Pettersen has chance to overtake Park in 2014 debut

By Randall MellFebruary 11, 2014, 4:45 pm

Rolex world No. 1 Inbee Park won’t be teeing it up this week at the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open, but No. 2 Suzann Pettersen, No. 3 Stacy Lewis and No. 4 Lydia Ko are all in the field at Victoria Golf Club.

Park is scheduled to make her 2014 LPGA debut at the Honda LPGA Thailand next week, where she will be the defending champion.

Pettersen will make her 2014 debut this week with a chance to overtake Park as the new Rolex world No. 1. Pettersen should ascend with a victory this week, possibly even with a second-place finish. The LPGA projections won’t be final until later in the week.

Pettersen has been No. 2 behind four different players in her career, but she has never been No. 1. Remarkably, despite Park’s record-setting year winning three majors and six LPGA titles in 2013, Pettersen entered last year's season finale at the CME Group Titleholders with a chance to overtake Park as No. 1. Pettersen fell short.

“That’s what has kind of driven me through the winter,” Pettersen said. “I was glad I didn't get to that spot, because it's also given me a little bit more motivation to dig a little bit deeper and grind it a little bit harder.”

Pettersen, 32, is downplaying talk she could rise to No. 1 this week.

“I just want to check how good I can possibly be,” Pettersen said. “That’s my entire dream. That’s my goal. If that is being No. 1, if that is being No. 2 for the rest of my life, then that's what I got. I feel like I've got more in me. I feel like my best golf is still to come.”

Pettersen tends to feast on the LPGA’s Asian swings, which begins next week. She has won six professional titles in Asia, five of them LPGA titles.

Pettersen is scheduled to go off with Lewis and Australia’s own Karrie Webb in the first two rounds of the Women's Australian Open. They’re off at 1 p.m. local time on Thursday (5 a.m. ET). Ko is scheduled to tee it up with Beatriz Recari and Azahara Munoz at 1:10 p.m. local time on Thursday (5:10 a.m. ET).

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.