English shoots 60, leads British Open qualifiers

By Rex HoggardMay 22, 2012, 2:30 am

FORT WORTH, Texas – On Monday at Gleneagles Country Club in Plano, Texas, Harris English proved two points – that he could rebound from a difficult weekend at The Players Championship and that he’s quickly becoming the rookie to watch this year on the PGA Tour.

English scorched the Gleneagles layout with a first-round 60 that included six consecutive birdies on the front nine and an inward loop of 31to lead the field at the International Final Qualifier (America) for this year’s British Open.

English, who in 14 starts this year has missed just three cuts and has five top-25 finishes, followed that round with a 7-under 63 to cruise to medalist honors and lead the group of eight qualifiers who earned spots in July at Royal Lytham & St. Annes.

Englishman Greg Owen finished alone in second place at 13 under, four strokes behind English, followed by Stephen Ames, Andres Romero and Justin Hicks. The final three spots were decided in a four-players-for-three-spots playoff with Bob Estes, Daniel Chopra and James Driscoll advancing.

For English – who was bogey free on Monday – his play proved he could move on following a 79-77 weekend at TPC Sawgrass two weeks ago. English was a stroke out of the lead after 54 holes at The Players but hit a fan with his opening drive on Sunday and never recovered.

“It’s something we talked about. I told him, ‘Look, your 22 years old. You have to figure out how to learn from this and how you’re going to deal with your emotions,’” said Mike Taylor, English’s swing coach. “I asked him (after The Players), ‘What did you learn? What was it like playing with (eventual champion Matt) Kuchar?’ He said, ‘Nothing rattled him. He stayed clam the entire day.’”

Nothing rattled English on Monday thanks in large part to a makeover to his golf bag last week. After The Players, English went home to Sea Island, Ga., and began testing new wedges, deciding to add a fourth wedge to his bag for the qualifier.

“I think that helped because he’s been driving the ball so well and a lot of approach shots he’s been struggling with in-between shots,” said Taylor, who added that English removed his 4-iron from his bag and weakened the loft on his 3-iron to fill the gap.

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.