What We Learned: World Cup, LPGA Finale

By Jason Sobel, Rex Hoggard, Ryan LavnerNovember 24, 2013, 11:00 pm

Each week, GolfChannel.com offers thoughts on 'what we learned' from the world of golf. This week, our writers weigh in on the heartwarming and heroic World Cup of Golf win by Jason Day in his native Australia, just days after learning that eight family members died in Typhoon Haiyan, and the LPGA's season-ending CME Group Titleholders.

November used to be the month that included a professional tournament at Disney World. That run ended this year, but apparently Australia is carrying on its motto, "Where Dreams Come True." National hero Adam Scott has already won the first two legs of the Aussie triple crown. Jarrod Lyle returned in a stirring comeback after a second bout with leukemia. Now comes the story of Jason Day, which may not fit that slogan perfectly, but was a terrific display of triumph in the face of tragedy. Just days after learning that eight family members, including his grandmother, died in Typhoon Haiyan, he won the World Cup of Golf in his native land with other family members on hand. For a player who has so quickly risen through the elite ranks, wins have been hard to come by. In the three-and-a-half years since his last individual W, he posted a half-dozen top 10s at majors, including three runner-up finishes. That this win follows a family tragedy fits the Disney script, which is nothing new in Australia. – Jason Sobel

Jason Day is tougher than some in professional golf’s inner circle thought he was. Less than a week after being told that eight of his relatives, including his grandmother, had died in the Philippines during Typhoon Haiyan, the Australian led the home team to victory at the World Cup of Golf. Day won the individual portion of the competition by two strokes, and partner Adam Scott continued his torrid run by finishing alone in third place to secure the team title. – Rex Hoggard

 LPGA commissioner Mike Whan deserves recognition for his hard work rebuilding this tour. The women’s stock is up. Whan announced a 2014 schedule that will feature 10 more tournaments than the tour had just three years ago. The prize money is up $16 million in that time span. There’s also a lot more television coverage than there was three years ago. It’s all helping showcase a growing stable of stars in all the right places. South Korea, a hotbed of women’s golf, is home to Inbee Park, the Rolex world No. 1 and the tour’s Player of the Year. China, an emerging new golf market, has a bonafide world-class player in Shanshan Feng to root for. Norway’s Suzann Pettersen gives Europe a big star and potential No. 1 player. On the home front, Stacy Lewis is winning awards Americans haven’t claimed in two decades. Plus, there’s rising young stars in New Zealand’s Lydia Ko and American Lexi Thompson. The LPGA is ending 2013 on a terrific note. – Randall Mell

 The LPGA’s season finale had Natalie Gulbis, Stacy Lewis, Lexi Thompson, Michelle Wie and Inbee Park all near the top of the leaderboard … but it still lacked the kind of drama befitting the final event of the year. That’s because the women’s tour could use a finishing kick like the FedEx Cup, Web.com Tour Finals or European Tour Final Series. Hey, I never thought I’d type those words, either. For all of the criticisms of those end-of-season series, they still produce drama in a final event that is otherwise just another stroke-play tournament with a big purse. Like the other tour heads, Mike Whan would be wise to create a new playoff system (match play, anyone?) – and begin it soon. – Ryan Lavner

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.