Finchem OGrady talk integration

By Rex HoggardMarch 13, 2011, 10:07 pm

DORAL, Fla. – In what seems likely to become a regular occurrence PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem and European Tour chief George O’Grady sat down with the international media on Sunday at Doral to address all manner of pressing questions.

From the possibility of a world golf tour to a scheduling dispute that may leave many of the top South Africans a difficult scheduling choice later this year, the two power brokers offered a relatively united front on many questions that seem to be dividing the golf world.

Among the highlights of the 35-minute meet-and-greet:

-The proposal floated in some quarters that would exempt players in the top 50 in the World Ranking into whatever tournament they wish to play, whether it’s on the European or PGA tours. “We may recommend some change,” Finchem said. “We’re moving toward integration.”

“There’s not a powerful lobby for it at the moment,” O’Grady said.

-On the prospect of a global tour that would combine the best of the PGA and European circuits: “We recognize the global presence of the sport . . . and to leverage that properly integration will become a viable option,” said Finchem, who added he didn’t expect a global circuit to happen “overnight.”

“If we’re going to go forward unified there will have to be integration to avoid the current (scheduling) clashes which don’t benefit anyone,” O’Grady added.

-Speaking of scheduling clashes, both Finchem and O’Grady said they are working to find a solution that would allow the top South Africans to play in this year’s Presidents Cup in Australia and the South African Open, which are scheduled to be played the same week in November. Meetings are scheduled the week of the Masters at Augusta National.

-On the possibility of the PGA Tour returning to Detroit Finchem said it is the circuit’s intention to hold another event in the Motor City, but he said he doesn’t expect it to come at the expense of the Heritage or the Bob Hope Classic, which are both struggling to find sponsors. “Right now, if I had to bet I’d say both (the Heritage and Hope) will be on the schedule,” Finchem said.

O'Grady will be featured on Monday evening's Golf Central.

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.