Field for Tigers Tournament Set at 120
When the AT&T National in Washington, D.C., was added to the schedule, PGA TOUR commissioner Tim Finchem suggested it would be considered an invitational, like Jack Nicklaus' Memorial tournament with a field of 105 last year and Arnold Palmer's event at Bay Hill, which had 118 players in 2006.
Rich Beem said he was 'insulted' by the idea of another reduced-field event, and other players joined in, saying the tour should not take away spots in a season already made shorter by the FedEx Cup.
The AT&T National replaces the International, which had a 144-man field but was taken off the schedule when it couldn't find a sponsor.
Finchem, attending the Houston Open this week, spoke to the 16-member Players Advisory Council during a conference call Wednesday. The group then approved a compromise on the field size.
Finchem said the council determined that making the event an invitational 'was overwhelmingly positive for the PGA TOUR and its members in the long term.'
The tour will decide the criteria for the 120 players chosen 'in the next few weeks,' Finchem said.
Earlier Wednesday, Rocco Mediate blasted players who griped about the structure of the event, which will benefit the Tiger Woods Foundation.
'It's ridiculous what's going on,' Mediate said. 'There is so much effort being spent on trying to make this tournament what everybody else wants, but it's his tournament. You going to change Arnold or Jack's tournaments?
'If you're not in the tournament, you're not good enough,' Mediate said. 'It's real simple. Play better. Nothing else I can say about it. It's nauseating what's going on.'
Steve Stricker, who played in the reduced-field CA Championship at Doral last week, said Tiger's tournament offers another incentive for players, who've all benefited from Woods' presence on TOUR.
'The one good thing about the TOUR is that there's always something to work towards,' he said. 'Whether it be getting in a World Golf Championship, Tour Championship, there are so many things, goals -- unless you're Tiger and you're exempt for all of them.
'For everybody else, there are so many things to work for out here.'
Finchem said the tour will look at ways to give more opportunities to players who get shut out of exclusive events. The TOUR will add a tournament next year in Puerto Rico, with a field of 132, to be played opposite Doral.
He said the TOUR would also consider other areas of eligibility, including open qualifying spots, unrestricted sponsor exemptions and foreign exemptions.
'It's not a perfect world, we won't do that perfectly,' Finchem said. 'But we certainly will make progress.'
Finchem wants Tiger's tournament to gain the prestige now enjoyed by those hosted by Nicklaus and Palmer.
'This is a recognition about what Tiger has meant to the sport, what he means to the game of golf, what he's done to impact the livelihoods of PGA TOUR players,' Finchem said. 'The players concluded, and our board concluded, that he should be referenced in this context, very similarly to Jack and Arnold.'
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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?
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
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.
Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational
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.
Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs
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.