Lee Westwood - December 6, 2011

By Morning Drive TeamDecember 6, 2011, 12:40 pm

Westwood won the Nedbank Golf Challenge last week in South Africa and is now in Dubai for the season-ending Dubai World Championship on the European Tour. His third round 62 at Sun City was one of his best if not the best round he has played all year. He was able to bring his entire game together in that round. He is very happy with the way he played in 2011 but although he played well in the Majors, he did not win and that is a disappointment. The last few years have been very special in the Majors but he really wants to finally win one.

He had been considering returning to the PGA TOUR for the past few years and when he watched  the PGA TOUR Playoffs this year, he thought it was very exciting and it was something that he wanted to be a part of. Luke Donald has proven that he can play on both tours and have a great deal of success so he wants to give it a go in 2012. He will definitely add THE PLAYERS and the Wells Fargo Championship to his schedule next year. This year, he missed those events because he was in Asia but he wants to return to those events in 2012 along with his usual stops at places like the Honda Classic and the Shell Houston Open.

He feels that he has his fitness at a level that he wants and as a result, he feels that he can play three or four events in a row all over the world. He has been a world traveler for years and he intends to continue to do that. The events in the Middle East, most notably Abu Dhabi, are great events with great fields and he thinks that players should take advantage of any opportunity to play there. South Africa, namely Sun City, is also a great place to play. In Europe, the French Open is a great event that not enough players take advantage of an opportunity to play in.

He and Rory McIlroy are very good friends and they needle each other as well as a lot of other players. They were both a part of ISM for a long time and they have spent time with each other and played golf with each other since Rory left ISM for Horizon.

In regards to his quotes about Asia being good enough to host a Major, he feels that he was misquoted. He believes that the four Major system that exists is a great system and does not think that there is room for a fifth Major. What he was trying to do was give credit to China and other spots in Asia for hosting world-class events on great courses that produced a Major Championship feel.

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.