Singh One Stroke Back in the Desert

By Mercer BaggsJanuary 26, 2002, 5:00 pm
Phil Mickelson won last weeks Bob Hope Chrysler Classic in his 2002 debut. Vijay Singh would like to do the same at this weeks Phoenix Open.
Singh followed an opening 66 with a 6-under-par 65 to move into contention in Scottsdale, Ariz. The Fijian is tied with Rory Sabbatini (64) at 11-under 131, one shot back of leader Duffy Waldorf, who shot his second straight 65 Friday.
Seventeen-year-old Ty Tryon did make it to the weekend, though it wasn't for long. Due to a 45-minute frost delay Friday, 25 players were forced to come out Saturday and complete their second rounds.
Tryon, who struggled to a first-round 77, finished his final three holes this morning for an even-par 71. At 6-over, he missed the cut by seven shots.
This is the second consecutive week that Waldorf has been at the top of the leaderboard heading into weekend play. He was a co-leader through three rounds of the Bob Hope, only to close in 68-74 and plummet into a tie for 31st.
The 39-year-old Californian is coming off his worst season in 11 years, having finished 120th on the money list.
I felt like I needed to improve my short game and chipping and putting, Waldorf said. Ive been trying to be a little more aggressive around the greens.
Those improvements were evident Friday. Waldorf began his round with a birdie on the par-4 10th, but bogeyed Nos. 11 and 12. After regrouping with a birdie at the 13th, the four-time tour winner dropped in a 35-foot eagle putt at the par-5 15th.
I started out missing some short putts for par, and that eagle putt on 15 really got me going, he said.
Waldorf furthered his momentum with another birdie at the 17th, and continued his scoring with four more birdies on the front nine, including a chip-in at the par-4 fifth. His day ended, however, with a bogey at the par-4 ninth, thanks to a misclub from the middle of the fairway.
Like Waldorf, Singh is seeking his first PGA Tour title since the 2000 season. He won twice overseas last year, but failed to claim victory in the states, despite collecting six top-3 finishes and over $3.4 million.
'Pretty disappointing, Singh said. I had a lot of chances, especially about the last three or four weeks, and I didnt take it. It wasnt because I wasnt playing well. I just was making the mistakes that I wasnt supposed to going into the last days. So, I had to work on that a little.
Having missed the winners-only Mercedes Championships for the first time in four years, Singh is playing in his first competitive tournament since mid-December, when he blew a four-stroke lead over the final nine holes to Tiger Woods in the unofficial Williams World Challenge.
He, too, started his second round on the back nine at the TPC at Scottsdale, and found little resistance from the course early.
Singh offset a bogey at the 11th with six birdies to make the turn in 5-under 31. He grabbed his seventh birdie of the day at the third, but parred his final six holes.
News, Notes and Numbers
*Mike Sposa aced the rowdy par-3 16th. He holed a 7-iron from 162 yards. Sposa shot 66 to finish the day at 5-under.
*John Daly was 7-under on the day through 14 holes, but played his final four holes in 1-over to shoot 65 and finish at minus 9.
*Overnight leader Steve Flesch shot 1-over 72 and is now six off the pace at minus 6.
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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.