Tway leads O'Meara, Calcaveccia at Hickory Classic

By Associated PressJune 10, 2011, 9:44 pm

CONOVER, N.C. – Bob Tway was walking from the putting green to the first tee at Rock Barn on Friday morning when he saw Mike Goodes shot a 28 on the front nine.

“After playing the pro-am we knew we had to shoot low,” Tway said. “But then when you see someone shoot 28, I think it kind of shocks you in that, ‘Ooh, we’re going to have to shoot really low.”’

No problem for Tway, especially when you have only 23 putts.

Tway birdied the 18th hole for a 9-under 63 on Friday to open a one-shot lead over Goodes, Tommy Armour III, Joe Ozaki and Mark Wiebe after the first round of the Champions Tour’s Greater Hickory Classic.

After shooting a 62 in the final round on the same course last year when the event was played in October, Tway took advantage of the hot conditions that made for target golf. Rock Barn was tamed by soft greens, firm fairways and little wind.

The 69 of 81 players broke par, a record for any round in a Champions Tour event since records began in 1983.

“Right now the ball is going forever,” Tway said. “You’re hitting clubs off the tee that you wouldn’t even have dreamed of last year.”

Combine that with his hot putter and the 52-year-old Tway could finally be in line for his first victory on the 50-and-over tour. The 1986 PGA Championship winner doesn’t have a top-10 finish this year.

“I don’t know if you ever think anybody is due in this darn game,” Tway said. “I think the thing is I still really enjoy practicing. I enjoy playing. As long as I feel that passion for it I’ll continue to do it. As soon as I lose that I’m out of here.

“I still have that desire to get better.”

Tway will enter the weekend with 23 other players within four shots of the lead. Mark Calcavecchia, Mark O’Meara and David Eger opened with 65s. Jeff Sluman, Kenny Perry and Jerry Pate were in the group three back.

The early part of the day was dominated by talk of potentially the first 59 on the Champions Tour.

Goodes’ eye-popping front nine included eight birdies. He made long putts and short ones, reached par-5s in two and stuck a 4-iron to 12 feet on No. 9 before sinking the putt for his sixth straight birdie.

“That’s a lot of ‘made it’s,”’ Goodes said, smiling, as he went over his round.

Goodes couldn’t keep the magic going, shooting an even-par 36 on the back.

“The front nine was fun. I would have liked to have played it again for the back nine,” said Goodes, who was one shot shy of matching the tour record for best front-nine score. “I hit the ball really good on the front and made all the putts. It was kind of a dream round.”

The 54-year-old Goodes’ career-low round maybe wasn’t that big of a surprise. The late bloomer from nearby Reidsville who didn’t turn pro until he turned 50, shot a 65 on Sunday in Iowa to tie for third.

“I think my distance control and my irons have been a lot better the last couple of weeks,” said Goodes, who won his lone Champions Tour title in 2009. “I’ve had a lot more shorter birdie putts. Instead of being 20 feet short of the hole or 20 feet long, they’re getting a lot closer.”

That was also the case for Armour, who is without a top-10 finish in nine starts. But he’s gained confidence since seeking advice about his struggling iron play.

“From about the middle of last year until about three weeks ago I’ve been hitting the ball badly,” Armour said. “I’ve been hitting a lot of fat shots with some hook on them. I just couldn’t figure out why. I saw a couple of people about it, came up with some ideas and it’s working.”

It was working for just about everybody except defending champion Gary Hallberg, who shot a 73.

With the weather expected to remain the same over the final two rounds, Tway predicted it would take 20 under or better to win.

“It’s always tough to get the first one,” Tway said about his Champions Tour drought. “It would be nice.”

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.