By the numbers: Walker, Streb join history on Day 2

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 29, 2016, 11:46 pm

Jimmy Walker and Robert Streb are tied atop the PGA Championship leaderboard through 36 holes at Baltusrol, with Emiliano Grillo, Jason Day and Henrik Stenson not far behind.

Here are the key stats from the second round at Baltusrol:

 Walker and Streb tied the lowest 36-hole total score in PGA Championship history at 131. They became the eighth member of the club and first since Jason Dufner in 2013.

• Walker has three career top-10s in majors (all came in 2014 season) and his previous best 36-hole position in major was T-7 at 2014.

 Streb shot 7-under 63 on Friday, making him the 28th different man and third this year to card 63 in a major, the lowest score ever in any round of a major championship.

• Streb, who entered this week with six straight rounds over par in majors and missed the cut in each of previous three major starts, has only one bogey through two rounds. His last top-10 on the PGA Tour came at this tournament last year at Whistling Straits,

• Day fired his 18th major round in the 60s since beginning of 2014 season (tied with Stenson for most such rounds in that span) and is seeking his eighth win in his last 23 worldwide starts. A win would make him the only player besides Tiger Woods to win back-to-back PGA titles in the stroke-play era.

• Grillo (66-67) carded his two lowest career major rounds so far at the PGA and is vying to become just the fourth international player to win a major before turning 24 in the last 100 years (Rory McIlroy, Seve Ballesteros and Gary Player)

• Stenson (67-67) is a combined 30 under in his last eight major rounds. A win would make him only the fourth player 40-and-over to win multiple majors in one season (Mark O’Meara, Jack Nicklaus and Ben Hogan).

• Martin Kaymer's (66-69) only lower major 36-hole total score was at the 2014 U.S. Open, which he went on to win. Kaymer hasn't won worldwide in 58 starts since.

• Jordan Spieth sits six shots off the pace after a second-round 67, and with a victory would become the youngest three-time major winner since Gene Sarazen (1923) to capture three legs of the career Grand Slam.

• Dustin Johnson's missed cut snaps a streak of 25 straight made cuts on the PGA Tour. It was the longest active streak entering the week.

• Phil Mickelson managed to salvage an even-par 70 to make the cut. Mickelson, who missed the cut at the Masters and the U.S. Open has never missed cut in three majors in same season.

• Rory McIlroy, who missed eight putts inside 10 feet through two rounds, missed the cut in multiple majors for just the second time in his career (U.S. Open).

Note: Golf Channel’s editorial research unit contributed to this report.

Rose wins; Aphibarnrat earns Masters bid in Indonesia

By Will GrayDecember 17, 2017, 1:59 pm

Justin Rose continued his recent run of dominance in Indonesia, while Kiradech Aphibarnrat snagged a Masters invite with some 72nd-hole dramatics.

Rose cruised to an eight-shot victory at the Indonesian Masters, carding bookend rounds of 10-under 62 that featured a brief run at a 59 during the final round. The Englishman was the highest-ranked player in the field and he led wire-to-wire, with Thailand's Phachara Khongwatmai finishing second.

Rose closes out the year as perhaps the hottest player in the world, with top-10 finishes in each of his final 10 worldwide starts. That stretch includes three victories, as Rose also won the WGC-HSBC Champions and Turkish Airlines Open. He hasn't finished outside the top 10 in a tournament since missing the cut at the PGA Championship.

Meanwhile, it took until the final hole of the final tournament of 2017 for Aphibarnrat to secure a return to the Masters. The Thai entered the week ranked No. 56 in the world, with the top 50 in the year-end world rankings earning invites to Augusta National. Needing an eagle on the 72nd hole, Aphibarnrat got just that to snag solo fifth place.

It means that he is projected to end the year ranked No. 49, while Japan's Yusaku Miyazato - who started the week ranked No. 58 and finished alone in fourth - is projected to finish No. 50. Aphibarnrat finished T-15 in his Masters debut in 2016, while Miyazato will make his first appearance in the spring.

The results in Indonesia mean that American Peter Uihlein and South Africa's Dylan Frittelli are projected to barely miss the year-end, top-50 cutoff. Their options for Masters qualification will include winning a full-point PGA Tour event in early 2018 or cracking the top 50 by the final March 25 cutoff.

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.