Frustrated Mickelson cards 71 in Round 3

By Ryan LavnerJuly 19, 2014, 1:39 pm

HOYLAKE, England – Not even a familiar three-ball with Keegan Bradley and Jason Dufner could shake Phil Mickelson out of his season-long doldrums.

In the first group off, and in ideal scoring conditions, Mickelson could muster only a 1-under 71 Saturday that left him outside the top 30 heading into the finalround of the Open Championship.

Bradley shot 69, while Dufner slumped to a 74.

“I’m frustrated because I’ve thrown so many shots away each round,” Mickelson said. “I feel like I’m playing a lot better than what I’m scoring, and that’s frustrating me.”

After a birdie on his opening hole, Lefty went out in 2-over 37. Three birdies in a four-hole stretch to start the back nine gave him his second consecutive under-par round, but he has yet to post a score in the 60s on a softer, tamer Royal Liverpool.

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“I threw countless opportunities away, all throughout the day,” he said. “It’s just frustrating. I know that it’s not far off, but it’s got to click. It just hasn’t yet.”

Mickelson might have been bummed afterward, but Bradley was still buzzing after what he described as “the most relaxed atmosphere I’ve ever had in a tournament.” Bradley estimated that he and Mickelson have played “about 50” money games over the past few years, and they’ve also teamed together in U.S. competitions.

Dufner and Bradley share the same swing coach, Chuck Cook, and are frequent practice-round partners.

The weather helped ease the mood, too.

Even par through two rounds, Bradley anticipated a normal 11 a.m. tee time for the third round. When the split-tee pairings were announced late Friday night, he quickly had to change his plans and head to bed for a 5:30 a.m. wakeup.

The trio arrived at the course “expecting a hurricane,” Bradley said, but the hard stuff never came, the wind barely blew, and Hoylake played as easy as it had all week.

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.