Webb loves "history" of five-year-old JTBC Founders

By Randall MellMarch 18, 2015, 9:51 pm

PHOENIX – Karrie Webb feels the weight of history this week in an LPGA event that’s still actually in its infancy.

Webb is the defending champ at the JTBC Founders Cup and a two-time winner of the five-year-old event.

“I feel like this tournament has more history than years we’ve played it,” Webb said at Marriott’s Wildfire Golf Club.

Webb’s comment goes to the heart of the Founders Cup, a tournament commissioner Mike Whan created to honor the LPGA’s 13 founders and its early pioneers. Judy Rankin, Donna Caponi and Sandra Palmer are this year’s special honorees. The trio combined to win 69 LPGA titles, most of them in the ‘70s.

“I think this is great for the younger players,” Webb said. “I started 20 years ago, and a lot more of the founders were still alive and a lot more active, out on tour a little bit more. So, I got to know them a little better than some of the younger girls.”

The LPGA sets up a stage aside the 18th green here, where the honorees can sit and watch the action. Players make a point of greeting the honorees as they leave the green.

“I think it’s great for the younger girls,” Webb said. “I think it’s great for them to be able to put faces to names and possibly sit down and hear some of the stories.”

The LPGA hosts the Pioneer Awards Dinner Friday at the Marriott hotel on tournament grounds. The special honorees will be joined by some of the game’s greats, including two of the three living founders, Shirley Spork and Marilynn Smith. The other living founder, Louise Suggs, wasn’t well enough to travel.

Webb was the ideal winner of the inaugural event in 2011, with her reverence for LPGA history. She won that first event in dramatic fashion, coming from six shots behind in the final round. She won the same way last year, also coming from six shots back in the final round. It was Webb’s 38th and 41st LPGA titles. She donated $25,000 last year to the Founders Film, a project devoted to telling the story of the LPGA founders.

At No. 9 in the Rolex Women’s World Rankings, Webb continues to be a large factor in LPGA events. She just turned 40 and reiterated comments this week that she made a month ago in Australia, that she’s highly motivated still, with a desire to compete in the Olympics next year in Rio de Janeiro.

“I think the Olympics is pretty much why I’m still playing full time,” Webb said. “That’s a pretty big driving factor for me, to be working as hard as I am.”

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.