You Oughta Know: RBC Heritage

By Will GrayApril 20, 2013, 11:10 pm

A crowded leaderboard at the RBC Heritage largely thinned Saturday, as several players were able to tame Harbour Town Golf Links during the third round. Here's what You Oughta Know heading into Sunday's final round, where Charley Hoffman holds a two-shot lead over Webb Simpson:

• Simpson, the defending U.S. Open champion, isn't the only former Open champ nipping at Hoffman's heels. Graeme McDowell, who won the Open in 2010, is tied for fourth, four shots back. Simpson has not won since his Open triumph, while McDowell has taken the European Tour's 2010 Andalucia Valderrama Masters and the unofficial 2010 and 2012 World Challenge.


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• The fact that Hoffman rode a hot putter to the top of the leaderboard Saturday should be no surprise, as Harbour Town's small greens have yielded some of the fewest putt totals in PGA Tour history. Eight years after David Frost set a Tour record with 92 putts for four rounds at Hilton Head, Hoffman needed only 21 putts to complete his 5-under 66 Saturday, and through three rounds has taken just 73 strokes on the greens of Harbour Town.

• Though he has yet to win in 2013, Bill Haas has arguably been among the more consistent players on the PGA Tour this season. The 2011 FedEx Cup champ has already notched five top-10 finishes in 10 starts this year, tying him with Keegan Bradley and Brandt Snedeker for the most top-10 finishes on Tour. Beginning the final round tied for sixth, Haas has an opportunity to pass both Bradley and Snedeker in the category with another high finish at Hilton Head, and can perhaps grab his first win since the 2012 Northern Trust Open in the process.

• While Brendon De Jonge continued his recent trend of playing well during the third round at Harbour Town, he has yet to carry that form forward into the final round. The Zimbabwean, among the top players still without a PGA Tour win, shot a 4-under 67 Saturday, the third time in five Hilton Head appearances that he has shot 67 or better during the third round. He has yet to break par in the final round, though, averaging 73 shots in his four prior starts. De Jonge will begin Sunday tied for fourth, four shots behind Hoffman, hoping to end his recent stretch of final-round disappointment along the Calibogue Sound.

• Both playing this year on one-time career money-list exemptions, Jerry Kelly and Stuart Appleby are in position for their highest finishes of the season at Harbour Town. Kelly, who fired a bogey-free 66 Saturday, will begin the final round tied for sixth, still seeking his first top-20 finish of the 2013 season. Appleby, meanwhile, starts the final round in a tie for 14th at 5 under, with his tie for 46th at the Valero Texas Open earlier this month still currently serving as his best finish on Tour this year.

• Of the 22 players who barely made the 36-hole cut thanks to Jesper Parnevik's missed putt early Saturday morning, 14 were able to survive the 54-hole cut that trimmed the field from 91 to 71 players. No one improved their position more than James Hahn, Trevor Immelman and Ben Crane, all of whom played their way from the cut line into a tie for 23rd after rounds of 5-under 66. Ironically, one of the eight to fall victim to the MDF label Saturday night was Parnevik, who struggled to a 2-over 73 after missing a short putt Saturday morning that could have sent all of the players at 2-over 144 home for the weekend.

• After a 4-under 67 Saturday, Ryo Ishikawa appears poised for his highest finish on the PGA Tour in nearly a year. Ishikawa, who finished second at the Puerto Rico Open last March, has made only four cuts in 10 prior starts this season on the PGA Tour, and has not recorded a top-25 finish since the Memorial last summer. The Japanese sensation enters the final round among a large group tied for sixth at 6 under, five shots off the pace, hoping for another low round that may bring with it his first PGA Tour victory.

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.