Langley takes 36-hole lead at Travelers

By Golf Channel DigitalJune 20, 2014, 10:16 pm

Scott Langley followed up an opening-round 64 with a 65 Friday to take a one-shot lead into the weekend at the Travelers Championship. Here's what you need to know from Round 2 at TPC River Highlands:

Leaderboard: Scott Langley (-11); K.J. Choi (-10), Harris English (-10), Michael Putnam (-10); Eric Axley (-9), Ryan Moore (-9), Brendan Steele (-9)

What it means: Langley found himself in the final group on Sunday at the Memorial, but he quickly played his way out of the tournament with a 79 to finish 28th. The 25-year-old said after his round Friday that the mishap at Muirfield taught him a valuable lesson: “When I get in those situations, I need to keep my head down and just play golf,” he said. Langley has yet to win in 55 Tour starts and has placed in the top 10 only twice, including a third-place finish earlier this season at the Valspar Championship. In his only other start at the Travelers, in 2013, he missed the cut.

Round of the day: Michael Putnam fired a 7-under 63, carding eight birdies against just one bogey to move into a tie for second, just one behind Langley. The lone blemish came when he failed to get up and down at the par-4 10th and was followed with five birdies over his final eight holes.

Best of the rest: K.J. Choi posted 65-65 over his first two days to get one behind Langley heading into the weekend, while Harris English went 66-64 to do the same. Dustin Johnson is also hanging around at 8 under, as is Matt Kuchar at 7 under.

Biggest dissapointment: Overnight leader Brendan Steele followed up a career-low 62 with a 1-under 69 in Round 2. The good news is that he's still only two back of the lead. The bad news is that he missed an opportunity to pull further ahead with a solid round. As for other guys who went low Thursday and failed to get it going on Friday, Chad Campbell and Jeff Maggert both carded even-par 70s after a pair of 64s in Round 1. In similar (yet slightly worse) fashion, Joe Durant went 64-72 and Ken Duke 65-72 in a tournament that requires four days of low scores to stay in the hunt.

Shot of the day: Troy Merritt nearly made the second hole-in-one on a par 4 in PGA Tour history. His drive on the 279-yard par-4 15th finished just nine inches from the cup. The eagle helped Merritt shoot 66 after opening with a 71.

Story to watch over the weekend: Eric Axley didn't know he would even be playing in the Travelers until about an hour before his tee time Thursday afternoon. He started the week as the tournament's sixth alternate and now finds himself just two strokes out of the lead through two days at 9 under. Axley, who turned pro in 1997, has just one win on Tour, the 2006 Valero Texas Open, and is fighting to secure his card for the 2014-15 season.

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.