Stock Watch: Amanda Dufner's stock at all-time high

By Ryan LavnerJuly 8, 2014, 1:15 pm

Each week, will examine which players’ stocks and trends are rising and falling in the world of golf. 


El Pato (+8%): Cabrera’s awesome power display at The Greenbrier prompts an interesting question: Can he be considered both an underachiever and an overachiever? Though he’s bagged two Big Ones, this, incredibly, was his first non-major, big-tour win since ’05.

George McNeill (+6%): The journeyman’s closing 61 – which included an ace – was the most remarkable round of this PGA Tour season, given the incredibly sad circumstances.

Brendon Todd (+4%): Say hello to the hottest player on Tour over the past two months, with six consecutive top-20s, including a victory. Now at No. 10 in points, he’s also on the verge of a Ryder Cup berth.

Old Tom (+3%): OK, so it came on one of the Tour’s easiest tracks, but Watson carded three sub-70 rounds at the Greenbrier to tie for 35th. At 64, the guy still flushes every shot.

Amanda Dufner (+2%): Thank you.


Open qualifiers (-3%): The new system was supposed to strengthen the field of the year’s third major, but the ticket-stamping of someone named Victor Riu (world No. 512), who finished a career-best eighth in France, showed a few tweaks might be necessary.

Kevin Stadler’s putter (-4%): The closing 76 in Paris was ugly enough, but his 3-foot whiff on the last green was particularly ghastly. He was reportedly consoled afterward by – wait for it – tournament director Jean van de Velde.

WGC-Match Play (-5%): The move from Tucson to San Francisco is a welcome one, but the new sponsor-friendly, World Cup format marks the end to one of the most thrilling golf days of the year (the Round of 64). And on a related note: With three big-time events in the next 11 years, is TPC Harding Park really deserving of all this love? Short answer: No.

Ryder Cup scouting (-6%): Turns out this mission probably was better in theory. Watson invited 20 guys for Gleneagles recon. Only four or five have accepted, including Patrick Reed, the supposed lone wolf.

54-hole leaders at Greenbrier (-7%): Are these guys feeling the aftereffects of the Jimmy Buffet concert? Staying up too late playing blackjack? Expending too much energy skeet shooting? After Billy Hurley III’s final-round retreat, the third-round leaders there are now 0-for-5 in closing out a win. 

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.