Power Rankings: CMN Hospitals Classic

By Will GrayNovember 6, 2012, 5:41 pm

The Fall Series concludes this week with the CMN Hospitals Classic from the Magnolia and Palm courses at Walt Disney World Resort. A field of 128 players will be looking to use the final week of the 2012 season to solidify their position on the money list - and possibly playing privileges for 2013.

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Luke Donald is not in the field to defend the title that helped him secure the top spot on the 2011 PGA Tour money list, but here are 10 players to keep an eye on this week:

1. Brendon de Jonge: Three straight top-4 finishes worldwide, including a runner-up showing in Vegas. Perhaps the best player without a Tour win to his credit, de Jonge ranks eighth on Tour in GIR percentage and 10th in the all-around ranking.

2. Robert Garrigus: The 2010 champion here, Garrigus has continued a strong late-season surge that has included four top-5 finishes since July. Currently third on Tour in driving distance and seventh in par breakers, he should find the Magnolia and Palm courses ideally suited for his aggressive style.

3. Davis Love III: Finally took a break post-Medinah, but not before some solid play in the Fall Series that included a T-4 finish at The McGladrey Classic. Disney was the site of his last Tour victory back in 2008.

4. Charles Howell III: Followed up a T-11 finish at the Frys.com Open with a T-7 showing at the McGladrey Classic the following week. Howell is fourth on Tour in par-5 performance and leads in total eagles with 16.

5. Jonas Blixt: A winner last month at the Frys.com Open, the Swede is now looking for a high finish to help cement Rookie of the Year honors - and potentially move into the top 30 on the money list, securing a bid to The Masters in the process.

6. Tommy Gainey: A runner-up here in 2008, Gainey is making his first start since closing with an electric final-round 60 to notch his first career Tour win at Sea Island. He can play fast and loose this week, knowing that his playing privileges are now sewn up through 2014.

7. John Mallinger: Making his first start since very nearly winning at CordeValle. Mallinger has been feast or famine since July, with three top-11 finishes to go along with four missed cuts in his last eight starts. Was second in the field at the Frys.com Open in putts per round.

8. Chris Kirk: Has made the cut in 11 straight starts, recording three top-10 finishes in the process. Vaulted into contention in his last start with a Saturday 63 in Malaysia, ultimately finishing in a tie for fourth.

9. Justin Leonard: Twice a runner-up here in the last three years, Leonard also finished T-6 in 2007. The former British Open champ is in search of another strong finish as he is not yet fully exempt for 2013.

10. Ryan Palmer: Has never missed a cut in eight career starts at Disney, including a win in 2004 and a T-3 finish the following year. Ranks eighth on Tour in birdie average heading into an event where low scores will be abundant.

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.