Holywood Golf Club makes for a fun 18

By Jay CoffinJuly 11, 2011, 10:26 pm

HOLYWOOD, Northern Ireland – Holywood Golf Club has received a lot of interest in the last three weeks, and understandably so. Rory McIlroy’s historic victory at last month’s U.S. Open immediately threw the quaint club onto the world golf map, even if it wasn’t ready for the overnight interest.

Turns out, the place deserves some recognition. Sure it’s often overlooked by it’s big brothers – Royal County Down to the south and Royal Portrush to the north – but this parkland course, at 6,118 yards from the back tees, is a genuine treat in its own right. It’s also a more affordable option, at 29 pounds to play (approximately $46).

Set high in the Holywood Hills, the club is less than 10 miles outside of downtown Belfast and provides stunning views of Belfast Lough and the Antrim Coast.

A couple favorites were the sixth and the 12th. The par-3 sixth plays 124 yards and is all downhill. Essentially you need to get a ball airborne and it’ll get there, although finding the middle of the tiny green is no easy task. The 438-yard par-4 12th hole is named White House because, well, the big white house behind the green is your aiming point from the tee box.

“You have your White House,” a Holywood member said to inquisitive Americans. “That’s our White House.”

The ambiance is spectacular at this blue-collar club. Have a pint in the clubhouse and you’re likely to see juniors over in one corner sipping on soda and snacks, while a woman’s league meets in the other. Gabby Maguire, who is in charge of food and beverage at the club, is a great storyteller and will stop and chat anytime anyone wants. Ask him about the first time he met young Rory.

All things told, the club has everything and is all about what’s right with the game. If you make a journey to Northern Ireland, go play Holywood. But don’t play it because it’s where McIlroy grew up, play it because it’s fun.

Read the running blog of Jay and Rex's Irish adventures.

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.