Kim to miss two majors hoping to make Ryder Cup

By Associated PressMay 7, 2010, 9:20 pm

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PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Anthony Kim played hurt for two months in hopes of piling up as many Ryder Cup points as possible before the pain in his left thumb kept him from competing.

Now he figures he’ll have one month to make an impression on Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin.

Two days after surgery to repair ligament damage in his left thumb, Kim said he would miss the next two majors – the U.S. Open and the British Open – and plans to return at the Canadian Open if his rehabilitation goes well.

Within two hours after surgery, he was on the phone with Pavin.

“I’m not an agent, I’m not selling anything,” Kim said Friday from his home in Dallas. “I told him, ‘Listen to this and I’m done, I won’t bother you again. I want to play on your team so bad that the reason I played hurt is to make the team. I promise you if you put me on the team, I’m going to have a good attitude going over there. I’m the kind of player you want.”’

Despite the thumb injury, the 24-year-old Kim won the Houston Open, finished third at the Masters and was in contention Sunday at Quail Hollow before tying for seventh. By then, he said the pain felt like a knife piercing the area between his left thumb and index finger. He said it cost him 20 yards off the tee.

Kim is expected to be out 10 to 12 weeks, which would put his return right around the British Open at St Andrews. Kim said he does not think he will be ready to contend.

“The tournament I come back for, I’m going to be prepared and feel like I have a great shot to win the tournament,” he said. “There is a little learning curve. What Tiger (Woods) did at the Masters was incredible. But I won’t go to a tournament and have an excuse that I haven’t had time.”

Kim is No. 2 in the Ryder Cup standings, but they are fluid during the year of the matches. Points are based strictly on PGA Tour earnings, and they count double at the majors. The qualifying ends at the PGA Championship, and Pavin will have four captain’s picks three tournaments later.

Kim starred for the Americans two years ago at Valhalla, going 2-1-1 and providing plenty of energy with his personality, all the way through to the celebration after a rare U.S. victory.

“The Ryder Cup was a great thing to experience,” he said. “I’m not trying to self-promote, but every team I’ve been on – Walker Cup, Ryder Cup, Presidents Cup – we’ve won.”

His physical therapy hasn’t started. Kim’s first goal is to get some rest. He said he has trouble sleeping on his right side, but with the surgery to his left thumb, “I got like four hours last night.”

“I’m just trying to stay upright,” he said.

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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.