Nordqvist battling mononucleosis as Solheim Cup looms

By Randall MellAugust 1, 2017, 5:42 pm

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland – Anna Nordqvist may now be Europe’s best player, but the Swedish star is facing a serious challenge getting ready for the Ricoh Women’s British Open this week and the Solheim Cup in two weeks.

Nordqvist has been diagnosed with glandular fever (mononucleosis), but she is hopeful it won’t keep her from teeing it up in Thursday at Kingsbarns. She played the pro-am on Tuesday.

“I’ve been on bed rest for the last two weeks at home in Sweden,” Nordqvist told “People are concerned that I’m pushing it playing this week, but I’m listening to my doctor. The last few days I’ve actually started to feel better.”

Nordqvist is a vital figure in captain Annika Sorenstam’s plans for the European Solheim Cup team. The matches are scheduled Aug. 18-20 at Des Moines Golf and Country Club in Iowa.

“My major concern is not letting down the team for the Solheim Cup, being fit to fight,” Nordqvist said.

Nordqvist, 30, is the highest ranked European woman in the world at No. 12. The seven-time LPGA winner is 8-7-1 in Solheim Cup play and has never had a losing record in any of her four appearances in the biennial international team event.

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Nordqvist has not played since the U.S. Women’s Open three weeks ago. She withdrew from the Ladies Scottish Open before the first round last week.

“The hardest part of this was calling Annika to tell her I had glandular fever, and that I was going to have to withdraw from the Ladies Scottish,” Nordqvist said.

That’s because withdrawing meant Nordqvist would not meet the minimum Ladies European Tour starts required to qualify for the European Solheim Cup team. She needs a captain’s pick to make the team.

“I hated withdrawing,” Nordqvist said. “I don’t like to quit. Pulling out of the Scottish was my first withdrawal in nine years.”

Nordqvist arrived for the U.S. Women’s Open in early July feeling sick, but she played through it, tying for 33rd. She said she couldn’t shake a sore throat and that had afflicted her off and on for 14 days. She is being treated by Dr. Ara Suppiah, Golf Channel’s “Morning Drive” health expert.

The weather will challenge Nordqvist this week. Rain and cold winds hit Monday and Tuesday with more expected during the competition.

Nordqvist said there’s no timetable for her full health returning. Mononucleosis is tricky malady requiring rest.

“The good thing is I haven’t experienced that extreme fatigue some people get,” Nordqvist said. “It’s a virus that can be in your body for months or even years, but I’m pacing myself and I’ve felt a big difference the last few days.”

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.