Rucker singing for PGA Tour charity

By Doug FergusonFebruary 10, 2011, 5:06 am

2007 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-AmPEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – Darius Rucker has been involved with golf and charity for years, starting with his former band, Hootie and the Blowfish, staging a tournament with several PGA Tour players the Monday after the Masters.

So when the Tour asked him to get involved with its charity campaign, he didn’t hesitate.

In an agreement with record company Capitol Nashville, Rucker has produced a song named after the tour’s campaign – “Together, Anything’s Possible” – which can be downloaded from iTunes with all proceeds going to PGA Tour Charities.

“Golf is my thing. It’s the only real hobby I have,” Rucker said Wednesday at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, where he was invited to play in the celebrity shootout. “When the PGA Tour called and asked me to do a song, that was a no-brainer for me. I was really honored that they would ask me to do it.

“I told them I would write as many songs as they needed until they got happy.”

How many songs did he end up writing?

“One,” he said with a laugh.

He said the Tour asked him to incorporate the slogan into the song, and Rucker decided to make it the title.

“I wanted to write a song that says what it’s about,” he said. “It’s about helping people. And I’m one of those cheesy, corny guys. I believe that if we get together as people, we can do anything.”

As for his golf?

Rucker says he plays off a 12 handicap, but it’s not from a lack of trying. He mostly plays at home in South Carolina, with Bull’s Bay his primary course. His best score was an even-par 72, which came with some clutch play. He was 1 under for his round until taking a double bogey on the 17th hole, only to make a long putt for birdie on the 18th.

His best memory of Pebble Beach is playing the 18th, no matter what score he makes.

“That hole is just magic for me,” he said. “I always say how much I love South Carolina and golfing in South Carolina. We got holes on the ocean, but nothing like that.”

HARRINGTON AND WEATHER: Padraig Harrington grew up in enough cold, windy conditions in Ireland that it shaped him as a player. He is comfortable taking more club for shorter shots, and is able to feel when weather requires various shots.

That helped him win his first major at the Carnoustie in the 2007 British Open.

Going out to No. 1 for the four-hole playoff, clouds began to gather and Harrington could feel the temperature drop. From 166 yards in the fairway, he opted for one more club and hit a 7-iron into 6 feet for birdie. Sergio Garcia came up well short and into a bunker, then failed to save par to fall two shots behind. The Spaniard never caught up.

“I took extra club and I was committed to it,” Harrington said. “I could see where someone might say, ‘You might need one extra club.’ But I knew it.”
This is one of the PGA Tour events where the players aren’t always the biggest stars.

And it’s not just the antics of Bill Murray, George Lopez or Ray Romano, or football players such as Drew Brees and Tony Romo, all of whom will be featured prominently on the Saturday telecast. That’s a tradition at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

Not to be ignored is the heavyweights from the financial world.

Paul Goydos was paired one year with the CEO of Hertz, and soon thereafter had a hat and bag deal with the car rental company. Phil Mickelson is playing with Tim Flynn, the chairman of KPMG, one of his sponsors.

“I don’t think anybody teeing off at the AT&T Pro-Am this week as an amateur has been dragged in off the street,” said Padraig Harrington, who is playing with Irish businessman J.P. McManus. “There are a lot of people who seriously achieved in their own field. A lot of times, it’s not the professional players who are the ones to be listened to. It’s the amateur players that are the ones to be listened to. There a lot of things to be gleaned in a week like this.”

Paul Goydos recalls his rookie year getting paired with Donald Trump. He asked Paul Spengler, now the executive vice president at Pebble Beach Co., why an unheralded rookie would be partners with someone like Trump.

“I said, ‘He should’ve been with Payne Stewart or something,”’ Goydos said. “He said, ‘If we pair him with Payne Stewart, it’s Payne Stewart’s group. If we pair him with you, it’s Donald Trump’s group.”’

And it was the Donald’s show. Trump made a hole-in-one on the 12th hole at Spyglass.
Two weeks into his new job as Ryder Cup captain, Davis Love III is not looking at any players with an eye toward the 2012 matches at Medinah. He’s still thinking only about his own game.

That doesn’t mean the Ryder Cup is forgotten by everyone.

“Trust me, the PGA of America is thinking about it,” Love said. “They think about it every day.”

Love said he already has received two e-mails related to the Ryder Cup. His wife, Robin, already has made decisions related to the Ryder Cup hotel and the clubhouse at Medinah.

Love said he has a meeting with the PGA of America to determine a timeline for the big decisions, but for now, it’s about golf. The only team he is interested in this year is the Presidents Cup team in Australia. Even so, it’s already been an eye-opener.

“Everybody says, ‘Why do they pick the captain so soon? Because there’s a lot to get done,” Love said. “Sure, 20 years ago you could do it in six months. But now it’s a big job.”

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.