Woods one back at Turkish Airlines Open

By Randall MellNovember 8, 2013, 3:25 pm

Tiger Woods put a jolt into the Turkish Airlines Open on Friday, but he isn’t the only good storyline going into the weekend. Here’s an overview of what’s happening in Turkey:

Leaderboard: Henrik Stenson (68), Ian Poulter (66), Justin Walters (66) and Victor Dubuisson (65) are all tied for the lead at 12 under par. Tiger Woods (63) is one shot back.

What it means: A big weekend sets up with Stenson moving into position to build on his bid to become the first player to win the FedEx Cup and the Race to Dubai in the same season. Stenson leads the Race to Dubai standings, but Poulter is pressing him in this third leg of The Final Series. Poulter is fourth in the standings. Factor in the second-round charge world No. 1 Tiger Woods made, and this becomes quite the attractive leaderboard.

Round of the day: With nine birdies and no bogeys, Woods’ 9-under-par 63 moved him into position to win his sixth title this year.

Best of the rest: Lee Westwood and Justin Rose both shot 66 Friday to move within four shots of the lead. Westwood is looking for his first victory this season. Rose, of course, won the U.S. Open back in June and is third in the Race to Dubai standings.

Biggest disappointment: After opening with a 66, Paul Casey struggled to a 73 on Friday. His last two victories have come on courses designed by Colin Montgomerie, and The Montgomerie Maxx Royal, host to this event, is a Montgomerie design.

Biggest storyline: Stenson’s attempt to win the Race to Dubai after winning the FedEx Cup is a big deal, but Woods overshadows everyone when he’s in contention and often when he isn’t. With Woods a factor, there will be more eyeballs aimed at the tournament telecast and at European Tour leaderboards than there would otherwise be this weekend.

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.