Creamer (71), Pressel (68) in last Solheim push

By Randall MellAugust 3, 2017, 3:17 pm

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland – Paula Creamer and Morgan Pressel are in position to make a favorable final impression before the U.S. Solheim Cup team is finalized Sunday after the Ricoh Women’s British Open.

Creamer opened with a 1-under-par 71 Thursday at Kingsbarns Golf Links, Pressel with a 68.

After completing her round, Creamer sounded hopeful captain Juli Inkster is still considering her as a pick for the American team that will take on the Europeans in Iowa in two weeks. The team will be finalized Sunday after the Women’s British Open.

“Where my game is at right now, I feel really good, but it’s not my decision,” Creamer said. “Unfortunately, for the past couple months, I haven’t shown her that, but now I am.”

In six Solheim Cup appearances, Creamer (14-8-5) has amassed 16.5 points, more than any American outside Inkster (18.5) and Cristie Kerr (17.5). But it hasn’t been a good year.

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Creamer has slipped to 92nd on the LPGA money list and No. 120 in the Rolex Women’s World Rankings. She has one top-10 finish this year, missed the cut at the U.S. Women’s Open and had to qualify Monday to earn a spot at Kingsbarns. But she tied for 13th at the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open last week and finished second in the qualifier.

Creamer says all the hard work with coach Gary Gilchrist has her believing she can help the Americans win another Solheim Cup.

“I played well last week,” Creamer said. “I’m hitting a lot more fairways and giving myself a lot more opportunities. My ball striking is back where it should be.

“I feel like I know what I’m doing, I know where the ball is going. My putting is good, my short game is good. It’s a matter of putting it all together.”

If Creamer, 30, were to win the Ricoh Women’s British Open, she still wouldn’t qualify for the U.S. team on points, though she would make a world rankings push that might automatically qualify her. Otherwise, Creamer needs another captain’s pick, like she received two years ago. Certainly, a victory also would more than justify Creamer as a captain’s pick.

“Two years ago, I wasn’t playing that well and I got a pick,” said Creamer, who went 2-2 and won the anchor singles match in the historic American Solheim Cup comeback in Germany. “I felt like I did well and carried my own weight. Juli put me in some pressure situations, first out in the matches and then last out in singles, and I handled it.”

Pressel is 10-7-2 in five Solheim Cups, but she also has struggled for form this season. Her 68 moves her in early contention to win her second major championship.

“At this point, I'm just really working on playing good golf, for myself more than anything,” said Pressel, 29. “It's been a struggle this year, and I just really would love to continue to play well this week. That's my plan, not really too much worried about Solheim. Whatever happens will happen, and it'll take care of itself.”

Right now, Nelly Korda, Angela Stanford, Austin Ernst, Mo Martin, Marina Alex and Angel Yin appear favored in the running for captain’s picks if they don’t make the team on points or through the world rankings.

Creamer was asked if she has tried to communicate any messages to Inkster as qualifying comes to a close.

“She knows I definitely can pull my own weight, and I know what I’m doing in an event like that,” Creamer said.

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.