Funk wants to put a frustrating week behind him

By Associated PressSeptember 24, 2009, 11:53 pm
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CARY, N.C. – Fred Funk wants to put a frustrating week of golf behind him with a strong showing at the SAS Championship.

“I would love to play well here and carry some momentum into Baltimore next week,” Funk said Thursday. “I really want the Schwab Cup.”

Funk leads Loren Roberts by 57 points with Bernhard Langer third, 375 points back in the Charles Schwab Cup standings.

The SAS Championship begins Friday at Prestonwood Country Club. After that, the Champions Tour heads to Maryland for the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship, where points for the Cup are doubled.

With both Roberts and Langer out of last week’s Greater Hickory Classic field, Funk missed an opportunity to pad his points lead by finishing out of the top 10.

“It was a bizarre week with that two-shot penalty,” the 53-year-old Funk said. “It ate at me all week, but those things happen.”

Funk was issued a two-stroke penalty after accidentally using another player’s club last week at Rock Barn when his caddie handed him a club from Mike Goodes’ bag. Funk called it an understandable mistake because the two bags look alike, and the players use the same brand of clubs.

“I just have to put that behind me,” said Funk, who finished tied for 12th and one stroke out of the top 10.

Funk likely will need a strong performance this week considering the Hall of Fame field at this year’s SAS Championship, with 27 of the top 30 money-winners from last year and 17 PGA major champions.

In addition facing players such as Tom Kite, Nick Price, Lee Trevino and Curtis Strange, Roberts also is playing this weekend after a two-week hiatus.

The 54-year-old has finished in the top five in his last five tournaments, dating back to his playoff win at the Senior British Open.

He last played in early September at the Walmart First Tee Open at Pebble Beach, where he tied for fifth.

“I wanted to be rested for” the SAS, Roberts said. “It’s a good purse, with a quality field.

“I wanted two weeks off for the stretch run. The next two weeks, it’s important to play well.”

Defending champion Eduardo Romero said he’s ready to bounce back from some poor showings this year after a stellar 2008 season in which he won three times.

“When I see the field, there are more than 15 majors champions,” the 55-year-old Romero said. “It’s fantastic. I love it when there’s a strong field. Last year was the best year of my career, but this year, it’s different. I’m ready though. I came here to win.”

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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.