Power Rankings: 2017 WGC-Mexico Championship

By Will GrayMarch 1, 2017, 3:41 pm

The 2017 fantasy golf season shifts to Mexico this week, as the PGA Tour heads south for the WGC-Mexico Championship. A field of 77 players will tackle the Club de Golf Chapultepec, which is hosting a PGA Tour event for the first time.

Be sure to join the all-new Golf Channel Fantasy Challenge to compete for prizes and form your own leagues, and log on to www.playfantasygolf.com to submit your picks for this week's event.

Adam Scott won this event last year at Doral by one shot over Bubba Watson. Here are 10 players to watch in Mexico City:

1. Jordan Spieth: He's not getting much of the attention these days, but it was only three weeks ago that Spieth cruised to victory at Pebble Beach. He like many will have to adjust to the altitude in play this week, but should be able to handle the tight confines of Chapultepec better than most.

2. Dustin Johnson: Johnson takes the course as world No. 1 for the first time, eager to continue a serious heater that includes top-6 finishes in five of his last six worldwide starts. If he's able to drive the ball anywhere close to how he hit it at Riviera, DJ will certainly be a factor come Sunday.

3. Justin Rose: The Englishman has quietly gotten off to a strong start this year, and a victory may be just around the corner. Rose has finished T-4 or better in three of his last four starts, including a T-4 finish at Pebble Beach, and is fourth this season on Tour in total strokes gained.

4. Hideki Matsuyama: Matsuyama missed the cut at Riviera in his most recent start, but his impressive record since the fall still includes five wins in his last 10 worldwide starts. Matsuyama sits third on Tour in birdie average and has seen his short game improve of late, given that he's eighth in strokes gained around the green.

5. Adam Scott: The Aussie is the defending champ in name only, given his title was claimed thousands of miles away. But Scott has been consistent of late, with top-15 finishes at both Riviera and PGA National, and could be on the verge of a breakthrough the likes of which we saw at this point last year.

6. Gary Woodland: Woodland's runner-up finish at the Honda Classic continued a strong season that few have noticed. The veteran now has five top-20 finishes in his last six starts, including a pair of second-place showings, and his most recent win at the 2013 Barracuda Championship also came at high altitude.

7. Rory McIlroy: McIlroy's health is still a question as he makes his first start in more than a month, but the Ulsterman has taken a cautious approach to his recovery and certainly has the game to factor here. McIlroy finished second last month in South Africa despite playing through the injury and may not have much rust to knock off this week in Mexico.

8. Jon Rahm: Rahm broke through for victory at Torrey Pines and hasn't exactly slowed down since, with a T-16 finish in Phoenix followed by a T-5 showing at Pebble Beach. Rahm is already one of the Tour's elite ball-strikers, ranking second in strokes gained tee-to-green and third in total strokes gained.

9. Henrik Stenson: The Swede is making his first PGA Tour start since the fall, and his first start in North America since the Deutsche Bank Championship. But Stenson played well on the European Tour's Desert Swing and should be able to wield his trusty 3-wood amid the thin air players face this week.

10. Rickie Fowler: Fowler is officially on a roll, following a solid T-4 finish in Phoenix with his convincing victory at the Honda Classic. Consistency has not exactly been his cup of tea in recent years, but Fowler's ball-striking is on the rise with his recent switch to a left-to-right ball flight and it should pay dividends this week.

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.