Thompson sails to 10-shot win at LPGA Q-School

By Win McMurryJuly 30, 2011, 1:07 am

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Lexi Thompson whipped her competition at LPGA International this week during the first stage of LPGA Q-School. Showing no signs of jet lag after firing a 68 Sunday at the soon-to-be major Evian Masters in France, Thompson carded three consecutive rounds of 6-under-par 66 to enter the final round with a seven-shot lead.

Friday, with father Scott on the bag as he’s been all season, she breezed in with a round of 67 which included back-to-back birdies on 13 and 14 at LPGA International’s Champions Course. She finished at 23 under par, 10 shots clear of the next best player in the field. The top 50 and ties advanced to the second stage.

It wasn’t until earlier this month that the 16-year-old received official word from the LPGA that she would be allowed the opportunity to compete for the chance at earning full playing privileges for 2012. It has been LPGA policy that players under the age of 17 (going on 18) cannot be a member of the tour.

Thompson has not only competed, but contended on the LPGA over the past few years. In 2010 at age 15, she tied for 10th at the U.S. Women’s Open and finished runner-up last year at the Evian, which put her 74th in the Rolex world rankings. This year, Thompson shared the 54-hole lead at the Avnet LPGA Classic on May 1 until she collapsed Sunday on the back-nine to finish T-19.

That was one of only three starts she’s made this year on the LPGA. Earlier this season ,Thompson was denied her petition to increase the number of sponsor exemptions she’d be able to accept from six to 12, so she has only three more LPGA starts remaining this season; however, she did not anticipate needing to tee it up in the newly formatted first stage of Q-School.

This year the LPGA required that any player interested in competing for their 2012 LPGA card attend the first stage of Q-School if not a member of any recognized Rolex-ranked women’s golf tour or not inside the top 100 in the Rolex rankings as of July 12.

With a limited number of starts, the world rankings divisor does not work to Thompson’s advantage if she has a couple of less-than-stellar showings, due to the mandatory divisor of 35 over a rolling two-year period. In the most recent rankings released July 25, Thompson was ranked 118th. But it is obvious that if it weren’t for the idiosyncrasies of the system she would be well inside the top 100, probably top 50, and maybe the top 25.

But still, Thompson was required to attend if she wanted the chance granted to her by LPGA commissioner Michael Whan, who waived the age requirement. Thompson’s agent, Bobby Kreusler, said they avoided the potential pressure of the week by not coming in early to play a practice round, allowing Lexi time to rest for a day before jumping back into competition.

But it really wasn’t much of a competition.

She still has two more stages of Q-School to navigate before earning full playing privileges, but if she makes it through, Thompson said she will play a full LPGA schedule in 2012.

“The number of overall events she’d play in a season would not really change, maybe 18 total events, she’d just be playing the majority of her events on the LPGA,” Kreusler added.

She would continue her studies as well, which Kreusler said are ahead of schedule. Thompson is home-schooled through the Florida State Home Education requirements, which today is interactive through web-based curriculum and involves speaking on a daily basis with state-certified teachers.

On the subject of school and schooling, Thompson has been working with her coach, Jim McLean, on extensive swing changes over the last few months. It’s a process that she’s been fighting through. Kreusler said even during the Avnet LPGA Classic she was not swinging her best. She would switch mid-round back to her old swing after she’d hit a bad shot with her new swing, but was still able to scratch out competitive scores.

Thompson easily swung to medalist honors at LPGA International, and said after her round she would celebrate by going home and getting some rest.

This is her summer break after all.

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 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.