No. 1 Ko, Webb headline Women’s Aussie Open field

By Randall MellFebruary 16, 2015, 7:38 pm

Rolex world No. 1 Lydia Ko and five-time Women’s Australian Open champion Karrie Webb lead the LPGA’s return to action this week at one of Australia’s most venerable courses.

Ko, 17, and Webb, 40, are the favorites at the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open at Royal Melbourne Golf Club. Ko, a Kiwi, begins her third consecutive week atop the Rolex world rankings with a chance to solidify her position. Rolex No. 2 Inbee Park and No. 3 Stacy Lewis are not in this week’s field.

Webb returns to her Aussie homeland looking to win this championship in back-to-back years for the second time. She came from five shots behind in the final round a year ago to win at Victoria Golf Club. She also won the Women’s Australian Open in 2000, 2002, 2007 and 2008.

Four of the top 10 in the Rolex rankings are scheduled to tee it up at Royal Melbourne’s composite course, a combination of its East and West courses. China’s Shanshan Feng, No. 4 in the world rankings, is scheduled to make her first LPGA start of the year. No. 7 So Yeon Ryu and No. 9 Webb round out the top 10 players in the field.

South Korea’s Q Baek, No. 11 in the world, is scheduled to make her debut as a rookie LPGA member. England’s Charley Hull is also making her LPGA rookie debut in an event co-sanctioned by the Ladies European Tour. Australia’s Minjee Lee, the former No. 1 amateur in the world, will make her first start in her homeland as an LPGA rookie. Na Yeon Choi, reigning Women’s British Open champion Mo Martin, 2012 Women’s Australian Open champion Jessica Korda, Laura Davies, Christina Kim and former world No. 1 Yani Tseng also are in the field.

Golf Channel will be televising all four rounds of the event: Wednesday, 11p.m.—2 a.m.; Thursday/Friday, 11:30 p.m.—2 a.m.; Saturday, 9 p.m.—2 a.m.

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.