Harrington moves into contention at Abu Dhabi

By Associated PressJanuary 27, 2012, 1:45 pm

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - After going winless in 2011, three-time major winner Padraig Harrington is sensing a victory is just around the corner.

Harrington shot a 3-under 69 Friday in the second round of the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship. His 140 total has left him in a tie for ninth place so far, only three strokes behind clubhouse leader Thorbjorn Olesen in a tournament that features the world’s four top-ranked players and Tiger Woods.

“I’ve been telling you it’s coming for a good while,” said Harrington, who last won in November 2010 at the Johor Open. “So I’m always optimistic but I’m seeing some great signs out there. I’m getting a quality strike on a lot of shots and as I said, I seem to be rolling the ball nicely so just kind of have to get used to it now and run with it.”

Harrington said he has started working with Dave Alred, who was credited with helping No. 1-ranked Luke Donald find his current form.

Describing his role as a practice coach, Harrington said he was “trying to get the biggest transfer from the practice round to the golf course.”

“He’s making me more diligent in my practice,” Harrington said. “As I said all through last year, I felt I played well in practice and just never took it to the golf course. He’s all about taking your practice to the golf course. Really we time the practice, we count the balls. There’s a lot of things … it’s really putting a lot more precision into the practice.”

Winning in Abu Dhabi would be especially satisfying for the 40-year-old Irishman, who led going into the second round last year but was disqualified for signing an incorrect card after a slow-motion replay revealed that his ball moved ever so slightly after he replaced his marker.

The Royal & Ancient and U.S. Golf Association have since decided to revise the rule so that players who learn of a violation after they sign their cards can be penalized without disqualification.

Harrington said he was especially happy with his putting Friday in what he called a “solid round.” At one point, Harrington had four birdies in a row and closed out the round with five birdies and two bogeys.

“Certainly a little bit better into the groove but my irons, maybe I was better off the tee today,” Harrington said. “Showed a lot of good signs. I rolled the ball really nicely today. Nearly every putt I took, I gave the hole a run. Certainly scared it a few times. So, yeah, I was happy with that.”

But Harrington isn’t getting ahead of himself, knowing he still will need several good rounds this weekend to give him a legitimate chance of winning.

“Eight under par, if it’s only one guy, it’s not too far behind,” Harrington said. “But if there’s a whole six or seven guys or eight or nine guys on 6, 7, 8 under par, 4 under is a little bit of work to do.”

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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.