Day 3 recaps from WGC-Accenture Match Play

By February 25, 2012, 12:30 am

Day 3 of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship narrowed the field to eight. Ryan Ballengee wraps up Friday's matches at Dove Mountain. (Click for: Running blog | Scoring)

HOGAN: Matt Kuchar (4) d. Martin Kaymer (1), 4 and 3 – After taking the lead at the sixth, Kuchar moved to 4 up by the 12th tee. Kaymer won one hole early but got buried quickly.

HOGAN: Hunter Mahan (6) d. Steve Stricker (2), 4 and 3 – Mahan never trailed in the match, draining eight birdies on the round. Stricker was overwhelmed and finished quickly.

SNEAD: Lee Westwood (1) d. Nick Watney (4), 3 and 2 – Westwood took the first two holes in the match, then cruised through the middle of the front nine. Wins at Nos. 8-10 put Westwood up for good.

SNEAD: Martin Laird (10) d. Paul Lawrie (11), 3 and 1 – Laird won the first two holes, then managed to hang onto his lead with a string of pars. A win at No. 12 put Laird up by three and Lawrie could never pull closer than down two.

JONES: Peter Hanson (9) d. Brandt Snedeker (5), 5 and 3 – Hanson won the first three holes and was 4 up before Snedeker managed to take three in a row from Nos. 8-10. Hanson immediately rallied, however, with four wins in five holes – all with birdie – to end the match.

JONES: Mark Wilson (10) d. Dustin Johnson (3), 4 and 3 – Despite the massive distance advantage Johnson had over Wilson, it was the Chicago native who scored better. Wilson took four holes in a row after tying the opening pair. Though Johnson birdied three of four par-5 holes on the day, Wilson won all three par-3 holes in the match.

PLAYER: Rory McIlroy (1) d. Miguel Angel Jimenez (13), 3 and 1 – McIlroy took a 3-up advantage at the turn, earning two par-4 wins at the seventh and ninth with birdies. Some loose play to begin the back nine let Jimenez back into the match, but McIlroy was good enough to play the final four holes in 2 under and advance.

PLAYER: Sang-Moon Bae (11) d. John Senden (10), 1 Up – The only match on Friday to go the distance, the PGA Tour rookie had a 2-up lead through six holes. Senden battled back to square with birdie wins at the seventh and eighth holes. Seven of the final 10 holes were halved, but Bae's second back-nine win at the par-3 16th was the final margin.

Watch live coverage of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship on Golf Channel, Saturday noon-2PM ET; Sunday 8AM-1PM ET. NBC coverage can be seen live Saturday/Sunday, 2-6PM ET.

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.