Power Rankings: 2016 Zurich Classic of New Orleans

By Will GrayApril 26, 2016, 9:13 pm

The 2016 fantasy golf season rolls right along, as the PGA Tour heads to Louisiana this week for the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. A field of 156 players will tackle TPC Louisiana, where the winning score can sometimes eclipse 20 under par.

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Justin Rose won this event last year by four shots over Cameron Tringale. Here are 10 players to watch in the Big Easy:

1. Jason Day: The world No. 1 has only finished outside the top 25 once this season, and even his bad rounds - like a Saturday 79 at Harbour Town - don't prevent him from contending. Day already has two wins to his credit this season and has a great chance to pick up a third on a course where he finished fourth last year.

2. Justin Rose: Rose has finished T-15 or better each of the last four years at TPC Louisiana, highlighted by last year's win where he played the final 66 holes without a bogey. Rose hasn't fallen outside the top 20 in a stroke-play event since Torrey Pines, including a T-10 finish at the Masters.

3. Daniel Berger: The reigning Rookie of the Year is still in search of his first win, but it could come this week. Berger finished T-6 here a year ago on a course that should ideally suit his game, and he enters with top-10 finishes in each of his last two events after shaking off a wrist injury in Austin.

4. Rickie Fowler: Fowler cracked the top 10 at this event back in 2012, but he has missed the cut each of the last two years. Still, he remains a threat in a field without a ton of top-flight names, and Fowler has four top-10 finishes in his last six starts dating back to a playoff loss in Phoenix.

5. Billy Horschel: Horschel broke through for his maiden victory at this event in 2013, which remains a lone bright spot on his Zurich record. But a T-4 finish last week at Valero was just the latest solid result for the former FedEx Cup champ, who also finished T-17 at the Masters and appears to be adjusting to his new equipment.

6. Chris Kirk: Kirk was slow to rebound after a hand injury late last season, but he appears to have found his groove again with top-25 finishes in four of his last five starts. That includes a T-13 finish last week in San Antonio, and Kirk finished T-21 the last time he teed it up in New Orleans.

7. Charley Hoffman: Hoffman enters on a tear, with four top-20 finishes in his last seven starts highlighted by a dramatic victory at TPC San Antonio. Hoffman effectively ironed out the final-round scoring issues that had plagued him, and he finished T-5 here in 2014 in his most recent appearance.

8. Patton Kizzire: The reigning Web.com Tour Player of the Year will get a win soon; it's just a matter of when. Kizzire went to school at Auburn and knows all about playing golf in this part of the country, and his record includes a T-9 finish at the WGC-Match Play and a T-14 finish in HIlton Head. He ranks eighth on Tour in strokes gained putting.

9. Smylie Kaufman: The former LSU standout will have a hearty rooting section this week in the bayou, and he proved both with his win in Las Vegas and his performance at the Masters that he has what it takes to both contend and win. He has finished T-29 or better in three of his last four starts and should be well-rested after a rather public trip to the Bahamas.

10. David Hearn: The Canadian has had some pretty solid success at this event, with three top-25 finishes in six appearances highlighted by last year's T-6 result. He has found his footing after abandoning the long putter in the fall, as Hearn finished T-13 last week in San Antonio.

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.