History Just a Sidebar for Durant

By Mercer BaggsMarch 7, 2001, 5:00 pm
Joe Durant doesn't force victory, it just happens. And lately it's been happening quite a bit.

Durant enters this week's Honda Classic in search of his third consecutive PGA Tour win. First, he won the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, setting a new PGA Tour 90-hole scoring record in the process. Then, after taking a week off, he won the Genuity Championship at Doral, overcoming a four-shot deficit with a Sunday 65.
Two wins in two starts. Not bad for a guy who quit golf in the early 1990s to sell insurance. Not that he ever sold a policy.
Durant is back at the TPC at Heron Bay in Coral Springs, Fla., and he's feeling much better than he did this time a year ago. Durant arrived at the 2000 Honda Classic riding a streak of five straight missed cuts on the West Coast. He also arrived sans clubs.
'I was 0 for 5 on the West Coast and to get here and my clubs don't make it, I was getting ready to turn around and go home,' said Durant on Wednesday.
Of course, now things are a bit different. His equipment is present, and so too is his game.
'I am here to try and win a golf tournament,' Durant said. 'But to say I'm trying to win three in a row - I wasn't trying to win two in a row. I was just trying to go to Doral and play well. That is all I am trying to do here.'

Durant is the world's hottest player, though he's living in a very fickle world. Currently, he leads the 2001 money list with nearly $1.5 million.
'I wish it was the end of the year,' Durant said with a laugh. 'It is awesome to be able to look and see that. But it's only March. I am very proud of the fact that I have gotten off to a great start, but it's a long year ahead.
'At least I can say I was up there for a couple of weeks - or a week.'
Winning the money title would be nice. But for a self-described 'Ordinary Joe,' there's a little event in September for which he would like to qualify.
'I had put my pie-in-the-sky goal as to make the Ryder Cup; that is definitely something I feel like I can make now if I play well,' said Durant, who is currently 11th on the standings.
For now, the 36-year-old Floridian is focusing on the Honda Classic, where he's had moderate success - three cuts made in three starts, including a tie for fifth in 1997.
Should he prevail once again, Durant would become just the 25th player in the PGA Tour's history to win in three straight starts.
Though, for a man who at one time was stuffing clubs into warehouse boxes for $24,000 a year, a place is history is more or less irrelevant.
'I am not too concerned about that kind of stuff to be honest with you.'

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.