Can Love Conquer the Western

By Mercer BaggsJuly 7, 2001, 4:00 pm
Davis Love III is hoping the third times a charm.
For the third time this season, Love will take the lead into the final round of a PGA Tour event. He failed to produce victory in his previous two attempts.
Love, who led by as many as five strokes coming down the stretch, held on Saturday for a one-shot lead over Scott Hoch in the Advil Western Open.
Love shot a 3-under 69 to finish 54 holes at 14-under-par 202. Hoch birdied his final four holes for a round of 66.
Mark Wiebe (67) and Brandel Chamblee (70) are tied for third place at 10-under. Phil Mickelson is in solo fifth place at 9-under after a solid 67.
Tiger Woods is in a 15-way tie for ninth place at 7-under following an erratic 68.
Rain delayed play for just over two hours on Saturday. It marked the seventh straight week that Mother Nature has intervened in a PGA Tour event.
Once play resumed at 3:15 p.m. local time, Love went on a full-out assault at the Cog Hill Golf & Country Club.
Upon making the turn, he birdied holes 10-12 to take a four-shot lead at 14-under-par. That lead was extended to five when Love chipped in for birdie at the par-5 15th.
Love wasnt as fortunate at the par-4 16th. Short of the green in two, he pitched up to three feet, but missed the par save. He parred his final two holes to finish at minus-14.
Love led by a shot entering the final round of the Buick Invitational, where he and Frank Lickliter lost to Mickelson. Two weeks later, he took a three-shot advantage into the final round of the Nissan Open, where he shot 75 on Sunday to tie for eighth.
Loves lone triumph in 2001 came courtesy of a come-from-behind victory in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
Mickelson made a late run up the leaderboard by birdieing three of his final four holes, including a 45-foot bomb on the par-4 17th.
Woods played a Mickelson-esque round on Saturday. The 1997 and 99 Western Open champion recorded two eagles, five birdies, one bogey and two double bogeys.
Tiger made a 3 at the par-5 5th, only to make a 5 at the par-3 6th. He stuck his approach shot on the par-4 7th to three feet for birdie, but gave that shot and another back when he three-putted for his second double bogey in three holes at the par-4 8th.
Woods recorded a routine two-putt birdie at the par-5 9th, and made his way to the 11th before play was halted.
When he and the rest of the field returned to the course, Tiger badly sliced his second shot at the par-5 11th near the corporate tents. It took him two more shots to reach the putting surface, where he two-putted for bogey.
However, after verbally chastising himself when he hit his tee shot on the par-3 14th 50 feet from the hole, Woods dropped in the lengthy birdie putt to move to 3-under for the tournament.
Thats when a dour Tiger became a bit light-hearted.
After reaching the par-5 15th in two shots, he and his caddie Steve Williams took turns throwing a divot at each other. A relaxed Woods then made the 15-foot eagle putt to move the 5-under.
He concluded his round by stiffing a pair of approach shots on the final two holes to within two feet.
An interesting day, Tiger said with a smirk. I figured something out with my golf swing on the range. I hit it beautifully on the range and started hitting my normal distances. That kind of threw me off when I hit some shots long and made double, but I finally got it dialed in and starting trusting my clubs.
Full-field scores from the Advil Western 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.