Harrington wins playoff to take Honda Classic

By Nick MentaMarch 2, 2015, 5:10 pm

Padraig Harrington birdied the 72nd hole and beat Daniel Berger in a playoff to win the Honda Classic. Here's what you may have missed from a wild Monday finish at PGA National:

Leaderboard: Harrington (-6), Berger (-6), Paul Casey (-5), Russell Knox (-5), Ian Poulter (-5)

What it means: The win is Harrington’s first on Tour since the 2008 PGA Championship. He authored a wacky even-par 70 in his final round - with a bogey, two doubles and five birdies, including four in a row from Nos. 11-14 - to force a playoff. Needing just two pars to finish at 7 under and win by one in regulation, he instead found the water for a double bogey on the par-3 17th and rolled in a 16-footer for birdie on the par-5 18th. After halving the first extra hole with a par, Harrington redeemed himself on 17, the second extra hole, by flagging his approach, two-putting for par and eliminating Berger. Oddly enough, Harrington and last week’s winner at Riviera, James Hahn, won in back-to-back weeks from the 297th position in the Official World Golf Ranking. That means Harrington, 43, will be heading back to Augusta National this April after missing the Masters last year.

Best of the rest: Berger’s final-round 64 tied for the low round of the tournament and got him into the clubhouse over an hour before the final group finished. After starting the day nine shots back, he sat around on the driving range and putting green, safe and sound at 6 under. After a lengthy wait, he eventually was returned to the golf course for a playoff with Harrington. Unfortunately for the 21-year-old rookie, he hit his ball in the water on the second extra hole, No. 17, and was eliminated. Had he won, it would have been the second-largest final-round comeback in Tour history, bested only by Paul Lawrie, who trailed Jean van de Velde by 10 shots at the 1999 Open Championship – and Berger would have qualified for the Masters.

Round of the day: Brian Harman tied Berger with a Sunday-Monday 64, but we'll focus on Berger. He made only one bogey and seven birdies in his final round, with the two biggest coming on Nos. 17 and 18 in regulation. While the rest of the field, particularly Harrington and Patrick Reed, got caught in the Bear Trap, Berger almost won the Honda on Nos. 15-17. Prior to revisitng the 17th for a fifth time in the playoff, he played that three-hole stretch 5 under for the week.

Best of the rest: Casey turned in a tidy 2-under 68 but missed an opportunity to tie Berger and Harrington on 18 when he hooked a 3-wood left of the green, hit his pitch short, and missed his 18-foot birdie putt. Knox, like Berger, also birdied the last two holes but came up one shot short.

Biggest disappointments: Berger aside, Poulter and Reed - in that order. Poulter took his first 54-hole lead in his PGA Tour career Sunday afternoon, up three shots at 9 under. He spent the rest of Sunday evening and Monday morning donating five golf balls to the deep-sea divers who dredge the lakes at PGA National. After Poulter finally imploded for good - with two balls in the water and a triple bogey on No. 14 - Reed appeared to be in position for his fifth career win and second this year. Instead, he came up short of the 15th green - in the water - and went through the Bear Trap double bogey-bogey-bogey, finishing in a tie for seventh at 3 under.

Shot of the day: Harrington on 17 in the playoff. He not only put himself in position to win, he effectively put Berger in the water.

Quote of the day: "I really do believe in myself. I think I found that mental edge." - Harrington

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.