Stenson, Cabrera-Bello share Dubai lead

By Will GrayNovember 22, 2014, 12:43 pm

Henrik Stenson moved into the lead during the second round in Dubai, and he now remains atop the standings - although he has some company. Here's how things look after three rounds at the DP World Tour Championship, where Stenson and Rafael Cabrera-Bello share the lead:

Leaderboard: Henrik Stenson (-14), Rafael Cabrera-Bello (-14), Justin Rose (-11), Rory McIlroy (-10), Victor Dubuisson (-10), Thorbjorn Olesen (-10), Tyrrell Hatton (-10)

What it means: So much for a McIlroy-Stenson weekend duel. The Swede held up his end of the bargain with a 4-under 68, but McIlroy faltered with back-to-back double bogeys on the back nine to derail his round. Instead, it was Cabrera-Bello who surged to the top as he looks to win for the first time since 2012.

Round of the day: Cabrera-Bello started the day three shots behind Stenson, but he made up the gap with a 7-under, bogey-free 65. The Spaniard is now 15 under over his last 36 holes and closed with a flurry, carding birdies on four of his final five holes.

Best of the rest: Scotland's Marc Warren moved onto the fringe of contention at 9 under following a 65 that matched Cabrera-Bello for low round of the day. Warren caught fire in the middle of his round, with four birdies in a five-hole stretch from Nos. 7-11, and he closed with a birdie on the home hole.

Biggest disappointment: Richie Ramsay had played his way into the penultimate pairing Saturday, but things fell apart for the Scot in the third round. Ramsay made only one birdie en route to a 3-over 75, which tied for last among the entire 60-man field, and as a result he fell all the way back to 5 under and nine shots off the pace.

Main storyline heading into Sunday: Stenson has not won anywhere since capturing the trophy in Dubai a year ago, but he appears poised to end that drought and successfully defend his title. Stenson is now 39 under across his last seven rounds on the Earth Course, but make no mistake - Cabrera-Bello is the hottest man in the field right now and will likely give Stenson a stern test with the two men now three shots clear of the field.

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.