World Golf Glance

By Associated PressMay 31, 2011, 1:10 pm


Memorial Tournament

Site: Dublin, Ohio.

Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.

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Course: Muirfield Village Golf Club (7,352 yards, 6,723 meters, par 72).

Purse: $6.2 million. Winner’s share: $1,116,000.

Last year: England’s Justin Rose won the first of his two 2010 US PGA Tourtitles, overcoming a four-shot deficit. Rickie Fowler was second, three strokesback.

Last week: Keegan Bradley won the Byron Nelson Championship in Irving,Texas, for his first U.S. tour victory, parring the first hole of a playoff withRyan Palmer .

Notes: Jack Nicklaus founded the event in 1976 and won the 1977 and 1984titles. He made his last competitive appearance in the tournament in 2005. …Tiger Woods , sidelined by left leg injuries, has a record four victories in theevent, winning in 1999-2001 and 2009. … Luke Donald is in the field. He tookthe No. 1 spot in the world ranking on Sunday with a playoff victory over LeeWestwood in the European Tour’s BMW PGA Championship. … Phil Mickelson ismaking his first start since tying for 33rd in The Players Championship. He wonthe Houston Open in early April for his 39th US PGA Tour victory, and firstsince the 2010 Masters. … The St. Jude Classic is next week in Memphis, Tenn.,followed by the U.S. Open at Congressional in Bethesda, Maryland.



Wales Open

Site: Newport, Wales.

Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.

Course: Celtic Manor Resort, The Twenty Ten Course (7,378 yards, 6,746meters, par 71).

Purse: $2.97 million. Winner’s share: $494,730.

Last year: Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell closed with an 8-under 63 fora three-stroke victory over Rhys Davies . McDowell won the U.S. Open two weekslater.

Last week: Luke Donald won a duel for No. 1 with a playoff victory over LeeWestwood in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth. Donald, second behindWestwood entering the tournament, birdied the par-5 18th in the playoff, hittinghis approach within 5 feet before Westwood’s wedge shot spun into the water.

Notes: Last October at Celtic Manor, Europe won the Ryder Cup, beating theUnited States 14 1/2 -13 1/2 when McDowell held off Hunter Mahan in the final singlesmatch. … McDowell is in the field along with Ryder Cup teammates Miguel AngelJimenez , Ross Fisher and Peter Hanson and captain Colin Montgomerie . … JohnDaly is making his second straight European Tour start. He withdrew during thesecond round at Wentworth because of a hip injury. … The Italian Open is nextweek in Turin.



ShopRite LPGA Classic

Site: Galloway, New Jersey.

Schedule: Friday-Sunday.

Course: Seaview Dolce Seaview Resort, Bay Course (6,155 yards, 5,628 meters,par 71).

Purse: $1.5 million. Winner’s share: $225,000.

Last year: Ai Miyazato took the top spot in the world, winning the fourth ofher five 2010 titles. The Japanese star closed with a 64 to beat M.J. Hur by twostrokes.

Last week: Colombia’s Mariajo Uribe won the Brazil Cup, finishing with a6-under 66 in rainy conditions for a one-stroke victory in the 36-holeexhibition event.

Notes: The tournament returned to the tour last year. First played in 1986,it folded in 2006 after the previous organizers accused then-US LPGA Tourcommissioner Carolyn Bivens of providing three unsuitable dates for the 2007event. Bivens resigned in July 2009 after a group of players wrote a letter tothe tour’s board of directors calling for her to quit. She was replaced byMichael Whan. … Suzann Pettersen won the last official event, beating CristieKerr 1-up on May 22 in the Sybase Match Play Championship at Hamilton Farm. …Michelle Wie has four top-10 finishes in six starts this year. … AlexisThompson received a sponsor exemption. The 16-year-old pro tied for 19th in theMobile, Alabama, event after taking a share of the lead into the final round.… The LPGA State Farm Classic is next week in Springfield, Illinois.



Principal Charity Classic

Site: West Des Moines, Iowa.

Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.

Course: Glen Oaks Country Club (6,879 yards, 6,290 meters, par 71).

Purse: $1,725,000. Winner’s share: $258,750.

Last year: Nick Price won the second of his two 2010 titles, finishing witha 4-under 67 to beat Tommy Armour III by four strokes.

Last week: Tom Watson won the Senior PGA at Valhalla, blasting out of abunker to 3 feet to set up a birdie on the first hole off a playoff with DavidEger . The 61-year-old Watson became the oldest major winner since the seniortour was created in 1980.

Notes: Tom Lehman has three victories in eight tour starts this year. Hetied for 22nd at Valhalla, closing with a 77. … Price won the Toshiba Classicin March in California for his fourth Champions Tour title. … The GreaterHickory Classic is next week at Rock Barn in Conover, North Carolina.




NATIONWIDE TOUR: Melwood Prince George’s County Open, Thursday-Sunday,University of Maryland Golf Course, College Park, Maryland. Online:

COLLEGE: NCAA Division I Golf Championships, through Sunday, Karsten Creek,Stillwater, Oklahoma. Online:

eGOLF PROFESSIONAL TOUR: River Hills Classic, Wednesday-Saturday, RiverHills Country Club, The Palisades Country Club, Lake Wylie, South Carolina.Online:

CANADIAN TOUR: Times Colonist Island Savings Open, Thursday-Sunday, UplandsGolf Club, Victoria, British Columbia. Online:

JAPAN GOLF TOUR: Japan Golf Tour Championship Citibank Cup, Thursday-Sunday,Shishido Hills Country Club, Ibaraki, Japan. Online:

SUNSHINE TOUR: Lombard Insurance Classic, Friday-Sunday, Royal Swazi SunCountry Club, Mbabane, South Africa. Online:

EUROPEAN SENIORS TOUR: ISPS Handa Senior Masters, Friday-Sunday, StaplefordPark, Melton Mowbray, England. Online:

EUROPEAN CHALLENGE TOUR: Karnten Golf Open, Thursday-Sunday,Klagenfurt-Seltenheim Golf Club, Klagenfurt, Austria. Online:


LPGA FUTURES TOUR: Ladies Titan Tire Challenge, Friday-Sunday, Hunters RidgeGolf Course, Marion, Iowa. Online:

LADIES EUROPEAN TOUR: Deloitte Ladies Open, Friday-Sunday, Broekpolder GolfClub, Rotterdam, Netherlands. Online:

JAPAN LPGA TOUR: Resort Trust Ladies Open, Friday-Sunday, Grandee Golf Club,Nishigo, Japan. Online:

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 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.