Watson ties course record, leads Hero by 2

By Will GrayDecember 5, 2015, 7:02 pm

After two days of tightly-packed scores, Bubba Watson found a little bit of separation atop the standings at the Hero World Challenge. Here's how things look after three rounds in the Bahamas as Watson holds a two-shot lead:

Leaderboard: Bubba Watson (-19), Paul Casey (-17), Patrick Reed (-16), Chris Kirk (-16), Jordan Spieth (-15), Bill Haas (-15), Brooks Koepka (-14)

What it means: Watson began the day one shot off the lead, but he quickly moved up thanks to a 63 that tied Casey for the low round of the day and set a new low mark at Albany. Watson is a strong front-runner, and he edged Casey in a playoff earlier this year at the Travelers Championship. The two will be reunited Sunday to duel for the final trophy to be handed out this year.

Round of the day: Watson got off to a nearly perfect start, playing his first four holes in 4 under en route to an outward nine of 5-under 31. The southpaw added four more birdies on the back nine to cap a bogey-free 63, two shots lower than the previous best at Albany, which is hosting a PGA Tour field for the first time this week.

Best of the rest: It looked for much of the day as though Casey would have the new course record to himself, as the Englishman was 9 under after only 13 holes. Despite closing with five straight pars, Casey's 63 moved him into sole possession of second place as he looks for his first worldwide win in more than a year.

Biggest disappointment: Jimmy Walker held a share of the 36-hole lead, but he fell well off the pace after a 1-under 71. Walker made a double-bogey 7 on No. 3 and never truly recovered despite five birdies from Nos. 6-12. At 12 under, he now sits alone in 11th place, seven shots behind Watson.

Main storyline heading into Sunday: Watson didn't get a spot in the 18-man field until Jason Day's late withdrawal, but he is now clearly the player to beat and a strong favorite to lift the trophy. Should he falter, though, it could open the door for Spieth to successfully defend his title or Reed to close out 2015 with bookend victories.

Shot of the day: Watson called for his 169-yard approach on No. 4 to sit down, and the ball certainly listened. After two hops, his approach found the bottom of the cup for an unlikely eagle that continued Watson's hot start to the round.

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.