Snedeker co-leads at Pebble, eyes OWGR top 50

By Will GrayFebruary 13, 2015, 11:15 pm

Brandt Snedeker shares the lead at the halfway point of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, but the veteran has his eyes on more than just this week's trophy.

A staple in recent years at golf's top-tier events, Snedeker began 2015 outside the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking. As a result, he still does not have an invite to the year's first WGC event, the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Trump National Doral next month. He has also yet to secure a spot in the field for the Masters, where he has twice played in the final pairing on Sunday.

"I've gotten used to a certain schedule, and I'm not in any of the tournaments I'm used to this year," Snedeker said after a second-round 67 at Spyglass Hill. "It's no fun not being eligible for the Masters, not playing World Golf Championships, and stuff like that."

While he has been trending in the right direction, with a T-10 finish at TPC Scottsdale followed by a T-19 result last week at Torrey Pines, Snedeker still teed off this week No. 63 in the world. He'll need to crack the top 50 by March 2 to earn a spot at Doral, and he'll need to be inside the top 50 on March 30 to make the Masters.

"Huge motivating factor, not that I need any more to be motivated for," he said. "But I definitely want to make sure that I qualify for the Masters, (WGC-Cadillac) Match Play, WGCs, that kind of stuff. To do that, I need to play good. Nobody to blame but myself, and I need to get out there and get it done.

Snedeker is projected to move inside the top 50 with a solo third-place finish or better this week at Pebble Beach, and he is in position through two rounds. At 12 under, he shares the lead with Matt Jones and his iron game appears to be on point. Snedeker is one of two players in the field still without a bogey this week, and he found all 18 greens in regulation Friday.

He will play his final 36 holes this weekend on the host course, having won this event just two years ago.

"I know what it takes to get it done around here," he said. "It's obviously a little different conditions because the weather is so good this year, the scores are a lot lower than they were when I won, but the next two days, you want to be coming over here to Pebble for two days in a row. Get a good rhythm going, momentum going, get used to the greens and I feel like I’ve got a little bit of an advantage there."

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.