Spieth miffed over late-hole mistakes last two days

By Jay CoffinApril 10, 2016, 1:04 am

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Jordan Spieth has now held the solo lead after each of the last seven rounds at the Masters. He’s pleased with that, but miffed he’s let the lead slide so much over the last three holes the last two days.

On Friday, Spieth was in the proverbial driver’s seat and made sloppy bogeys on the 16th and 17th holes. He only held a one-shot lead over Rory McIlroy heading into the third round.

Similar situation on Saturday; Spieth made double bogey on the 11th hole, but rebounded with birdies on Nos. 12, 14 and 16.

Spieth stood on the 17th tee with a four-shot lead over Smylie Kaufman and butchered the last two holes. He hit poor drives on both, the 17th resulted in bogey and the last was a double bogey when his third shot from 75 yards ended 50 feet short of the pin. He three-putted, opening the door for a host of other big names like Jason Day, Hideki Matsuyama and Dustin Johnson, among others.

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“Probably go break something really quick, have dinner and watch a movie,” Spieth quipped when asked how he plans to get over the late hiccups. “I’ll be fine. It’s tough. I’m not exactly sure what I’ll do yet.

“I’ll just go grab some dinner and lay low, do the same thing I’ve done the last 12 rounds here at night, which is get to bed at a decent time, try and get a good amount of rest and tee off late in the afternoon.”

Spieth is a golf nerd. He analyzes everything and knows he essentially squandered an opportunity to have one arm firmly planted into a second green jacket.

“I played the last three holes, the last two days, 5 over par,” he said. “There was no challenge in those holes really.

“That’s what’s tough for me is those three holes, you should be able to hit the three greens in regulation and if you play them 1 over, you play them 1 over. But they are not the hard holes out there. That’s what’s tough.

“I know I have to shoot a significant under-par round tomorrow in order to win this tournament, when I could have played a different style of golf like I did on Sunday last year.”

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.