Durant Still Has Hope in the Desert
Joe Durant followed a career low 61 in the second round with a solid 5-under-par 67 on the host PGA West Coast.
'Anytime you shoot a low round, the next day is kind of difficult,' Durant said. 'It was a little tough to follow yesterday.'
Durant stands at 23-under-par 193, a new 54-hole tournament record by two strokes. The 36-year-old Floridian is three strokes clear of Paul Stankowski, who chipped in for eagle on his final hole at Bermuda Dunes for a 7-under-par 65.
Kevin Sutherland is alone in third place at 19-under after shooting a third-round 66. His day at PGA West included a hole-in-one on the 130-yard par-3 17th, his eighth hole of the day.
'As it turned out, I didn't play to well after that,' said Sutherland. 'I kind of forgot about the hole-in-one pretty fast.'
Tom Pernice, Jr. (66), Miguel Angel Jimenez (68), Chris Smith (69) and Bob Tway (68) are all tied for fourth place at 18-under.
Jimenez was one of four players to shoot 62 or better in the second round. Friday, Scott McCarron fired the low round of the day, a nine-under-par 63 at Indian Wells. McCarron is now in a tie for 11th at 15-under.
Mark Calcavecchia is in eighth place at 17-under after limping around PGA West in 69 strokes. Calcavecchia injured his left knee during the third round and was forced to receive on course medical attention. A trainer checked Calc's knee and handed him a brace, which he wore over his final nine holes.
That fact the Durant leads the tournament is a bit of a surprise. The fact that he's never made the cut in three previous Hope starts makes that more shocking. And the fact that he's played the first three rounds better than anyone in the 42-year history of this event makes it down right remarkable.
Durant entered the third round with a three-shot lead and managed to maintain that advantage by carding six birdies and one bogey on Friday.
After making the turn in 1-under 35, Durant birdied the 10th, 11th, and 14th holes to move to 22-under for the tournament. He then rolled in an unlikely birdie from 40 feet at the 16th to finish his scoring.
'The key to this tournament is staying patient even if the world is making a million birdies,' Durant said. 'In the past it's been difficult for me because I get impatient.'
News, Notes and Numbers
*Defending champion Jesper Parnevik, who withdrew before the event began, is a father to his fourth child. Parnevik's wife, Mia, gave birth to a seven-pound, 11-ounce boy Friday afternoon.
*Kevin Sutherland's ace on the 17th at PGA West was the first of the tournament. Had it come on Sunday, he would have won a car.
*The cut will be made following Saturday's fourth round. The 128-man field will be trimmed down to the low 70 and ties for the final round on PGA West.
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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.