Power Rankings: Crowne Plaza Invitational

By Will GrayMay 21, 2013, 6:32 pm

For the second consecutive week, the PGA Tour remains in the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex. After a windy week at TPC Four Seasons, the game's best players shift to Fort Worth and the historic Colonial Country Club, host of this week's Crowne Plaza Invitational.

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Zach Johnson returns to defend the title he won last year over Jason Dufner, his second win at Colonial since 2010. Here are 10 players to watch this week in the Lone Star State:

1. Zach Johnson: His last four starts in Fort Worth: T-9, win, fourth, win. The defending champ clearly enjoys Colonial's narrow confines and played well in his last start at another venue where he typically plays well, tying for 19th at TPC Sawgrass.

2. Kevin Streelman: Backed into a runner-up finish at The Players Championship that served as his third consecutive top-six finish. A winner earlier this year, Streelman has now cracked the top 40 in the world and with his schedule for the year largely secure, is playing with nothing to lose. Tied for 10th at Colonial in 2011.

3. Charl Schwartzel: Had his putter been remotely cooperative, the former Masters champ likely would have won last week in Dallas. Instead he settled for third place, his sixth top-25 finish in eight starts this year on the PGA Tour. Schwartzel is currently second in scoring average and leads the Tour in three-putt avoidance.

4. Jim Furyk: A veteran with plenty of experience at Colonial, Furyk has notched four top-10 finishes here since 2003, including a runner-up showing in 2007. Among the most accurate drivers on Tour, he should have no problem finding the narrow landing areas presented off the tee this week.

5. Matt Kuchar: Solid, though unspectacular, results since a T-8 at Augusta: T-35, T-48, T-33 each of the last three weeks for the former Players champion. Kuchar has made 16 straight cuts overall, and has played the weekend in each of his six starts at Colonial, with four of the last five resulting in top-30 finishes.

6. Marc Leishman: The Aussie kept up the momentum last week in Dallas, tying for 12th on the heels of three straight top-10 finishes. He's among the hottest players on Tour right now, and another strong finish will likely be enough to keep him inside the top 60 in the world rankings and earn him a spot in the field next month at Merion.

7. Tim Clark: Among the more successful 'target golf' players on Tour, Clark was a runner-up here in both 2008 and 2009. With anchoring now outlawed by the USGA, what better week would there be for the South African to ride his long putter to victory?

8. Henrik Stenson: In the midst of a remarkable comeback season, the Swede now leads the Tour in both driving accuracy and GIR percentage. Having tied for fifth at TPC Sawgrass in his last U.S. start, Stenson is clearly in great form but will have a mediocre Colonial track record – not to mention jet lag from his appearance last week in Bulgaria – potentially working against him.

9. Ben Crane: Another player with a strong record at Colonial, having finished inside the top 10 four times since 2006, including a T-10 result last year. The 'Golf Boy' has also been playing better of late, with a pair of top-10 finishes in his last five starts overall, highlighted by a T-8 finish at TPC Sawgrass.

10. Charley Hoffman: If every event was played in Texas, Hoffman might win Player of the Year. The Las Vegas native tied for 20th in Houston, tied for third in San Antonio and last week tied for eighth in Dallas. This week he'll go for a fourth straight high finish in the Lone Star State on a course whe he was T-13 a year ago.

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.