Chappell (67) finds game with help from Snapchat

By Nick MentaMarch 19, 2016, 8:39 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. – It's an odd way to find your game, but for Kevin Chappell, it appears to have worked.

"I played by myself last week on Sunday and had a blast," said Chappell, describing his final-round 71 at the Valspar Championship.

"I was Snapchatting my way around the golf course. I have like ten followers on Snapchat. It was hilarious. We were having fun with it. I started noticing shots coming out of the gun the right way, and I was like, 'Oh, wow, this is kind of fun.'"

Just one week later, after a third-round 67, Chappell finds himself tied for second place at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, trailing leader and world No. 3 Jason Day by just two shots through 54 holes. Chappell will tee off in the second-to-last group on Sunday, alongside Henrik Stenson.

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With the exception of his runner-up finish at the RSM Classic in November, it's been a frustrating season thus far for the 29-year-old who remains in search of his first PGA Tour win; he's missed three of nine cuts and finished T-62nd or worse three other times. 

Chappell said Saturday that he injured himself while working out in the fall and ended up bedridden for 10 days. He made that start at the RSM with no expectations, opting to play just because he's always enjoyed Sea Island. He wound up outplaying everyone but champion Kevin Kisner.

After not totally healing from his injury, Chappell struggled again in the early part of 2016 and "really wasn't enjoying golf," he said. "I was probably miserable to be around."

But last week's Snapchat-fueled final round and a visit from a friend has adjusted Chappell's attitude.

"I think I just needed to forget about trying to be perfect and really just take the game for what it was," he said. "You know, I noticed that when things go sideways I try and make it perfect and by no means was I perfect today, [but I] shot 5 under par, 67. Played a great round of golf."

That round has Chappell in contention for his first victory and the three-year Tour exemption that would come along with it.

"It's something I thought about thousands and thousands of times and I could see myself doing it," he said. "It's just a matter of going out and doing it, and I can't think of a better place to get my first win ... [at] the castle that Mr. Palmer built and in front of a world-class field."

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.