Tryon Looks Over Australian Golf Course

By Associated PressDecember 4, 2002, 5:00 pm
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Ty Tryon got his first look at an Australian golf course this week, and came away feeling positive about his chances.
 
'If you hit it straight and play smart, you should get around here OK,' the 18-year-old American said Wednesday after a practice round at Huntingdale, site of this week's Australian Masters.
 
'I feel good, my game is coming along,' Tryon said. 'Hopefully I will have a good week.'
 
Tryon will play the first two rounds with Nick Faldo and Aaron Baddeley, the two-time Australian Open winner. Tryon and Baddeley are both coached by David Leadbetter.
 
Baddeley, who was in contention for the lead several times on the final day at last week's Australian PGA but faded on the back nine, will try to keep his temper in check.
 
Baddeley was seen throwing his club and taking extra divots out of several fairways. He also two-putted from inches away from the hole when his stab at a tap-in putt missed.
 
'I was very surprised at myself,' Baddeley said. 'It's the first time I can remember behaving like that. I did carry on. You can have a million dollars on it, I'll be perfect this week.'
 
Baddeley has his PGA Tour card for next season after finishing in the top 15 of the Buy.com tour this season.
 
In the Australian Open at Victoria Golf Club two weeks ago, he finished a shot behind winner Steve Allan. He was sixth behind winners Jarrod Moseley and Peter Lonard last week in the Australian PGA.
 
Defending Australian Masters champion Colin Montgomerie is skipping the Melbourne tournament to play in Tiger Woods' Target World Challenge in California.
 
Tom Watson, the 1984 Australian Open winner, is also in the Huntingdale field along with Australians Adam Scott, Robert Allenby, Stuart Appleby and Craig Parry.
 
Faldo is playing despite an elbow injury that prompted him to give up his World Cup spot next week for England alongside Justin Rose. Scott and Parry will represent Australia in the World Cup.
 
The Masters is the final Australasian PGA tour event of the year. The 2003 season begins Jan. 16 at the New Zealand Open in Auckland.

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.