Granada shoots 66, leads LPGA finale by 2

By Will GrayNovember 20, 2014, 8:59 pm

The LPGA's final event of 2014 is underway, and the player at the top of the standings has plenty of experience playing high-stakes golf. Here's how things look after one round of the CME Group Tour Championship, where Julieta Granada holds a two-shot lead:

Leaderboard: Julieta Granada (-6), Sandra Gal (-4), Stacy Lewis (-3), Belen Mozo (-3), Caroline Hedwall (-3), Angela Stanford (-2), Carlota Ciganda (-2), So Yeon Ryu (-2)

What it means: Granada was the first $1 million recipient in LPGA history when she had a seven-figure payday in 2006, and she moved to the front of the pack with a bogey-free 66. While she's not eligible to win the $1 million bonus in Naples, she could still take home $500,000 for winning the event but she'll need to fight off Lewis, among others, to end an eight-year LPGA victory drought.

Round of the day: Granada made few errors in the first round, missing only one fairway and finding 15 of 18 greens in regulation. Her six birdies included back-to-back circles on both Nos. 7-8 and Nos. 13-14, as she needed only 28 putts to complete a round that left her two shots clear of her closest competitor.

Best of the rest: Gal hasn't won on the LPGA since her maiden victory in 2011, but she's in position to contend this week after a 4-under 68. Like Granada, Gal missed only three greens in regulation and the German's round was highlighted by an eagle 3 on the par-5 17th that gave her sole possession of second place.

Biggest disappointment: Anna Nordqvist is No. 11 in the Rolex Rankings, but the Swede stumbled out of the gates and failed to get things going from there. Nordqvist bogeyed four of her first five holes and made only two birdies all day, closing her round with a double bogey on No. 18 that left her with a 5-over 77 and 11 shots off the pace.

Biggest storyline heading into Friday: It remains to be seen if Granada can go wire-to-wire as Christina Kim did last week in Mexico, but the biggest subplot remains the race for the $1 million season-long prize between Lewis, Inbee Park and Lydia Ko. Lewis has the early edge after a 3-under 69, but Park and Ko both remain in the hunt after matching rounds of 1-under 71.

Shot of the day: Michelle Wie's opening 72 ended in style, although the closing holes were a bit chaotic. Wie was in red figures before a double bogey on No. 16 was followed by a 3-putt bogey on No. 17, but Wie bounced back with a chip-in birdie from just off the green on the home hole.

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.