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Houston devastation very personal for Lewis

By Randall MellAugust 29, 2017, 7:34 pm

Stacy Lewis’ home in Houston is fine, so far.

She and her husband, University of Houston women’s golf coach Gerrod Chadwell, purchased their home in Northeast Houston about a year-and-a-half ago, but her heart has been there a lot longer than that, which makes watching what’s happening to her hometown so difficult.

Lewis was at the Solheim Cup two weeks ago, and in Ottawa playing the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open last week when the forecasts back home turned dire. She’s at the Cambia Portland Classic this week, anxiously following reports of the epic rainfall in Houston, and the flooding there, from afar.

“It’s awful,” Lewis told GolfChannel.com. “I’m getting updates, but it’s a pretty helpless feeling. It’s hard to see the pictures, to imagine being there and seeing all of that water. It’s unimaginable.”

Lewis moved to the Houston area when she was 11. Her parents, Dale and Carol, are still in the home where she grew up in The Woodlands, about 45 minutes from where she and Gerrod live now. Her parents’ home is fine, too, so far, but neighborhoods around her parents’ home are flooding.

“They have friends in neighborhoods around The Woodlands who are evacuating,” Lewis said.

There is up to 15 more inches of rain predicted over the next couple days.

“My family’s gotten pretty lucky,” Lewis said. “We are good, so far, but we have two more days of rain coming. I think our house, where it is, will be OK when we are all said and done. I’m just more concerned about Gerrod and his team. His girls are going to be impacted longer than we will.”

Stacy has been on the phone regularly with Gerrod, who was at their Houston home until Tuesday, when he left to drive north on Highway 45, taking his UH women’s golf team with him to Dallas to set up a temporary base. The University of Houston campus is closed, with parts of the campus flooded. Two hundred stranded students were rescued from rising waters there on Monday.

“It’s all I’ve done since last Friday is worry about it, worry about Gerrod, my parents, our house and the city,” Lewis said. “It’s hard to be where you are and focus.”

Gerrod moved players to his and Stacy’s home for safety when school closed on Friday, just five days after the fall semester started. Gerrod was part of a rescue mission to the Golf Club of Houston, where the team facility and offices are based. The course flooded in the weekend rains.

“There’s a huge bayou that runs through that course,” Lewis said. “Gerrod and the men’s coach and some others had to take kayaks in to get to their facility. They said they pulled out about $100,000 of equipment, electronics, and they got the kids’ golf clubs.”

The Golf Club of Houston is also home to Lewis, who practices there and at Bluejack National, which she hears hasn’t been as adversely impacted.

Lewis isn’t sure when she will get home. She’s scheduled to play the Indy Women in Tech Championship in Indianapolis next week, and she isn’t sure if she will be able to fly into Houston before that.

“Everything is up in the air right now,” Lewis said. “We will see what happens in the next few days. There are a lot of unknowns.”

In the meantime, Lewis is doing what she can, including supporting University of Houston basketball coach Kelvin Sampson’s creative shoes and shirts relief effort. Sampson’s effort is explained here

When the Cambria Portland Classic begins Thursday, Lewis will be there, but part of her will be in Houston, too.

 

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.