Grace on cusp of OWGR top 10 after Heritage win

By Will GrayApril 18, 2016, 12:31 pm

Branden Grace's two-shot victory at the RBC Heritage was his first on the PGA Tour, and it also took the South African to within one spot of his career high in the world rankings.

Grace jumped three spots to No. 11 in the world after donning the tartan jacket. It equals his highest standing outside of a two-week stretch earlier this year when he was ranked No. 10 following his victory at the Qatar Masters.

While Grace made the most notable jump near the top of the standings, plenty of other players parlayed a big weekend into a rise in the Official World Golf Ranking. That list was headlined by former world No. 1 Luke Donald, who had fallen to No. 95 in the world last week. After a T-2 finish at Harbour Town, though, the Englishman is back up to No. 68.


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Bryson DeChambeau made the most of his pro debut, finishing T-4 in Hilton Head after leading the field for the week in strokes gained tee-to-green. He jumped 144 spots to No. 205, just behind former major champs Ernie Els and Stewart Cink. Russell Knox also made a move this week, as his T-2 finish at Harbour Town helped him move up 11 spots to No. 29 in the world and within two spots of his career best.

Andrew "Beef" Johnston's victory amid difficult conditions at the Open de Espana brought with it an OWGR reward, as the Englishman surged 108 spots to No. 125 in the latest rankings. Runner-up Joost Luiten rose 18 spots to No. 64, while Sergio Garcia's third-place finish in his national Open moved him up one spot to No. 15.

There was no change among the OWGR top 10, as Jason Day maintained his lead over Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Bubba Watson and Rickie Fowler. The second half of the top 10 includes Henrik Stenson, Adam Scott, Dustin Johnson, Danny Willett and Justin Rose.

Out since August with a back injury, Tiger Woods fell 11 more spots to No. 486 in the world.

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.