McDowell leads Poulter by three at WGC-HSBC

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 7, 2014, 8:03 am

Graeme McDowell fired his second-consecutive 67 Friday to take a three-stroke lead over Ryder Cup teammate Ian Poulter at the WGC-HSBC Champions. Here's how things stand after 36 holes in Shanghai, China:

Leaderboard: Graeme McDowell (-10), Ian Poulter (-7), Bubba Watson (-6), Hiroshi Iwata (-6), Four players tied at 5 under

What it means: The Ryder Cup storyline continues to play out, though this time on the course. McDowell, Poulter and U.S. team member Bubba Watson will play in the final threesome Saturday at Sheshan International Golf Club. While McDowell and Watson are both major champions, Poulter is the only one in the group who has won a WGC event. The Englishman claimed the 2010 Match Play and this event in 2012 (at Mission Hills Golf Club).

Round of the day: Iwata, who is in the field based on his standing on the Japan Golf Tour Order of Merit, had the best round of the day by two strokes. His 7-under 65 was complete with seven birdies and no bogeys. He was eight strokes better than in his opening 73.

Best of the rest: McDowell, Poulter and Watson all shot 67s. G-Mac didn't make a bogey; neither did Poulter, who finished with birdies on four of his final five holes. Watson birdied each of his final five holes to vault into contention.

G-Mac sinks 20-footer for birdie at the par-5 14th Friday.

Biggest disappointment: Adam Scott. It was an even-par 72, but it was far from ho-hum. The Aussie birdied four of his first seven holes Friday to get within one of the lead, before a quadruple bogey-double bogey finish to his front nine. His back nine included a bogey, a birdie and an eagle. Scott's countryman, Brody Ninyette, who is in this week's field courtesy a top-4 finish on the 2013 Australasian Tour Order of Merit, shot 90. He was disqualified after signing an incorrect scorecard.

Main storyline heading into the weekend: Can we get a big-name winner? The fall tournaments have lacked star power, but this final trio is promising with Iwata hoping to play spoiler. Waiting in the wings are Rickie Fowler, Jonas Blixt, Kevin Na and Tim Clark - all at 5 under.

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.