Canadian Tour Has A Fan In The Golf Channels Lye
Lye, who shared broadcast duties along with commentator Grant Boone during the Tours initial four events of the season at Barefoot Resort, concedes he wasnt sure what to expect when he arrived in Myrtle Beach for the Tours first-ever swing into the U.S.
To be honest, when we negotiated this deal about six months ago, I was a little concerned about the level of play we would see, admits Lye. But once I began to see the field, I knew we had nothing to worry about. A lot of people were surprised at just how good these guys were, but Im not. We are ecstatic with how they performed.
A big boost for the Tour is the recent ten-year pact with The Golf Channel, which will see the network increase coverage to six events a year south of the border through 2010. Despite the inconsistent weather conditions that were the norm over the month-long stay in Myrtle Beach, Lye added that each week presented golf fans with unique scenarios that showed the parity on the Canadian Tour.
Jace Bugg coming out of nowhere on the final day of the South Carolina Challenge with a course record 62, Aaron Barber (Barefoot Classic), Eamonn Brady (Myrtle Beach Open), Scott Ford (CanAm Days Championship)these guys took their best shot on four world-class courses, and the results speak for themselves.
The California-born Lye, who won the 1983 Bank of Boston Classic and held the lead in the late stages of the 1984 Masters before eventually settling for sixth, has witnessed some of golfs memorable moments, whether it be as a player or broadcaster. He knows a good product on the links when he sees it, and feels the Canadian Tour is primed for a leap into the big-time.
This is an outstanding Tour, and dollar for dollar is probably the toughest to make money on because of the talent level. You have to love guys that will grind it out day after day for limited money, simply because they love the sport, he maintains. Hopefully, this (The Golf Channel pact) will be the first step towards some national businesses stepping in to help out the Tour. You have a great product with a lot of strong players, and this is a huge step forward for the Tour. We have a lot of fans up in Canada, and Canadians have to realize what they have here.
Cabreras take 1-shot lead in Father/Son
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.
Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?
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
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.
Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational
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.