Na's latest tree trouble at Players leads to double bogey

By May 10, 2012, 6:41 pm

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Kevin Na may want to remove a wedge and carry a chainsaw in his bag. 

Last year, it was the adventure in the brush at TPC San Antonio, leading to a PGA Tour record 16 at the par-4 ninth. 

On Thursday, Na took a double bogey at the par-4 first hole – his 10th of the day – in the first round of the Players Championship when his ball was lost in a palm tree near the green.

Fortunately for Na, his nine birdies on the round were more than enough to overcome the anomaly to shoot 5-under 67.

'I played awesome today, made a lot of putts,' Na said. 'The only thing was on No. 1, my ball got caught up in a tree, and we all know it stayed up in the tree, but unless you can identify the ball, it's a lost ball. ... But besides that, I was very pleased with my round.'

Na went out in bogey-free 30 on the back nine at the Stadium Course, turning with visions of the course record (63) before he caught an unlucky break.

'I figured if I got two or three more – two more I had a chance,' he said, 'three more was definitely in. It was very doable with two par-5s. But right off the bat I made double, so that was a pipe dream.'

Na pulled his tee shot at the first, leaving himself with a hook lie from the pine straw for his second shot. Needing to curve his ball around some palm trees to reach the green, Na aimed to the right of his target. The ball never moved off the target, nestling in the canopy of one of a small grove of palms.

Several observers confirmed they never saw the ball drop to the ground. Na then called in rules official Brian Claar, who helped Na try to identify his ball in the tree with binoculars. When they couldn't, Na jokingly asked for a volunteer to climb the tree to identify the ball. 

'It was a pretty big tree, and I asked for any volunteers to climb up the tree, but nobody spoke up,' Na said with a laugh.

The ball was declared lost, Na replayed his pine-straw approach and nearly made the bogey putt. 

The Vegas native likely does not celebrate Arbor Day. It's his second time losing a ball in a tree this year. On the second hole at Riviera, he found his ball stuck in a tree under dubious circumstances.

'It was a little fishy because there was a water bottle next to my ball,' he said. 'That was a little fishy there. But whatever.'

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.