Matthew on LET woes: 'Wrong person' in charge

By Randall MellAugust 2, 2017, 6:35 pm

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland – Two of the most respected veterans in European women’s golf are divided over who is to blame for the Ladies European Tour’s woeful state.

Scotland’s Catriona Matthew believes LET chief executive officer Ivan Khodabakhsh may have to go.

Laura Davies supports him.

“I don't really play much in Europe, but they have obviously been having their issues with the commissioner,” Matthew said. “I think we need to try and get that sorted and see what direction they are going to go.

“I think the product's there. They have got a lot of good players. It's just perhaps they have had the wrong person at the head. So, hopefully, if they can get that resolved, it can start building itself up again.”

Davies said corporate Europe is more to blame.

“In Europe, for some reason, the corporate world isn't that interested in us, at the moment,” Davies said. “Hopefully that will change.”

Khodabakhsh wasn’t available for comment.

The LET schedule features just 17 events this year, down nine events from six years ago.

The LET’s total prize money for this year is roughly $15 million, according to purses listed on the LET schedule.

The LPGA is playing for a total of $67 million in 34 events.

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Five LET events have been canceled this year. Last week’s Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open was just the sixth LET event staged this year, outside the majors.

“We need people to step up with the money to back us,” Davies said. “We're getting more TV now, which I thought was going to help, which is what Ivan has done really well. But we're not seeing the results from it.

“I'm just a golfer. I don't know why. I just think we're very unlucky. I think everyone at the tour is working so hard, and they are just getting hammered left right and center, and in a way there's not a lot they can do about it. I know for one thing they are working really hard.”

At the end of last year, the Global Golf Post quoted LPGA commissioner Mike Whan saying he was intrigued by finding a way to merge the LET with LPGA, with the LET becoming a satellite circuit feeding pros into the LPGA, much like the Symetra Tour.

A week later, Whan explained he wasn’t making a move on the LET, just thinking aloud about the partnership.

“My vision is not to acquire the LET,” he said then. “We’ve got a good partnership.”

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.