Holmes' lead trimmed to two after 36 at Doral

By Will GrayMarch 6, 2015, 11:04 pm

While he didn't match Thursday's torrid pace, J.B. Holmes played well enough to remain in front at the WGC-Cadillac Championship. Here's how things look after two days at Trump National Doral, where Holmes' advantage has been trimmed to two shots:

Leaderboard: J.B. Holmes (-9), Ryan Moore (-7), Adam Scott (-6), Bubba Watson (-4), Henrik Stenson (-4), Ryan Palmer (-3), Dustin Johnson (-3), Alexander Levy (-3)

What it means: Holmes nearly tied the course record with a 62 in the opening round, but he found water on two of his first three holes Friday. His tee shot into the lake on No. 18 was his fourth water ball of the day and it led to a closing double bogey, but despite a 2-over 74 he still holds a two-shot lead heading into the weekend as he looks to claim his first WGC title.

Round of the day: Scott is making his first start of the year - and his first start in years without his traditional broomstick putter - but the Aussie had no issues in the second round. Scott began with four birdies in his first eight holes and made six on the day, carding a 4-under 68 to move into third place.

Best of the rest: Joost Luiten was near the bottom of the standings after an opening 79, but the Dutchman rebounded impressively with a 3-under 69. Luiten dropped his only shot of the day on No. 2 and added five birdies, including four in a seven-hole stretch from Nos. 10-16 to claw back to the middle of the pack at 4 over.

Biggest disappointment: Rickie Fowler grabbed a spot on the early leaderboard with an opening-round 68, but he was nine shots worse on Friday despite somewhat calmer conditions. Fowler countered a pair of birdies with five bogeys and a double bogey, and at 1 over he now trails Holmes by 10 shots heading into the third round.

Main storyline heading into Saturday: Holmes began to wobble in the third round and saw his lead cut in half; Saturday will provide another test of his mettle. The veteran last won at the Wells Fargo Championship in May, and he'll need to fend off a chase pack that includes Scott, Watson and Stenson - three of the top five players in the world.

Shot of the day: Watson hit his approach from 225 yards on the par-5 eighth hole to within two feet. It led to his second eagle of the week, and was the first of two eagles he would make during the round en route to a 3-under 69.

Quote of the day: "It felt good at the time, but right now I regret it." - Rory McIlroy, who threw his 3-iron into a lake on No. 8 while shooting a 2-under 70 in the second round.

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.