Fantasy Island: Cadillac Champ.

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 8, 2011, 6:32 pm

GolfChannel.com experts offer up their picks for the the WGC-Cadillac Championship. Each week a panel of experts will offer up their picks from three groups of players based on Golf Channel's new fantasy game, Fantasy Challenge. We will also keep track of their scores and standings. The panel consists of: senior writers Rex Hoggard and Randall Mell; contributors John Hawkins and Charlie Rymer; editorial director Jay Coffin; 'Morning Drive' hosts Gary Williams and Erik Kuselias; contributor Win McMurry; writer for NBCSports.com's ProGolf Talk, Ryan Ballengee; and RotoWorld.com's Rob Bolton.


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WGC-Cadillac Championship

*Ranking among the 14 GolfChannel.com experts (Ballengee and Bolton are new)

Rex Hoggard

Rex Hoggard
Score (Rank*):
3,149,477 (2)
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Won this event in a former life and on another golf course (2002), but the current version is a machine with just one finish outside the top 10 in his last seven starts.

Tough playoff loss last week in Mexico and he’s never played well in Florida (T-25 last year in Tampa is his best finish) but he’s been steady since last fall and is due for a breakthrough.

Neither his consistency nor his record at PGA National are much to look at, but he’s a ballstriker and that matters on the Champion Course.

Randall Mell

Randall Mell
Score (Rank):
1,590,341 (11)
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Former No. 1 motivated to get his top spot back and create some momentum for Augusta National.

His game's coming back, and he's got some history working for him at this event.

Showed some signs of life last week, and he knows his way around those South Florida courses.

Charlie Rymer

Charlie Rymer
Score (Rank):
1,878,765 (8)
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Losing that No. 1 ranking may be the wake up call Westwood's game needs.

Fowler now spends time in south Florida, and hey, he's gonna notch his first PGA Tour victory sometime.

Schwartzel has the game and confidence to win on the PGA Tour on any given week. Plus he almost has a really cool first name.
John Hawkins

John Hawkins
Score (Rank):
1,608,309 (10)
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Playing well, has won here before.

Just a flier pick. This is a good place to keep the ball in front of you.

Good tough-course player, and they don't get much tougher than this one.

Jay Coffin

Jay Coffin
Score (Rank):
1,869,932 (9)
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Banking that his strong play from the Match Play will carry over to PGA National, a place he didn’t play extremely well last year with a T-31. He should play well with all his Euro buddies watching.

The kid is going to win sooner or later, I just hope it’s a week when I pick him. Like McDowell, I’m hoping that his success last week will propel him to a strong finish here.

A risky pick, even for Group C. He had three consecutive missed cuts but rebounded with a fourth-place finish last week at Mayakoba. Just need him to collect a check this week.

Gary Williams

Gary Williams
Score (Rank):
1,558,119 (12)
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Fellow Europeans Kaymer, Donald and Casey have all won in 2011, and while G-Mac has been close, it is time to join them in the winnner's circle.

After a couple of years of injuries, has two top-3s in his last three starts and finished T4 at PGA National in 2010.

Showed signs of life at Riviera, but faded on the weekend. However, he is due for a good week as his injuries are hopefully behind him.

Erik Kuselias

Erik Kuselias
Score (Rank):
3,115,534 (3)
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Fourth in the world, three top-10s in three starts in 2011. He just seems to be knocking on the door for a win.

Recorded his first top-10 last week in Tucson and is having a solid 2011. He's ready for a win at PGA National

Has gotten off to a slow start in 2011, but finished runner-up at PGA National in 2009 with four sub-70 rounds.


Win McMurry

Win McMurry
Score (Rank):
3,422,053 (1)
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He made it through three rounds in Tucson, a good showing, but had the weekend off. That gave him time to travel back to Florida to prep for his second event after a four-week hiatus. He tied for 31st last year at PGA National after a 76 on Sunday, however he opened strong with rounds of 68-67.

He’s coming off a runner-up finish at Riviera and with last week off Singh is ready to get back at it. The last two times he teed it up in the event he tied for fourth in 2010 and was T2 in 2005. Singh is also a past champ, winning in 1999.

He tied for sixth here last year in his first start at The Honda. So far this season he has two top-30 finishes.

Ryan Ballengee

Ryan Ballengee
Score (Rank):
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Donald just came off of a very impressive total game exhibition in the desert and the Honda was his last PGA Tour win before the match play. While it wasn't at The Bear Trap, Donald's precision should play well at Jack's place.

This guy can't seem to catch a break in 2011, but this event loves him. He won last year, should've won two years ago.

PGA National doesn't seem like a place where Marino might do well, but for some reason he does. He hovers around the top 25, which earns well.

Rob Bolton

Rob Bolton
Score (Rank):
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One victory and two third-place finishes in his last three stroke-play starts.

Investment in short game paying immediate dividends.

Five consecutive top-10s in stroke-play events entering this week.


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Cabreras win PNC Father/Son Challenge

By Associated PressDecember 17, 2017, 11:36 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. closed with a 12-under 60 for a three-shot victory in their debut at the PNC Father/Son Challenge.

The Cabreras opened with a 59 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club and were challenged briefly by the defending champions, David Duval and Nick Karavites, in the scramble format Sunday. The Argentines went out in 30, and they had a two-shot lead with Cabrera's son came within an inch of chipping in for eagle on the final hole.

They finished at 25-under 199 for a three-shot victory over Duval and Karavites, and Bernhard Langer and Jason Langer. The Langer team won in 2014.

Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara tied for fourth at 21 under with Jerry Pate and Wesley Pate.

Cabrera wasn't even in the field until two-time U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange and his son, Tom Strange, had to withdraw.

Duval and his stepson went out in 28, but the Cabreras regained control by starting the back nine with back-to-back birdies, and then making birdies on the 13th, 14th and 16th. The final birdie allowed them to tie the tournament scoring record.

''This is certain my best week of the year,'' said Cabrera, the 2009 Masters champion and 2007 U.S. Open champion at Oakmont. ''To play alongside all the legends ... as well as playing alongside my son, has been the greatest week of the year.''

The popular event is for players who have won a major championship or The Players Championship. It is a scramble format both days.

In some cases, the major champions lean on the power of their sons for the distance. O'Meara said Saturday that his ''little man'' hit it 58 yards by him on the 18th. And on Sunday, Stewart Cink said son Reagan told him after outdriving him on the opening four holes, ''In this tournament I may be your son, but right now I'm your Daddy!''

Jack Nicklaus played with his grandson, G.T. They closed with a 64 and tied for 15th in the field of 20 teams.

Rose wins; Aphibarnrat earns Masters bid in Indonesia

By Will GrayDecember 17, 2017, 1:59 pm

Justin Rose continued his recent run of dominance in Indonesia, while Kiradech Aphibarnrat snagged a Masters invite with some 72nd-hole dramatics.

Rose cruised to an eight-shot victory at the Indonesian Masters, carding bookend rounds of 10-under 62 that featured a brief run at a 59 during the final round. The Englishman was the highest-ranked player in the field and he led wire-to-wire, with Thailand's Phachara Khongwatmai finishing second.

Rose closes out the year as perhaps the hottest player in the world, with top-10 finishes in each of his final 10 worldwide starts. That stretch includes three victories, as Rose also won the WGC-HSBC Champions and Turkish Airlines Open. He hasn't finished outside the top 10 in a tournament since missing the cut at the PGA Championship.

Meanwhile, it took until the final hole of the final tournament of 2017 for Aphibarnrat to secure a return to the Masters. The Thai entered the week ranked No. 56 in the world, with the top 50 in the year-end world rankings earning invites to Augusta National. Needing an eagle on the 72nd hole, Aphibarnrat got just that to snag solo fifth place.

It means that he is projected to end the year ranked No. 49, while Japan's Yusaku Miyazato - who started the week ranked No. 58 and finished alone in fourth - is projected to finish No. 50. Aphibarnrat finished T-15 in his Masters debut in 2016, while Miyazato will make his first appearance in the spring.

The results in Indonesia mean that American Peter Uihlein and South Africa's Dylan Frittelli are projected to barely miss the year-end, top-50 cutoff. Their options for Masters qualification will include winning a full-point PGA Tour event in early 2018 or cracking the top 50 by the final March 25 cutoff.

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.