Hoffman putt ties Kisner for API lead

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 18, 2017, 9:31 pm

Charley Hoffman made a 71-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to tie Kevin Kisner for the lead after three rounds of the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Here's how things stand going into the final round at Bay Hill:

Leaderboard: Hoffman (-11), Kisner (-11), Tyrell Hatton (-8), Marc Leishman (-8), Matthew Fitzpatrick (-8), Adam Hadwin (-7), Lucas Glover (-7)

What it means: After a T-4 in his first start of the 2016-17 season, the Genesis Open, Hoffman had been going the wrong way, with subsequent finishes of T-17, T-24 and T-54. His drive at the 18th hole went left, and he had to play away from the pin on his approach. But his putt was perfect, giving him a 71. Kisner, who shot 68, continues knocking on the door early in this season. He already has a couple of top-10 finishes (T-4, Sony Open; T-10, AT&T Pebble Beach) as well as an 11th at the WGC-Mexico Championship.

Round(s) of the day: Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler both shot 7-under 65. McIlroy was bogey-free, the last two of his seven birdies coming on the 17th and 18th holes. Fowler double-bogeyed the par-4 third hole, but followed that with three consecutive birdies to finish the front nine, then added circles at Nos. 10, 12, 13 and 15 before eagling the par-5 16th. Fowler also made a remarkable par save on the par-4 11th, which we'll get to later.

Biggest disappointment: Argentina's Emiliano Grillo was just one shot off the lead after 36 holes, but after a 6-over 78 on Saturday, he needs a miracle. His misadventures included a quadruple-bogey 9 on the par-5 sixth hole, where he found the water twice.

Shot of the day: Hoffman's final putt was the most dramatic. For a non-putt, we'll go with Fowler on the par-4 11th hole. He found the water in front of the green with his approach, but the ball was playable. His splash-out hit the pin and he was able to save par.

Main storylines heading into Sunday: There are several: Kisner, 33, is trying to shake the label of one-hit wonder (his only win was the 2015 RSM Classic), while Hoffman, 40, is looking for his fifth Tour win. Canadian Hadwin, 29, may be the hottest player on Tour, having won the Valspar Championship for his first Tour victory and shooting 59 in the CareerBuilder Challenge. Among the big names, it's a question of whether McIlroy (-6) and Fowler (-5) are too far back.

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.