Hunter vs. punter

By Golf Channel DigitalSeptember 8, 2011, 9:24 pm

ARLINGTON, Texas – Perhaps Cowboys Stadium would seem less than ideal for a golfer named Hunter to square off against a former NFL punter. But Golf Channel’s “Hunter vs. The Punter” challenge on Wednesday was not your ordinary event.

Hunter Mahan withstood the fancy footwork of Mike Saxon, punter for the last Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl-winning team. They may have been competing inside the spacious stadium without a crowd, but they did have to endure the barbs of David Feherty, who stood alongside the two and provided steady banter.

The issue at hand: Is a Super Bowl punter or a PGA Tour golfer more accurate at his trade?

The catalyst behind the exhibition was Golf Channel’s NFL-themed, four-program series “Playing Lessons,” where current and past NFL stars play golf with Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee. The four-part series of 30-minute shows begins Tuesday.

After the Dallas Cowboys and New York Jets open the season Sept. 11, Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo appears the following Tuesday on “Playing Lessons.” The next Tuesday, following Eagles-Falcons on Sunday night, Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan is featured. On Sept. 25, it’s Steelers-Colts, followed on the 27th by Jerome Bettis and Lou Holtz joining Chamblee. In the final week, after Packers-Falcons on Oct. 9, Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers will appear on the Tuesday show.

And while the “Hunter vs. The Punter” event at Cowboys Stadium promoted “Playing Lessons,” it definitely had a unique, five-event format.

First, standing on the 40-yard line, Mahan chipped golf balls and Saxon booted footballs toward a corner of the end zone. Closest to the end zone without going into the end zone would win.  Hunter not only chipped closer, he traded one of his golf shots for a football and surprisingly kicked it dead inside the one-yard line.

“He’s at the peak of his career, and he just married a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader,” Feherty said of Mahan. “I hate him.”

Event 2 required Mahan to pop a golf ball off the face of an iron three times before trying to hit it into a tub 10 yards away without the ball touching the ground. Saxon had three shots at gently booting a football into a 10 tub also 10 yards away.         

“Well,” Feherty surmised, “the marks for technical merit were low, but artistic impressions . . . superb.”

In a third event Mahan opted to putt footballs while Saxon rolled footballs with his feet from the five points of the 50-yard line Cowboys star to the center of the star. The final two events involved trying to hit any part of the goal post’s crossbar or uprights from 10 yards out; and, trying to hit a pin flag from 10 yards away.

“It was fun to be out here,” Mahan said. “Something  different, crossing sports here. I don’t think many golfers can say they’ve played in Cowboys Stadium.”

Said  Saxon: “I haven’t swung my leg that many times in the last 15 years. It was fun. Good to be on the Golf Channel. Craziest event I’ve ever been involved in.”

- Hy Cotton contributed to this report

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.