World Golf Glance

By Associated PressJanuary 27, 2010, 12:11 am


Farmers Insurance Open

Site: San Diego.

Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.

Courses: Torrey Pines, South Course (7,568 yards, 6,920 meters, par 72) andNorth Course (6,874 yards, 6,286 meters, par 72).

Purse: $5.3 million. Winner’s share: $954,000.

Last year: Nick Watney won his second tour title, with birdies on two of thefinal three holes for a one-stroke victory over John Rollins .

Last week: Bill Haas won the rain-delayed Bob Hope Classic for his first USPGA Tour title, birdieing the final hole for an 8-under 64 and a one-strokevictory over Matt Kuchar , Tim Clark and Bubba Watson . Haas’ father, Jay, won the1988 tournament.

Notes: Six-time winner Tiger Woods —taking an indefinite leave to sort outhis personal life—is absent for the second straight year. Last year, Woods wasrecovering from a knee injury that sidelined him after his June 1998 U.S. Openplayoff victory at Torrey Pines. … Phil Mickelson , the 1993, 2000 and 2001winner, is making his 20th consecutive appearance in his hometown event. He took10 weeks off after winning the HSBC Champions in November in Shanghai. … Onlythree players in the field—No. 2 Mickelson, No. 15 Robert Allenby and No. 20Ernie Els —are in the top 20 in the world. … Farmers Insurance agreed lastweek to be the title sponsor for at least this year, with a long-term option.Buick sponsored the event from 1992-2009. … High wind in December knocked downa landmark cypress tree behind the par-3 sixth hole on the South Course. … Thefinal two rounds will be played on the South Course. … The tour will remain inCalifornia for the next two weeks for stops at Riviera and Pebble Beach.

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Qatar Masters

Site: Doha, Qatar.

Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.

Course: Doha Country Club (7,388 yards, 6,756 meters, par 72).

Purse: $2.5 million. Winner’s share: $416,720.

Last year: Spain’s Alvaro Quiros won his third career European Tour title,beating Henrik Stenson and Louis Oosthuizen by three strokes.

Last week: Germany’s Martin Kaymer won the Abu Dhabi Championship for thesecond time in three years, birdieing the final hole for a one-stroke victoryover Ian Poulter . Kaymer has five career European Tour victories.

Notes: Quiros and Kaymer are in the field along with Poulter, 2006 winnerStenson, 2007 champion Retief Goosen , Kenny Perry , Paul Casey , Sergio Garcia ,Camilo Villegas , Lee Westwood , Shaun Micheel and Todd Hamilton . … The DubaiDesert Classic is next week, followed by the Avantha Masters in India.

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New Zealand Open.

Site: Queenstown, New Zealand.

Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.

Course: The Hills Golf Course (7,243 yards, 6,623 meters, par 72).

Purse: $600,000. Winner’s share: $108,000.

Last year: Alex Prugh won his first Nationwide Tour title, making two eaglesin a final-round 64. Fellow American Martin Piller was second, three strokesback.

Last week: Australia’s Mitchell Brown won the Australasian tour’s NewZealand PGA for his first pro title. Brown beat compatriot Ashley Hall with apar on the first hole of a playoff at Clearwater Resort.

Notes: The tournament opens the Nationwide Tour’s 21st season. The top 25players on the money list at the end of the season will earn 2011 US PGA Tourcards. Three-time winners will receive immediate promotions to the US PGA Tour.… The tours will team again next week for the Moonah Classic in Australia.

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Next event: ACE Group Classic, Feb. 12-14, The Quarry, Brooksville, Florida.

Last week: Tom Watson won the season-opening Mitsubishi ElectricChampionship in Hawaii, birdieing the final two holes for a one-stroke victoryover senior newcomer Fred Couples . The 60-year-old Watson, coming off a win withJack Nicklaus in the Champions Skins, has 13 career victories on the50-and-older tour.

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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.