Power Rankings: BMW Championship

By Will GraySeptember 4, 2012, 5:00 pm

The FedEx Cup playoffs reach their third leg, as the PGA Tour heads to the state of Indiana for the first time since the 1991 PGA Championship. The top 70 golfers in the standings will tee it up at Crooked Stick, but only the top 30 after this week will make the season-ending Tour Championship.

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Justin Rose enters as the defending champion, having won last year's event at Cog Hill outside Chicago. Here are 10 players to watch this week:

1. Rory McIlroy: Top-ranked player in the world, hottest golfer on the planet and entering with a pair of wins in his last three starts. His is the top name to watch until otherwise noted.

2. Dustin Johnson: His recent good play was rewarded Tuesday with a Ryder Cup selection. Johnson has three top-10 finishes in his last five starts, and his length off the tee will be an asset on a course that can be stretched to more than 7,500 yards.

3. Louis Oosthuizen: The South African came up just short at TPC Boston, but now has three top-5 finishes in his last four events. Oosthuizen has led the field in GIR percentage each of the last two weeks.

4. Jason Dufner: Still one of the most consistent fantasy options available. Six top-20 finishes in his last eight starts dating back to May for Dufner, who is currently second on Tour in ball striking and third in scoring average.

5. Tiger Woods: Carded four rounds in the 60s last week for the first time in three years. With four top-11 finishes in his last five starts, Tiger's recent good form is well-documented; so too is his underwhelming record on Pete Dye-designed courses.

6. Brandt Snedeker: Perhaps the hottest putter on Tour, Snedeker has now punched a ticket to his first Ryder Cup on the heels of top-10 finishes in each of the first two playoff events. His name should remain near the top of the leaderboard as long as the putts continue to drop.

7. Sergio Garcia: Garcia has a win and a T-3 finish in his last two starts, and should be fresh after skipping the Deutsche Bank last week. Although at different courses, the Spaniard has thrived in the third leg of the playoffs; a T-20 showing at Bellerive in 2008 is his worst finish in four career BMW starts.

8. Lee Westwood: Followed up a T-5 finish at Bethpage with a T-13 showing in Boston. One of the most consistent players tee-to-green, Westwood now leads the Tour in GIR percentage.

9. Jeff Overton: Overton is playing a home game this week. Born in Evansville and still living in nearby Bloomington where he went to college at Indiana, Overton is coming off a T-7 finish in Boston and will have the crowds behind him all week long.

10. Phil Mickelson: Did a new putting grip help Lefty find his game last week? His T-4 finish was his best result since The Masters and first top 10 since May. Mickelson had a good week on the greens in Boston, finishing fourth in both putts per GIR and strokes gained putting.

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.