Defending champs Day, Scott headline World Cup field

By Will GrayAugust 15, 2016, 8:00 pm

Defending champions Jason Day and Adam Scott were among several marquee players who were confirmed Monday as participants in the Nov. 24-27 World Cup of Golf.

Day and Scott teamed for victory at the last World Cup in 2013. They will once again comprise the Australian team later this year when the event heads to Kingston Heath Golf Club in Melbourne, Australia.

While the event's last iteration included both individual and team competitions, this year's tournament will only include a team competition.

"The victory at the 2013 World Cup of Golf was a kick-start to a phenomenal stretch of golf for me," Day said in a release. "I am truly looking forward to the new format with Adam. I really can't imagine a better scenario than to represent Australia in our home country, with one of my good mates at Kingston Heath, one of my all-time favorite courses."

Other notable commitments include Bubba Watson, who will anchor the American team, while Danny Willett will team with fellow Englishman Lee Westwood, who finished second to Willett this year at the Masters.

A total of 28 countries will be represented at the event, each fielding a two-man team. Players currently listed without a partner have until Aug. 26 to choose who they will team with in the event.

Here's a look at the players who have confirmed their participation:

Australia: Jason Day and Adam Scott

U.S.: Bubba Watson

England: Danny Willett and Lee Westwood

Scotland: Russell Knox and Duncan Stewart

Japan: Hideki Matsuyama

Spain: Rafael Cabrera-Bello

Korea: Byeong-Hun An

Argentina: Emiliano Grillo

Ireland: Shane Lowry

Sweden: Alex Noren and David Lingmerth

Thailand: Thongchai Jaidee

Denmark: Soren Kjeldsen and Thorbjorn Olesen

New Zealand: Danny Lee

Italy: Francesco Molinari

Austria: Bernd Wiesberger

Belgium: Thomas Pieters and Nicolas Colsaerts

Netherlands: Joost Luiten

South Africa: Jaco van Zyl

Venezuela: Jhonattan Vegas and Julio Vegas

Wales: Jamie Donaldson

France: Victor Dubuisson

Germany: Alex Cejka

Fiji: Vijay Singh

Portugal: Ricardo Gouveia

Canada: David Hearn

China: Wu Ashun

Paraguay: Fabrizio Zanotti

Philippines: Miguel Tabuena

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.