Fulkes No Fluke Neither is Montys Ace

By Mercer BaggsNovember 3, 2000, 5:00 pm
Sweden's Pierre Fulke leads through two rounds of the Volvo Masters, but it's a handful of other names that are garnering most of the attention.
 
Fulke fired a 4-under-par 68 on Friday to move to 9-under-par through 36 holes at Montecastillo, one shot clear of Spaniard Jose Maria Olazabal. Northern Irishman Darren Clarke is two strokes back, tied at 7-under with Swede Fredrik Jacobson and Aussie Stephen Leaney. Scot Colin Montgomerie stands in sixth place alone at 6-under after shooting his second-consecutive round of 69.
 
Fulke, who began the day in Jerez, Spain, tied for the top spot with Olazabal, birdied three of his first five holes in the second round to take sole possession of the lead. The 2000 Scottish PGA champion went out in 33 and came home in 35. Through two rounds, the Swede has carded ten birdies to just one bogey.
 
Including his final round 62 at last week's Italian Open, Fulke has played his last 54 holes in 19-under-par. He'll have to continue that torrid pace if he wants to fend off his pursuers.
 
'There are some big names just behind and it's up to me to keep in front of them,' said Fulke. 'Overall, I haven't made any mistakes and that was a pretty solid round of golf.'
 
Fulke will be again paired with Olazabal in the third round. Friday, the Spaniard carded a 3-under-par 69, though he did so without birding any of the four par-5s.
 
'I was disappointed about that,' the 2000 Benson & Hedges International Open champion said. 'I missed three drivers and couldn't make birdies, which is a pity. It could have been a much better round and it leaves a bad taste.'
 
The shot of the day belonged to Montgomerie. Monty aced the par-3 14th with a 6-iron from 174 yards. The hole-in-one, his 6th on Tour, help keep him in contention entering the weekend.
 
'It was an eagle, 2-under-par, and that was the key to the day,' Montgomerie said. 'It wasn't a fluke because you're meant to do it, but you need a bit of luck. One shot like that can chance you body language. This might be my week. You never know.'
 

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 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.