Top teams well represented on Hogan watch list

By Ryan LavnerFebruary 5, 2014, 5:46 pm

Thirty college players were named Wednesday to the watch list for the 2014 Ben Hogan Award, given annually to the top college player when taking into account all college and amateur competitions in a 12-month period.

The eventual winner does not have to appear on the watch list, but it typically serves as a good indicator of who is on the selection committee’s radar.

A list of 10 semifinalists will be released April 16, with the three finalists being announced May 7. The winner will be named at a black-tie banquet at Colonial Country Club on May 18, prior to the start of the PGA Tour’s Crowne Plaza Invitational.

It’s worth noting that eight of the 30 players on the watch list have been named here before: TCU’s Julien Brun, Kent State’s Corey Conners, Cal’s Brandon Hagy, Washington’s Cheng-Tsung Pan, Cal’s Michael Weaver, and Alabama’s Cory Whitsett and Bobby Wyatt. Both Brun (2013) and Rodgers (2012) are former finalists for the award.

Recent winners include Chris Kirk (2007), Rickie Fowler (2008), Kyle Stanley (2009), Peter Uihlein (2011) and Patrick Cantlay (2012).

The 30 players on the watch list (alphabetical order):

Anders Albertson – Georgia Tech, Jr., Woodstock, Ga.

Julien Brun – TCU, Jr., Antibes, France

Sebastian Cappelen – Arkansas, Sr., Odense, Denmark

Corey Conners – Kent State, Sr., Listowel, Ontario, Canada

Ian Davis – Oklahoma State, Sr., Edmond, Okla.

Bryson Dechambeau – SMU, So., Clovis, Calif.

Thomas Detry – Illinois, So., Brussels, Belgium

Greg Eason – UCF, Sr., Leicester City, England

Joey Garber – Georgia, Sr., Petoskey, Mich.

Oliver Goss – Tennessee, So., Perth, Australia

Gavin Green – New Mexico, Jr., Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Brandon Hagy – California, Sr., Westlake Village, Calif.

Toni Hakula – Texas, Sr., Espoo, Finland

Chase Koepka – USF, So., West Palm Beach, Fla.

Denny McCarthy – Virginia, Jr., Rockville, Md.

Trey Mullinax – Alabama, Sr., Birmingham, Ala.

Jordan Niebrugge – Oklahoma State, So., Mequon, Wis.

Cheng-Tsung Pan – Washington, Jr., Miaoli County, Taiwan

Taylor Pendrith – Kent State, Sr., Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada

J.T. Poston – Western Carolina, Jr., Hickory, N.C.

Patrick Rodgers – Stanford, Jr., Avon, Ind.

Ollie Schniederjans – Georgia Tech, Jr., Powder Springs, Ga.

Robby Shelton – Alabama, Fr., Wilmer, Ala.

Bradley Shigezawa – Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, Sr., Honolulu, Hawaii

Joel Stalter – California, Sr., Amneville, France

Scott Vincent – Virginia Tech, Jr., Harare, Zimbabwe

Michael Weaver – California, Sr., Fresno, Calif.

Cory Whitsett – Alabama, Sr., Houston, Texas

Cameron Wilson – Stanford, Sr., Rowayton, Conn.

Bobby Wyatt – Alabama, Sr., Mobile, Ala.

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.