Willett joins Ford, Phil for final-round heroics

By Golf Channel DigitalApril 11, 2016, 2:58 pm

Danny Willett accomplished something on Sunday that only two other players have done in the long, storied history of the Masters, shooting a bogey-free 67 to win. Only Phil Mickelson in 2010 and Doug Ford in 1957 have shot a bogey-free round of 5 under or better to win at Augusta National. Ford shot a 66 to beat third-round leader Sam Snead by three shots. Mickelson, one shot behind Lee Westwood after 54 holes, shot a 67 to beat the Englishman by three.

Some other notes and nuggets, provided by Golf Channel’s research department:

• Willett became the fourth major champion in the past 20 years to shoot a bogey-free 67 or better in the final round. The others are Mickelson, Tiger Woods, and Rory McIlroy.

• Europeans dominated the Masters in the 1980s and ’90s, winning 11 times between 1980 and 1999. But Willett is the first Euro to win since Jose Maria Olazabal in 1999.

• Willett is only the second Englishman to win the Masters, joining three-time champion Nick Faldo.

• Jordan Spieth’s disastrous quadruple-bogey-7 at the 12th hole was the first quad or worse on a par 3 in his pro career.

• Spieth’s T-2 finish was his second consecutive runner-up finish in a major (2015 PGA).

• Spieth recorded his fifth consecutive top-5 finish in a major.

• After shooting par or better in his first nine rounds of the Masters, Spieth has been over par in his last three rounds.

• Spieth was only the second defending champion to hold the outright 54-hole lead, joining Ben Hogan (1954). Both finished second.

• Lee Westwood, who tied Spieth for second, recorded his ninth top-3 finish in a major championship. That’s the most such finishes without a win in the modern era. Westwood now has three top-3 finishes in the Masters, all since 2010.

• Dustin Johnson (T-4) recorded his fifth career top-5 finish in a major (all since 2010). He is still looking for his first major win.

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.