Tiger on Vacation Singh Back to Work

By Golf Channel NewsroomOctober 18, 2004, 4:00 pm
04 Funai Classic @ Disney WorldWhile Tiger Woods extends his honeymoon into a second week, Vijay Singh looks to extend his winning streak on the PGA Tour.
 
With the recently married Woods out of this weeks Funai Classic, Singh is back to defend his title.
 
This will be the last of four title defenses for Singh in 04. Of course, he already has eight titles to defend next season, and would love to make it nine.
 
Singh has never successfully defended a title in his career. And only Jack Nicklaus, who won the first three Disney tournaments, and Tim Simpson, who won in 1989-90, have repeated as champion here.
 
In his three previous defenses this season, Singh tied for third at Phoenix, tied for 59th at the Byron Nelson, and tied for fourth at the John Deere.
 
Singh, who overtook Woods for No. 1 on the Official World Golf Ranking seven weeks ago, has competed each of the last two weeks on the European Tour. He first tied for 18th in the dunhill links championship and then was bounced in the first round in the HSBC World Match Play Championship by European Ryder Cup captain Bernhard Langer.
 
He'll welcome a return to the States, where he has won five of his last six PGA Tour starts.
 
Singh has said repeatedly that he would like to win 10 tournaments this season. And hell have the opportunity to do so. He is likely to play in the Chrysler Championship, where he finished second to Retief Goosen a year ago, as well as the Tour Championship, which he won in 2002 at the same site it is being played this year (East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Ga.).
 
For Woods, however, there may be but one more event to secure his first stroke-play win of the season.
 
Woods, who won the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, married Elin Nordegren on Oct. 5, and decided to trade in his tools of the trade for one more week in favor of scuba gear and swim trunks.
 
This is the first time in his professional career that Woods has skipped the Disney tournament, which is played just miles from his Orlando home.
 
He has never competed in the Chrysler Championship, which is next weeks event in Tampa, meaning hell likely wrap-up his 04 campaign at the Tour Championship, the season finale.
 
Tigers last stroke-play victory came over a year ago in the WGC-American Express Championship. He would have had a good chance at ending that drought had he decided to tee it up this week. Woods has twice won this event and has finished in the top 3 in five of his eight Disney starts.
 
There are only two more chances for players to qualify for the Tour Championship, which is awarded to the top 30 players on the money list following the Chrysler. There are also only two more chances to secure full exempt status on tour for next season by finishing in the top 125 on the money list.
 
This is the 34th playing of what is now officially called the Funai Classic at Walt Disney World Resort. Nicklaus won the first three tournaments, before it became a team competition from 1974-81. It returned to an individual competition in 82 and four players have since won it on multiple occasions: Larry Nelson (1984, 87), Simpson (1989-90), John Huston (1992, 98) and Woods (1996, 99).
 
The purse has been upped $200K to $4.2 million. The winner will receive $756,000.
 
There are two courses used in the rotation. Players will rotate between the Palm (par 72, 6,957 yards) and the Magnolia (par 72, 7,200 yards) courses over the first two days. Those who make the cut will play the host Magnolia course exclusively over the weekend.
 
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  • 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.