Stanley looks to build on hot start at Farmers

By January 28, 2012, 6:52 pm

Kyle Stanley enters the third round of the Farmers Insurance Open with a one-shot lead over Brandt Snedeker, as well as his second crack at handling a 36-hole lead on the PGA Tour.

In his rookie campaign in 2011, Stanley had the lead at the halfway mark of the Honda Classic, only to fade to a T-24 by Sunday evening after going 74-75 on the weekend in difficult scoring conditions. By comparison, Stanley had no problem negotiating the two tracks at Torrey Pines. His 130 for two rounds is his best on the PGA Tour by two shots over his 132 at the John Deere Classic last year. The two-round total was also one shot shy of tying the tournament mark, set by Tom Lehman (2005) and Lennie Clements (1996).

Stanleys closest pursuer is Brandt Snedeker, who is a dynamo at Torrey Pines. Snedeker has fired 10 consecutive under-par rounds at the Torrey twin courses and has been in the top 10 here in each of the last two years. Off to a hot start after hip surgery in the offseason, Snedeker is T-2 very early in the year in third-round scoring average. Last year, he was T-33.

The pair of challengers behind Snedeker offer a contrast in experience.

Martin Flores is making just his 31st career PGA Tour start and second start in this event. A high finish, however, could set up Flores for an outstanding season. Graduating from the Nationwide Tour at No. 24 on its money list, Flores will need big bucks to improve his position in the tours first reshuffle for Nationwide and Qualifying School graduates. A better priority will land him more starts at better events.

Sang-Moon Bae would make history if he went on to hoist the trophy this weekend. He would become the first player since Arnold Palmer in 1957 to win this event in his first try. Bae is not unproven, winning the Japanese tour order of merit last season with three victories. He is 34th in the Official World Golf Ranking.

The problem facing all of the contenders except for Snedeker, however, is that Torrey tends to produce veterans as champions. The Farmers Insurance Open has not crowned a first-time PGA Tour winner since Jay Don Blakes victory in 1991.

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.