Brazilian da Silva to hit opening tee shot at Olympics

By Doug FergusonAugust 8, 2016, 11:46 pm

RIO DE JANEIRO - The first Olympic golf shot in 112 years will be hit by the lone Brazilian in the men's field.

The International Golf Federation tapped into what few Olympic roots it has Monday by selecting Adilson da Silva to be the first to tee off Thursday when golf returns to the Olympic program for the first time since 1904.

Brazil was guaranteed at least one player as the host nation, though da Silva qualified on his own through the world ranking.

The IGF did not stop there.

Joining da Silva in the opening threesome will be Graham DeLaet of Canada, which IGF President Peter Dawson referred to as the defending champion at the Olympics. George Lyon of Canada won the gold medal at the St. Louis Games in 1904 against a field of 74 Americans and three Canadians.

The other player is Byeong Hun An of South Korea, who comes from an Olympic heritage. His mother, who is Chinese, and father each won medals in table tennis at the Seoul Games in 1988.


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Dawson took personal pride in the second group off, which features Padraig Harrington of Ireland and Matteo Manassero of Italy.

They went to Copenhagen in 2009, along with Suzann Pettersen of Norway and Michelle Wie of the United States, when golf made its final presentation with hopes of getting back into the Olympics.

''I don't think I'll ever forget Matteo presenting to a group of formidable IOC members in English - not his first language - at the tender age of 16,'' Dawson said.

Golf saved its biggest stars for later in the draw.

Sergio Garcia of Spain is playing with Patrick Reed of the United States and Emiliano Grillo of Argentina. Two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson of the United States and two-time major winner Martin Kaymer of Germany will play with Anirban Lahiri of India. At the bottom of Thursday's draw is a threesome of American Rickie Fowler, Britain's Justin Rose and Jhonattan Vegas of Venezuela.

Who's not in Rio remained part of the conversation, particularly the top four players in the world ranking, all of whom have won majors in the last three years - Jason Day, Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy. The 60-man field features only four of the top 10 in the world.

''It's certainly not helpful,'' Dawson said. ''But I think now we're looking forward. We're concentrating on those players who are here. They will always be Olympians, and whoever wins the gold medal and the silver and bronze will have something to carry with them the rest of their lives. I am very confident that golf's players over the coming Olympic games will all come and play.''

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.