Goydos shares Dick's lead; Daly three back

By Associated PressJuly 9, 2016, 8:03 pm

ENDICOTT, N.Y. – John Riegger wasn't sure he'd be able to play the second round of the Dick's Sporting Goods Open because of a lingering case of shingles. The pain subsided long enough for him to show his first round wasn't a fluke.

Riegger followed his opening 66 with a 5-under 67 Saturday and is tied with Paul Goydos (66) for the lead at 11-under 133.

''It's kind of gone away, but the pain is still there and it's just an after-effect of the attacks of the nerves,'' Riegger said after his second straight bogey-free round. ''I think it's just the fact that I've gotten used to it and dealing with it a little bit better. I know that nothing's going to happen to me.''

First-round leader Scott Dunlap (70) was third at 10 under. Wes Short Jr. and Monday qualifier Neal Lancaster also shot 66 and shared fourth, another shot back at En-Joie Golf Club.

John Daly and Stephen Ames shot 68 and were tied for sixth at 8 under with Bart Bryant (70), who is trying to become the first repeat winner of this Champions Tour event since its inception in 2007.

Riegger thrived on the four par-5s on the narrow, tree-lined course. On Saturday, he birdied two of the three on the front side and eagled No. 12, the final par 5.



This will be the first time Riegger has had the lead, or a share of it, entering the final round of a Champions Tour event.

''I'm just trying to hope that I wake up tomorrow and I feel all right and I can play,'' he said.

Goydos had four birdies and two bogeys on the front nine. But after another bogey on the back side he finished with a flourish - birdie at the tough par-4 15th hole that's guarded by an imposing water hazard, eagle at the par-4 16th hole, and birdie at No. 17.

''You go from 7 under to 11 under, I'm still stunned a little bit myself,'' said Goydos, who drove the green at 16 to set up the lone eagle at the hole over two rounds. ''If you had strokes gained with lucky bounces, I would be leading that right now by a large margin.''

Daly, who turned 50 in April, is making his seventh Champions Tour start. It's his first appearance at En-Joie since the 1995 B.C. Open on the PGA Tour. He won there in 1992 and the gallery hasn't forgotten.

''It helps, and it always helps when you're playing good, you feed off of it,'' Daly said. ''A lot of times when things aren't going good, the fans kind of pump me up to keep hanging in there.''

Daly had five birdies and a bogey on the front nine and two birdies and two bogeys on the back.

''I just remember that when I did win here, I felt comfortable off the tees, although it's not showing this week,'' he said. ''I feel like I can hit the fairways, but I'm just not executing a lot of them.''

Short started strong, notching four birdies and an eagle over the first 11 holes before a three-putt par at No. 12. The 52-year-old Texan finished with seven straight pars.

''Anytime you can be close going into the last nine holes, that's what you really want - to have a chance to win it,'' he said.

Jeff Maggert won this tournament last year, beating Goydos by two shots. Nobody will have to worry about Maggert this time. The defending champion was at 1 under and out of contention.

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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.