Power Rankings: Wells Fargo Championship

By May 1, 2012, 1:00 pm

The PGA Tour hops from New Orleans to Charlotte this week for the Wells Fargo Championship. Lucas Glover is the defending champion this week amid a very solid field, headlined by Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson. With The Players Championship a week away, Charlotte is the second in a string of three straight big events on the PGA Tour.

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1. Rory McIlroy: The new world No. 2 collected his first PGA Tour win here in 2010. He has a chance to reclaim the top spot again this week and overcome an uncharacteristic T-40 finish at the Masters.

2. Phil Mickelson: Mickelson returns after finishing T-3 at the Masters. He has six top-10 finishes in eight Charlotte starts and absolutely loves Quail Hollow.

3. Tiger Woods: Looking to shed the poor week at Augusta, Woods won here in 2007. Not facing major pressure this week, Woods may feel more comfortable.

4. Jim Furyk: Furyk won here in 2006 and has three other top-10 finishes at Quail Hollow. He has been on fire of late, finishing in the top 11 in four starts dating back to a playoff loss at Tampa.

5. Rickie Fowler: Putting grip changes can often be a placebo, but Fowler went cross-handed last week in NOLA and finished T-10 for his best check since Honda. He's been sixth and T-16 here the last two years.

6. Hunter Mahan: Mahan has figured out Quail Hollow after missing the cut in his first four starts here. He has been in the top 22 here the last four years.

7. Cameron Tringale: Tringale is playing some of the best golf of his career, finishing in the top 10 in three consecutive events. He was T-7 last week in New Orleans.

8. Zach Johnson: Johnson was the runner-up at Harbour Town and was T-6 here last year for his best Quail Hollow finish. Like Mahan, he has acclimated to this tournament over time.

9. Kevin Na: Na withdrew in San Antonio, but returns after a string of three top-12 finishes. He was fifth here last year and T-14 two years ago.

10. Bill Haas: The Riviera winner this season, Haas has two top-4 finishes in this event, including last season.

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Tune in for live coverage of the Wells Fargo Championship from 3-6PM ET Thursday-Friday on Golf Channel.

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.