Ballesteros urges Woods to be patient but return

By Associated PressFebruary 18, 2010, 2:22 am

MADRID – Seve Ballesteros wants Tiger Woods to be patient about returning to golf although the Spanish golfing great urged him not to abandon the sport.

“Golf right now is going through a little dip, no?” Ballesteros said on Wednesday. “I hope Tiger returns to play because if he goes, golf will lose a lot.”

Woods announced Wednesday that he would meet with reporters Friday to end nearly three months of silence to address a middle-of-the-night accident that sparked shocking revelations about his infidelity.

“He needs to be patient and to start slowly,” Ballesteros, a five-time major winner, said. “He’s still young. There’s no rush. He needs to come back when he thinks he’s ready.”

Ballesteros, who is recovering from a cancerous brain tumor, added he was disappointed with how several of Woods’ sponsors abandoned him following the revelations, including AT&T and Accenture.

Ballesteros looked healthy and was cracking jokes as he reminisced about his past achievements in front of a crowd of several hundred fans at an event organized by sports daily Marca.

Ballesteros underwent chemotherapy after needing four surgeries in late 2008 to remove a malignant tumor from his brain.

But he was counting on returning to play the British Open at St. Andrews this summer, although he said that would depend on how he feels both physically and mentally. Ballesteros won three British Open and two Masters titles.

“I want to play the British Open this year,” said Ballesteros, who pledged to at least go around Wednesday’s four-hole event in honor of past champions. “Those four holes at least.”

Ballesteros was also hoping to someday turn his life story into a movie.

“So many things have happened to me I think it can be done,” said the 52-year-old Ballesteros, who spent 72 days in hospital after the discovery of the tumor.

He also revealed how he turned down a chance to meet Pope John Paul II after his first Masters victory in 1980.

“I’m a die-hard Catholic but I preferred to see Cassius Clay (Ali),” said Ballesteros, who never met Muhammad Ali but received a video message from the former heavyweight champion of the world instead.

Ballesteros named his ideal partners for a round of golf as being former France football great Zinedine Zidane, current Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas and glamor model Cindy Crawford.

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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.