Griffin leads Australian Open Daly four back

By Associated PressDecember 2, 2010, 6:16 pm
SYDNEY – Matthew Griffin shot a 7-under 65 Thursday to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Australian Open at The Lakes.

Griffin, whose longtime caddie Peter Beck died suddenly about a month ago, had seven birdies on some forgiving greens after a large amount of rain fell on the course the previous day.

He had a one-stroke lead over John Senden and was two strokes ahead of Alistair Presnell.

Australian Masters champion Stuart Appleby, Geoff Ogilvy, Peter Senior, Marc Leishman and Rod Pampling – all Australians – were among a group of nine players at 4 under.

American John Daly held a share of 13th place after carding 69, while five-time champion Greg Norman opened with a 74.

Daly said the course, which had undergone a number of changes – trees removed for a more exposed front nine, and more undulations on the greens – played well.

“The course is in great shape,” Daly said. “The fairways are perfect, it didn’t even look like it rained. It’s a tribute to how they redid the irrigation here.

“I don’t have mud on my shoes or anything,” he said. “That’s pretty impressive after all the rain we’ve had.”

Norman set up a birdie at the par-5 14th hole from an unlikely position. From out of the sand and with an awkward stance, Norman hit a rescue club about 200 yards over the water and two-putted for birdie, drawing applause from playing partner and 2011 Presidents Cup rival captain Fred Couples, who shot a 72.

But Norman had a double-bogey seven at the eighth, his 17th hole of the day.

Griffin had no such problem.

“Almost the most pleasing thing is not having any bogeys,” Griffin said. “Standing over the little three-footer at the last, I was really feeling it.

But, “You’ve got to take advantage of the nice conditions in the morning.”
Griffin leads Australian Open; Daly four back
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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 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.