Pepper backs Libby, not Whaley, for PGA secretary

By Ryan LavnerNovember 3, 2014, 4:02 pm

Suzy Whaley’s presumed path to the PGA presidency might have a few obstacles.

Dottie Pepper, the ESPN golf broadcaster and an independent director for the PGA of America, has thrown her support behind Russ Libby for the PGA secretary position. A vote will be held Nov. 22 at the PGA Annual Meeting in Indianapolis.

If Whaley were to be named secretary – citing an unnamed source, Golfweek reported on Oct. 21 that she was the “leader in the clubhouse” – she would be on track to become the first woman to assume the PGA of America presidency, in 2020. Whaley, a PGA professional from Farmington, Ind., qualified for the 2003 Greater Hartford Open, becoming the first woman in 58 years to earn her way into a PGA Tour event.

Pepper’s support of Libby, a PGA member since 1992 and the current owner/general manager at Hidden Hills Country Club in Jacksonville, Fla., is notable given the tepid reaction by leading industry women in the wake of PGA president Ted Bishop’s removal because of sexist remarks on social media. Whaley, meanwhile, was one of the most outspoken on the topic, saying that she was “extremely disturbed” by Bishop’s comments and that they were “extremely insulting and sexist.”

Bob Ford, the legendary head pro at Seminole and Oakmont, has also backed Libby. The other candidate for PGA secretary is Michael Haywood of Tucson, Ariz., who has been endorsed by Hall of Famer Lanny Wadkins, among others.

On Libby’s website, Pepper wrote, “Our game is very much alive but it needs strong leadership from all quarters to ensure a healthy future. I am convinced that the PGA of America must lead the way and Russ is the choice who will add the most to the Board, the Officers and the leadership team at PGA headquarters. 

“Russ has all the credentials, skills, and experience at every level to represent the interests of PGA members in all career paths. He has shown me that his primary interest is to strengthen the organization and help mold it into a stronger collaborative work force. … Russ truly sees the big picture and electing him as the next PGA secretary will be a strong step in the right direction.” 

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.