Day 1 predictions: Hogan Bracket

By Randall MellFebruary 21, 2012, 5:18 pm

MARANA, Ariz. – Thirty-two matches will comprise the opening day of the 2012 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. GolfChannel.com senior writers Randall Mell and Rex Hoggard are on site and offer up predictions on Day 1. Mell takes on the Hogan Bracket. (Click for more predictions: Snead Bracket | Jones Bracket | Player Bracket)

BEN HOGAN BRACKET

No. 1 Martin Kaymer vs. No. 16 Greg Chalmers

Winner: Kaymer

The lowdown: Kaymer showed off all his tools getting to the finals a year ago before, losing to Donald. He’ll find fuel in the good vibes here.


No. 8 David Toms vs. No. 9 Rickie Fowler

Winner: Toms

The lowdown: This is a terrific matchup, a veteran against an up-and-comer, but Toms is a match-play dynamo with a win in this event and a 23-9 overall record


No. 4 Matt Kuchar vs. No. 13 Jonathan Byrd

Winner: Byrd

The lowdown: Another strong matchup. Kuchar made it all the way to the semifinals last year, but Byrd is showing the better form so far this season and made a nice run at Riviera last week.


No. 5 Bubba Watson vs. No. 12 Ben Crane

Winner: Crane

The lowdown: Should be a tight, tough match between two of the “Golf Boys,” but Crane looks like he is poised to send Bubba home singing the blues. While both are off to good starts this year, Crane is near top form.


No. 2 Steve Stricker vs. No. 15 Kevin Na

Winner: Stricker

The lowdown: Stricker’s velvet putting stroke and great wedge game make the former Accenture Match Play Championship winner (2001) formidable in this format, even though he is not completely comfortable on the course.


No. 7 Louis Oosthuizen vs. No. 10 Aaron Baddeley

Winner: Baddeley

The lowdown: Oosthuizen goes home in first-round loss for a third consecutive time. Baddeley’s putter will be too much for him.


No. 3 Graeme McDowell vs. No. 14 Y.E. Yang

Winner: McDowell

The lowdown: Yang made a nice run into the quarterfinals last year, but he’s off to an erratic start, two MCs in three events. McDowell got some confidence going in a T-3 at Abu Dhabi.


No. 6 Hunter Mahan vs. No. 11 Zach Johnson

Winner: Mahan

The lowdown: Should be real battle, taking Mahan because the course seems to suit him better than Johnson. Mahan made a run into the third round a year ago.

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.