Daly contending at Pebble Beach after opening 65

By Will GrayFebruary 12, 2015, 10:11 pm

Don’t adjust your television sets: that is, in fact, John Daly’s name near the top of a PGA Tour leaderboard.

Eleven years removed from his last victory, Daly moved into early contention at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am with a bogey-free 65 at the host course. At 7 under, he trails J.B. Holmes and Justin Hicks by one shot.

“To come here and play Pebble like this, to shoot 7 under and get off to a decent start, it’s been a long time since I’ve played that well,” Daly said.

Success and Pebble Beach haven’t exactly gone hand-in-hand for Daly in years past. He missed the cut each of the last two years, shooting a combined 17 over across that span, and his only made cut in 12 starts at this event came back in 1991. But he was able to channel his game from yesteryear on Thursday, and at 48 years old he averaged more than 322 yards per drive during his opening round.

“You can get aggressive. This course, it allows you to hit driver a lot,” he said. “For me today, I had about four or five ‘gimme’ birdies. You get that in a round and that always helps, too.”

Daly has missed the cut in two of his three starts this season, with his best result a T-29 at the Sanderson Farms Championship. He last won at the 2004 Buick Invitational, now the Farmers Insurance Open, and his last top-10 finish came at the 2012 Barracuda Championship, where he tied for fifth.

Daly will now head to Monterey Peninsula for his second round, followed by a third-round tee time at Spyglass Hill. He gave much of the credit for his performance to his pro-am partner, ESPN analyst and former NFL head coach Herm Edwards.

“He is so positive and fun to be around,” Daly said. “I want to go see some of those motivation speeches he does for those football teams or kids or whatever, because I mean it just fires you up.”

Daly wasn’t the only blast from the past on the early leaderboard in California. Dudley Hart, who at age 46 is playing on a major medical exemption, matched Daly’s score of 65 at Pebble Beach. His last win came at the 2000 Honda Classic.

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.