A tale of two rounds at TPC Sawgrass

By Brandon TuckerAugust 4, 2011, 6:58 pm

Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. -- When I visited the TPC Sawgrass on Monday, folks were still abuzz about local player Bob Dickson. Last month, the former professional and now TPC Sawgrass member went out on the front nine of the Stadium Course and scored an albatross on the par-5 2nd, aced the par-3 8th and rounded out his nine with a 29. 

He brought his Caddyshack round home on the back with a 66, one shot less than his age of 67. The PGA Tour website profiled his round here

First-time players on the Stadium shouldn't set their sights this high. I played my maiden round this week. Coincidentally, Pete Dye was onsite, having lunch in the clubhouse at the same time. And sure enough, as our group played the front nine, he was behind us a few holes with his team, surveying the layout for possible changes as the course was about to close for summer maintenance. 

Dye watched me yank a tee shot left on No. 4 and follow that up with a hook into the water beside the green. As we putted out, he said hello to our group and gave me a pity pat on the back. 

Another Dye course had me sufficiently rattled (usually the case my first time around them). Only for the first time, Dye himself got to watch it happen. 

But the most ridiculous shot of the day was my tee shot on the 17th. 

Playing just 135 yards to a back-left pin, I skulled a pitching wedge that bee-lined,  toward the green hot. No chance would it stay on the surface if it landed there. 

But the ball struck the bulkhead, sailed over the green and water and landed on the hill behind, where spectators would normally be shoulder-to-shoulder during PLAYERS week. From here, I managed to chip the ball safely on the green and putt out for a 4. 

'Not too many even numbers come on this hole,' laughed Nancy Scranton, former LPGA touring professional and one of my playing partners that day. 

To put it mildly, my 18-hole shank-fest on the Stadium was the opposite of Dickson's marvelous 66. Marketing folks at the Sawgrass Marriott Resort & Spa told me the following morning they are surprised at just how many people come to play the Stadium course as a once-in-a-lifetime experience. But sure enough, often times they return a couple years later for another go.  

Now I know why. After getting thoroughly beat down on Dye's masterpiece, all I can think about is my own Sawgrass Redemption story.

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 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.

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.