Westwood leads Nedbank by 5 as Fisher fades

By Associated PressDecember 4, 2010, 9:27 pm
SUN CITY, South Africa – Lee Westwood took a five-shot lead at the Nedbank Golf Challenge with a 1-under 71 in Saturday’s third round as his closest challenger faded.

Westwood mixed two bogeys with three birdies to reach a 13-under 203 total, while fellow Englishman and playing partner Ross Fisher had to settle for a 73 on a hot day at Sun City, made tougher by a swirling wind around the Gary Player Country Club.

Fisher was tied for second with South Africa’s Tim Clark, who shot 68, one of only two sub-70 rounds on Saturday in the 12-player invitational tournament.

Fisher trailed Westwood by three shots overnight but had two bogeys and a double bogey in four holes from No. 14.

“Three ahead (yesterday), now five ahead, I’ll take that,” Westwood said. “It was tricky out there today. To come out five shots ahead is a big bonus.”

Spain’s Miguel Angel Jimenez was 7 under and alone in fourth. Anders Hansen of Denmark, whose 68 matched Clark for the day’s best round, is tied for fifth at 6 under with Ernie Els and Padraig Harrington – who had a second successive 72 to fall further off the pace after having taken the lead with a first-round 66.

The No. 1-ranked Westwood didn’t come close to his second-round 64, but he shrugged off his two slips late on and is in sight of just a second tournament win of 2010.

“I’ve made three bogeys in 54 holes so that’s pretty good going,” he said. It’s a nice position to be in but it’s by no means over. It can change pretty quickly.”

Fisher had applied some pressure with birdies on holes 3, 9 and 12 and hadn’t dropped a shot until he found heavy rough with his driver on No. 14 and again on No. 15. He bogeyed both.

He parred the short par-3 No. 16 but found the water on 17 and came away with a double bogey – for four dropped shots in four holes.

“Disappointed? You could say that,” Fisher said. “It was going swimmingly through 13 (holes). It was just a disappointing day. Five behind now, it’s going to be difficult. I’m going to have to shoot a real low number tomorrow.”

Clark climbed into contention with his 68 after a stunning approach to the par-4 No. 18 that pitched on the front of the green and kicked to within three feet of the hole.

It led to a fourth birdie for the South African, who was bogey-free and will be paired with Westwood Sunday.

“I’m starting quite a long way back tomorrow, that probably makes it a little easier. You can come out and be aggressive and not worry about protecting anything,” Clark said. “I think tomorrow will be a fun day.”

Edoardo Molinari’s challenge also faded with a 73 to fall from a tie for third to eighth on 5 under.

Retief Goosen (70), defending champion Robert Allenby (73), Justin Rose (72) and Louis Oosthuizen (72) round out the last four places on the leaderboard.

Rose wins; Aphibarnrat earns Masters bid in Indonesia

By Will GrayDecember 17, 2017, 1:59 pm

Justin Rose continued his recent run of dominance in Indonesia, while Kiradech Aphibarnrat snagged a Masters invite with some 72nd-hole dramatics.

Rose cruised to an eight-shot victory at the Indonesian Masters, carding bookend rounds of 10-under 62 that featured a brief run at a 59 during the final round. The Englishman was the highest-ranked player in the field and he led wire-to-wire, with Thailand's Phachara Khongwatmai finishing second.

Rose closes out the year as perhaps the hottest player in the world, with top-10 finishes in each of his final 10 worldwide starts. That stretch includes three victories, as Rose also won the WGC-HSBC Champions and Turkish Airlines Open. He hasn't finished outside the top 10 in a tournament since missing the cut at the PGA Championship.

Meanwhile, it took until the final hole of the final tournament of 2017 for Aphibarnrat to secure a return to the Masters. The Thai entered the week ranked No. 56 in the world, with the top 50 in the year-end world rankings earning invites to Augusta National. Needing an eagle on the 72nd hole, Aphibarnrat got just that to snag solo fifth place.

It means that he is projected to end the year ranked No. 49, while Japan's Yusaku Miyazato - who started the week ranked No. 58 and finished alone in fourth - is projected to finish No. 50. Aphibarnrat finished T-15 in his Masters debut in 2016, while Miyazato will make his first appearance in the spring.

The results in Indonesia mean that American Peter Uihlein and South Africa's Dylan Frittelli are projected to barely miss the year-end, top-50 cutoff. Their options for Masters qualification will include winning a full-point PGA Tour event in early 2018 or cracking the top 50 by the final March 25 cutoff.

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.