Germanys Esterl Sets the Pace at Sun City

By Golf Channel NewsroomMarch 24, 2001, 5:00 pm
Although the incessant drizzle made conditions difficult and uncomfortable for the ladies contesting the Nedbank Mastercard South African Ladies Masters, Elisabeth Esterl still managed to fire a 3-under-par 69 today to take the lead into the third round.
 
The in-form German, who finished joint runner-up in Taiwan last week, tops the leaderboard on 5-under-par 139 after 36 holes. Despite the heavy rains that broke at her last two holes, she holed out from 50 feet at the eighth and from two feet at the ninth (her last hole), finishing with two birdies.
 
Esterl's round also featured a double bogey at the par-4 15th, where she had trouble to negotiate her way out of the thick and wet rough, that has hampered most of the players over the last two days. Her second bogey of the day came from a three-putt on the 6th.
 
Esterl finished three shots clear of first round leader, Paula Marti of Italy, and England's Samantha Head, second on the leader board. 'It was good, especially as it was tougher today as the rough was very wet. It's difficult to get your club through and if the grass gets between your club and the ball, it can easily close or open the face,' commented the petite blond.
 
'The course was also playing a bit longer today as there was little run off the tees. But the greens were also a little more receptive so it was easier to go for the flag,' 24-year-old from Dingolfing added.
 
'I'm not hitting the ball exceptional I'm just getting it round better. The putting is going well, which obviously makes all the difference. I'm using a new center-shafted See-More putter - the same as the one Payne Stewart used when he won the US Open.'
 
Cape Town's Barbara Pestana, past champion of the SA Women's Open and SA Ladies Masters carded the best round of the Southern African contenders today, posting an impressive 2-under-par 70 for a total score of 5-over-par 149.
 
Laurette Maritz played with the tournament leader today and carded a 1-over-par 73, with a 36-hole total of 147 going into the final round. The rest of the South Africans suffered at the hands of the rough and the weather, including last week's winner, Vanessa Smith who posted a 79 in her second round for a total of 19-over-par.
 
Today saw 12 players break par at the very wet Gary Player Country Club, with two eagles coming from France's Virginie Auffret on the par-4 5th hole and England's Suzanne Dickens on the par-5 14th. And
 
The second round cut was made at 10-over-par 154, leaving 61 participants in the field for tomorrow.

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.