WGC-Bridgestone: Tee times, TV schedule, key stats

By Golf Channel DigitalAugust 1, 2017, 6:10 pm

Updated: Aug. 2, 7:15 p.m. ET:

Tee times have been moved up for the first round. Live stream coverage will begin at 9:15 a.m. ET. Click here to watch.

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The biggest names in the game are in Akron, Ohio this week for the 19th edition of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. Here's the key info for this week's event.

Golf course: The South Course at Firestone Country Club was opened in 1929 and was designed by Bert Way. The course was redesigned in 1959 by Robert Trent Jones Sr. and in 1985 by Jack Nicklaus. The course will play as a par 70 at 7,400 yards.

Purse: $9.75 million

TV schedule (All times Eastern): Thursday, 1:30-6:30 p.m. on Golf Channel; Friday, 1:30-6:30 p.m. on Golf Channel; Saturday, Noon-1:30 p.m. on Golf Channel and 2-6 p.m. on CBS; Sunday, Noon-1:30 p.m. on Golf Channel and 2-6 p.m. on CBS

Live streaming: Thursday, 1:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. at golfchannel.com; Friday, 1:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. at golfchannel.com; Saturday, Noon-1:30 p.m. at golfchannel.com and 2-6 p.m. at cbssports.com; Sunday, Noon-1:30 p.m. at golfchannel.com and 2-6 p.m. at cbssports.com

Notable tee times: Jordan Spieth-Rory McIlroy-Jason Day at 8:10 a.m. ET off No. 10; Brooks Koepka-Dustin Johnson-Hideki Matsuyama at 8:20 a.m. off No. 10; Jon Rahm-Adam Scott-Justin Thomas at 9:10 a.m. off No. 1; Sergio Garcia-Rickie Fowler-Matt Kuchar at 9:20 a.m. off No. 1 (Click here for more tee times)

Defending champion: Dustin Johnson won the U.S. Open and then in his next start edged Scott Piercy by one stroke at Firestone. Piercy also finished second to Johnson at Oakmont.

Notables in the field: The limited-field event consists of 76 players and 55 of the top 56 players in the Official World Golf Ranking. World No. 36 Brandt Snedeker is the only player missing after he withdrew Monday because of a sternum joint injury. Open winner Jordan Spieth will make his first start since winning the claret jug. Rory McIlroy will also have a new caddie this week after parting with J.P. Fitzgerald. Rickie Fowler, Phil Mickelson, Jason Day, U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka, Jon Rahm and the recently-married Sergio Garcia are among the other notables at Firestone.

Key stats:

• Firestone had the most difficult GIR to hit on PGA Tour last season (54.1 percent)

• Tiger Woods is the only player to defend at Firestone (1999-2001; 2005-07)

• D. Johnson has won the last two WGCs (Mexico Championship, Dell Technologies Match Play)

• DJ became only the second player to win consecutive WGC titles (Woods accomplished the feat seven times)

• Spieth has won each of his last two PGA Tour starts (Travelers, The Open)

• Spieth finished T-3 at Firestone last year, his best career finish at a WGC event

• Matsuyama won the WGC-HSBC Champions by seven strokes earlier this season

• McIlroy is making his first start since finishing T-4 at The Open

• McIlroy has the best scoring average in WGC stroke-play events in the last five seasons

• Garcia shares the tournament course record at Firestone (61 in second round in 2014)

• Day held 54-hole co-lead in this event last year (finished T-3)

(Stats and information provided by the Golf Channel editorial research unit)

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.