Expert Picks: 2016 RBC Heritage

By Golf Channel DigitalApril 13, 2016, 3:12 pm

This week the 2016 fantasy golf season heads to South Carolina, as 132 players tee it up at the RBC Heritage. Each week, a panel of experts will offer up their picks from four groups of players, based on Golf Channel's fantasy game, Fantasy Challenge. We will also keep track of their scores and standings. The panel includes: senior writers Rex Hoggard and Randall Mell; editorial director Jay Coffin; associate editor Will Gray; 'Morning Drive' host Gary Williams; host Charlie Rymer and defending fantasy champion Ryan Lavner.

Randall Mell

Group 1: Jason Day: Finally breaking through in Florida and winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational, he showed us his game is becoming  suited to win anywhere. He still looks on form and full of confidence.

Group 2: Matt Kuchar: Going with horses for courses, his strong recent history at Hilton Head, with the victory there two years ago and the T-5 last year.

Group 3: Luke Donald: Something about Hilton Head inspires Luke Donald, with lots of runs into contention there. Seems like it will be a good place for him to find some mojo.

Group 4: Bryson DeChambeau: DeChambeau makes  large impressions wherever he goes. He’ll make another memorable one in his pro debut on Hilton Head Island.

Rex Hoggard

Group 1: Jason Day: The world No. 1 ended his victory streak with a tie for 10th last week at Augusta National. Have to like his chances of picking up where he left off this week at the Heritage.

Group 2: Matthew Fitzpatrick: Stellar 67 on Sunday at the Masters lifted him into a tie for seventh and he’s closing in on PGA Tour status.

Group 3: Brendon de Jonge: Not a lot in his game to suggest he’s close to a course change (five missed cuts in his last six starts), but he finished 18th last year at Hilton Head and windy conditions, which are forecast, favor his ball striking.

Group 4: Aaron Baddeley: The Australian continues to make strides with swing coach Todd Hamilton and he’s shown flashes of solid play this year with top-10 finishes in Puerto Rico and at Torrey Pines.

Nick Menta

Group 1: Paul Casey: He's finished in the top 10 in three of his last four starts, including at the Masters, and has the fifth-best scoring average at Harbour Town over the last 10 years.

Group 2: Matt Kuchar: The 2013 RBC Heritage champion has three top-11 finishes this year, cracked the top 25 at the Masters, and has the most birdies at this event over the last two years, with 40.

Group 3: Luke Donald: He's a combined 36 under at this event over that last five years. That's five strokes better than any other player over that span. Though he hasn't won at Harbour Town, he did get in a playoff in 2011, losing to Brandt Snedeker.

Group 4: Aaron Baddeley: The 2006 champion has three top-10s this year and has averaged the second-most birdies and eagles per round at Harbour Town over the last 10 years, behind only Donald.

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.