Mells Top 10 Players Under 30

By Randall MellJanuary 6, 2010, 10:29 am

Rory McIlroy

1. Rory McIlroy (20): Northern Ireland’s rising young star cracked the top 10 in the Official World Golf Ranking last fall. He won the Dubai Desert Classic last February, tied for third at the PGA Championship at Hazeltine and tied for 10th at the U.S. Open at Bethpage Black.

Anthony Kim

2. Anthony Kim (24): Couldn’t follow up two ’08 PGA Tour titles with any wins in ’09, but his record-setting 11 birdies in the second round of the Masters last spring reminded us what he’s capable of doing on big stages.

Camilo Villegas

3. Camilo Villegas (27): After winning twice in ’08, Villegas was steady if unspectacular in ’09. He started last season No. 7 in the Official World Golf Ranking; starts ’10 ranked No. 23.

Nick Watney

4. Nick Watney (28): Won the Buick Invitational last year. A fifth-place finish at the HSBC Champions in China in November was his second top-5 finish in a World Golf Championship in ‘09.

Martin Kaymer

5. Martin Kaymer (25): The German ranks 13th in the Official World Golf Ranking and is a four-time European Tour winner with two victories last season. He tied for sixth at the PGA Championship at Hazeltine last year and finished third in the Race to Dubai standings.

Ross Fisher

6. Ross Fisher (29): Three-time European Tour winner from England who beat Anthony Kim to win the Volvo World Match Play Championship in November.  He finished fifth in last year’s U.S. Open and fourth in the Race to Dubai standings.

Sean O

7. Sean O’Hair (27): The two-time PGA Tour winner is still figuring out just how good he can be. Another victory could open the gates.

Michael Sim

8. Michael Sim (25): The Nationwide Tour Player of the Year last season, he earned PGA Tour “battlefield promotion” after winning three Nationwide Tour events in ’09. He won the PGA Tour of Australasia Order of Merit in ’09.

Hunter Mahan

9. Hunter Mahan (27): Tour brethren are waiting for him to add to that breakthrough PGA Tour victory at the Travelers Championship in '07. Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup appearances speak to the level of his game.

Ryo Ishikawa

10. Ryo Ishikawa (18): Youngest player ever to reach the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking. He had four victories on the Japan Golf Tour in ’09.

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.