Featured Match Mickelson vs Fowler

By Rex HoggardFebruary 24, 2011, 11:10 pm

2005 WGC Accenture Match PlayMARANA, Ariz. – GolfChannel.com senior writer Rex Hoggard is at the Ritz Carlton Golf Club at Dove Mountain for the second round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. He is providing a running blog for the 12:46 p.m. ET match between (1) Phil Mickelson and (8) Rickie Fowler. For complete scoring of all 16 matches, click here.

(3:48 p.m. ET) As Rickie Fowler and Phil Mickelson approached the 13th green, the crowd began a chorus of 'USA, USA' chants, but we're not sure which American they were pulling for.

Had this been the Ryder Cup, the chant 'Ole, ole, ole' may have been more appropriate considering Fowler's 6-and-5 victory.

(3:45 p.m. ET) Rickie Fowler closed out Phil Mickelson at Dove Mountain's 13th hole, a 6-and-5 walkover that featured plenty of low scoring, all of it from Fowler.

'We only played four holes on the backside and he played them in 5 under,' Mickelson said. 'I got outplayed.'

(3:28 p.m. ET) A word on body language. Rickie Fowler walked off Dove Mountain's 12th hole looking like a man who was 6-under since the third hole and 5 up on his opponent.

Phil Mickelson on the other hand walked off the 12th looking like a man who just missed a 4-footer for birdie and would rather be anywhere else.

And that sums up the day's marquee match.

(3:16 p.m. ET) Rickie Fowler continues to hammer Phil Mickelson in Round 2 at the WGC-Match Play, rolling in a 12-footer for eagle at the 11th hole to go five holes ahead.

Can't help but think that this isn't exactly what PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem had in mind when he concocted this year's young-vs.-old theme.

(2:59 p.m. ET) Rickie Fowler chips in on the 10th hole to go 4 up on Phil Mickelson at Dove Mountain and we can't help but think that's not respecting your elders.

Really good golf, however.

(2:41 p.m. ET) In one of the all-time good moves, Phil Mickelson's caddie Jim Mackay gave Rickie Fowler's looper his seat on the U.S. Ryder Cup charter last year because Bones thought it was important for the rookie bagman to experience it.

Can't help but think it could create a little goodwill in the duo's second-round match at Dove Mountain, but no such luck.

Mickelson missed a 6-footer for birdie at the eighth hole and the fairway and green at the ninth hole to fall three holes down at the turn. 

(2:19 p.m. ET) Made it 40 holes at the WGC-Match Play before being run down by the jumping cholla. The devil's weed got your correspondent on the eight hole.

Can't say for certain but we thought we saw Phil Mickelson, who trails Rickie Fowler by a hole, laugh as he went by.

(1:50 p.m. ET) So much for the short-game clinic. Phil Mickelson hit his chip thin, albeit from a bad lie, at the fifth hole and failed to make par.

Fowler on the other hand calmly rolled in a 25 footer for birdie to go 1 up.

Advantage Gen Y.

(1:42 p.m. ET) Rickie Fowler, in bright pink, birdies the fourth at Dove Mountain to square his match with Phil Mickelson, who is sporting a bright orange shirt.

Get the feeling Ian Poulter is back in Orlando, Fla., throwing things at his TV.

(1:30 p.m. ET) It takes Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler nearly 40 minutes to play three holes at Dove Mountain.

You do the math, Fowler one of the fastest players on the PGA Tour is two groups behind Ben Crane who is one of the, well you know.

(1:25 p.m. ET) In what appears to be the short-game clinic of the day's matches at Dove Mountain, Phil Mickelson scrambles for par at the third hole, Rickie Fowler does not from an impossible lie short of the green.

Advantage Lefty (1 up).

(1:13 p.m. ET) It was Phil Mickelson at his short-game best at Dove Mountain's second hole on Thursday.

From short of the green Lefty bumps a chip into the bank for a conceded birdie. His opponent Rickie Fowler isn't too shabby either. He flops his third to 3 feet to keep the match all square.

(1:03 p.m. ET) Phil Mickelson quickly dismissed the idea when asked earlier this year at Torrey Pines if he planned to join the growing list of PGA Tour players who Tweet.
That makes his second-round match with Twitter diehard Rickie Fowler so interesting.
As one golf scribe joked as the two teed off on Wednesday at Dove Mountain, 'Rickie Tweets 'Go Time' and Phil would Tweet 'It's go to lunch time.''

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.