Hurley shoots 63, takes Greenbrier lead

By Will GrayJuly 4, 2014, 10:42 pm

It seems only appropriate that on the Fourth of July, a former Navy officer leads on the PGA Tour. Here's how things look after two rounds at The Greenbrier Classic, where Billy Hurley III sits atop the standings in search of his first win:

Leaderboard: Billy Hurley III (-9), Kevin Chappell (-8), Chris Stroud (-8), Troy Matteson (-7), Steve Stricker (-6), Chris Kirk (-6), Brice Garnett (-6)

What it means: Hurley has been a journeyman player since leaving the Naval Academy, but he was fifth at the Honda Classic earlier this year and tied for eighth last week at Congressional. After a 7-under 63, he finds himself in unfamiliar territory as he takes a one-shot lead into the weekend.

Round of the day: Matteson appeared headed for an early exit after a 2-over 72 in the opening round, but he rebounded in style with a 9-under 61. Matteson birdied four of his first five holes while making the turn in 4-under 30, then birdied three of his last five to card the low round of the week. Just two behind Hurley, he looks for his first PGA Tour win.

Best of the rest: Hurley didn't drop a shot, with birdies on seven of his last 14 holes after opening with four straight pars. Hurley had two different stretches of three birdies across four holes, first on Nos. 14-17 and again on Nos. 4-7 as he closed his round.

Biggest disappointment: Jimmy Walker was a popular fantasy pick this week after three top-five finishes in the last four years at Greenbrier, but the FedEx Cup leader struggled in the second round, carding a 5-over 75. Walker was flirting with the cut line but played his final four holes in 4 over to miss the weekend for just the third time this season.

Main storyline heading into Saturday: It remains to be seen how Hurley can handle the spotlight as he goes for his first win at age 32, but a pair of veterans lurk in contention. Stricker is still in position after two rounds with wife Nicki on the bag, while Kirk, a winner earlier this year at Sea Island, made his 22nd cut in a row and sits just three shots off the pace.

Quote of the day: "Fourth of July has always been a special day for me just growing up, and kind of what it means for our independence. So it's kind of pretty cool, I guess, to shoot 7 under on the Fourth of July." - Hurley, who is the only current PGA Tour player to serve in active military duty.

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.