A minor intervention

By Bailey MosierAugust 3, 2011, 1:00 pm

Everyone's got an opinion these days, and while professional golfer Zack Sucher – a regular in 'The Minors' series on GolfChannel.com – is no self-pronounced psychologist, he tells us what kind of intervention he would have on the lives of some of golf’s biggest names.

1. If I were Tiger Woods … “I would do a lot of things differently. I am not going to pile on Tiger, he is getting enough of it from everyone, but I would not have let Steve Williams go. He was the last guy standing by Tiger. I would also go ahead and win this week at Firestone and next week at the PGA. Then maybe people would start to lay off. I am not really pulling for Tiger but he is so good for the game that we really need him to make a comeback.”

2. If I were Steve Williams … “I would be a little upset with Tiger, but I don't really know all the details.” 

3. If I were Sean Foley … “I don’t think I’d do much differently. I would continue to work with Tiger until he dominates golf again which I figure is only a matter of time. I would stay with Tiger as long as I could because it would be something great to have on my resume. If Tiger Woods walked up to me and asked me to work with him, all the criticism is on him for deciding to make swing changes and what he decides to do with his game. He’s gotta work on what he thinks is best. I wouldn’t take any criticism to heart for helping him with his swing; it’s not like (Foley) walked up to Tiger (unsolicited) and said ‘Hey, you should start working with me.’”

4. If I were Patrick Cantlay … “I would continue to do what I am doing. If he turns professional and continues to play like he is, he would still not make enough money to have full status, and would only have his six sponsor exemptions for the next year. I think he is making the right decision staying in school.” 

5. If I were an amateur and won a PGA Tour event … “I would most likely turn pro and sign a huge contract. I think it would take a top-3 finish or better to make me turn pro. Rickie Fowler made it to third stage of Q-School by money made playing on sponsor exemptions. That would be the best way to make it onto the PGA Tour.”

6. If I were Phil Mickelson … “I’d be as aggressive as I am now. He’s so entertaining to watch. (Mickelson) receives so much criticism for being aggressive but I would rather be aggressive and take chances than to back off of shots. He still hits the ball a long way. He’s definitely not done winning and winning majors. Veterans get smarter and smarter and he’s one of those guys who can think his way around the golf course. Veterans like Phil know how to get their ball in the hole.”

7. If I were Bubba Watson … “I’d probably dress better (laughs). … He’s really entertaining and fun to watch. He has such a huge fan base. But I really gotta say, I would dress better. Even in the Tiger Woods (PGA Tour 12) Xbox 360 game his clothing just looks really bad.”

8. If I were Rory McIlroy … “I would keep having as much fun as he does. Everytime you see him playing, he looks like he’s having such an amazing time. I was really impressed with him at the Masters. Even when he struggled and had such a rough Sunday, he didn’t lose his cool at all. He handled it incredibly well for his age and I really respect him for that.”

9. If I were Darren Clarke … “I don’t know much about Darren Clarke other than him losing his wife in recent years. But I do know that everybody out there loves him. I wouldn’t do anything different if I were him, I would just keep being Darren Clarke. I wouldn’t party that long (for a week straight after the Open Championship) but that’s the culture over there. I wouldn’t have it in me, but I understand why he did.”

10. The game of golf without Tiger … “Would not be what it is today.”

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.