He Said/She Said: Should Rory, Wozniacki split?

By Bailey MosierJune 23, 2012, 10:55 pm

Rory McIlroy ascended to world No. 1 in March with his win at the Honda Classic. Since then, he’s fallen from the top because of a T-40 finish at the Masters and three PGA Tour missed cuts including last week’s U.S. Open at The Olympic Club. Many critics look to girlfriend and former world No. 1 women’s tennis player Caroline Wozniacki as reason for the 23-year-old’s recent slump. So in a head-to-head, male vs. female debate, the Golf Guy and Birdie Bailey ask: What’s love got to do with it anyway?

By GOLF GUY

OK, once again, I will be the big buzz kill here: Rory and Wozzy need to go their separate ways. Look, I’m as excited about a sports power couple as anybody – especially one that crosses over two of my favorite sports – tennis and golf. But – cue the sound of a chainsaw – the odds of this relationship lasting are about the same as Andy Roddick winning another major (does Brooklyn Decker ring a bell?). Rory, do the golf world a favor and get back to focusing on golf. You have a lifelong legacy to worry about. So go out and win the British, Rory – then me and you can go to Vegas later in the year.


By BIRDIE BAILEY

Rory McIlroy is only 23 years old … which means a couple of things.

Firstly, let the kid act like a kid. If he’s happy and in love and dating Caroline Wozniacki and that’s taking away from time he could be spending practicing, then so be it. He’s entitled to have a life away from the golf course and try as best he can to be a ‘normal’ 23-year-old.

Secondly, if Wozniacki is the source of his demise, then he’ll figure that out in due time. As we all know, some things in life you just have to learn the hard way … and whether or not he can date her and flourish on the golf course or whether he needs to dump her (sorry, Caroline) remains to be seen. But from all we can tell, McIlroy’s a bright kid with a good head on his shoulders and he’ll figure it out.

Of course, we also all know that the head and the heart often speak two different languages.

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.