Power Rankings: Farmers Insurance Open

By January 24, 2012, 4:38 pm

The West Coast swing is, well, in full swing after last week’s Humana Challenge. The first three courses of the year yielded winners of short-to-medium length. This week, however, that stands to change at the Farmers Insurance Open. Lengthened, in part, for the ’08 U.S. Open, the South Course is a beast of a test for the short knockers. Keep that in mind this week when perusing the top 10.

Also, keep in mind that this week is the first of several weeks with two tournaments. The deep field assembled in Abu Dhabi is the real kick off to the European Tour season, as well as the jumpstart to 2012 for Tiger Woods.  We’re offering power rankings for the start of the Desert Swing this week, as well.

While we humbly submit our power rankings for this week, we always want to hear from you. Share your picks with me on Twitter @RyanBallengeeGC and be sure to use the hashtag #GCFantasy. Also be sure to join the Golf Channel Fantasy Challenge to test yourself against our panel of experts, including defending champion Win McMurry.

1. Nick Watney: Watney won here in '09 and has finished inside of the top-10 here in four of his last five starts.

2. Brandt Snedeker: Snedeker is second-best on Tour this year against field average and has three top-10 finishes at Torrey in his last four starts.

3. Charles Howell III: Howell remains a great pick this week. He was runner-up in '05 and '07, and has top-15 finishes in three of his last four Torrey Pines starts.

4. Phil Mickelson: Though Mickelson laid an egg last week, he has a great record at Torrey. He was runner-up last year and has three wins and five other top-10 finishes here.

5. Ben Crane: The winner here in 2010, Crane has been in the top 15 at Torrey since 2009 and appears in good form to start the 2012 campaign with two top-10s.

6. Keegan Bradley: The PGA champion is off to a good start in '12, notching a pair of top-16 finishes in Hawaii. He said on Twitter that he loves this event, so expect improvement on T-25 from '11.

7. D.A. Points: Hitting greens is crucial to success at Torrey and Points ranks T-5 in greens in regulation so far this season. He has been in the top 10 here each of the last two years.

8. Camilo Villegas: Villegas was co-leader after day one last week and appears to have turned a corner. He was T-3 at this event in 2009.

9. Rickie Fowler: Though he has new sticks for 2012, he has fared well at Torrey Pines in the past. In two Farmers events, he has finished 20th in 2010 and fifth last year.

10. Ernie Els: Fresh off a playoff loss in South Africa, Els was T-6 in 2005 and T-5 in 2010. The jaunt to California, however, makes high expectations for the Big Easy tough to muster.

Watch live coverage of the Farmers Insurance Open on Golf Channel: Thurs.-Fri., 3-6PM ET.

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.