Daly in contention in Arkansas Nationwide Tour

By Associated PressJune 18, 2010, 12:30 am

Nationwide TourFORT SMITH, Ark. – John Daly shot a 4-under 66 in the first round of the Fort Smith Classic, his first Nationwide Tour event since 1991.

Daly is from Dardanelle, about 75 miles from Fort Smith, and organizers hope he can help this struggling competition find a title sponsor so it can remain viable for the future.

Daly had one bogey and five birdies Thursday and was tied for sixth after the first round. Nathan Smith was the first-round leader after a 9-under 61.

“It’s great to see the fans come out that early, and hopefully there will be more if I keep playing good,” Daly said.

Daly was joined by a gallery of a few dozen fans as he made his way around the course, and they were treated to a steady, sharp round with one bogey and five birdies. Daly has said he’s trying to become less erratic – on the course and off – and that was evident Thursday on the 6,783-yard Hardscrabble Country Club course.

After starting his round on No. 10 around 8 a.m., Daly birdied No. 13 before bogeying the next hole after his approach shot went past the green and into the water.

From there, Daly parred six straight holes, a stretch that seemed a bit boring by his standards. He eventually made a strong move with birdies on four of five holes – and without needing to do anything spectacular.

“I think I only hit like four drivers today,” Daly said. “Four or five drivers.”

If that sounds unusual for the long-hitting Daly, perhaps that’s part of a newfound focus that has helped him make the cut eight times in 11 PGA Tour events this year.

“My caddie even thinks the 3-wood’s going as far as the driver,” Daly said. “So I feel really confident with that club.”

Daly has not had his full PGA Tour card since 2006, and it’s been 15 years since he won his second major, the British Open at St. Andrews. Now 44, Daly looks a lot different after losing weight last year following Lap-Band surgery.

He says he’s feeling healthy, and it certainly seemed that way when he was out on the course Thursday on a hot, humid day in western Arkansas.

“I’m just happy I lost 120 pounds,” Daly said. “If I was doing this at 308 pounds I would have taken a nap probably after nine holes.”

Instead, he played better toward the end of his round than at the beginning, although the most spectacular shot by a member of his group didn’t belong to him. Playing partner Dustin Risdon (69) holed out a 6-iron from 172 yards on the par-4 seventh for an eagle.

Risdon picked a good time to hit a shot like that – in front of plenty of fans who were there watching Daly.

“I thought it was awesome. I was looking forward to it as soon as I got my tee time,” Risdon said. “It was great to play with him and see how he hits it around out there.”

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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.