Ryder Cup hopes at Gleneagles

By Win McMurryAugust 28, 2010, 4:06 am

At the halfway point of the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles, three players are tied for the lead. Two of them, Julien Guerrier and Gary Boyd, are European Tour rookies and the other, David Lynn, is a 36-year-old one-time European Tour winner.

None of them realistically have a shot at being named to Monty’s squad. But three shots behind we find nine players tied for seventh, many of them with their eyes locked on making a trip to Wales in early October. Here’s what Colin Montgomerie is looking at as he prepares to name his team after the completion of play on Sunday:

Among those tied for seventh are Francesco Molinari, who learned his spot on the team was sealed Thursday after Ross McGowan withdrew from the Scotland event with a shoulder injury.

Miguel Angel Jimenez, also T-7, is not a shoe-in for the team, but is showing his dedication by skipping his nephew’s wedding this week to attempt to secure his berth. The Mechanic occupies the ninth and final automatic spot and will be safe if he finishes inside the top-9 on the leaderboard on Sunday at Gleneagles.

Simon Dyson, also three behind the leaders, is looking to play his way onto the team, needing a victory and help from Jimenez as well as Peter Hanson.

Hanson is also T-7 entering the weekend. He is eighth on the automatic qualifying list but could be bumped if Dyson wins in Wales and he finishes outside of the top-43.

Paul McGinley is one of Colin Montgomerie’s Vice Captains and joins those at 6-under par. It’s certain he’ll be keeping a close eye on the contenders for captain’s picks since Monty is sitting out on the weekend action after missing the cut.

Edoardo Molinari is one of the players McGinley will be watching. Edoardo, also part of the tie for seventh, needs a captain’s pick to punch his ticket to Celtic Manor and join his brother, with whom he partnered with to win the World Cup last year.

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.