Monday SHO finish would cause Masters headache

By Ryan LavnerApril 5, 2014, 9:24 pm

HUMBLE, Texas – Historically, meteorologists have been as accurate with their forecasts as Phil Mickelson has been off the tee, and PGA Tour officials are hoping the weather for Sunday’s final round of the Shell Houston Open is better than anticipated.

The forecast calls for an 80 percent chance of heavy showers and thunderstorms. The Tour has already moved up final-round tee times, with the final group going off at 10:30 a.m. ET.

Still, it appears increasingly likely that there will be a Monday finish for the Masters tune-up. That’s a major headache.

Just how much of an inconvenience it poses, however, depends on the players’ Augusta preparation.

Several players – including Houston Open leader Matt Kuchar and Masters favorites Rory McIlroy and Mickelson – said it wouldn’t be an end-of-the-world scenario. In many cases, they’ve already done their Masters scouting. McIlroy, for instance, spent two days this week at Augusta, playing 18 holes each day.

“I don’t mind if I stick around,” McIlroy said. “It’d probably be preferable to get out of here (Sunday) night, but otherwise it won’t affect me that much.”

Said Mickelson: “I usually take Mondays off, so I have nothing scheduled. I’ve already done my preparations. I know how I’m going to play it.”

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Kuchar, who leads here by four, wasn’t even planning on being at Augusta until late-afternoon Tuesday. A Monday finish in Houston would simply mean one fewer night at home.

Hunter Mahan hasn’t made a pre-tournament trip to Augusta, but he didn’t seem that concerned, either. Normally, Mahan spends his Masters Monday on the range with swing coach Sean Foley, going over their game plan for the week from a technical standpoint.

“It’d be a headache, for sure,” he said, “but it’s just another challenge you’ve got to deal with. You can’t harp on any kind of circumstances you can’t control. You’ve just got to get there and go to work. You signed up for this week, so you have to play this week.”

The threat of a Monday finish could prompt those toward the bottom of the leaderboard to reevaluate whether they want to stick around for the conclusion of play or bail early for Augusta.

Sergio Garcia doesn’t have that luxury, seeing as how he is tied for second heading into the final round. But he’s still worried about what impact a Monday finish could have.

“I don’t think it’d be the best thing, for sure,” he said. “It wouldn’t be very good. You’d have to squeeze everything together, get no rest.”

Well, rest assured, the Tour is hoping it doesn’t come to this worst-case scenario. 

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.