Park gets 'hero's welcome' in South Korea; Evian TBD

By Randall MellAugust 23, 2016, 3:33 pm

Olympic gold medal winner Inbee Park received what the Korean Times called a “hero’s welcome” at Incheon International Airport Tuesday, even though she arrived at 4 a.m.

The delegation greeting Park included her grandfather, who handed Park a bouquet of flowers.

“You have become the daughter of the Korean people,” he told Inbee, according to JTBC Golf.

Korean media took photographs of Park draping her gold medal around her grandfather’s neck. When Park was presented the gold medal after her five-shot triumph at the Olympic Golf Course in Rio de Janeiro, it was 2:08 a.m. Sunday in South Korea. Still, Nielsen Korea reported Olympic golf cumulatively claimed 23.9 percent of the television viewership in Korea with three Korean networks broadcasting the event live. LPGA international business officials believe it may be the highest rated women’s golf telecast ever in Korea.

“In Korean time, I played the game early in the morning,” Park told media at the airport. “But I’m thankful to the fans who supported me and gave me a lot of energy.”

Park is scheduled to meet with South Korean president Park Geun-hye on Thursday, Korean media reported. She’s also expected to hold a news conference that day.

Park said she played through pain in her injured left thumb winning the gold medal. She said she was using to tape to support the thumb, which alleviated some discomfort, but she abandoned the tape a week before the Olympic Games because it was affecting her feel.

“When you have tape on your fingers, you feel less pain, but you lose an acute sense,” she said. “When you focus on the game, there’s no problem.”

Park gave special credit to her husband, Gi Hyeob Nam, for helping her overcome the challenges she faced. He’s also her swing coach.

“My husband gave me courage,” she said. “He is the most precious person to me.”

Park said she would like to play the Evian Championship, the LPGA’s final major, in four weeks as her next start, but she isn’t sure she will be ready. She has been battling inflammation in the tendon and ligament of her left thumb most of the year. She said she would have an MRI and medical evaluation before deciding how to proceed competitively.

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.