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DJ learns from driver mistake to defeat Spieth

By Rex HoggardAugust 28, 2017, 12:42 am

OLD WESTBURY, N.Y. – Having already taken one trip down Glen Oaks’ 18th hole on Sunday, Jordan Spieth knew the wind had switched for the first extra hole at The Northern Trust.

Spieth had just teed off and was lamenting his choice not to take a more aggressive line down the left side of the fairway which would bring a water hazard into play, but with a helping wind it shouldn’t have been a problem.

Johnson didn’t make the same mistake.

“When I saw his ball, where he was lined up, I was hoping he was not going to notice that,” Spieth said. “I knew he had plenty [distance] to do it the first time around, too. I was hoping that he would line up down the middle and he almost can't hold the fairway lining up down the middle.”

Johnson’s drive sailed 341 yards, just 26 yards more than Spieth’s drive but with the angle DJ took it left him an approach shot that was nearly 80 yards closer to the green.

Johnson hit a 60-degree wedge to 3 1/2 feet for birdie, Spieth had 7-iron that rolled to 24 feet for a two-putt par.

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“I should have stepped up there and taken that line,” Spieth said following his playoff loss. “But the wind was flipping all day. For me to sit there and try and trust a 300-yard carry when we just played the hole into the wind was going to be a little difficult.”

Johnson learned his lesson when he played the 18th hole in regulation following a drive down the right side of the fairway that found a bad lie in the rough. The world No. 1 was forced to layup but converted a 17-footer for par to force extra holes.

“Right after I hit my drive [in regulation], I was like, ‘What am I doing?’ I hit myself in the worst possible spot that I could be in,” Johnson said. “I told [caddie Austin Johnson], ‘If we go into a playoff, there's no way I'm going to the right again. Unless the wind is in the face.’ It's actually a hard drive for me to go down the right side.”

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.