150,000.

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.