Make more clutch pars when you need them like Day

By Tyrus YorkNovember 25, 2013, 12:00 pm

After losing eight family members in the devastating typhoon that recently hit the Philippines, Jason Day overcame that personal tragedy to take individual honors and lead Australia to victory in the World Cup this past weekend in his home country at Royal Melbourne.

Day and his teammate Adam Scott finished 10 shots better than their American counterparts Matt Kuchar and Kevin Streelman.

After many professional events, we end up talking about the victorious player’s great final round, which oftentimes will be filled with numerous birdies en route to a low score.

Day managed only three birdies and an eagle to go along with a double bogey and two bogeys for a final round 1-under par 70.

It was his ability, however, to make par down the stretch, something runner-up Thomas Bjorn couldn’t do, that led to his victory.

Making birdies is great and adds excitement to any round of golf. But if you can have more pars on your scorecard than bogeys or worse, chances are you’re in for a good round.

Here are a few tips to help increase your chances to make more pars:

• Know when to go for birdie and when not to. A poor tee shot can change your plans quickly on any given hole. The important thing is that you don’t take extra risk by forcing a great second shot in hopes of making a birdie, which could lead to bogey or worse. Take your medicine and get the ball back in play, and you increase your chance to make par.

• Sharpen your short-game skills. Two-putt pars are nice, but most golfers miss more greens in regulation than they hit. Practice your short game from several locations around the practice green with the goal of getting the ball inside your gimme range.

• And since there’s technically no such thing as a gimme, work on those short putts. Practice your short putting enough so that 3-5-footers begin to feel automatic. This will take pressure away from your chipping or pitching by eliminating the feeling that you must get the ball to within a foot of the hole every time.

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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.