Fowler posts 66, looking to go back to back

By May 12, 2012, 9:31 pm

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - Rickie Fowler shot 6-under 66 at TPC Sawgrass' Stadium Course on Saturday to get into contention for a second career PGA Tour win and back-to-back victories. He won last week at the Wells Fargo Championship.

'I put myself in position off the tee,' he said, 'which is key here no matter what, but especially with the wind blowing today. I was able to play out of the short grass as much as possible.'

The Oklahoma State product only hit eight of 14 fairways, but avoided big mistakes to reach 9 under for the tournament. Hitting 16 greens in regulation, he made seven birdies on the round. The only sour note was the last, making bogey at the 18th hole for the third consecutive round.

Simply making the cut this week would have been an achievement for Fowler.

'Coming into this week, kind of the goal was to get into the weekend since I had not been here before,' he said.

If Fowler wins on Sunday, he would supplant 2004 champion Adam Scott as the youngest Players winner at 23 years, 4 months and 30 days. Fred Couples (1984) was the only other champion here to win on his third try after, who like Fowler, missed the cut in his first two Sawgrass starts. 

Fowler would also become the first player to win in consecutive weeks on the PGA Tour since Tiger Woods did so in 2009 when he took the Buick Open and WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

'It's trying to make the most of playing well,' Fowler said. 

Woods, a fellow member with Fowler at Medalist CC, compared Fowler's breakthrough to what a win at Kingsmill did for David Duval in 1997. It was the first of 11 wins over the course of three seasons. Duval, who won here in 1999 as part of that run, was the last player to win his first two PGA Tour events in back-to-back weeks, winning at Disney after the Kingsmill victory.

Before Fowler can join this illustrious company with win No. 2 on Sunday, however, he faces an uphill battle.

'It's not easy,' Woods said. 'There's a lot of guys, 156 guys. You've got to beat 155 guys in guys in back-to-back weeks, which is tough.'

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.