Kang surprises everyone - including himself - with 60

By Will GrayFebruary 13, 2016, 1:00 am

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – Sung Kang stole the show Friday at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, carding an 11-under 60 at Monterey Peninsula Country Club that gave him a share of the lead.

It also marked Kang’s lowest career round – although it took a reminder from pro-am partner, comedian Ray Romano, for that last fact to sink in.

“We didn’t even know what the par was, even after we finished the hole. So I thought I shot 61,” Kang said. “Then after we finished he was like, ‘Hey, you beat your career round,’ and I said, ‘No, I didn’t. I shot 61.’

“’He said, ‘No, you shot 60,’” Kang continued. “We looked at the score and couldn’t still figure it out, like four or five minutes with (caddie Mike) Fluff (Cowan). And then we counted it again, ‘Oh shoot, we shot 60.’”

It’s easy to see how Kang’s low round may have surprised him considering the 28-year-old entered this week off of three straight missed cuts. Following an even-par 72 at Spyglass Hill, he seemed more likely to miss Saturday’s cut than play in the final group.

But everything fell into place during a round that included nine birdies and an eagle. Beginning on the back nine, Kang turned in 6-under 31 and had an outside chance for a 59 after three straight birdies on Nos. 6-8.

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While he closed with a par, it was still good enough to give him a share of the lead alongside Japan’s Hiroshi Iwata, with big names Phil Mickelson (T-3) and Justin Rose (sixth) looming just off the pace.

“I was having a good round, so I didn’t really force it to make birdies,” he said. “I was thinking just, it just felt like it was going to happen no matter what. So do it, it’s going to happen. Just putt, it’s going to go in, just hit it and it just went in most of the time today.”

Kang parted ways with his prior caddie after the Farmers Insurance Open, and this week marks the first time he has had Cowan on the bag as Cowan’s regular employer, Jim Furyk, continues to recover from wrist surgery. Cowan also happened to caddie for Furyk’s 59 at the 2013 BMW Championship, the last time golf’s magic number was achieved on the PGA Tour, and Kang heaped plenty of praise onto the veteran bag man.

“He definitely cleared my head a lot. I don’t have to think too much,” Kang said. “He told me, ‘Yeah, you were listening to me very well today, and you didn’t listen to me at all yesterday.’ So I did fine today.”

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.