Lefty new betting favorite after 63 on Day 1

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 14, 2016, 9:25 pm

Phil Mickelson stole the show on Thursday at The Open, settling for a 63 to grab a three-shot lead after his putt for 62 just lipped out.

The 63 also made Lefty the odds-on favorite to win the tournament at 4/1, up from the start of the week where he was listed at 30/1.

Two-time major champ Martin Kaymer (66) and world No. 4 Rory McIlroy (69) are next at 12/1.

Other notables include Dustin Johnson at 16/1; Sergio Garcia, Zach Johnson, Patrick Reed, Adam Scott and Henrik Stenson at 18/1; Jordan Spieth at 22/1; Rickie Fowler at 28/1 and Jason Day at 45/1. Day started the week as the betting favorite at 8/1.

Here's the full list of odds after the first round of The Open, courtesy of Bovada:

Phil Mickelson: 4/1  

Martin Kaymer: 12/1   

Rory McIlroy: 12/1  

Dustin Johnson16/1  

Sergio Garcia18/1 

Zach Johnson18/1 

Patrick Reed18/1  

Adam Scott18/1  

Henrik Stenson18/1 

Justin Rose22/1 

Jordan Spieth22/1  

Rickie Fowler28/1  

Branden Grace35/1  

Andy Sullivan40/1

Jason Day45/1  

Rafael Cabrera Bello50/1

Soren Kjeldsen50/1

Justin Thomas50/1  

Tony Finau55/1

Billy Horschel55/1

Steve Stricker60/1 

Keegan Bradley85/1

Bubba Watson90/1 

Padraig Harrington100/1

Francesco Molinari100/1

Lee Westwood100/1 

Bill Haas125/1

J.B. Holmes125/1

Matt Kuchar125/1  

Louis Oosthuizen125/1 

Daniel Willett125/1 

Gary Woodland125/1

Jason Dufner150/1 

Ernie Els150/1

Tyrell Hatton150/1

Andrew Johnston150/1

Richard Sterne150/1

Nicolas Colsaerts175/1

Harris English175/1

Emiliano Grillo175/1

Thongchai Jaidee175/1

Matt Jones175/1 

Kevin Na175/1

Alex Noren175/1

Thomas Pieters175/1

Robert Rock175/1

Callum Shinkwin175/1 

Webb Simpson175/1

Vijah Singh175/1

Brandt Snedeker175/1  

Kevin Kisner200/1

Joost Luiten200/1

Matteo Manassero200/1

Hideki Matsuyama200/1 

Charl Schwartzel200/1  

Brendan Steele200/1

Daniel Summerhays200/1       

Charley Hoffman225/1

Jimmy Walker200/1  

Bernd Wiesberger200/1  

Jamie Donaldson225/1

Charley Hoffman225/1

Yuta Ikeda225/1

Colt Knost225/1

Russell Knox225/1

Colin Montgomerie225/1

Haydn Porteous225/1

Victor Dubuisson250/1

Byeong Hun-An250/1

Shugo Imahira250/1

Chris Kirk250/1

Anirban Lahiri250/1

Zander Lombard250/1

Ryan Moore250/1

Thorbjorn Olesen250/1

Ryan Palmer250/1

Kevin Chappell300/1

Scott Hend300/1

Jim Furyk300/1  

Kyung Tae Kim300/1

Justin Leonard300/1

Shane Lowry300/1 

Graeme McDowell300/1  

Matthew Southgate300/1

Brandon Stone300/1

Harold Varner300/1

Marc Warren300/1    

Paul Casey350/1  

Luke Donald350/1  

Matthew Fitzpatrick350/1  

Ross Fisher350/1

Kodai Ichihara350/1

David Lingmerth350/1

Kristoffer Broberg400/1

Greg Chalmers400/1

James Hahn400/1

Smylie Kaufman400/1

Soo Min Lee400/1

Marc Leishman400/1  

William McGirt400/1

Rose wins; Aphibarnrat earns Masters bid in Indonesia

By Will GrayDecember 17, 2017, 1:59 pm

Justin Rose continued his recent run of dominance in Indonesia, while Kiradech Aphibarnrat snagged a Masters invite with some 72nd-hole dramatics.

Rose cruised to an eight-shot victory at the Indonesian Masters, carding bookend rounds of 10-under 62 that featured a brief run at a 59 during the final round. The Englishman was the highest-ranked player in the field and he led wire-to-wire, with Thailand's Phachara Khongwatmai finishing second.

Rose closes out the year as perhaps the hottest player in the world, with top-10 finishes in each of his final 10 worldwide starts. That stretch includes three victories, as Rose also won the WGC-HSBC Champions and Turkish Airlines Open. He hasn't finished outside the top 10 in a tournament since missing the cut at the PGA Championship.

Meanwhile, it took until the final hole of the final tournament of 2017 for Aphibarnrat to secure a return to the Masters. The Thai entered the week ranked No. 56 in the world, with the top 50 in the year-end world rankings earning invites to Augusta National. Needing an eagle on the 72nd hole, Aphibarnrat got just that to snag solo fifth place.

It means that he is projected to end the year ranked No. 49, while Japan's Yusaku Miyazato - who started the week ranked No. 58 and finished alone in fourth - is projected to finish No. 50. Aphibarnrat finished T-15 in his Masters debut in 2016, while Miyazato will make his first appearance in the spring.

The results in Indonesia mean that American Peter Uihlein and South Africa's Dylan Frittelli are projected to barely miss the year-end, top-50 cutoff. Their options for Masters qualification will include winning a full-point PGA Tour event in early 2018 or cracking the top 50 by the final March 25 cutoff.

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.