Stock Watch: Every back up; Scott steadily down

By Ryan LavnerMarch 24, 2015, 3:00 pm

Each week on GolfChannel.com, we’ll examine which players’ stocks and trends are rising and falling in the world of golf.

RISING

Matt Every (+6%): An out-of-nowhere W, maybe, but under the tutelage of Sean Foley this explosive player is back on the right track. Move over, Tiger – Bay Hill is now Every’s personal playground. (OK, maybe not.)

Morgan Hoffmann (+5%): He fell apart over his last 10 holes, but how can you not root for a dude who taught himself how to play the piano, who cooks his own meals and who flies his own plane? Baller.

Kevin Na (+4%): He does his best work quietly – and, yes, slooooowly – but take note: He’s now the 22nd-ranked player in the world, ahead of guys like G-Mac and Zach and Bill Haas. His T-6 at Bay Hill was his third consecutive top-10 on three wildly different Florida Swing courses.

Lydia Ko (+3%): The definition of insanity: The 17-year-old hasn’t shot over par in a tournament round since Nov. 17. Not a misprint.

Rory (+2%): Bad news: His wedge game needs serious work if he wants to reign at Augusta. Good news: Even his C-game is good enough to beat all but 10 players.

Caddies (+1%): Boy, good thing your scribe doesn’t loop for a living on the PGA Tour. Colorblindness isn’t a valid excuse in the player handbook.


FALLING

Brooks Koepka (-1%): Tough dude, and he was clearly in a lot of pain because of a rib injury at Bay Hill. Our only hope is that his never-say-die attitude didn’t torpedo his Masters chances.

Harris English (-2%): In position to lock up a Masters invite, he bombed on the weekend and landed outside the top 25. Now he must head to San Antonio and play a wind-swept course that he has seen only twice, and with little success (no top-60s).

Adam Scott (-3%): Augusta can make even good putters look silly. What will happen to a below-average putter who lacks confidence in his stroke?

The Stense (-4%): Three consecutive top-5s are studly, no doubt. But the only thing worse than his Sunday putting was how easily he was frazzled by a rules official.

Madeira Islands Open (-5%): Hey, look at the bright side: The Euro Tour event should have been canceled anyway, with only a pair of top-350 players in the field.

Albatross vs. Double Eagle (-6%): Nothing screams, “You’re an insufferable golf nerd!” quite like this age-old debate. (Oh, and by the way, don’t get your knickers in a wad, but it’s obviously called an albatross. Simple arithmetic, folks.)

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.