Report DQd Futures Tour pro reaches agreement

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 30, 2010, 8:54 am

Sarah Brown has reached a confidential agreement with the Duramed Futures Tour as compensation for her improper disqualification from a tournament in Concord, N.H., last weekend, according to the Lehigh Valley (Pa.) Express-Times.

“Sarah and I felt it was extremely important to get this issue behind us as soon as possible and am pleased that we have reached an agreement,” Keith Brown, Sarah’s father, told the newspaper. “It is a confidential agreement. We can't give any details of it.”

The story reports that the Tour initially offered the Browns $2,000, the equivalent of four tournament entry fee ($500) refunds, but the family turned down the offer.

The newspaper’s website links to “The Sarah Brown Home Page” at www.sarahbrown.me, which reports to detail “highlights of the requests” the Browns were submitting to the Tour as amends for her wrongful DQ.

Keith Brown told Golfweek Thursday that he wished to avoid litigation, but “anything is on the table.”

Brown, 18, of Lopatcong, N.J., was DQ’d in the middle of the final round for using a non-conforming Ping Tour-W wedge, which proved to be conforming. She was DQ’d after her father was reported to have pleaded with rules officials to wait until the round was complete to avoid making exactly the mistake they made. She was 3 under par when she was taken off the course.

While the Browns cannot divulge details of their agreement, here is what they were requesting from the Tour as compensation, according to www.sarahbrown.me:

• Equivalent prize money for 8 under par.

• Above money to be added to Sarah’s year-end earnings with a commitment that no Tour player will be adversely affected by such an addition.

• Waiver of entry to LPGA Q-School in the fall.

• A public commitment that the LPGA and Futures tour rules will be officially amended to forbid any official from disqualifying any player for grooves violations during a stipulated round, and that a player be given 24 hours to appeal such a decision with the USGA before the decision becomes final.

• Public commitment from the LPGA and Futures tours that rules officials shall hence forth receive annual seminars, however brief, on proper implementation of rules and handling of disputes.

An explanation behind the reasons for each request are detailed at the www.sarahbrown.me.

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.