Mahan WDs; Playing Presidents Cup in doubt?

By Doug FergusonNovember 10, 2011, 10:17 pm

SYDNEY – Hunter Mahan withdrew Friday morning from the Australian Open because of soreness behind his right shoulder, raising questions about whether he can play next week in the Presidents Cup.

Mahan said he fully expects to be play at Royal Melbourne, and believes he will be ready to go after a few days of rest.

The pain is nothing new, although he said typically it has been behind the left shoulder. He started feeling pain Wednesday night, and it gradually improved during his opening round at The Lakes when he shot 73 while playing with John Daly and Craig Parry.

“It wasn’t great for nine holes, then they came out and popped my back and it was a little better,” Mahan said. “It’s just the rotation. It’s fired up to the point that I can’t get through the ball.”

Mahan said he has kept U.S. captain Fred Couples apprised - Couples also is playing the Australian Open. And while Mahan expects to be ready for the Presidents Cup, he left some doubt by saying, “If Fred has to call, then … .”

That was reference to PGA champion Keegan Bradley, who Couples has said would be the replacement if any of his players were injured.

Mahan leaves the U.S. team with two players whose health is in question. Steve Stricker has not played since Sept. 25 at The Tour Championship because of a neck injury that has weakened his left arm.

Stricker chose not to play at Disney as his tune-up for the Presidents Cup, instead going to Arizona this week to practice. He has said he expects to play, and likely will be the partner again for Tiger Woods. They went 4-0 as a team last year.

Bradley just returned home to Florida after two weeks in Shanghai.

Mahan tried to play Friday morning. He said the pain tends to go away once he warms up, but that wasn’t the case. Physical therapists worked on his shoulder, and his shirt was untucked on the range as he debated playing. Ultimately, he decided it was better to rest.

“It came on Wednesday night, and Thursday it wasn’t great,” Mahan said. “Today was the worst it has been. The more I keep swinging, the worse it gets. But I don’t see this being a long-term problem for next week.”

 

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.