DeChambeau (72) unfazed by Spieth group, Masters stage

By Ryan LavnerApril 7, 2016, 8:05 pm

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Adam Scott, a major champion, said his first tee shot at the Masters is the most nervous he gets all year.

So imagine the anxiety, then, for an amateur who is playing in the most famous golf tournament in the world for the first time.

Or not.

“I wasn’t nervous at all,” Bryson DeChambeau said Thursday, a surprising statement from a player who (a) was teeing it up alongside defending champion Jordan Spieth, and (b) putting on display his four months of preparation and a dozen practice rounds at Augusta National.

“I had some adrenaline going," he continued, "but I stepped up there and striped it right down the left-center. Most people, I guess, say they’re nervous. But I’ve been saved by grace, so it doesn’t matter. This is just another golf shot out here. If I can perform to the highest level, great. If not, it’s an opportunity to show my grace and character.”

DeChambeau performed reasonably well, given the stage and the spotlight. He bogeyed the par-5 15th, after hitting a pitch shot into the water, but he salvaged an even-par 72 to sit just six shot back of Spieth, his fellow playing competitor.

“We were walking up 18 and he said, “I don’t know what it is about this place. I just love putting here. I can see the lines.’ I was quite impressed with that,” DeChambeau said. “It was fun to play with him and to see how he performs and reacts after certain putts. It’s a good experience. I’m still an amateur. I’ve still got hopefully a few more years in me, but we’ll see.”

DeChambeau said he was particularly impressed with that way that Spieth controlled his putts in the wind, which gusted up to 30 mph Thursday. 

“It’s a complete guess,” he said. “You can’t truly control it. If you have a controlled environment of a constant wind, you can learn how much a putt is affected by a certain wind. But at the same time we’re just artists out there. We have to play like an artist out there, and that’s what I did on the greens today.”  

DeChambeau is one of the most-talked-about players at this Masters, with his unorthodox approach intriguing the pros and the spectators. Even though he didn’t have his best stuff, he still drew praise from both of the players in his group.

“A big set of shoulders, a great ball-striker,” Casey said. “I saw him a couple of times doing some calculations in his head. I don’t know exactly his approach to the game, if it is mathematical, but he plays with a wonderful artistic flow. I was very, very impressed.”

Said Spieth: “I felt like Bryson struck the ball much better than I did. My pace was just a little better on the first putts and then a couple of them went in.” 

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.