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After Further Review: Who is going to tell Phil no?

By Golf Channel DigitalAugust 28, 2017, 12:22 am

Each week, takes a look back at the week in golf. Here's what's weighing on our writers' minds.

On Phil Mickelson probably being included on the Presidents Cup team:

At some point, a U.S. team captain is going to have to accept the fact that Phil Mickelson is not one of the 12 best American players. But Steve Stricker does not appear to be that captain, not after he said last week that he’d basically leave Mickelson’s status on the team up to Phil: If Mickelson thinks he deserves a captain’s pick, if he thinks he can help the team, then Stricker will take him.

No one who has watched Mickelson over the past two months can argue that his form is good enough to warrant a spot – he finished outside the top 50 at The Northern Trust and had another birdie-free round Sunday – and he said himself that he needs to show Stricker something, anything, or he would step aside. But the other contenders haven’t stepped up, either, taking some of the heat off Stricker and increasing the likelihood that Mickelson, now 47 and four years removed from his last victory, will extend his own record and appear on his 23rd consecutive team. - Ryan Lavner

On the Dustin Johnson-Jordan Spieth duel at The Northern Trust:

Forget the convoluted math and the fluctuating points so infuriatingly counterintuitive to golf. You put up $10 million as a jackpot, get the best players in golf to show up to play a series of tournaments within a complex postseason system, and you’ve got a chance to see something special. Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth delivered something extra special Sunday at The Northern Trust. Johnson beat Spieth in a duel that made you grateful the PGA Tour invented the FedEx Cup Playoffs, even if it feels more like Jackpot Golf or Mega-Bonus Golf than it does playoffs. - Randall Mell

Despite its drawbacks, The Northern Trust proved once again that the FedEx Cup Playoffs work:

It’s been 11 years since the PGA Tour launched it’s version of a playoff, and while the vast majority of the golf public still doesn’t have a definitive understanding of the postseason points - and the non-stop projections can become tiresome - the product has proven to be worthwhile.

Sunday’s shootout between world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth, who climbed to second in the world rankings with his runner-up showing at The Northern Trust, is all the evidence one needs to conclude that professional golf is better with the playoffs, even if the details might leave some confused and searching for a calculator. - Rex Hoggard

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 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.