Woods skipping next week's Wells Fargo

By Jason SobelApril 23, 2013, 11:13 pm

It seemed a bit quizzical when earlier this week Tiger Woods committed to the AT&T National, scheduled for late-June, without first committing to next week’s PGA Tour event. Now we know why.

On Tuesday, it was confirmed that Woods will skip the Wells Fargo Championship, likely taking a three-week break before returning for The Players Championship next month, agent Mark Steinberg told GolfChannel.com.

No immediate reason was given for the decision.

Of the 10 previous events held at Quail Hollow Golf Club, Woods failed to play in four of them, missing the tournament with injuries in 2003, ’08 and ’11, and after his father’s death in 2006.

In his six starts at the event, he owns a win in 2007, plus two other top-five results. However, he failed to make the cut in each of his last two appearances.

In last year’s edition of the tournament, he posted scores of 71-73 to fail to reach the weekend. When asked about his struggles after the second round, he said, “The entire week I didn't play the par-5s well. Today I made four pars. You just can't do that, especially when all of them are reachable with irons. I didn't take care of the par-5s, missed a couple other little short ones for birdie, and consequently got no momentum during the round.”

It is clear, though, that Woods’ game is in a much better place now than it was at that point. Following his missed cut last year, he had one win in seven starts, with just one other top-10 finish. Already this year, he owns three victories in just six starts and is coming off a share of fourth place at the Masters two weeks ago.

Despite scores of 70-73-70-70, Woods could have finished even higher on the leaderboard at Augusta National. His third shot into the 15th green on Friday afternoon hit the flagstick and caromed into the creek, then he took an illegal drop, for which he was assessed a two-stroke penalty the following morning, with the Masters Rules Committee creating a maelstrom of controversy in the process.

Though he has yet to commit to The Players, it’s expected that Woods will make that his next start, beginning on May 9.

Woods reclaimed the No. 1 world ranking on March 25, one day after winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational. This week marks the 628th week of his career atop those standings.

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.