Top 10 tough acts to follow

By Jay CoffinJanuary 27, 2010, 7:00 pm
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1. Tiger Woods-Phil Mickelson in contention on the back nine Sunday at Augusta. It happened last year when the two main attractions had the patrons in a frenzy.  Woods birdied Nos. 13, 15 and 16 but bogeyed the last two. Mickelson shot 30 on the front side.

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2. An American Ryder Cup captain as dynamic as Paul Azinger. It’ll be a tough ask of Corey Pavin this year as his personality is considerably different from Azinger, who tweaked the points standings then rode his pod system to victory on home soil.

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3. A Michelle Wie victory. The Big Wiesy should be able to handle this one, although the tall Hawaiian kept us waiting last year until an 11th-hour win at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational in Mexico. It’d be greedy to ask for multiple victories, but the LPGA probably wouldn’t mind.

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4. A senior in the hunt at the Open Championship. It’s happened the past two years with Greg Norman and Tom Watson respectively. No way it happens again, right?david duval us open

5. David Duval contends for another major. Double D charmed the New York galleries at Bethpage last summer at the U.S. Open and nearly pulled off what would’ve been the feelgood story of the decade. After a triple bogey on the third hole of the final round, Duval birdied 14, 15 and 16, but bogeyed 17 and tied for second place.yang tiger pga

6. Someone stares Tiger Woods in the face and beats him at a major championship. I root neither for nor against Woods, but watching Y.E. Yang take down golf’s Goliath was good for the game. It was the first time it had ever happened to Woods at a major. Will it be the last?

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7. The LPGA Player of the Year race comes down to the last round of the year. Lorena Ochoa and Jiyai Shin waited until the final hole of the year to determine the winner. Ochoa saved bogey on the 17th then made a 20-footer for birdie at the last to win by a whisker.

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8. A walk-off of any kind at Bay Hill. It’s been Tiger Woods the past two years but it doesn’t have to be him this year. I just want to see someone make a putt they have to make on the final hole to win by a shot.

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9. An eagle on the 72nd hole from someone to win an LPGA major. Brittany Lincicome made eagle on the final hole of the Kraft Nabisco Championship in one of the most exciting women’s majors in the past decade. Lincicome hit a drive 275-yards, followed with a hybrid from 210-yards to 4 feet and made the putt to beat friends Kristy McPherson and Cristie Kerr.

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10. A 15-shot triumph at the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. It happened 10 years ago when “you-know-who” finished more than two touchdowns ahead of Ernie Els and Miguel Angel Jimenez. Can’t see this happening in a million years, but Pebble Beach is a majestic place.

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.