Poulter leads as weather halts play in Turkey

By Will GrayNovember 14, 2014, 1:33 pm

Inclement weather halted play Friday at the Turkish Airlines Open, but it didn't do much to slow down Ian Poulter.

After opening with an 8-under 64, Poulter kept up the pace by playing his first 14 holes in 5 under before play was suspended. At 13 under for the championship, he holds a three-shot lead over Brendon de Jonge and looks to win for the first time since the 2012 WGC-HSBC Champions.

Poulter struggled through much of this year, but after a switch to Titleist equipment he tied for sixth last week in China and has successfully carried that momentum with him to Turkey. According to the Englishman, the change in his performance is rooted in his clean bill of health.

"Within the space of a couple weeks, I feel really good about myself. The injuries, I don't have any aches or pains, which is really nice," he told reporters after the opening round. "I feel strong, and that means I can practice. And when I practice and start holing some putts, then I'm going to be full of confidence like I am right now."

Poulter trailed Miguel Angel Jimenez by one shot after the opening round, but the Spaniard now sits five shots off the pace after playing 14 holes in 1 over. Jimenez notched birdies on each of his first two holes to race to 11 under, but he failed to make another birdie the rest of the day and fell off the pace after back-to-back bogeys on Nos. 12 and 13.

De Jonge completed 13 holes of his second round in 3 under and is looking to win for the first time on the European Tour. Following a playoff loss last month at the McGladrey Classic, de Jonge finished T-13 at the CIMB Classic in Malaysia and is again in contention this week in Turkey.

Other players in the mix heading into the weekend include Brooks Koepka, whose 6 under total through 15 holes was the lowest score when play was called. At 9 under, he sits four shots off the pace along with Australia's Wade Ormsby, who finished his opening round with six straight birdies and was 3 under through 16 holes on Friday.

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 GolfChannel.com 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.