Featured Match Els vs Overton

By Randall MellFebruary 23, 2011, 1:20 am

2005 WGC Accenture Match PlayMARANA, Ariz. – GolfChannel.com senior writer Randall Mell is at the Ritz Carlton Golf Club at Dove Mountain for the opening round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. He is providing a running blog for the match between Ernie Els and Jeff Overton. Follow him on twitter (@RandallMell) for more updates or for complete scoring of all 32 matches, click here.


 (4:07 p.m. ET) Ernie Els could only laugh at the weird twists and turns in his victory against Jeff Overton in 19 holes Wednesday at the Accenture Match Play Championship.

After losing the first three holes of the day, bouncing back to win five in a row in the middle of the round, Els won when Overton got himself in trouble in the desert. Els won after Overton pulled his approach shot left at the first extra hole (No. 1) into thick brush and couldn’t free himself.

“It’s crazy,” Els said. “It was a weird game, really weird. It was ugly.”

Els missed a couple of short putts early, hit just one of his first six greens in regulation and still managed to win.

After being eliminated in the first round five times in 10 previous starts at the Accenture Match Play Championship, Els was happy to advance, no matter how awkwardly. It was his first win in extra holes in this event. He lost the three other times he advanced to sudden death.

“My failure rate is pretty good here in extra holes,” Els said.

Els will meet J.B. Holmes in the second round.

“I’ve got some work to do,” Els said. “I need to play better tomorrow. This course suits J.B. Holmes to a tee.”

(2:44 p.m. ET) Els and Overton couldn't make putts most of the day, but they dropped some big ones coming home.

Overton's 10-foot par putt at 18 sends this to extra holes.

Els made a big par-saving 8-footer at the 17th.

(2:05 p.m. ET) Els lost the 15th hole without ever stepping on the green.

He is getting a good look at the desert today. He found his ball in the scrub brush aside the 15th fairway but couldn't make an escape.

It is all square with three to play.

(1:55 p.m. ET) Els turned to his caddie with more bewilderment on his face after pushing another tee shot right into rattlesnake country at the short par-4 15th.

Els is 1 up with four to go.

You get the feeling this won't be about who wins the match but who loses it.

(1:15 p.m. ET) Ernie Els has turned into a formidable locomotive.

With his victory at the 11th hole, he has won five holes in a row to go 2 up on Jeff Overton.

(12:23 a.m. ET) Match play is a strange animal.

After losing the first three holes, Els wins the final three on the back nine to square the match.

Momentum is a fickle master in this format. Els has it now with Overton looking shaky. Els got up and down at the ninth when Overton couldn't.



(12:23 a.m. ET) 'Can't make a 4-footer to save my life . ... Ridiculous!'

Those weren't the mutterings of Els coming off the seventh green, but of Overton after he missed a short putt for par.

Els is rallying in a match distinguished by some shaky putting all around.

With Overton's miss at No. 7 and Els' big birdie after escaping from some desert scrub brush following a wayward drive at the eighth, Els is only 1 down now.

 (11:47 a.m. ET) Els got one back at the fifth hole when Overton three-putted for a bogey to move Els to within 2 down, but he gave that right back at the sixth hole.

Els mis-clubbed in the wind, leaving his 185-yard approach short in the bunker and made his third bogey in six holes. Els has hit just one green in regulation over the first six holes.

 (11:28 a.m. ET) Ernie Els' putting is a problem early. He's missed back-to-back 3 1/2 footers for par. With a chance to win the hole at No. 4, he pushed a short putt right. With Overton also making bogey, Els is still 3 down.

Els would be 2 over through four, Overton 1 under.

(11:03 a.m. ET) Ernie Elis is off to a shaky start. Els missed a 3-1/2 footer for par at the third hole and is 3 down to Overton after three. Overton birdied the second hole for birdie-birdie start.

Els is 10-11 overall in Accenture, Overton is 0-0.

(10:30 a.m. ET) Tough start for Ernie Els, who is 1 down to Jeff Overton after the first hole.

Els had a rough time in this event from 2006-08 and was eliminated in the first round each of those years. In 10 Accenture starts, Els has been sent packing five times after one round. Jonathan Byrd embarrassed him in '08, routing him 6 and 5 in the opening match.

In '09, Els rebounded strong, advancing all the way to the quarterfinals before losing. Back in '01, he made it all the way to the semifinals, losing to Pierre Fulke. That's the farthest Els has advanced in this.

Last year, the Big Easy beat Ryan Moore 4 and 3 in the first round and then lost to Retief Goosen in 20 holes in the second round. 

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.