Maginnes Grabs Halfway Lead in Carolina Classic

By Sports NetworkMay 4, 2001, 4:00 pm
John Maginnes fired a 6-under 65 on Friday to grab a one-shot lead at the halfway point of the Buy.Com Carolina Classic at the TPC at Wakefield Plantation. His 9-under 133 is one better than Phil Tataurangi and two shots ahead of Ryuji Imada.
Joel Kribel, Mike Heinen, Brian Kontak and Todd Fischer are tied for fourth at 6-under par while John Rollins, the first-round leader, and Eric Meeks are knotted at minus-five.
Maginnes began the round two shots behind Rollins but made up a stroke at the second when he played his 8-iron approach to four feet for birdie. At the par-3 7th, Maginnes once again hit an 8-iron and the result was the same, a four-foot birdie.
Maginnes got off to a hot start on the second nine when he drained a 30-foot birdie at No. 10. His approach at the 207-yard 11th landed one foot from the hole where he tapped in for his second birdie in a row. Maginnes reached the edge of the green in two at the par-5 13th and chipped to two feet to set up his fifth birdie of the round.
He added a six-foot birdie at the 16th for his 65.
'Anytime you can go through this course without any bogeys you have accomplished something big,' said Maginnes, who participated in the PGA Tour's Greater Greensboro Classic last week. 'I do know how to win out here and I know how to play TPC courses and whether or not I can do it is a whole other question. One I look forward to finding the answer to.'
Maginnes has not won since the 1998 Buy.Com Dakota Dunes Open.
Tataurangi was on fire early with three birdies in his first four holes, including a 15-footer at the first. He added a 12-foot birdie at the ninth for a front-nine 31.
Tataurangi missed a four-foot par save at the 10th for his only bogey of the round but holed a 10-footer for birdie at the 12th to reclaim the lost stroke. He drilled a 10-foot birdie at No. 15 for a 66.
Tataurangi missed most of last season with a compressed nerve in the back of his neck and is excited to be back on tour.
'I really missed the competition and I think that has really shown since I have gotten back underway this year,' said Tataurangi. 'I'm playing okay but missing some scoring ability.'
Kontak aced the par-3 14th when he made his 8-iron tee shot.
The 36-hole cut fell at even-par 142 with 70 players qualified to play on the weekend.
Full-field scores from the Buy.Com Carolina Classic

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.