Par save puts Woods back on right track

By June 2, 2012, 12:38 am

DUBLIN, Ohio – On the 11th tee at Muirfield Village on Friday, a fan yelled to Tiger Woods, 'It's time to get nasty, Tiger!'

It was a call urging Woods to take control of the Memorial Tournament.

Instead, it was the start of what could have been his undoing. Woods missed a short birdie putt on 11, made a double bogey at 12 and left himself a 7-footer for par on 13.

But he sank the par-saver, then played the final five holes in 2 under to finish with a 69 that left him in a three-way tie for second, one shot off Rory Sabbatini’s lead.

Woods came to the 11th tee 3 under for his round and tied for the lead at 5 under. He hit three solid shots at the par 5. His approach landed 3 feet from the pin, setting up a seemingly certain birdie. But he missed, letting some air out of a crowd that was ready to explode.

A hole later, Woods left the gallery dead silent. After Fred Couples hit a 6-iron into the water hazard in front of the green, Woods, with a stiff wind in his face, hit a 7-iron over the green. He failed to get a flop shot to the green, left it in a clumpy lie, hit his next chip short and made double bogey.

Three holes later, Woods rebuilt from the rubble of the 12th.

On the final par 5 of the round, the four-time Memorial champion again hit three good shots in blustery conditions, leaving himself a 5-footer for birdie. And this time, the putt dropped. It was his only par-5 birdie of the day – a stark contrast to Round 1, when he birdied three par 5s.

As the temperature continued to drop, Woods continued to show symptoms of illness. Through the round, he cleared his throat, spit and blew his nose into his towel.

Woods didn't have anything to stop his sniffles, but he did have one last dose of elixir for his round.

On the par-3 16th, Woods hit a high fade to 4 feet from the back-right pin and made the birdie putt to tie for the lead again.

A par at the last left Woods at 5 under, a shot behind Sabbatini, who played the back nine in 3 under.

'It was just a day where you just kind of grind it out, shoot something in the red,' Woods said. 'The leaders weren't going to go anywhere today. It's just too hard out there.'

'This is the way that I hit the ball at Bay Hill,' Woods said, referring to the Arnold Palmer Invitational, which in March he won for the seventh time, 'and the way I hit it at the end of last year.'

If Woods prevails on Sunday for his 73rd PGA Tour win, he would equal the career tally of Memorial host Jack Nicklaus.

'Obviously it would be nice,' he said, 'but I've still got half a tournament to go.'

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.