Rickie the rock star

By Rex HoggardJune 7, 2010, 9:56 pm

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Rickie Fowler was only marginally better on Monday at Brookside Golf & Country Club than he was on Sunday across town at Muirfield Village – shooting a 2-under 70 in the opening round of the 36-hole U.S. Open qualifier.

That left Fowler well off the pace of 64 set by Eric Axley at Lakes Golf & Country Club, although Brookside was playing much harder than the Lakes and players switch courses in the afternoon in their quest to secure one of the 15 available qualifying spots.

But if Donnie Darr, one of Fowler’s former coaches at Oklahoma State and the current men’s golf coach at Ohio State who caddied for Fowler this week, had any concerns it wasn’t about Fowler’s score.

“Get him to the course on time,” Darr barked to a member of Team Rickie as he darted to the parking lot to make the 10-mile trip to the Lakes for his man’s 2:20 p.m. (ET) tee time.

Fowler, who turned at even par, was trailed by a gallery of nearly 100 people for most of his round and signed autographs for about 15 minutes after his round. Despite his runner-up showing to Justin Rose, who was scheduled to tee off at 2:10 p.m. at Brookside, Fowler’s celebrity status has only become more frenzied.

Among some of the other highlights from the morning wave:

• Alex Cejka shot the low round of the morning at Brookside, a 6-under 66, despite some sloppy ballstriking. “I scored well. I putted really well,” he said. Cejka was sporting a Chicago Cubs hat for the morning round and when asked about his slumping team he smiled, “C is for Cejka, Columbus, Callaway (who is Cejka’s equipment sponsor). No it’s for the Cubs. You have to stick with them in tough times.”

• Similarly Tim Petrovic had on a Boston Red Sox hat as he arrived at Brookside following a morning round of 6 under at the Lakes that left him in a four-way tie for second place.

• John Cook struggled to an opening 75 but he was enjoying his return to central Ohio nonetheless. Cook’s parents still live in Columbus and he attended college at Ohio State. “Pebble (site of next week’s U.S. Open) is special and I would have to give (qualifying) another try. So why not? It’s Columbus and I spent a good number of years here,” he said.

• Davis Love III shot a 3-under 69 at Brookside, which was playing harder than in recent years because of wet conditions, thick rough and swirling winds, but was derailed by a series of late bogeys. “Same as every round this year,” Love said.

• Aaron Baddeley also carded a 69 at Brookside and was less than pleased as he headed for the Lakes. “I figured it would take double digits (under par to advance to next week’s U.S. Open). Slow start,” he said.

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.