Power Rankings: Sony Open

By January 10, 2012, 6:32 pm

With a week under our belt in the PGA Tour season, the Hawaii swing continues in Honolulu with the Sony Open. Waialae and Kapalua could not be more different as courses but, as you'll see in this week's Power Rankings, a few holdovers remain from the premiere.

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1. Steve Stricker: Stick with the Monday winner. He's accurate with every club in the bag, and it shows at this old-school track with three top-4 finishes in the last five years.

2. Charles Howell III: CH3 is just shy of the top-5 cycle at the Sony Open. Since 2005, he has finished everywhere but first: T-2 in 2007, T-3 in '05, fourth in '09 and T-5 in 2010.

3. Steve Marino: Marino was runner-up last year in that final-day shootout, part of his three top-10 finishes in Honolulu in the last four years. Improved off-season fitness could help close out his first PGA Tour win.

4. Webb Simpson: Hasn't performed well here the last two years, but tied for ninth in his rookie campaign of '09.

5. Brian Gay: The fourth most accurate driver on Tour last year, Gay is back with Kip Henley on the bag and has three top-25 finishes at this track.

6. Zach Johnson: Got off to a slow start last year, but was a winner here in 2009. He was eighth in driving accuracy last year and appears to be confident after his short off-season.

7. Rory Sabbatini: Sabo finished well last week and, like at Kapalua, has a pair of runner-up finishes in this event - both coming since 2006.

8. Chad Campbell: Campbell has a good record in this event, despite not winning. Waialae tied for his second best finish on Tour last year with Houston, behind a T-5 at the Open Championship.

9. Stephen Ames: Ames was able to sub for the injured Lucas Glover in last week's TOC pro-am because he vacations in Hawaii. Already adjusted to Hawaiian time, he finished in the top 16 in his last two starts (2008, '10) in the Sony Open.

10. Gary Christian: With the Nationwide and Q-School grads getting their first crack this week, why not pick a guy who is making his first ever PGA Tour start? It's with good reason: Christian was fifth in driving accuracy last year on the Nationwide Tour.


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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.