Muirfield More Fitting for Nick Price

By Rich LernerJuly 19, 2002, 4:00 pm
EAST LOTHIAN, Scotland -- When 45-year-old Nick Price, long one of the game's best and straightest drivers, gets going with his putter, he's awfully good. When Nick Price gets going on the subject of today's golf courses, he's not bad either.
'If you look at scores here at Muirfield it goes to show that the powers that be at Augusta and the USGA are going in the wrong direction,' said Price on a subject he's always eager to discuss.
'You don't have to add length to a golf course to make it more difficult,' he added.
'If you pinch in the driving areas for everyone and everyone has the same hazards when they miss a tee shot,' he explained, 'then it's all about game managment. It's controlling not only the distance you hit the ball but the accuaracy as well. And that's what they've done here. It's wonderful. You don't see par-4 holes here that are 475 yards that are all carry. You're allowed to run the ball here. There ares no par-4s where you have to carry bunkers that are 265 yards off the tee,' he pointed out, a not-terribly-veiled reference to the setup at Bethpage Black.
'This is pure golf right here,' Price emphasized with a smile.
So not surprisingly, Price stands a legitimate chance to hoist the Claret Jug for a second time. If he does, he'd also be sending an emphatic message to those Hall of Fame voters who deemed him not worthy on the most recent ballot. Price was terribly disappointed, and with good reason. He'll undoubtedly be enshrined someday, but how is Price with three majors not at least the equal of Ben Crenshaw? With 15 victories, he matched Tiger as the winningest player of the '90s.
Thankfully, Price is simply too good natured to harbor any bitterness. He'd be a popular champion here, the golf course and the man perfectly matched to turn back the clock, if only for a brief spell, to a time when golf's shotmakers, and not simply golf's power hitters, carried the day.
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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 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.