Tiger Tracker: Day 2 at the Honda Classic

By March 2, 2012, 5:32 pm

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Tiger Woods followed his opening 71 with a 2-under 68 Friday to reach 1 under par through 36 holes at the Honda Classic. Randall Mell is at PGA National and tracked Tiger's second round (round started on No. 10). (Click for Honda scores | Tiger Tracker, Day 1)

No. 9 (par 4, 421 yards): 

Tiger had some inspiration for that birdie-birdie finish to shoot 2-under-par 68. His son, Charlie Axel, 3, got a great view of his papa's closing 10-foot birdie. Charlie, toted alongside Tida, Woods' mother, was on the balcony behind the ninth green when Woods finished. He was seen all along the back nine. (Total: 1-under 139; Round 2: 2-under 68)

No. 8 (par 4, 455 yards): 

Woods wants to make this cut. He hits fairway with 3-wood, stuffs a wedge to 4 feet and makes birdie to get back to even par. (Total: Even par; Round 2: 1 under through 17)

No. 7 (par 3, 226 yards): 

Tiger hits the seventh green, misses about a 20-footer for birdie. His par keeps him at 1 over, just inside the current cut line. Tiger's son, Charlie, is out watching. He was being toted alongside Tida, Tiger's mom, here at No. 7. (Total: 1 over; Round 2: Even through 16)

No. 6 (par 4, 488 yards): 

Woods blew his drive way, way right, but he made a nice escape, eventually getting up and down for par from just behind the green. He stays just inside the cut line. (Total: 1 over; Round 2: Even through 15)

No. 5 (par 3, 217 yards): 

Woods killed his momentum, rinsing his tee shot at this par 3. He came up short and ended up missing an 18-footer and making double bogey. He is back in black numbers. (Total: 1 over; Round 2: Even through 14)

No. 4 (par 4, 376 yards): 

After pushing his tee shot with an iron right and into the crowd, and off the top of a fellow's head, Woods stuffs his approach to 5 feet and makes birdie to get to 1 under overall. Brad Merriman of West Palm Beach didn't get that bump on his noggin for nothing. He gets an assist on the birdie and a signed glove from Tiger. (Total: 1 under; Round 2: 2 under through 13)

No. 3 (par 5, 538 yards): 

A cold putter freezes Woods out at the third. After a big drive in the fairway at this par 5, and a big iron just off the back of the green, Woods three-putted, though it won't count as a three-putt in the stats. He lipped out a 5-footer for birdie. That is three missed birdie chances from 10 feet and closer over the last four holes. (Total: Even par; Round 2: 1 under through 12)

No. 2 (par 4, 464 yards): 

After missing back-to-back short birdie chances, a frustrated Tiger misses his tee shot with an iron left. He two-putts for par from just off the front of the green. (Total: Even par; Round 2: 1 under through 11)

No. 1 (par 4, 365 yards): 

Woods is finally giving himself good birdie chances, but he fails to convert his second in a row. Woods pushes a 10-footer right at the first hole and makes par. (Total: Even par; Round 2: 1 under through 10)

No. 18 (par 5, 604 yards): 

After spinning a wedge in nicely, Woods gives himself a rare close chance for birdie but misses a 7-footer. The putt drifted right, not even close. He makes par to stay even for the tourney. It was just his fourth birdie chance inside 15 feet for the tourney. (Total: Even par; Round 2: 1 under through 9)

No. 17 (par 3, 190 yards): 

Woods is slightly long on another par 3, forced to chip from rough but gets up and down for par. He goes through the Bear Trap 1-under. (Total: Even par; Round 2: 1 under through 8)

No. 16 (par 4, 434 yards): 

Woods finally wakes his putter holing a 25-footer for birdie. He hit the fairway with an iron. (Total: Even par; Round 2: 1 under through 7)

No. 15 (par 3, 179 yards): 

The 15th flummoxed Woods again. For the second straight day, he hit his tee shot over the green. This time he got a free drop from the foot of a TV tower. While he chipped poorly from here Thursday to make bogey, he hit a wonderful short flop today to save par. One third of the Bear Trap is complete. Westwood made birdie here to go two up on Woods for the tourney. (Total: 1 over; Round 2: Even through 6)

No. 14 (par 4, 465 yards): 

Woods made a mess of the 14th, missing his first fairway of the day nearly pushing his drive right in the bunker. He blasted out 15 yards short of the green and hit his worst shot of the tournament, a dreadful pitch that came up short of the green. He failed to chip in from there and made his first bogey. The chipping/pitching has been suspect for two days, the ball striking not bad at all. (Total: 1 over; Round 2: Even through 5)

No. 13 (par 4, 388 yards): 

With his best shot of the day, Woods sticks his approach to a foot and makes an easy first birdie. He hit the fairway with a 3-wood and is 4-for-4 hitting fairways. Woods goes to 1 under for the day. He and Westwood are both even for the tournament. (Total: Even par; Round 2: 1 under through 4)

No. 12 (par 4, 427 yards): 

Woods decided to hit 3-wood after hitting driver Thursday. He hits his third fairway in a row, then stuffs his approach about 15 feet. The putter is still cool. He two-putts for par. Westwood hit driver here, pounding it 30 yards past Woods into the fairway, but he makes par, too. Woods is still even for the day, Westwood, too. (Total: 1 over; Round 2: Even through 3)

No. 11 (par 4, 479 yards): 

With a 2-iron off the tee, Woods hits another fairway. He hit 10 on Thursday and is 2-for-2 today. Woods pulls another approach left but holds the green. He two-putts from 35 feet for par. (Total: 1 over; Round 2: Even through 2)

No. 10 (par 4, 525 yards): 

Woods' driver at the opening 10th was a pretty bomb deep in the fairway, but he couldn't duplicate Thursday's birdie here. After pulling his approach onto the fringe, Woods two putts for par. His 50-foot birdie attempt stopped a half roll short in the heavy morning dew. (Total: 1 over; Round 2: Even through 1)

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.