PGA Merchandise Show Smith to open new academy in Boston

By Jon LevyJanuary 27, 2011, 9:26 pm

2011 PGA Merchandise ShowWorld renown golf instructor, Rick Smith, who has taught Jack Nicklaus, Phil Mickelson and numerous other top world players, will open a new golf academy in Spring 2011 at The International, a monster-of-a-golf-course stretching out to 8,325 yards from the “tiger tees,” just about an hour outside of Boston. It will be Smith’s third academy, joining his original at The Treetops in Michigan and second at Tiburon GC in Naples, Fla.

“Leading Edge” had an opportunity for some one-on-one time with Smith regarding the announcement of his latest venture, and specifically where he sees golf instruction moving in the future.
“I’ve really done a lot to study where the game has gone and where it’s going,” Smith said,” and it’s all about fitness now. “Fitness and nutrition is critical and having a plan is critical in this game now.”

Smith’s own plan has consisted of implementing a fitness regimen that sees him noticeably more fit, which he recommends for everyone who is serious about the game, but doesn’t deem necessary to still have fun playing golf.

“Our first and most important job with the academies, with all of my instructors, is to teach people to relax and enjoy the game more,” Smith said. “That's why we're good. We’re good because we care about how our students improve and have fun. But we also want to show our students how critical club fitting is in this game and also how to improve their fitness to improve their games.”

That said, Smith has a system he follows, but he doesn’t prescribe to “method” teaching.

“I don’t prescribe to a specific method because I believe to be a great teacher you have to teach with different methods,” Smith said. “Methods don’t work. You have to teach the game from impact backwards.”

Smith is a believer in building a strong foundation from the short game first, then working out to a full swing.

“The short game is just a mini swing, so if you can teach someone to have a great short game and the proper fundamentals there, that can translate into the full swing.”

Smith’s new academy at The International will offer the 50-room resort at The International, which also houses a culinary school, as well as a Taylormade fitting lab and golf specific gym.

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.