Healy wins Golf Channel Am Tour Palmer flight

By Mike BaileySeptember 14, 2012, 3:06 am

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Mike Healy almost withdrew from the Am Tour Championships, but his son Dylan convinced him otherwise. It turned out to be a good decision. Not only did Healy win a national championship in his first attempt, but his son had a great week, too.

Healy, who plays out of the Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin, Tenn., won the Palmer flight by nine shots after his second consecutive 74, this one on the Lagoons Course. Healy fired a four-day total of 307, 21 over par, to best Michael Stephanik of Monroe, N.J.

As it turned out, Dylan was also playing in his very first collegiate tournament as a freshman at the University of Arizona. The tournament, at Washington State, was added to the schedule late, after Mike Healy had already signed up for the Am Tour Championships.

'I've been a golf dad for almost 10 years,' said Healy, who played in his very first Am Tour national this week. 'I was going to withdraw but it came after the deadline to get my money back, and he encouraged me to play.'

Dylan wound up finishing second in his tournament.

'I'm sad I missed him playing, but he's very happy for me,' Healy said, 'and I'm going to see him play in a couple of weeks.'

Healy got off to a fast start on Thursday by making a long putt for birdie and chipping in for another on his way to a front-nine 34.

'That kind of jump-started my whole round,' Healy said. 'Then the rain came and I really just tried to play conservative and stay in fairways and not do anything bad. I just played consistent all week. I just didn't make any really big numbers and I think that was the difference for me.'

Jacob Morton of Fort Hood, Texas, and Kevin Hawkins of Port Orange, Fla., tied for third at 316. Morton made the biggest jump by shooting the low round of the day, 68, to move up from a tie for 15th place after three rounds.

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.