Mickelson paired with Molinari, Westwood in China

By Will GrayOctober 31, 2012, 8:42 pm

With the conclusion of the Fall Series still a week away, many of the game's biggest stars are in Shenzhen, China, where Mission Hills GC will host the season's final WGC event for the first time. Click here for a full list of tee times for the WGC-HSBC Champions, but below are a few pairings to keep an eye on for Thursday's opening round which, with the time difference, will begin Wednesday night for American viewers:

Notable tee times (all times are Wednesday ET):

9:00 p.m. (10th tee): Paul Lawrie, Ian Poulter, Nick Watney

Two of the hottest players in the field find themselves paired together this week. Watney enters fresh off a closing 61 to claim the CIMB Classic in Malaysia for his second win in six starts, while Poulter has yet to let up from the momentum garnered at Medinah, finishing solo fourth last week at the BMW Masters in Shanghai. Lawrie, meanwhile, is in the midst of a resurgent season and will be seeking his third European Tour win of 2012.

9:10 p.m. (10th tee): Francesco Molinari, Phil Mickelson, Lee Westwood

Mickelson's win in the 2007 edition of this event and Molinari's victory three years later had a common thread - both came over Lee Westwood, who lost to Mickelson in a playoff and came up one shot short against Molinari in 2010. When Mission Hills last hosted a major event, Molinari teamed with brother Edoardo to win the 2009 Omega World Cup on the Olazabal Course. This will mark Mickelson's first official start since the Ryder Cup, while Westwood finished T-14 last week at the BMW Masters.

10:10 p.m. (10th tee): Brandt Snedeker, Nicolas Colsaerts, Justin Rose

The 2012 FedEx Cup champion finds himself slotted with two of Europe's brightest stars from last month's Ryder Cup. Like Westwood, Colsaerts tied for 14th last week in Shanghai and is now in position to have full-time playing privileges on both the PGA and European Tours in 2013. Rose, who finished runner-up to Snedeker at East Lake, claimed his 10th worldwide top-10 finish of 2012 at the BMW Masters and won a WGC event earlier this year at Doral.

10:20 p.m. (10th tee): Graeme McDowell, Louis Oosthuizen, Keegan Bradley

A trio of major winners comprise this group, as they find themselves a green jacket short of the Slam. McDowell still seeks his first win of 2012 after playing in the final pairing Sunday at both the U.S. and British Opens, while Oosthuizen has a pair of European Tour wins to go along with five top-5 finishes this year on the PGA Tour and enters off a T-6 finish in Shanghai. Bradley spent last week in Bermuda at the Grand Slam of Golf and will be teeing it up in an official event for the first time since his strong performance at Medinah.

10:30 p.m. (10th tee): Martin Kaymer, Jason Dufner, Adam Scott

The event's defending champion (Kaymer) finds himself paired with two men who have had notable near-misses in majors across the last 15 months. Scott has remained in contention several times this summer, but has yet to record a top-five finish since letting the Claret Jug slip away at Royal Lytham. After nearly claiming the Wanamaker Trophy last summer, Dufner has rebounded for a career year in 2012, winning twice and finishing second to Bo Van Pelt in Australia two weeks ago.

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.