Vegas rallies to win RBC Canadian Open

By Will GrayJuly 24, 2016, 9:36 pm

It was a wild end to the RBC Canadian Open, but when the dust settled it was Jhonattan Vegas whose name was atop the leaderboard. Here's how things ended up at Glen Abbey, where Vegas rallied for his second career PGA Tour victory:

Leaderboard: Jhonattan Vegas (-12), Dustin Johnson (-11), Martin Laird (-11), Jon Rahm (-11), Brandt Snedeker (-10), Steve Wheatcroft (-10)

What it means: Vegas started the day five shots behind Snedeker, but he made up ground quickly with five straight birdies early in his round. He added three more to close things out and posted the early clubhouse number, then watched as a number of players failed to match his total. It's Vegas' first win since his breakthrough at the 2011 CareerBuilder Challenge, and after playing this season on past champion status he now has a Tour card through the 2017-18 season and a spot in next week's PGA Championship.

Round of the day: Geoff Ogilvy made an early charge up the standings, firing a 9-under 63 that briefly gave him sole possession of the lead as the 54-hole leaders began their final rounds. Ogilvy eagled both Nos. 16 and 18 to close his round, and after starting the day outside the top 40 he finished up inside the top 10, three shots behind Vegas.

Best of the rest: Vegas made a quick jump with birdies on Nos. 2-6, then was one of the few players on the final leaderboard who capitalized on the closing holes at Glen Abbey. One week after shooting a 60 at the Barbasol Championship, Vegas closed with birdies on Nos. 16-18 to post an 8-under 64 that ultimately earned him the hardware.

Biggest disappointment: Snedeker looked to be the man to beat, having won here in 2013, but he wasn't able to put together much of a charge and ended up two shots back after a pedestrian 71. It was also a bitterly disappointing end for Wheatcroft, who needed a birdie on No. 18 to tie but instead bladed his greenside bunker shot over the green, leading to a closing bogey.

Shot of the day: After a 329-yard drive, Vegas found the green with his approach from 176 yards on No. 18. The subsequent two-putt birdie sealed a 64 for Vegas and, though he didn't know it at the time, provided the winning margin.

Quote of the day: "It's incredible. There's just a ton of emotions running through my head right now. This is just a fun feeling." - Vegas

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.