Final group slowed to a 5 1/2-hour crawl

By Nick MentaAugust 13, 2017, 1:45 am

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The humidity was uncomfortable, the play was slow, and a couple of the pins – especially that one on 18 – were dicey.

Those factors combined to produce a slog of a Saturday at Quail Hollow Club, where the final group of Kevin Kisner, Hideki Matsuyama and Jason Day needed more than 5 ½ hours to complete their third round.

Asked if the slow play had any impact on his performance, Kisner instead engaged in amateur meteorology.

“It was just the heat,” he said. “I thought it was super hot. Standing around in [a probably 105-degree] heat index is not a whole lot of fun. It's difficult on your mental game, I think as much as anything. I'm pretty used to slow play; you watch us every week.”

The pin at 18 proved more of a physical challenge than a mental one given its placement, six paces on and four from the left.

The issue wasn’t so much the hole’s proximity to the creek that runs up 18, but rather its position on the green’s false front.


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“[On] 18, we have got a pin six yards on the green,” Quail Hollow member Webb Simpson said. “The false front is eight yards, which means you are supposed to bail right of the hole. Now we have to get it past the hole so the ball doesn't come back off the green. Little things like that, me and my caddie said, if they just put the pin four yards farther back, then it’s still a really hard hole but it's fair.”

Kisner, who bogeyed the 18th after a bridge saved his second shot from landing in the creek, concurred. Asked what Jason Day’s closing quadruple bogey looked like from his point of view, he answered: “I didn't even know what he made. I wasn't keeping his score. I was pretty consumed with what the heck I was trying itto do on the second shot. I had never seen a hole location short of a false front before.”

Offering a different perspective, Rickie Fowler accepted that sometimes those kinds of challenges are just part of major-championship golf.

“There were a lot of pins on ridges today it seemed like, which made it tough to make putts or to get the ball close,” he said. “But everyone's playing the same course. I mean, it's a major championship. You want it to play tough. You want tough pin placements in the right spots. I think they have done a good job of that.”

 

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.