Holmes, Hicks share early Pebble Beach lead

By Will GrayFebruary 12, 2015, 11:09 pm

The weather Thursday was some of the best ever seen for the Tour's annual stop along the Monterey Peninsula, and the scores were low as a result. Here's how things look after the opening round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, where J.B. Holmes and Justin Hicks share the lead:

Leaderboard: J.B. Holmes (-8), Justin Hicks (-8), Jim Furyk (-7), John Daly (-7), Brandt Snedeker (-7), Dudley Hart (-7), Chesson Hadley (-7), J.J. Henry (-7)

What it means: Holmes is just days removed from a playoff loss to Jason Day at Torrey Pines, but he bounced back admirably with a 64 at Pebble Beach that began with a hole-out eagle from 123 yards. Hicks was able to catch him atop the standings late in the day, but there remains a host of contenders just one shot back with two rounds still to go before the field is cut to the top 60 plus ties.

Round of the day: Holmes nearly got the trophy last week in San Diego and he is again positioned to contend after an 8-under round that included seven birdies and a bogey to go along with his opening eagle. Holmes found 16 of 18 greens in regulation and tallied four birdies in a five-hole stretch from Nos. 3-7.

Best of the rest: Hicks is in search of his first PGA Tour victory, and he's given himself a good opportunity after a bogey-free 64 at Pebble Beach. Hicks made the turn in 3 under, then finished with a flurry, carding birdies on Nos. 14 and 16 before closing the round with an 18-foot eagle putt on the scenic 18th hole.

Biggest disappointment: Jimmy Walker and Jason Day were the top two favorites this week, but both could muster only rounds of even par during Round 1. Walker, the defending champ, made just two birdies during his opener at Spyglass Hill while Day, fresh off his win at Torrey Pines, had two double bogeys during his round of 72 on the host course.

Main storyline heading into Friday: The player to watch Friday is the one that stole the show on Thursday: Daly. At age 48, he is again contending on the PGA Tour after a bogey-free effort in the opening round, but it remains to be seen if he can maintain the momentum. Two likely challengers are alongside him at 7 under - Snedeker, a winner here two years ago, and Furyk, who is making his 2014-15 season debut.

Shot of the day: Holmes shook off his playoff loss quickly with a hole-out wedge from 123 yards on the difficult par-4 10th hole, his first hole of the day at Pebble Beach. He went on to birdie the next hole as well en route to an opening 64.

Quote of the day: "It's been a long time since I've played that well." - Daly

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.