Graduating teen Spieth makes Nelson cut again

By Associated PressMay 28, 2011, 1:15 am

IRVING, Texas (AP)—Jordan Spieth is going to be late for his high schoolgraduation ceremony Saturday, if he makes it at all. The teenager has anotherround of golf with PGA Tour players at the Byron Nelson Championship.

For the second year in a row, the local Dallas amateur made the cut at theNelson.

After a 2-under 68 in the second round Friday, Spieth was 3 under. That puthim in a tie for eighth place, five strokes behind co-leaders Sergio Garcia andRyan Palmer .

The ceremony for Spieth and the other 245 seniors in Dallas’ Jesuit Prep’sgraduating class starts at 4 p.m. Saturday, at an auditorium on the SMU campusabout 20 miles from TPC Four Seasons. Spieth tees off at 11:21 a.m.

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“Right after the round …. I’m going to shoot over there is quickly aspossible,” Spieth said. “I don’t know how long (graduation) usually lasts.”

Because diplomas are handed out in alphabetical order, the 17-year-oldSpieth (pronounced SPEE-th) figures that will at least buy him some extra time.

“Exactly,” he said, smiling. “Should be at least an hour into it, betoward the end.”

After tying for 16th at the Nelson last year, and still within three strokesof the lead after 10 holes in the final round, Spieth received a sponsor’sexemption to play in the tournament again this week.

“I want to win,” Spieth said. “I’m confident. Staying loose and seeing myfriends in the crowd and feeding off the crowd helps me.”

Spieth, a U.S. Junior Amateur champion who plans to attend the University ofTexas, had one of the larger galleries following him during the second roundFriday.

“To be on this stage as a senior in high school, at 17, it’s impressive,”Palmer said. “I’m starting to wonder if he’s thinking about four years ofcollege or just one year.”

Since his breakthrough in last year’s Nelson, Spieth had played the TPC FourSeasons course three or four more times. He also got to play another round withformer President George W. Bush, who lives in Dallas and has worked withSpieth’s instructor.

“If I remember right, he came up to my dad and I right when we got outthere and told us what game we were going to play,” Spieth said. “There was noreason to hold back, because he came out calling me names that I shouldn’tmention.

“It was easy to have fun with him out there,” Spieth added. “Hopefully,we’ll get to go out there again. It was fun. Didn’t feel like you were playingwith anyone extremely important like he is, which is cool.”

Spieth had an opening 1-under 69 at this week’s Nelson that included adouble bogey and three bogeys. On those same four holes Friday, he had birdieson each of them. That included a 26-foot birdie putt at the 441-yard 12th holeafter a double bogey there Thursday.

He was 5 under before two bogeys in his final five holes Friday, when windswere starting to gust to around 30 mph.

While the pros might have the edge on experience, Spieth has been able toput his entire focus on getting ready for this week.

“For me, I spent the whole entire last month preparing for this, gettingout here and preparing my game for this golf course. That’s a huge advantage,”Spieth said. “Whereas these guys are traveling, you know, sometimes four, fiveweeks at a time, they get worn out, maybe not playing their best golf here. AndI prepare just to play my best golf for this event.”

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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.