Walker leads windy Farmers as Monday finish looms

By Will GrayJanuary 31, 2016, 11:35 pm

Mother Nature toyed with the field at the Farmers Insurance Open Sunday, as heavy rain and blustery winds forced multiple suspensions of play. Here is how things stand, as Jimmy Walker clings to a slim lead with the leaders set to return to Torrey Pines on Monday:

Leaderboard: Jimmy Walker (-7 through 10 holes), Brandt Snedeker (-6, F), K.J. Choi (-6 through 10 holes), Kevin Streelman (-5 through 13 holes), Freddie Jacobson (-5 through 11 holes), J.B. Holmes (-4 through 13 holes)

What it means: There was plenty of carnage during a wind-swept final round, as play was suspended on three different occasions. While most of the leaders drifted back to the pack, Snedeker was able to make up a large amount of ground with a brilliant 3-under 69. He'll have to wait to see if his total will hold up, as Walker headlines the group that will return at 11 a.m. ET in hopes of claiming the trophy.

Round of the day: Forget round of the day, Snedeker's 69 will be one of the best rounds of the year when 2016 is over. With the field averaging nearly 78 swipes, he played his final 17 holes without dropping a shot after an opening bogey. That included a run of four birdies across Nos. 10-14 that vaulted him up the standings and gave him a chance to win this event for the second time in the last four years - a notion that seemed improbable when the round began.

Best of the rest: He still has work to do, but Walker's 1-over effort through 10 holes was good enough to give him sole possession of the lead when play was halted for the third and final time. He bogeyed two of his first seven holes but then nearly made a hole-in-one on No. 8, resulting in a kick-in birdie that moved him back into the lead.

Biggest disappointment: There was no shortage of high scores, but perhaps none was as surprising as the implosion we saw from Dustin Johnson. After beginning the day three shots off the lead, Johnson made bogey on nine of his first 12 holes. While he finally made a birdie on his 14th and final hole of the day, he was all the way back into a tie for 25th at 2 over.

Main storyline heading into Monday: With the winds whipping across the South Course, it seemed likely that Snedeker's clubhouse total would at least get him a spot in a playoff, if not an outright win. But while the forecast for the morning isn't exactly rosy, the focus will be on Walker as he looks to protect his lead in an eight-hole shootout that could net him his sixth victory since October 2013.

Quote of the day: "I couldn't do it again. I don't know how I did it. One of those fluke days." - Snedeker

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.