Dufner grouped with former champs Watney, Watson

By Will GrayApril 23, 2013, 9:21 pm

This week the PGA Tour descends upon the Crescent City, as players will look to make their birdies early and often at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Here's a look at some of the featured groups for the first and second rounds at TPC Louisiana (all times CDT; click here for full-field tee times):

7:30 a.m. (10th tee): Jason Dufner, Nick Watney, Bubba Watson

Having notched his first career PGA Tour victory here a year ago, Dufner will begin defense of his title alongside two former Zurich champions. Watson won at TPC Louisiana in 2011 and tied for 18th in his return last year, while Watney recorded his first career win when he left with the trophy in 2007.

7:30 a.m. (1st tee): John Merrick, Charlie Beljan, Aaron Baddeley

Two months ago, Merrick and Beljan found themselves together during a playoff at the Northern Trust Open, won by Merrick on the first extra hole. They'll now have two days to reminisce about their brief time together at Riviera while playing alongside Baddeley, who is making just his second appearance in New Orleans since 2007.

7:40 a.m. (10th tee): Scott Piercy, David Toms, K.J. Choi

Following his marathon Q & A session on Twitter Monday, Piercy finds himself playing the first two rounds with players that won this event in consecutive years when it was staged at English Turn. Toms triumphed in 2001, a precursor to his PGA Championship win later that summer, while Choi took the trophy from him the following year when he won by four shots. Both have contended here since, with Toms tying for fifth in 2009 and Choi finishing tied for third in 2011.

12:30 p.m. (1st tee): Michael Thompson, Ernie Els, Rickie Fowler

In his first appearance at TPC Louisiana, Els fell to Dufner in a playoff a year ago, one of many close calls the South African had in 2012 before his triumph at Royal Lytham. He returns this year hoping to improve on that runner-up finish, and will play the first two rounds with Thompson – a surprise winner at the Honda Classic – who fired a Sunday 67 at Augusta National earlier this month, and Fowler, who has three top-10 finishes already to his credit this season.

12:40 p.m. (1st tee): Keegan Bradley, Justin Rose, Billy Horschel

A winner could very well emerge from this group, as these three have combined for 17 top-25 finishes thus far in 2013. Horschel enters off a tie for ninth at Harbour Town, his third straight top-10 result, while Bradley had four straight top 10s before his tie for 54th at the Masters. Rose, the highest-ranked player in this week's field, has been inside the top 25 in each of his five starts this year on the PGA Tour and was a runner-up to Tiger Woods at Bay Hill just last month.

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.