Tour Championship: Tee times, TV schedule, stats

By Golf Channel DigitalSeptember 19, 2017, 1:50 pm

The top 30 players in the FedExCup standings are back at East Lake for the Tour Championship. Here's the key info for the final event of the season.

Golf course: East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Ga., was opened in 1908 and designed by Tom Bendelow. East Lake was redesigned by Donald Ross in 1913, George Cobb in 1959, and Rees Jones in 1995 and 2008. The course will play as a par 70 at 7,385 yards.

Purse: $8.75 million

TV schedule (All times Eastern): Thursday, 1-6 p.m. on Golf Channel; Friday, 1-6 p.m. on Golf Channel; Saturday, 12:30-2:30 p.m. on Golf Channel, 2:30-6:30 p.m. on NBC; Sunday, Noon-1:30 p.m. on Golf Channel, 1:30-6:30 p.m. on NBC

Live streaming: Thursday, 1-6 p.m. at golfchannel.com; Friday, 1-6 p.m. at golfchannel.com; Saturday, 12:30-6:30 p.m. at golfchannel.com; Sunday, Noon-6:30 p.m. at golfchannel.com.

Notable tee times (pairings adjusted after each round): Hideki Matsuyama, Justin Rose, 1:30 p.m.; Jon Rahm, Rickie Fowler, 1:40 p.m.; Dustin Johnson, Marc Leishman, 1:50 p.m.; Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, 2 p.m. Click here for full tee times.

Defending champion: Rory McIlroy defeated Ryan Moore with a birdie on the fourth playoff hole to win the Tour Championship and the FedExCup title. Both McIlroy and Moore failed to advance to the Tour Championship this year.

Notables in the field: The field has been cut to the top 30 in FedExCup points. The top five players in the FedExCup standings - Spieth, Thomas, Johnson, Leishman and Rahm - will win the season-long points race with a win at East Lake. Click here for the full points list.

Key stats:

• All 30 players in field have mathematical possibility of winning $10 million bonus

• Last five FedExCup champions were sixth or better entering Tour Championship

• Worst position entering Tour Championship by FedExCup champion: Bill Haas, 25th (2011)

• Spieth has made 64 birdies/eagles made at the Tour Championship since 2013 (most of any player)

• Spieth has the best cumulative score to par (40 under) and most birdies/eagles (60) in 2017 playoffs

• Thomas has 11 top-10 finishes this season (tied with Spieth for most on PGA Tour)

• Johnson has recorded a top-10 in each of the last four Tour Championship starts

• Leishman was one of two wire-to-wire winners this season (Thomas at Sony Open)

• Rahm has 11 top-5s on PGA Tour since turning pro (most of any player in that span)

• Matsuyama finished fifth at Tour Championship last year (best finish in event)

• Rose has finished sixth or better in each of his last four Tour Championship starts

(Stats and information provided by the Golf Channel editorial research unit)

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.