Money matters: Simpson joins Donald at Disney

By Rex HoggardOctober 14, 2011, 9:56 pm

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – For the first time since 2003 the season-long money race will come down to the final event.

Following his second round at the McGladrey Classic, Webb Simpson followed Luke Donald onto the commitment list for next week’s Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic, setting up a showdown for the money title.

“There was never really a decision to be made, I have a chance of making history. See you all at Disney next week,' he tweeted Friday.

Simpson, who is tied for the lead at Sea Island following a second-round 67, trails Donald by $68,971 on the money list and appears likely to overtake the Englishman, who is trying to become the first to win both the PGA Tour and European Tour money titles in a single season, following his fast start at the McGladrey.

“I thought Luke would play and I think he’s thinking the same thing about me,” said Simpson, who expected to be paired with Donald for Rounds 1 and 2 at Disney. “If one of us was going to play the other would as well. It’s going to be fun.”

Simpson said he essentially had committed to both the Sea Island and Disney events when he made the decision to play for the money title. “I just didn’t want him to know that,” he smiled.

Donald’s wife, Dianne, is expecting the couple’s second child next month and the world No. 1 indicated at the Tour Championship that he was probably done with the PGA Tour this season, but the chance to win both cash crowns wooed him back for one final push.

“It’s exciting to have this happen,” said Disney tournament director Kevin Weickel. “The Magnolia and Palm (courses) lend themselves to a lot of birdies so it always seems we come down to a shootout and this will just add to that.”

The cash king is given a five-year Tour exemption and would get a boost in the Player of the Year voting, a crowded ballot that includes Donald, Simpson, Keegan Bradley, Nick Watney and Steve Stricker.

Complicating things for Donald is the availability of his caddie John McLaren, who was married last week and will be on his honeymoon during Disney week. A replacement has not been named.

Donald has played Disney twice in his career, missing the cut in 2003 and finishing tied for 36th in ’02, while Simpson finished tied for 40th last year and withdrew after two rounds in ’09.

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.