Rahm hangs on to share of Quicken lead

By Al TaysJune 24, 2016, 10:59 pm

Jon Rahm continued his impressive pro debut, shooting a 4-under 67 to share a three-shot lead with Billy Hurley III in the Quicken Loans National. Here's how things stand going into the weekend at Congressional:

Leaderboard: Hurley (-11), Rahm (-11), Vijay Singh (-8), Webb Simpson (-7), Bill Haas (-7), Ernie Els (-7), Harold Varner III (-7)

What it means: Rahm, the former Arizona State star who was the low amateur in the U.S. Open, missed a 4-foot par putt on the 18th hole that would have given him the lead by himself. But the Spaniard played well nonetheless, with six birdies against two bogeys.

Round of the day: Hurley's 66-65 start has come pretty much out of nowhere. He has missed six of 11 cuts this season and his best finish is a T-41 in the Byron Nelson. On Friday at Congressional, he made four birdies and a bogey on the front nine, with three more birdies on the back.

Best of the rest: Vijay Singh followed his first round of 68 with a sparkling 5-under 66. Singh, who hasn't had a top-25 finish since a T-6 at the Honda Classic, bogeyed two of his first three holes, but then birdied eight of the next 14 before finishing with a third bogey. Charles Howell III also shot 66, with four birdies on the front nine and two more birds plus an eagle on the back, which also included three bogeys.

Biggest disappointment: Smylie Kaufman was all smiles on Thursday after a 67, but things didn't go his way on Friday, as he shot 73. Starting on the 10th hole, he turned in 1-under 34 and birdied No. 1, but he caught bogey fever thereafter, bogeying four of his final eight holes for 39.

Shot of the day: Will MacKenzie chipped in from 34 yards out on the 18th hole for his third straight birdie in a round of 71.

Main storyline(s) going into the weekend: Can Rahm keep up the pace and win his first event as a pro? Can Els recapture the magic of his 1997 U.S. Open win at Congressional? Can Hurley earn his first PGA Tour win?

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.