Michael 54-hole leader in South Africa - COPIED

By Associated PressDecember 12, 2010, 7:23 am

2009 European TourMALELANE, South Africa – Anthony Michael took a one-shot lead into the final round of the Alfred Dunhill Championship, shooting a 1-under 71 that kept him ahead of the chasing pack Saturday.

The South African was at 10-under 206 through 54 holes, one shot ahead of Pablo Martin of Spain and Tjaart van der Walt of South Africa in the European Tour event.

Michael had three bogeys and two birdies in his first nine at the Leopard Creek Country Club, but then went bogey-free while adding two birdies to keep the lead he has held since the end of the first round Thursday.

Martin, the defending champion, made two eagles in a 68.

The No. 39 ranked Charl Schwartzel, the highest ranked player left in the tournament, shot a 69 to move to 7 under and was tied for fourth with fellow South African Alex Haindl.

Only former Ryder Cup player Phillip Price (68) of Wales avoided making a bogey on a course packed with challenging pin placements.

Michael had a shaky start to the third round in pursuit of his first professional win in his first season on South Africa’s Sunshine Tour – which co-sanctions the event. He bogeyed two of his first three holes, and dropped another shot at No. 7, following a birdie at No. 5. But he steadied and made three more birdies to reach 10 under.

“I am feeling the pressure,” Michael said. “Starting with two bogeys in the first three holes was not ideal, but I was able to get myself back.”

Martin had a birdie on his first two holes, and then eagles at Nos. 13 and 15, both par 5s. He fired a 3-wood over the lake at 15 that stopped 8 feet from the pin to set up his second eagle. He also had two bogeys.

“I played like a dog,” Martin said. “I wasn’t driving well at all, so I ended up taking a 3-wood off the tee. It was a good 68 because it could quite easily have gone the other way as well.”

Schwartzel, who won the Alfred Dunhill in 2004 and finished second here last year for the third time, also is in contention after picking up three shots Saturday to sit three off the lead. He had five birdies and two bogeys in his 69, while Haindl shot a 72 to drop from second into the tie for fourth.

Thomas Aiken had the day’s best score, a 67 that left him five shots back alone in sixth and gave South Africa five of the top six spots.

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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.