Bear in the Hunt at Senior Open

By Mercer BaggsJune 30, 2001, 4:00 pm
When Jack Nicklaus placed his approach shot to five feet on the par-4 18th Saturday, he said the crowd was so loud that the ground beneath his feet was shaking.
Soon after Nicklaus made his birdie putt and safely entered the clubhouse, there was another rumbling ' this time from above. Thunder and the threat of lightning forced officials to suspend play at 4:45 p.m. ET in the 22nd U.S. Senior Open; it was then called for good 90 minutes later, when a storm of apocalyptic nature rained down.
Fourteen players still have to complete their third rounds. They will do so at 7 a.m. Sunday. The final round is scheduled to begin at 9:15 a.m. with players going out in threesomes rather than twosomes because of the threat of more bad weather.
For the third consecutive day, only one player will go to sleep in Peabody, Mass., under par. That player is 60-year-old Jim Colbert.
Colbert is 1-under through 15 holes. The suspension couldnt have come at a worse time for Colbert. He had just eagled the 14th and birdied the 15th to take sole possession of the lead.
Larry Nelson and Isao Aoki are each at even par. Nelson is through 13; while Aoki, who led entering the round, is through 12.
Four players are tied at 1-over, none of who have completed their rounds. Bob Gilder, Dana Quigley, Gil Morgan and Bruce Fleisher are all just two off the pace.
But the biggest name on the leaderboard currently resides in 8th place. Nicklaus shot a back-nine 32 to finish 54 holes at 3-over-par.
For the second straight day, Nicklaus shot 2-over 37 on the front nine. But after a bogey at the 10th, the two-time Senior Open champion finally found his fading form at the 14th.
Nicklaus laced a 1-iron on the par-5 to the back of the green and then rolled in a 17-foot eagle putt from the fringe.
That got Jack back to 4-over. He then chipped in for birdie at the par-4 17th, and concluded his round with another red number on the home hole.
At the 18th, Nicklaus hit a 9-iron to the back of the green, where it bounced off the collar and rolled back within five feet of the hole.
Of course, he made the birdie putt to pull within three of the lead.
I havent been in contention in so longI cant remember how long its been, said the 61-year-old Nicklaus. Its nice to have a chance going into the last round. Im really looking forward to it.
Nicklaus is in search of his ninth career Senior major, and first overall win since the 1996 Tradition.
Colbert has to be more surprised than anyone to be leading. After poor practice sessions, he shot a first-round 5-over-par 75.
He fought back with a Friday 67, and remained at 2-over for the tournament entering the 14th Saturday.
Just shy of the green in two, Colbert chipped in for eagle to pull into a tie at the top at even par.
One hole later, he took the outright lead by placing his tee shot on the par-3 15th to six feet.
This may be the best Ive ever played, said Colbert. Its been fun, Im really getting a kick out of (the way Im playing).
The Salem Country Club course seemed to win-out once again, as only six players were able to post a red number.
One of those players was Jay Sigel. The 1982 and 83 U.S. Amateur champion tied a tournament record with a 6-under-par 64. Hes tied for ninth place at 3-over.
Full-field scores from the 22nd U.S. Senior Open

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 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.