Schroeder Maintains Lead at Emerald Coast
Schroeder is in position for his first Senior Tour victory in six years on the circuit. His best previous finish was a tie for second after losing in a playoff in the 1996 Bell Atlantic Classic. He was tied for the lead heading to the final round of that event.
'It would be gratifying to win,' said Schroeder, whose lone PGA Tour victory came in the 1973 Match Play Championship. 'I have two goals for tomorrow -- no mental mistakes and keep working on my putting stroke.'
Schroeder bogeyed the first hole of the day, then ran off seven straight pars before a 15-foot birdie putt at the ninth. He added consecutive birdies to start the back nine and another at 15. An approach in the bunker led to a bogey at 17, but he responded with a 40-foot downhill putt for a birdie at 18 to reclaim the lead.
Schroeder will try to become the third straight wire-to-wire winner of the Emerald Coast Classic, joining Bob Duval and Gil Morgan.
Ahern, whose lone career Senior Tour win came in the 1999 Canadian Open, tied a career low with his round of 64. He played bogey-free golf with four birdies on the front and two on the back, thanks in part to some putting advice from Dave Stockton.
'He spent about 20 minutes with me and it really helped,' said Ahern. 'I made more putts today than I have in a long time. He didn't like my grip, he didn't like my setup and he didn't like my stroke. Other than that I was fine.'
Ahern started a string of three straight birdies with a 30-foot putt on the third hole. His other five birdie putts were inside five feet.
Andy North and Mike McCullough, who each started the day two shots off the lead, managed rounds of 2-under 68 and share third place at 5-under par. McCullough won in Mexico earlier this year.
Bruce Fleisher, Larry Nelson and Jose Maria Canizares are each four shots behind at 4-under and capable of making a run at the top on Sunday.
Fleisher, who carded a 4-under 66, won a total of 11 times in 1999 and 2000 but has yet to win this year. Nelson, who shot a 3-under 67, already has two wins in 2001 and leads the Senior Tour money list. Canizares, who has posted a pair of 68s in the first two rounds, won earlier this month in Los Angeles and is second on the money list.
Leonard Thompson and Sammy Rachels are five shots back at 3-under, while Bruce Summerhays, Graham Marsh, Dave Eichelberger, Tom Wargo and Mike Smith are six off the pace. Smith started the day one shot behind Schroeder, but struggled to a 2-over 72.
Morgan, the defending champion, shot a 1-under 69 on Saturday and is tied for 21st at even-par 140.
Full-Field Scores from the Emerald Coast Classic
Cabreras take 1-shot lead in Father/Son
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.
Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?
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
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.
Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational
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.