Frazar Razor-Sharp in Round One

By Mercer BaggsFebruary 14, 2001, 5:00 pm
Born and bred in Dallas, Texas, Harrison Frazar is feeling right at home out West. Frazar continued his solid early-season play, Wednesday at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, by firing a nine-under-par 63 to take a one-shot lead over a host of other players.
 
Seven players are within one shot of Frazar's lead, including Cameron Beckman, who wasn't sure when he woke up Wednesday morning whether he would even be in the tournament.
 
Beckman received a spot in the field, which consists of 128 pros and 128 amateurs, when defending champion Jesper Parnevik withdrew to stay home with his expectant wife.
 
Beckman made the most of his opportunity - carding one eagle, seven birdies and a bogey for a career-best eight-under-par 64.
 
'You get a good break like that and you want to take advantage of it,' Beckman said. 'I really didn't think I'd get in.'
 
Also in at eight-under is Mark Calcavecchia. Calcavecchia, who had problems navigating the rocky Pebble Beach greens, is back in his comfort zone in La Quinta, Calif.
 
Three weeks ago, Calc established a PGA Tour 72-hole scoring record with an aggregate total of 256 in the Phoenix Open. But one week after shooting 28-under-par, Calcavecchia missed the cut at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. He even broke his putter - the same one that recorded 32 birdies - mid-way through the second round.
 
'I came here on Sunday and I don't even come to majors that early,' said Calcavecchia, who skipped last week's Buick Invitational. 'I was anxious to play again.'
 
Playing the La Quinta course, one of four layouts in rotation this week, Calcavecchia posted eight birdies and ten pars, including four-in-a-row to finish his round.
 
'It's good to be back in the desert where the greens are a lot like they were in Phoenix,' said Calcavecchia.
 
Seven players share ninth place, just two shots off the lead. One of those is Brent Geiberger, who is coming off a tie for fifth at the Buick; another is David Duval.
 
Duval has had little success in 2001, missing the cut in back-to-back starts (Phoenix and Pebble Beach) for the first time since 1998. Some may trace his poor play to a change in equipment (Titleist to Nike) or the dueling lawsuits between he and Acushnet, Titleist's parent company. But Duval blames his putter.
 
Wednesday, putting was not a problem. Duval needed only 26 swipes of the flatstick en route to a bogey-free 65 on the Bermuda Dunes track.
 
This is the first time since 1999 that PGA West has played as the host course to this event. That year, Duval fired a Sunday 59 to win.
 
Frazar never reached that territory on Wednesday, but he did post nine birdies and nine pars - despite being just one-under through six holes.
 
'I want it to be a track meet this week,' said Frazar. 'I feel I can run off a lot of birdies at any given time. My putter is streaky and so are my irons.'
 
Frazar has yet to win in three full seasons on Tour, though he has earned a pair of runner-up finishes. Last week, Frazar was one off the lead through 13 holes in the final round, but tied for 10th. That finish is one three top-20s posted by Frazar already this season.
 
'I'm proud of myself the way I've played this early,' he said. 'I've never played well on the West Coast.'
 
News, Notes and Numbers
*Harrison Frazar was Justin Leonard's roommate at the University of Texas.
 
*102 of the 128 players in the field broke par in the first round.
 
*Bob Hope's wife, Delores, said the 97-year-old comedian would not be out all week, despite being in what she said was good health.
 
*Arnold Palmer, who has won five Hopes, opened in 81.
 
*This is the penultimate event on the 2001 West Coast Swing. Several players near the first-round lead will be sorry to see the Tour head South. In addition to Calcavecchia's win at the Phoenix Open, Glen Day (T2) tied for 6th at Pebble Beach. Cameron Beckman (T2) tied for 10th at the Buick Invitational. Kevin Sutherland (T2) finished runner-up in Tucson. Garrett Willis (T9) won the Tucson Open. Chris Smith (T9) tied for 10th at the Buick. Brent Geiberger (T9) tied for fifth at the Buick.
 
*Beckman turns 31 on Thursday.
 
*Of the four courses in rotation this week, Indian Wells played the easiest in the first round at 68.719. Bermuda Dunes played at 69.125. PGA West played at 69.438. La Quinta (host course) played at 70.125. All four courses are a par-72.
 
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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.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

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. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.