Rory (71) avoids rules infraction, putting woes persist

By Will GrayAugust 25, 2016, 10:47 pm

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. – A switch in equipment wasn’t enough to cure Rory McIlroy’s putting woes during the opening round of The Barclays.

McIlroy is making his first start since a disastrous effort on the greens led to a missed cut at the PGA Championship. In the three weeks since, he swapped out his Nike Method blade putter for a mallet-style Scotty Cameron, but his even-par 71 at Bethpage Black still featured 31 putts - including four misses from inside 8 feet.

“Felt like I probably could have been a few better. Missed a couple of short ones,” McIlroy said. “I think anything under par in the afternoon especially is a good score. Have to get back out there tomorrow in better conditions, with the greens a little better, and try to do something.”

McIlroy stirred some unpleasant U.S. Open flashbacks on the fourth green, when his ball moved slightly as he got set over a short putt. But after conferring with a rules official, McIlroy was deemed not to have caused the ball to move, and went on to make his second of three birdies on the round.

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“I addressed my ball, so I put my putter behind it, but with the wind, that’s a very exposed green. And with these poa greens as well, sort of what happened to Dustin (Johnson) at the U.S. Open as well, any tiny bit of movement, whether it’s wind or even pressure of your feet,” he said. “Told the ref what happened, and he said with the wind and everything, I don’t think you caused the ball to move. I just played it from where it was.”

While he avoided a rules infraction, McIlroy knows that in order to contend this week on the Black Course, he’ll need to turn around his performance with the club that has vexed him the most this summer.

“I felt a little tentative at the start. I left a couple (putts) short early on and then I missed the short one on my fourth hole today,” he said. “I struggled a little bit, but I stayed with it and stayed patient. Felt like even par was a fair reflection of how I played.”

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.