Putnam, Knox share Shriners lead at Summerlin

By Will GrayOctober 18, 2014, 12:28 am

Scores remained low in the Las Vegas desert, where a pair of players share the lead, with both in search of their maiden win. Here's how things look at the halfway point of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, where Andrew Putnam and Russell Knox sit atop the standings:

Leaderboard: Andrew Putnam (-10), Russell Knox (-10), Andrew Svoboda (-9), Tony Finau (-9), Webb Simpson (-8), Scott Piercy (-8), Martin Laird (-8)

What it means: Putnam is a rookie making just his third PGA Tour start, and he may even be the lesser-known player within his own family; his brother, Michael, led the Web.com Tour money list in 2013. Putnam moved into the lead with a 6-under 65, while Knox - who lost a playoff earlier this year at the Honda Classic - carded a 4-under 67.

Round of the day: It's been a tough few years for Spencer Levin, who has battled both injury and a loss of form, but he bounced back in a big way with an 8-under 63 Friday. Levin birdied seven of his final eight holes, and after a T-21 finish at the season-opening Frys.com Open, he heads into the weekend in a tie for fifth, two shots off the pace.

Best of the rest: George McNeill won this event in 2007 and is again in the mix after matching Levin's 8-under 63 in the second round. McNeill made nine birdies, six on the back nine, against just one bogey to bounce back after an opening 71 left him outside the projected cut line.

Biggest disappointment: Stewart Cink came out of the gates quickly with a first-round 64 to grab a share of the lead, but the former Open champ struggled mightily in Round 2. Cink made a quadruple-bogey 8 on No. 11, his second hole of the day, after taking four shots from greenside bunkers, and eventually carded a 4-over 75 that dropped him seven shots off the lead.

Main storyline heading into Saturday: It remains to be seen how the players in contention handle the spotlight, as the top four names have never won on the PGA Tour. A large group of players lurking at 8 under includes Simpson, the defending champion in Las Vegas, and Laird, who tied for third last week at Silverado. Former FedEx Cup champ Brandt Snedeker also remains in the hunt, just three shots off the lead.

Shot of the day: Tim Clark offered a mid-round highlight at No. 18, his ninth hole of the day, when his approach from 161 yards found the hole on the fly for a slam-dunk eagle. The shot propelled Clark to a second-round 67. He will begin the third round at 7 under, three shots back.

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.