Reed picks up where he left off last year

By Jay CoffinJanuary 8, 2016, 3:52 am

KAPALUA, Hawaii – There’s a big banner of Patrick Reed in the Kapalua clubhouse. He’s holding the Hyundai Tournament of Champions trophy from last year and he’s making the shaka sign, Hawaii’s famous hang-loose gesture.

However, many of the other promotional materials for the event are focused on Jordan Spieth and Jason Day, the top two players in the world. It’s not a slight to the defending champion as much as it is a nod to the fact that this field is the strongest it’s been in more than a decade.

Still, Reed played alongside Spieth on Thursday and dropped an eagle on Kapalua’s massive 18th green to shoot 65 and take a one-shot lead over, well, Spieth. The 10th-ranked player in the world made six birdies and an eagle and was 6 under over his last six holes.

“To start the day I felt like I was hitting the ball really solid,” Reed said. “I felt like I was playing really, really well. Just some of the putts weren’t really falling.”

Reed’s playing partner concurred.

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“Patrick could have shot 13 under today,” Spieth said. “If he had his putter going at the start of the round, he missed quite a few pretty short length putts on the front nine or he should have shot really 5 under on that front nine.”

Reed birdied Nos. 13-15, had a kick-in birdie at 17, then hit a 3-wood from 309 yards to within 20 feet on the par-5 home hole. He made the eagle putt.

Although Reed went only 10 days without touching a club during the holidays he’s played in seven events since the Tour Championship and his worst finish in that stretch is a tie for 10th place. He finished second twice.

The momentum has continued here in Hawaii and Reed will be in the final group again Friday for the second round with, well, Spieth.

“That means you’re doing something right and you’re playing some solid golf,” Reed said. “Hopefully I can continue and come down Sunday, be in a good position.”

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.