Johnson shocks Woods to win World Challenge

By Ryan LavnerDecember 8, 2013, 11:21 pm

The final Northwestern Mutual World Challenge at Sherwood Country Club was a doozy, as Tiger Woods missed a 4-foot par putt to lose to Zach Johnson on the first playoff hole. Here’s the skinny on a dramatic final round:

The leaderboard: Zach Johnson and Tiger Woods at -13, Bubba Watson and Matt Kuchar at -9, Webb Simpson (-7).

What it means: It’s sweet redemption for Johnson, who was up by one with two to play against Woods in 2011, only to lose by one. This is his second win in his last five starts, dating to the FedEx Cup playoffs, when he won the BMW Championship. Johnson’s victory denied Woods his sixth title of the season. In this event, Woods has five wins and five other runners-up.

Round of the day: It was a shocking finish to this one, as Woods had a four-shot lead with eight holes to play but was all square as he stood on the 18th tee. Woods had a hanging lie from the left rough on the home hole, and his second shot found the greenside bunker. It looked like Woods would be bailed out by Johnson, who, from the middle of the fairway, hit a semi-shank into the water. But Johnson followed up that terrible shot by holing his wedge shot from the drop zone. Woods had to get up-and-down from a difficult spot in the bunker to force a playoff, and he did, splashing out to 2 feet.

In the playoff, both players found the fairway off the tee but Woods again found the bunker with his approach, while Johnson hit his second shot about 25 feet left of the cup. Woods blasted out to 4 feet, but his par putt carried too much pace and spun out. 

Best of the rest: Matt Kuchar squandered his chance to win with a Saturday 76, but he rebounded in the final round with the low score of the day, a 5-under 67 to finish joint third. Webb Simpson made six birdies en route to a 4-under 68 that vaulted him to solo fifth.

Shot of the day: After nearly holing out iron shots on Nos. 16 and 17, Johnson spun his wedge shot into the cup on the 72nd hole to make par and force a playoff. Said Johnson, “I guess I was just teasing it the holes previous.”

Quote of the day: “I don’t know how the last three iron shots didn’t go in the hole. It was pretty impressive what he did on 16, 17 and 18, and he got me.” – Woods, on Johnson

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 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.