Westwood headed to No 1 in world ranking

By Associated PressSeptember 30, 2010, 4:03 pm

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NEWPORT, Wales – Tiger Woods is almost certain to lose his No. 1 ranking next month – but not to Phil Mickelson.

Lee Westwood, a runner-up in two majors this year before missing the last two months with a calf injury, will replace Mickelson at No. 2 in the next world ranking to be published Monday. The final step to No. 1 is not far behind.

Westwood will have a chance to replace Woods atop the ranking at the Alfred Dunhill Championship next week at Scotland, with St. Andrews the host course. Westwood finished second at the British Open in July. He also is expected to play the Portugal Masters the following week.

If he were to finish in the top 20 at both events, that should be enough to reach No. 1 for the first time in his career.

Woods has been No. 1 for the last 277 weeks, dating to the week before the 2005 U.S. Open at Pinehurst. He has not won a tournament since the Australian Masters last November, shortly before a car accident outside his Florida home led to revelations of multiple extramarital affairs.

For most of the year, Mickelson seemed the most likely candidate to replace him. The Masters champion has 12 tournaments where he could have gone to No. 1 for the first time in his career. But in his last seven tournaments since the U.S. Open, Mickelson has finished in the top 20 only twice.

Westwood might have gone to No. 1 except for the injury. His right calf affected his ankle to the point that he withdrew from the Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone the first week of August and spent six weeks of rest and rehabilitation.

His world ranking average when he arrived at Firestone is higher than where Woods is now. Still, Westwood is fortunate that Woods, Mickelson or even Steve Stricker took advantage of his absence, especially while playing a month of strong tournaments from the PGA Championship through the FedEx Cup playoffs on the PGA Tour.

“I’m quite fortunate in that regard,” Westwood said. “Especially with the tournaments that we have been playing and with so many world ranking points available, I expected to be further behind than I am. So I’m quite pleased with the position I’m still in.”

If he were to get to No. 1, how long he stays will be the next question.

Woods, Mickelson and Westwood are expected to play the HSBC Champions, which starts Nov. 4 in Shanghai.

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.