Mickelson shoots 67 with brother on the bag

By Will GrayJuly 6, 2017, 9:56 pm

There was a new caddie on the bag, but it was still the same five-time major champion hitting the shots.

Phil Mickelson produced a mixed bag during the first round of The Greenbrier Classic, a 3-under 67 that marked his first round since his split with longtime caddie Jim "Bones" Mackay and one that left him six shots off the lead.

"I'll take the round today. I didn't feel like I was really sharp, but I was able to manage my game and kind of keep the ball in play enough and make some pars," Mickelson told reporters. "I've been playing much better than the way I struck it today, so the last three or four holes I hit some good shots. If I can carry that play over into tomorrow, I can make a move up the leaderboard."

Mickelson started slowly with six pars on The Old White TPC, but then gave fans reason to cheer with a number of accurate wedge shots. He also hit a spectator in the head with his approach to the par-4 11th before, in classic Mickelson fashion, getting up-and-down to save par. He made his lone bogey of the day on No. 14 before closing with birdies on Nos. 16 and 17.

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It was a solid effort for Mickelson, but it still left him staring up at more than a dozen names on a day when 53-year-old Davis Love III set the early pace with a bogey-free 63.

This is Mickelson's first start since a T-9 finish at the FedEx St. Jude Classic last month, as he skipped the U.S. Open to attend his daughter's high school graduation. Days later he and Mackay released a joint statement detailing their split, and Mickelson announced that his brother, Tim, would serve as his new caddie for the remainder of the 2017 season.

"Tim is one of my favorite people to be around. We really had a lot of fun together today," Mickelson said. "We just enjoy being together. He kind of understands my sense of humor. We tell some jokes and laugh throughout the day, and we had a good time."

Tim Mickelson was formerly the head golf coach at Arizona State and currently also serves as the agent for Jon Rahm. It was announced Thursday that Mackay will join Golf Channel and NBC Sports as an on-course reporter beginning later this month at The Open.

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.