Neumann set to return, captain Euro Solheim team in 2015?

By Randall MellApril 5, 2014, 8:06 pm

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. – Is Sweden’s Liselotte Neumann poised to return as the European Solheim Cup captain?

Neumann, who made history leading the Europeans to their first victory on American soil last year, is at the Kraft Nabisco Championship this week, visiting with players and watching the action at Mission Hills. She lives here in Rancho Mirage.

The Ladies European Tour is scheduled Friday to announce the Euro Solheim Cup captain for the matches next year at St. Leon-Rot Golf Club in Germany. When asked Neumann directly Saturday morning if she was going to return to lead the Euros again in 2015, she smiled politely and shrugged her shoulders.

“I can’t say,” Neumann said.

While it might be Annika Sorenstam’s job when she's ready, there's still a question of whether the timing's right for her. She’s immersed in her business interests and raising a 4-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son. She was a vice captain for Neumann last year.

Neumann, 47, didn’t just lead the Euros to their breakthrough title on American soil at Colorado Golf Club last year. She helped them win the most lopsided rout in Solheim Cup history. It makes sense she would return, given what a huge hit she was in the role and given how the Euros like to bring their captains back. Since the biennial competition was first staged in 1990, Europe has had just seven captains. Four have served in multiple competitions. Mickey Walker, who captained the first European team, was brought back three times as captain. Dale Reid served in back-to-back competitions. So did Catrin Nilsmark and Alison Nicholas.

Neumann, who became the first Swede to win a major when she claimed the U.S. Women’s Open in 1988, says she’s still enjoying congratulatory words from players and fans at Mission Hills this week.

“A lot of people are recognizing me and saying `Hey, good job at the Solheim,’ even a lot of Americans, which is nice,” Neumman said.

Neumann said last summer’s victory in Colorado ranked among the greatest thrills of her career. She said she will never forget what it felt like when players on her team lifted her up on their shoulders in the immediate aftermath of the victory.

“It was probably one of the happiest moments of my life,” Neumann said.

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.