Lewis inspired by King but chasing her mark

By Randall MellNovember 20, 2014, 8:45 pm

NAPLES, Fla. – Hall of Famer Betsy King sees herself in Stacy Lewis.

King said as much following Lewis around Thursday in the first round of the CME Group Tour Championship. It’s notable given Lewis is trying to pull off a sweep this week that no American has achieved since King in 1993.

Lewis is trying to close out winning the Rolex Player of the Year Award, the Vare Trophy for low scoring average and the official money title this week. King won the trifecta in 1993.

“I see a lot of myself in Stacy,” King said walking the front nine at Tiburon Golf Club. “She’s a bit like I was, a little bit shy, a little bit to herself, can have a little bit of a temper, but uses it to get herself going.”

King has watched Lewis blossom as the best American in the game, as the Rolex world No. 1 for 25 weeks over the last two seasons. She has watched Lewis grow out of that shyness and become a leader and important voice in the women’s game.

“Stacy’s a solid, all-around player,” King said. “She has a good short game, she’s a good putter and she is so competitive.”


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King and Lewis have a connection through Golf Fore Africa, King’s non-profit organization dedicated to bringing “help and hope” to children and women of Africa. Lewis served on King’s board, sponsored a child and made a mission trip with King to Rwanda four years ago. Lewis called it life changing.

“It changed me a lot,” Lewis once said. “It was such a shock to me that people live the way they do, yet they're so happy and grateful. It just makes me thankful for everything that I have and it gave me a renewed purpose of what I'm doing out here. The better I play golf, the more I can help other people, the more I can inspire people. It gave me a new purpose to what I'm doing."

King enjoys watching Lewis play, but she didn’t come to Naples this week to see if Lewis was going to equal her feat sweeping the LPGA’s most important awards. She’s here recruiting players for her Golf Fore Africa fundraising tournaments, events that support the cause that King has made her life’s ambition. Her current projects are focused on a partnership with World Vision to bring clean water to Zambia.

“The goal in Zambia is making clean water available within a 15-minute walk to anyone living there,” King said.

That means building clean-water wells and improving sanitation systems. King has literally scaled mountains for her cause. She raised $70,000 in 2009 hiking 19,000 feet to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. Her Golf Fore Africa tournaments are vital fundraisers to her organization's causes. More information about helping bring clean water to Zambia can be found at GolfForeAfrica.org.

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.