Miracles in Memphis

By Jerry FoltzJune 12, 2010, 6:24 pm

'My dad used to grab any microphone he could find to let people know about St. Jude.'

Those were the words of Tony Thomas, son of late Danny Thomas – the former tournament host in Memphis – in a pre-tournament press conference.

I remember watching the tournament as a kid and seeing Danny share his conviction about the miracles St. Jude works on a daily basis. Now, after a few days at the tournament, I'm left with but one emotion: this might be the most important tournament on the entire PGA Tour schedule.

If it weren't for the PGA Tour and Danny Thomas, many people wouldn't even know about St. Jude's Hospital. Their mission is difficult enough as they are the world leaders in children's cancer research and treatment. They never turn away any patient, regardless of insurance or financial concerns. They were recently voted the most trustworthy non-profit in America, and the majority of their funding results from America's awareness of them. That simply wouldn't be possible without the St. Jude Classic having been on the PGA Tour schedule for 53 years now.

Even the most cynical person I know couldn't help but be moved by the survival stories that this amazing hospital authors on a daily basis. Certainly every parent takes those stories to heart. And it is the St. Jude's of the world that are at the very heart of the PGA Tour charter.

The Tour raises more money for charity annually than all the other pro sports combined, and even though I, like many of you, have taken that for granted through the years, I can promise that I'll never make that mistake again.

The PGA Tour stars Tiger, Phil, and so many others, and that's why we tune in each week. But that's not what it's about...at all. It's about a commitment to helping.

Each week, millions of dollars are raised to fund an event, and hundreds of volunteers are assembled to run the tournament. They don't do it because of the players who might choose to attend. They do it because they know that there's never a wrong time to do the right thing.

Smith & Nephew saved this year's St. Jude Classic from extinction, and as happy as everyone is that they got involved, their CEO told me that it shouldn't be that way. 'We were happy to be asked,' said Dave Illingworth. 'We were thrilled for the opportunity to be able to give back to our community and continue the tradition of ensuring that St. Jude has the necessary resources to work their life-saving miracles.'

I've been to a lot of golf tournaments throughout me career, but I've never been to one that has touched me more than Memphis. It's an impression that will stay with me forever. Let's hope the St. Jude Classic stays around equally as long.

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.