Power Rankings: 2015 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am

By Will GrayFebruary 10, 2015, 5:43 pm

The PGA Tour heads up the California coast for the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, the 13th event of the wraparound season. A full field of 156 players will tackle three different courses this week, including the iconic Pebble Beach Golf Links.

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Jimmy Walker won this event a year ago by one shot over Dustin Johnson and Jim Renner. Here are 10 players to watch on the Monterey Peninsula:

1. Jimmy Walker: The defending champ won by nine shots last month in Hawaii and hasn't finished worse than T-9 at Pebble Beach over the last four years. Walker is 44 under across that span, highlighted by last year's one-shot win, and he brings plenty of confidence with him this week to the Monterey Peninsula.

2. Jason Day: The Aussie is up to No. 4 in the world after his playoff victory at Torrey Pines, and he has turned five Pebble appearances into three top-15 finishes, including a sixth-place showing in 2013. Outside a pair of mid-tournament withdrawals last season, Day hasn't finished outside the top 20 on the PGA Tour since the British Open in July.

3. Patrick Reed: Reed tied for seventh in his Pebble debut in 2013, then followed that up with a T-13 finish last year. A winner earlier this year in Maui, Reed's T-40 finish in Phoenix was his first result outside the top 30 since the BMW Championship in September.

4. Jordan Spieth: Spieth surprisingly missed the cut last week in San Diego, but this week's event should give him a boost in momentum. He tied for fourth at Pebble last year despite a third-round 78, and was T-22 in his 2013 debut. Spieth contended just two weeks ago in Phoenix and currently sits 11th on Tour in strokes gained tee-to-green.

5. Dustin Johnson: Johnson missed the cut last week in his return from a six-month leave of absence, but no Tour stop has been more friendly to him than Pebble Beach. Johnson went back-to-back in 2009 and 2010 and nearly added a third trophy last year, not to mention the 2010 U.S. Open when he carried a lead into Sunday. Johnson was also T-5 here in 2012 and T-7 in 2008.

6. Jim Furyk: Furyk is making his first start since the Ryder Cup in September and has become a mainstay in the Pebble Beach field. While he hasn't cracked the top 10 since 2006, Furyk is coming off a season in which he made the cut in all 21 starts, amassing 11 top-10 finishes including four runner-ups.

7. Hunter Mahan: Mahan's wife gave birth to the couple's second child last week, and now he is back to work at an event where he was sixth last year and has finished 16th or better each of the last four years. Mahan is third on Tour in GIR percentage, 10th in ball-striking and coming off a T-30 finish two weeks ago in Phoenix.

8. Ryan Palmer: Palmer has yet to finish outside the top 25 in four starts this season, including a run of three straight top-20 results that was capped by his runner-up finish at TPC Scottsdale earlier this month. He was on the fringe of contention before a closing 76 last year, and he is currently third on Tour in total strokes gained.

9. Brandt Snedeker: Snedeker won here in 2013 and is showing signs of life, with a T-10 in Phoenix followed by a T-19 in San Diego. While he has missed the cut in three of his last five Pebble appearances, Sneds knows what it takes to win here and at No. 63 in the OWGR has some work to do if he's going to crack the top 50 and qualify for the Masters.

10. Kevin Na: Na enters off a solid T-26 finish in Phoenix, and he has cracked the top 25 each of the least three years at Pebble Beach, including a T-5 finish in 2012 and a T-4 result last year. He got his season off to a strong start with a runner-up finish at the CIMB Classic in October, and he hasn't missed a cut since the Deutsche Bank Championship the month prior.

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.