Power Rankings: 2016 WGC-Cadillac Championship

By Will GrayMarch 1, 2016, 4:31 pm

The 2016 fantasy golf season rolls right along, as the PGA Tour remains in Florida this week for the WGC-Cadillac Championship. A field of 67 players will tackle the Blue Monster at Trump National Doral, home to one of the most difficult finishing holes on Tour.

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Dustin Johnson won this event last year by one shot over J.B. Holmes. Here are 10 players to watch in Miami:

1. Bubba Watson: Doral tends to favor the bombers, and no one bombs it quite like Bubba. Fresh off his win at Riviera, Watson heads to Miami where he finished third last year and second in both 2012 and 2014. Even among the strongest field of the year, he stands above the rest.

2. Dustin Johnson: Johnson drove his way to victory here last year, and there's reason to think he'll have a good shot to defend his title. After a wobbly start at Pebble Beach, Johnson found his game at Riviera (T-4) and also finished T-4 at Doral in 2014 in his first trip around the course after its redesign.

3. Adam Scott: Scott is the hottest player in the field, having followed his runner-up in Los Angeles with a win in Palm Beach Gardens. The Aussie breathed a sigh of relief Sunday when he earned his first victory since the anchoring ban, and he has finished T-6 or better three of the last five years at Doral including last year's T-4 result.

4. Rickie Fowler: Fowler cooled over the weekend at Honda, but a T-6 finish still continued his torrid stretch to begin the year. Coupled with a win in Abu Dhabi and a playoff loss in Phoenix, Fowler's game appears ready to travel to any style of venue and he finished T-12 at Doral last year despite a second-round 77.

5. Rory McIlroy: McIlroy didn't create any momentum last week at PGA National, but remember that he had a similar Honda result last year and still finished T-9 at Doral - despite tossing his 3-iron into a lake. McIlroy has had success at Doral both before and after the renovation, and he has finished outside the top 10 here only once since 2011.

6. J.B. Holmes: Holmes' opening-round 62 here a year ago was one of the best rounds of the year, and it helped catapault him to a runner-up finish. He once again brings some momentum with him this week to Doral, with finishes of T-11 or better in each of his last four starts.

7. Jason Day: The Aussie hasn't played since a quiet T-11 finish at Pebble Beach, but he is one of the handful of players who hit it far enough to take advantage of some of Doral's few weaknesses. While his lone post-renovation start led to a T-31 finish last year, Day will likely improve on that result this time around.

8. Jordan Spieth: Rarely will the world No. 1 be this far down in the rankings, but he's coming off a surprising missed cut at Riviera and has openly stated that Doral isn't exactly his cup of tea. Spieth finished T-34 and T-17 in his first two trips, but he seems much more likely to thrive next week in Tampa than this week in Miami.

9. Henrik Stenson: Many of the game's top-ranked players have gotten off to fast starts this year, but don't sleep on the Swede. Stenson finished T-3 and T-6 in two European Tour starts to open 2016, and his record at the new-and-improved Doral includes a T-16 finish two years ago and a T-4 result last year.

10. Justin Rose: Rose won this event in 2012 before the redesign, and he might have been left off this list were it not for a sizzling 63 Monday at the Seminole pro-member. That round, coupled with his T-6 finish at Pebble Beach and T-16 finish at Riviera, show that the Englishman is rounding into form.

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.