Fish takes lead in Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Associated PressJanuary 16, 2016, 6:19 am

WINDERMERE, Fla. - Former tennis player Mardy Fish scored 30 points Friday in the inaugural Diamond Resorts Invitational to take a nine-point lead after the second round of the modified Stableford event for celebrity athletes and entertainers.

Players receive six points for eagle, three for birdie, one for par, zero for bogey and minus-2 for double bogey and higher.

The 34-year-old Fish, the top-ranked U.S. tennis player in 2011, birdied five of the first 12 holes and eagled the 17th. He had 43 points with one round left at Golden Bear Club at Keene's Point.

Former pitcher Rick Rhoden was second after a 25-point round.

Former NFL quarterback Billy Joe Tolliver was 12 points back in third after scoring 24 points, and actor Jack Wagner was 14 points behind after a 23-point round.

Pitcher Bret Saberhagen, the first-round leader, dropped to 19th with 24 points after losing a point.

Fish's closest pursuers have won a total of 12 American Century Celebrity titles in Lake Tahoe (Rhoden 8, Tolliver 4). But Rhoden said it will be difficult to catch the leader, a six-time ATP winner.

''I'll have to play like I did today (six birdies) and not make a double bogey (like he did late), and he's going to have to have an off day,'' said Rhoden, who has played on the Champions Tour. ''He's going to have to make mistakes for anyone to catch him.''

Fish learned the game around age 10 while playing nine holes ''almost every day'' at Sandridge Golf Course with best friend Jake Owen, a country music star also in the DRI field.

''We had to pay a dollar plus tax,'' said Fish, a high school classmate of fellow tennis star Andy Roddick. ''It came to $1.07. For that we got nine holes, a hot dog and chips. Not a bad deal.''

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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.