Business Edge for Wednesday May 2 2001

By Adam BarrMay 2, 2001, 4:00 pm
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WAITING FOR THE SUPREMES: The rumors started shortly before the Masters. Expect the Supreme Court of the United States to hand down its decision in PGA Tour Inc. v. Martin soon. Real soon. One noted golf course architect, a friend of one of the justices, assured me earnestly that we would see a decision soon.
 
Well, here we are nearly a month past the Masters, and nothing yet. Which doesnt surprise me. But the persistence of Beltway rumors does.
 
That golf course architects famous friend has probably told him what we all learned in law school: The Supreme Court simply does not discuss pending cases. They never, but never, reveal a decision date. In certain kinds of cases, pre-knowledge of a decision date could decimate financial markets. Big deals could turn on anticipated results. Fortunes could be made, lost, or stolen.
 
Not that the decision in the Casey Martin case will have that kind of effect. But the nine justices of the Supreme Court try to treat every case fairly. As far as possible, each matter is handled the same as every other matter, at least administratively.
 
Many people dont trust government these days, and it is conceivable that a justice or a clerk could let a date slip. But no one Ive spoken with can cite such an ironclad source. There may be a lot of wishful thinking out there.
 
Still, the office of Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) says it expects the decision May 14, and this calendar nugget is based on the knowledge of the offices disability law expert.
 
Well see. Here at Golf Central, were on alert every day, just in case.
 
People are beginning to ask me some thought-provoking questions, issues I know no more about than you all do, but which are important to consider. If Martin wins, how will the Tour behave? How much longer can Martin play, considering the condition of his leg? Which other players, if any, would try to take advantage of the change in the Tours rules? What kind of medical review procedure would the Tour set up? Will the game change in the way the Tour and some of its witnesses feared?
 
If the Tour wins, how will it handle the public relations fallout in the face of almost certain public support for Martin? Will it make a one-time exception for Martin? (The Tour has intimated it would not.)
 
Stay tuned to this space and to Golf Central for complete coverage.
 
Full Coverage of the PGA Tour Inc. v. Martin
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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.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

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. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.