Used Cars and Funny Bounces

By Rich LernerJune 3, 2002, 4:00 pm
Golfs like a used car salesman, smiling at you with an arm around your shoulder while the other hand lifts your wallet out of your back pocket.
Bob Burns thought he was buying a Porsche. Instead he drove out with a Pinto. OK, with a couple large in earnings he can do better than a Pinto, but you catch my drift, dont you?
I mean the guy makes a singleton at the 11th hole thanks to a perfect bounce and roll, his 9-iron feeding from right to left and into the jar for a two stroke lead.
I pushed it way right, he said.
Its your lucky day, son, just stick with me.
Later, at the 16th, he hit what appeared to be a righteous shot.
I loved it from the fairway, Burns told the media afterwards. Then I saw it hop up on top and kind of spin back to the left and they were cheering and all of a sudden the ball disappeared and everybody started moaning. So I didnt know what was going on.
Follow me sir, your car is almost ready.
His ball mockingly rolled off the green. From there, Burns kicked away any chance to win when he took four blows with his putter.
It might have been a bad decision to putt that ball, he explained. But I couldnt really come up with anything else to do. I just didnt hit it quite hard enough.
In the meantime, Bob Estes plays it like the accountant in the back room. No one knows hes there until it comes time to cash the checks. All he did on a tough day was turn in 17 pars and one birdie.
I hate to make mental errors, hit the wrong club off the tee or play to the wrong place on the green, he said after his fourth PGA Tour victory. And I really didnt ever do that.
Estes wont ever make the personality meter spike, but this isnt professional wrestling.
He is on the verge of winning a major, where steady pays off and par grinders contend.
As for Bob Burns
Well, come see me next time pal, and I promise you well make you a heckuva deal!
Confounded game, isnt it?

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.

Getty Images

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.

Getty Images

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.