Waite and See

By Mercer BaggsSeptember 8, 2000, 4:00 pm
Grant Waite may lead the way through two rounds of the Bell Canadian Open, but it's another who's making all the noise. You-know-who seems to have broken his Canadian jinx, and he's put himself in prime position to capture his ninth PGA Tour title of the season.
 
Tiger Woods played a four-hole stretch in 6-under-par to catapult his name up the leaderboard at the Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville, Ontario. At 7-under-par through 36 holes, young Mr. Woods is just four shots back of Waite entering the weekend.
 
Waite, who finished second at last week's Air Canada Championship, shot a Friday 64 to take a one-shot lead at 11-under-par over Australian Greg Chalmers, who shot 65. Brian Watts birdied the par-5 18th to gain sole possession of third place at 9-under.
 
Sergio Garcia, Shaun Micheel and Keiichiro Fukabori are all tied for fourth at 8-under. Woods shares seventh place with four others, including Davis Love III and first-round leader Kevin Sutherland, who shot an even-par 72 in the second round.
 
It's been well documented that Tiger's only missed cut as a professional came at this event circa 1997. Friday, Woods almost added another Bell Canadian blemish to his resume. He nearly missed his 7:57 am ET tee time.
 
'I thought my tee time was an hour later than it was,' said Woods, who shot 7-under-par 65 in the second round. 'I got here early to eat some breakfast and the lady came up to me and says, `Well, you have 15 minutes until your tee time.' I said, `Oh, that's nice. Great.' `No, really, you do.' `I guess I do.'
 
'So I ran down there and got on the range and actually it was probably a blessing in disguise because I'm not really feeling my best physically. It was nice to actually not wear myself out on the range.'
 
After rushing to the 10th tee, Woods started his second round in much the same fashion as he played his first round. Tiger was one-over for the day, and for the tournament, through his first five holes. And then - BOOM!
 
Woods went 2-3-3-3. Birdie, Eagle, Birdie, Eagle. Six-under-par for four holes.
 
It began with a solidly struck 8-iron to six feet on the par-4 15th. Said Woods: 'The shot I hit on 15 was the best shot I've hit this week so far.'
 
That shot lead to Tiger's first birdie of the day. Then, after a power-drive at the par-5 16th, Woods stuck a 9-iron from 163 yards to a mere two feet. The ensuing eagle placed Tiger in red numbers for the first time in 13 holes.
 
At the par-4 17th, Woods played a 6-iron from the fairway bunker to 'about eight feet at the hole and made that.'
 
A 380-yard drive (yes, 380 yards) left Tiger with just 113 yards to the hole at the par-5 18th. Woods then proceeded to spin a 60 degree sand wedge into eagle range, which he promptly converted.
 
Thursday, Tiger played the par-37 back nine in 2-over 39. Friday, he scorched it in 5-under-par 32.
 
'I really wasn't hitting the ball that solid and I was hitting a couple here and there, but maybe I was just saving up my hands, and I finally hit that one shot on 15 and I just, as I said, tried to keep that same feeling throughout the day and I was able to do it for most of the round.'
 
Tiger's front nine wasn't as exciting as his backside, but he did manage to pick up two more birdies, without dropping a shot.
 
Woods will play the third round alongside Love. That makes for an interesting pairing due to some of the comments Love made earlier in the season - though, the 13-time Tour winner insists he wasn't, and isn't, raising the white flag.
 
'I was definitely criticized for saying (Tiger) was very good,' Love said after shooting a second round 69. 'If I have a fault, it might be that I talk a little too much and I'm a little too honest. But I'm not going to come in and say the guy's getting lucky, or that nobody out here is going to be beat him.
 
'It's obvious for the last year that he's making putts. He hardly ever misses and if a guy doesn't miss putts, he's going to win. You can say it about Phil Mickelson or Fred Couples or anybody that hits the ball a long way and makes every single putt. I wasn't saying we were all quitting and going home.'
 
Saturday, Love will get another chance to go head-to-head with the world's No. 1 player. This year, Love, ranked 8th in the Official World Golf Ranking, lost to Woods in the semi-finals of the WGC - Andersen Consulting World Match Play Championship. He also finished runner-up to Tiger at the Bay Hill Invitational.
 
A week ago, Waite shot a Saturday 68 to take a one-shot lead entering the final round in Surrey, British Columbia. This Friday, the Kiwi posted a 10 birdie, two bogey round of 64 to move into the top spot a day earlier.
 
Waite is seeking his first Tour triumph since the 1993 Kemper Open. The next five on the leaderboard are all in search of victory No. 1. Chalmers, Watts, Garcia, Micheel and Fukabori are all hoping this will be 'their' week.
 
We'll just have to Waite and see.

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.