On The Range Blog - August 1

By On The Range TeamAugust 2, 2012, 1:00 am

On The Range Talent
Host: Gary Williams (Golf Channel)
Analyst: Brandel Chamblee (Golf Channel Analyst)
Analyst: Bill Harmon (Instructor & Caddie for Jay & Bill Haas)

This Week’s Event
WGC-Bridgestone Invitational
Firestone CC - Akron, OH
Defending Champion: Adam Scott

Featured Players
Adam Scott
-2011 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational winner
-3rd in Scoring Average on 2012 PGA TOUR
-8 career PGA TOUR wins
-6th in Official World Golf Ranking
-Caddie: Steve Williams
-Swing Coach: Brad Malone

Stats & Trends
Firestone Country Club
Par 70 - 7,400 yards

-Driving: Distance is more important than accuracy off the tee. Since 2000, no winner of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational has finished Top 10 in Driving Accuracy for the week. Meanwhile, 9 of the 13 champions have finished Top 6 in Driving Distance.

-Approach: The last 7 winner of the event have finished Top 10 in GIR and Ball Striking. In fact, every champion in the 13 year history of the event except 2003 Clarke & 2004 Cink have finished Top 10 in GIR and Ball Striking.

-Around the Green: 11 of the past 12 winners, including the last 5 champions, have finished Top 8 in Scrambling for the week. The past 4 winners have finished Top 8 in Sand Saves, including last year’s winner Scott who tied for first.

-Par 5s: 11 of the 13 winners of the event, including the past 5, have finished Top 8 in Par 5 Scoring. Last year’s winner Scott finished tied for first.

-Tiger Woods: Woods is a 7-time winner of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. With a win this week, he would tie Sam Snead’s 8 Wyndham Championship titles for Most PGA TOUR Wins in a Single Event. He would also set the record for Most PGA TOUR Wins at a Single Course, a record he shares with himself with 7 titles at Firestone CC, Torrey Pines South Course and Bay Hill.

Top 5: Major Collapses
Adam Scott recently lost a 4 stroke lead with 4 holes to play at the Open Championship. Where does it rank among the biggest disappointments in Major Championship history? Here's how our viewer voting stacks up against our experts when ranking the Top 5 Major Collapses:

Gary Williams
1.) 1999 Open Championship (Jean Van De Velde)
2.) 2006 U.S. Open (Phil Mickelson)
3.) 1947 U.S. Open (Sam Snead)
4.) 1966 Masters (Arnold Palmer)
5.) 2011 PGA Championship (Jason Dufner)

Brandel Chamblee
1.) 1999 Open Championship (Jean Van De Velde)
2.) 1966 Masters (Arnold Palmer)
3.) 1970 Open Championship (Doug Sanders)
4.) 2012 Kraft Nabisco (I.K. Kim)
5.) 1989 Masters (Scott Hoch)

Bill Harmon
1.) 1999 Open Championship (Jean Van De Velde)
2.) 1966 Masters (Arnold Palmer)
3.) 1979 Masters (Ed Sneed)
4.) 2006 U.S. Open (Phil Mickelson)
5.) 2012 Open Championship (Adam Scott)

Viewer Results
1.) 1999 Open Championship (Jean Van De Velde)
2.) 1996 Masters (Greg Norman)
3.) 2012 Kraft Nabisco (I.K. Kim)
4.) 2011 Masters (Rory McIlroy)
5.) 2006 U.S. Open (Phil Mickelson)

Next Show - August 15
Wyndham Championship
Wednesday 8PM ET

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.