Stock Watch: Rickie soars; arbitrary clubs crater

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 26, 2016, 1:30 pm

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

RISING

Rickie (+8%): Fowler’s six pro titles all have one thing in common: He produced some late-round fireworks to clinch the title. As an observer, you can’t help but admire the way he seizes the moment.

Duf (+6%): One of the most interesting cats in golf, Dufner put a rough few years behind him with a gritty playoff victory in the desert. With no off-course distractions to deal with, he plans to play a ton and could be in line for a resurgent year.

Phil (+4%): It was an encouraging debut in Palm Springs, and leading the field in the strokes gained-tee to green statistic shows that he’s on the right track with his swing. A re-engaged Lefty makes golf a lot more exciting, but how long will it last?

Shorts (+2%): So European Tour players are allowed to show a little skin Monday through Wednesday. What’s the big deal? We talkin’ 'bout practice, man.

Henrik Stenson (+1%): A notoriously slow starter, Stenson instead looked sharp in Abu Dhabi, finishing in a tie for third despite undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery just six weeks earlier. An auspicious sign for the Iceman.


FALLING

Bryson DeChambeau (-1%): Just when it started to look too easy, the amateur “intern” learned a few hard lessons Saturday in Abu Dhabi, throwing up a 78 while in the company of the world No. 3.

Jamie Lovemark (-2%): How hard is it to win on the PGA Tour? Contending for his first title, he rinsed three shots in the final round and crashed to a T-6 finish.

Slow play (-5%): European Tour officials are hoping a little public shaming will help produce meaningful change, and while it could be fun for a while, the only way to speed up the slowpokes is to hit them where it hurts – the scorecard.   

Jordan Spieth’s schedule (-6%): Don’t blame the kid for cashing in on a great year, but it’s safe to assume he won’t take five overseas trips in a three-month span ever again. If Spieth is this gassed in mid-January, how’s he going to feel this summer?

Big 3/4/Whatever (-8%): Seriously, what’s the obsession with this imaginary club? They don’t get any extra perks. They don’t get a three-shot head start in majors. All the “Big X” talk really seems to do is diminish a player’s accomplishments. Using both the world ranking and the eye test, Fowler is one of the four best golfers in the world right now – isn’t that enough?

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.