Woods Comfortably Ahead in World Rankings

By Sports NetworkApril 9, 2001, 4:00 pm
Tiger Woods won his second green jacket at the Masters on Sunday and remained comfortably ahead of his final-round playing partner, Phil Mickelson, in the latest World Golf Rankings.
 
Woods birdied the 18th on Sunday to post a two-shot win over David Duval and a three-shot margin over Mickelson.
 
The victory marked his third consecutive win in as many starts and was his second title at Augusta National. He became the first player in history to own all four professional major championships at one time as he captured the U.S. Open, British Open and PGA Championship last year.
 
Mickelson, who bogeyed the 16th hole on Sunday when he was down by one stroke, will have to wait for his first professional major but did come in second this week.
 
Ernie Els finished third, followed by Lee Westwood, who missed the Masters in anticipation of the birth of his first child.
 
Colin Montgomerie and 2000 Masters champion Vijay Singh switched rankings from last week with the Scotsman taking fifth and Singh sixth.
 
Davis Love III missed the cut at Augusta National but held on to his seventh spot, followed by Duval, who took his third top-three finish at the Masters in the last four years. Darren Clarke remained in ninth place.
 
Jesper Parnevik jumped two places to 10th this week while Hal Sutton fell from the top-10 to No. 11. Jim Furyk claimed his second top-10 finish at the Masters when he tied for sixth, and moved to 12th this week.
 
Tom Lehman dropped two notches from 11th to 13th as Canadian Mike Weir kept his 14th position from the week prior. Thomas Bjorn and Nick Price swapped places this week with Bjorn climbing to No. 15 and Price dipping to No. 16.
 
Sergio Garcia missed the cut at Augusta but held on to the 17th ranking. Mark Calcavecchia, already a winner on tour this season, used a tie for fourth at the Masters to jump into the top-20 at No. 18.
 
Michael Campbell moved down one to No. 19 and Ireland's Padraig Harrington rounded out the top-20. Stewart Cink fell out of the top-20 as he dropped two places to 21st.
 
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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 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.