Fowler grouped with Lefty, Watney at Wells Fargo

By Will GrayApril 30, 2013, 8:33 pm

With The Players Championship just a week away, a full field of 156 players will take to Quail Hollow Club this week with the hopes of becoming the latest winner of the Wells Fargo Championship. Here are some groups to keep an eye on during Thursday's first round in Charlotte, N.C. (all times EDT; click here for full-field tee times):

7:30 a.m. (10th tee): Sergio Garcia, Webb Simpson, Bill Haas

Simpson finished fourth here last year, one month before claiming the U.S. Open, and the North Carolina resident will return this week hoping for similar results. He'll play the first two rounds alongside Haas, who is tied for the PGA Tour lead in top-10 finishes with five, and Garcia, who tied for eighth at Augusta National in his most recent start.

7:40 a.m. (10th tee): Phil Mickelson, Rickie Fowler, Nick Watney

After winning a playoff in thrilling fashion for his maiden win last year, Fowler returns to an event as its defending champion for the first time. He finds himself grouped with Mickelson and Watney, two players with excellent track records in Charlotte – Mickelson has posted six top-10 finishes in nine starts at Quail Hollow, while Watney has been inside the top 25 six times since 2005.

12:55 p.m. (1st tee): Rory McIlroy, Bubba Watson, Angel Cabrera

The lone player in this week's field inside the top 10 in the world rankings, McIlroy will hope to improve upon last year's runner-up finish to Fowler. His group for the first two days will be rounded out by a pair of former Masters champions: Watson, who has now notched four top-20 finishes around his tie for 50th at the Masters, and Cabrera, who is playing in the U.S. for the first time since his dramatic playoff loss to Adam Scott at Augusta National.

1:50 p.m. (1st tee): Zach Johnson, Lucas Glover, Lee Westwood

Westwood, one of the best players without a major, will play the first two rounds with two of the more surprising major winners of the last decade. Johnson is still in search of his first top-10 finish of 2013 but has a pair of strong finishes recently at Quail Hollow (T-6 2011, T-11 2009) upon which to build. Glover, a winner here in 2011 and runner-up in 2009, returns to Charlotte after leading in New Orleans through three rounds before falling back into a tie for fourth.

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.