Lerners Dream Scenarios for 2010

By Rich LernerJanuary 14, 2010, 3:32 am

Phil Mickelson

1. Phil Mickelson birdies Pebble’s famous 18th to beat Tiger Woods by a shot and win the U.S. Open, giving the native Californian the title he’d painfully lost so many times before.

Ryo Ishikawa

2. Ryo Ishikawa birdies the 18th hole to win the Masters, giving golf a bona fide new young star with massive global appeal.

John Deere

3. Tiger Woods, trying to rehabilitate his image, announces that as part of his return he’ll go on a barnstorming tour of second tier events that were good to him when he started his career: John Deere and the Canadian Open, to name a few.

Michelle Wie

4. Michelle Wie wins eight tournaments, including all the women’s majors. It’s far-fetched, sure, but the LPGA’s due for a break.

Tom Watson

5. To the same thunderous applause given to Jack and Arnie, Tom Watson crosses the Swilcan Bridge for the last time, but does so on Sunday while in contention for yet another Open Championship.

Seve Ballesteros

6. Seve Ballesteros, recovering from cancer, is introduced on the first tee at St. Andrews, where he won the Open in 1984. There’s not a dry eye in the house. Fellow Spaniard Sergio Garcia at last validates his talent and hoists the Claret Jug.

Whistling Straits

7. Steve Stricker birdies the 18th at Whistling Straits to win the PGA Championship in his native Wisconsin, giving everybody’s “good guy” his first major.

Ryder Cup

8. With Monty and Tiger dueling for tabloid dominance in Great Britain, Padraig Harrington chips in on the final hole with the match all square to beat Phil Mickelson in Sunday singles. Europe reclaims the Ryder Cup, sending the continent into delirium.

Rickie Fowler

9. Rickie Fowler wins twice, giving golf the bona fide young American star it desperately needs.

Greg Norman and Fred Couples

10. Fred Couples and Greg Norman each play 15 events on the Champions Tour and combine to win six, including three majors.

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.