Allred playing Honda days after wife gives birth

By Will GrayFebruary 25, 2014, 11:36 pm

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. - There might not be a player in this week's Honda Classic field with less course knowledge than Jason Allred.

Not that it matters much to him.

Allred, 33, embodies a player who is "just happy to be here." After surviving a Monday qualifier two weeks ago in Los Angeles, he equaled a career-best finish on the PGA Tour, tying for third at the Northern Trust Open. That result earned him an exemption into this week's event at PGA National, which would not have been a problem except for the fact that his wife Kimberly was about to give birth to the couple's third child.

Throughout the past few days, his status for the first event of the Florida swing remained in doubt.

"This was a good problem to have," he joked Tuesday. "We both felt peaceful about it, but we were hoping so much that the baby would come early. Kim was taking long walks and eating spicy foods."


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Thankfully for Allred, his wife gave birth to a daughter at 1:25 p.m. MT Monday in Arizona. The newest addition to his family is healthy and thriving  although for the moment, she remains without a name.

"With all three of our kids, for whatever reason, we've had it narrowed down to two (names), but we like hanging out with them at the hospital for a day or two and then deciding," he explained. "We're pretty close. I'll let you know tomorrow morning."

Allred spent Monday with his wife and child at the hospital, then flew across the country to West Palm Beach Tuesday afternoon. He finally arrived at PGA National  a course he had never played before - around 5 p.m. ET Tuesday and promptly birdied No. 10, his first practice hole of the day.

With pro-ams slated for Wednesday, a handful of holes Tuesday against the waning daylight might be the only on-course practice Allred gets in before teeing off at 1:45 p.m. Thursday. He explained that he'll rely largely on his caddie, Keith Nolan, who was on his bag at Riviera and who played the Champion Course during a pro-am this past Sunday.

With no status on the PGA Tour and only conditional status on the Web.com Tour for the 2013-14 season, Allred is hoping to make the most of the opportunity provided by his high finish two weeks ago. The birth of his daughter, though, helped to provide some perspective on the week to come.

"I love this game. I want to do so well at it. But it doesn't define who I am," he added. "I'm just going to embrace it and have fun with it."

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.