You Oughta Know: Snedeker 50/50 to win Sunday

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 17, 2016, 4:03 am

Brandt Snedeker and Zac Blair share the lead at the Sony Open through 54 holes at Waialae Country Club. Here's what You Oughta Know heading into the final round in Honolulu:

• This is Snedeker's seventh 54-hole lead on Tour. He managed to convert three of the previous six for victory, making him a 50/50 propostion to pick up the eighth win of his PGA Tour career Sunday.

• Snedeker has made just one bogey this week - at the 14th hole on Thursday - and is a combined 37 under thus far in 2016. That's a stark departure from his 19-over total over his last six rounds of 2015.

• Blair, on the other hand, has never been in this position. This is the second-year Tour member's first 54-hole lead. He would have grabbed the outright lead if not for a missed birdie putt from 27 inches on the 18th hole Saturday.

• Blair has not made a bogey in his last 49 holes. He has recorded six consecutive rounds in the 60s at Waialae. He has two top-10 finishes in his Tour career, one of which was a T-6 last year at the Sony.

• Playing in the final group with Snedeker and Blair, Kevin Kisner has racked up seven top-five finishes and five top-2 finishes since the start of last season. Only Jordan Spieth, Jason Day and Bubba Watson have more top-2s over that span. Kisner went to extra holes three times last year, losing playoffs at the RBC Heritage, Players Championship and the Greenbrier. No. 282 in the world in March of last year, a win Sunday could vault Kisner as high as 11th.

• Just two back, 20-year-old Si Woo Kim would be the third-youngest player to win a PGA Tour event in the last 60 years, behind Raymond Floyd (20 years, six months) and Spieth (19 years, 11 months).

• For those hoping to charge from behind, the last 10 Sony Open winners were within at least two shots of the lead through three rounds. Moreover, 10 of the last 16 winners held at least a share of the 54-hole lead.

Information courtest Golf Channel's 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 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.