Spieth puts claret jug to good (and varied) use

By Will GrayAugust 2, 2017, 10:25 pm

AKRON, Ohio – Jordan Spieth hasn’t had much time to get acquainted with the claret jug, but he’s already put golf’s oldest trophy to use.

In the two weeks since Spieth won The Open, the trophy has made an appearance in his gym for a workout he posted to Instagram, and it was the centerpiece of his recent birthday celebration. But it’s also served a more traditional role as chalice for a variety of adult beverages.

The first thing Spieth sipped from the jug? That would be beer. “It was the first thing that was available,” Spieth explained.

The most unique beverage thus far? A margarita, hold the salt. “I don’t do salt anyways,” he said with a grin.

Spieth still has 50 weeks before he has to return the jug to R&A chief Martin Slumbers at Carnoustie, but he insisted Wednesday at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational that it would be “pretty much just wine from now on.”


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As for next week when he gets his first crack at completing the final leg of the career Grand Slam at the PGA Championship, Spieth isn’t putting too much pressure on himself despite winning each of his last two starts.

“If I’m healthy and playing well, I play in 30 of them. I believe I’ll have plenty of chances to win them, but it doesn’t have to be this year,” Spieth said. “If it’s this year and it happens, that’s great, that’s another life-long goal that we’ve achieved. But I believe that I’ll do it someday, so if it happens next week then fantastic, and if it doesn’t then it’s not going to be a big-time bummer whatsoever because I know I have plenty of opportunities.”

Looking ahead to Quail Hollow, Spieth even cracked a smile when recalling the fortuitous break he received on the 13th hole at Royal Birkdale after an errant drive nearly ended his chances of winning major No. 3.

“Getting three legs of it is much harder than getting the last leg, I think,” Spieth said. “We’ve had three in two years and so, I mean, if we just continue with the same process, get the right breaks and driving ranges are in play, then I’ve got a good shot at No. 4.”

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.