Tour hands out first slow-play penalty in 22 years

By Ryan LavnerApril 28, 2017, 6:02 pm

AVONDALE, La. – The PGA Tour handed out its first slow-play penalty since 1995 on Thursday during the first round of alternate shot at the Zurich Classic.

Rookie Brian Campbell and partner Miguel Angel Carballo each received a bad time and were assessed a one-shot penalty as a team, dropping their score to 2-over 74.

“I kinda felt like it was a little unfair,” Campbell told in the locker room before his second round, “but nothing we could do about it.”

As alternates, Campbell and Carballo were paired together at TPC Louisiana. They were the final group off on Thursday morning, along with local club pros Kyle Ramey and Phil Schmitt.

“I hate to say it,” Campbell said, “but they were struggling through the first five holes and we got way out of position.”

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Campbell said they were “sprinting the entire round” and “couldn’t get ourselves back on time, because bad shots were still happening.”

They were first timed on the 10th hole. On the 11th, one of the section pros received a bad time, taking longer than 40 seconds to play a shot. Carballo received his own bad time on 12, and both players in the group were warned that another bad time would result in a one-shot penalty.

Said Campbell: “And then on 14, my caddie had to run up to the tee box because we were behind, and we were running all over the place. I had to go back to the green to tap in because Carballo missed the putt. In normal cases, we all get to the tee at the same time, but because my caddie was already up at the tee, I think the clock may have started a little sooner than I felt like it should have.”

Campbell apparently took longer than 40 seconds to hit his tee shot on the par 3 and received the second bad time. By the next hole, they’d caught up to the group in front of them and waited for the final four holes. The club pros had only one bad time.

Both Tour players tried to protest the penalty in the scoring tent afterward.

“The thing they kept saying is, ‘Policy is policy,’ which when they throw that in your face, we can’t really say anything,” Campbell said. “But we were trying to give them the whole entire scenario, like, ‘Listen, we were behind early. Do you realize who we were playing with?’ But they weren’t really considering those options. They’re like, policy is policy, you got a bad time, and you get the stroke. But there’s nothing we could have done better.”

It’s the first time that the Tour has doled out a slow-play penalty since Glen Day in 1995.

Campbell and Carballo were the last off during Friday fourballs, at 3:02 p.m. ET.  

“An unfortunate situation,” Campbell said. 

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.