Power Rankings: FedEx St. Jude Classic

By June 5, 2012, 4:00 pm

With just one PGA Tour event before the U.S. Open, the FedEx St. Jude Classic is host to the precursor tournament to the year's second major. Harrison Frazar won here a year ago for his first PGA Tour title, defeating Robert Karlsson in a playoff at TPC Southwind.

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1. Zach Johnson: Johnson didn't play at the Memorial, but won in his last start at Colonial. He was T-2 at The Players and second alone at Harbour Town. He's one of the hottest golfers on Tour.

2. Robert Garrigus: In his last five PGA Tour starts, Garrigus has posted three top-15 finishes. He lost in a playoff here two years ago. He's 147th on Tour in driving accuracy, but his length can overpower TPC Southwind.

3. Robert Karlsson: For whatever reason, Karlsson loves walking in Memphis; he's been a playoff runner-up here the last two years. He has struggled this season, but may be inspired by his past here.

4. David Toms: Toms is a two-time champion in Memphis, was T-10 at Sawgrass and T-15 in Charlotte. He returns after a missed cut at Colonial to a TPC Southwind course that suits his game.

5. Bob Estes: Estes went wire-to-wire here in 2001 and has missed just three cuts here since 1995. He was T-8 here in 2010 and is riding high, having just made the field at the U.S. Open on Monday.

6. Rory McIlroy: McIlroy was T-29 here in 2010 in his only prior appearance, but the bigger concern is the three missed cuts in his last three starts. His ball-striking should help him here if he can sort it out.

7. Ryan Palmer: It's hard to argue with three top-nine finishes in his last four PGA Tour starts. He's playing his best golf of the year.

8. Graeme McDowell: Making his second Memphis start, McDowell was T-7 here in 2009. He was runner-up in the Volvo World Match Play, but has missed cuts in his last two worldwide stroke-play starts at The Players and the BMW PGA Championship.

9. Kyle Reifers: He might not be making a lot of money, but Kyle Reifers is making money. He's missed three cuts all season and has been in the top 25 in his last two starts.

10. Spencer Levin: Absolutely exhausted after 108 grueling holes in Ohio this week, Levin may be spent. He showed some resolve, however, to finish T-4 at Memorial. He was T-15 here a year ago.

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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.