Levi-Fergus Senior-Lyle share lead at Legends

By Associated PressApril 24, 2011, 12:32 am

Champions TourSAVANNAH, Ga. – Warm, dry weather made for prime scoring conditions at the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf on Saturday and teams did their best to take advantage in the better-ball event.

Wayne Levy and Keith Fergus shot 12-under 60 at The Club at Savannah Harbor. They shared the lead at 20-under 124 with Peter Senior and Sandy Lyle, who combined for a 61 heading into Sunday’s final round on the island course in the Savannah River.

“You almost feel like you have to make at least a par on every hole,” Senior said. “When you do make a bogey, you feel like you’ve dropped back two. It’s like a double-bogey in other tournaments.”

Playing downwind, several of the Champions Tour players almost were able to drive the 338-yard first hole.

“The fact that the balls are running, especially on the par-5s, is certainly a factor in so many birdies,” Fergus said.

Still, it was the short-hitting Levi who sparked the team’s surge. He holed out from a greenside bunker for birdie at the ninth and then on No. 11 hit a 3-wood to within 30 feet and sank the putt for an eagle on the 530-yard, par-5.

“If we can put two balls on the greens (in regulation) and have a chance at birdie, we’ll be in pretty good shape,” said Levi, whose last win on the senior circuit came in 2004.

There were plenty of big-name players within striking range of the leaders.

Kenny Perry and Scott Hoch shot a 62 and were a stroke behind in a tie with first-round co-leaders Tom Kite and Gil Morgan, who had a 63.

Bob Tway and Tom Pernice Jr. (62) birdied the last three holes to get to 126. They were tied with Ian Baker-Finch and Joe Ozaki (62), Corey Pavin and Tom Lehman (62), and first-round co-leaders Ted Schulz and Gary Hallberg (64).

Tom Watson and Andy North (62) were tied at 127 with Hal Sutton and Larry Mize (64).

Watson and North have 10 majors between them, eight by Watson.

“It’s going to take 29 or 30 under to win this,” Lyle said. “You can’t stop, or people will be going right past you.”

Ireland’s Des Smyth and England’s Mark James shot 63 for 9-under 126 to win the 36-hole Raphael Division. The teams of Ben Crenshaw-Curtis Strange (64) and Gary Koch-Roger Maltbie (63) tied for second at 127.

John Cook and Joey Sindelar withdrew from the Legends Division because Sindelar’s bad back.

Sindelar injured it last week during a tournament in Tampa, but felt well enough to start this event. However, he was in pain after four holes Friday and left the course.

Cook played the last 14 holes alone and had the team just three strokes off the lead with a 65. After the round, Sindelar indicated he might be able to play, but he changed his mind early Saturday.

Cook said he would have played on as a single for Saturday’s round, but didn’t feel it was fair to finish the tournament that way.

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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.