Golf: Friends’ Foot in Genesis Tournament


The two Americans Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele are very good housemates. Their families holiday together, they share a house when traveling together, they have already been teammates 11 times in the Ryder Cup and in other team tournaments. However, when the final round of the Genesis golf tournament in California arrives on Sunday evening, the friendship is pushed aside.

Then they are rivals and fight for prize money of 4 million US dollars in this tournament in the American PGA series.

After the third round, Cantlay is on 199 shots (-14), two shots ahead of Schauffele and Will Zalatoris (201, -12).

The American Luke List is fourth on 202 (-11), with the Australian Jason Day and another American Harris English together fifth on 203 (-10).

South Africa’s Christiaan Bezuidenhout, who scored 70 shots in the third round, is joint 20th at 208 (-5) and can further strengthen his bank balance with his consistent play.

While the focus is on Cantlay, the news that Tiger Woods withdrew during the second round due to the flu continues to make headlines.

Woods, who was on the seventh hole when he gave up, was taken by golf cart to the clubhouse where he received medical treatment.

He was later taken home and announced on X (formerly Twitter) on Saturday that he was resting and feeling much better, but that as patron of the tournament he would most likely not be at the awards ceremony.

* In the local Sunshine Series’ Dimension Data Pro-Am which is decided on Fancourt’s three courses outside George, the Frenchman David Ravetto (205 shots, -12) is two shots ahead of the unsung South African Franklin Manchest (207, -10 ), with two more Frenchmen Pierre Pineau and Benjamin Hebert and Sam Hutsby (England) together third on 208 (-9).

They are followed by Benjamin Follett-Smith (Zimbabwe), Victor Pastor (Spain) and South Africa’s Louis Albertse, Hennie du Plessis, Robin Williams, Luca Filippi and Zander Lombard who are all together on 209 (-8).

The 25-year-old Manchester, who grew up in George, is only 1,748th in the golf rankings and has only been able to finish in the top ten once in the Sunshine Series.

But his local knowledge of Fancourt could be of great value to him.

* At the Riyadh Country Club, South Africa’s Paula Reto dropped out slightly in the third round of the Saudi tournament when she scored 74 shots. She is 21st with her South African compatriot Ashleigh Buhai on 214 strokes (-3).

Paphangkorn Tavatanakit of Thailand leads on 205 strokes (-11), followed by Esther Henselet of Germany who is three strokes behind on 208 (-8), with Charley Hull (England) and Emily Kristine Pederson (Denmark) joint third on 209 ( -7).

This money-rich tournament in the European women’s series has prize money of 5 million US dollars (about R94 million) at stake.

Sources: Sunshine Series and The Golf Channel