Oosthuizen Hutsby set the pace in Spain - COPIED

By Associated PressMarch 27, 2010, 10:12 pm

2009 European Tour

MALAGA, Spain – South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen and England’s Sam Hutsby shared the lead in the Andalucia Open, while defending champion Soren Kjeldsen had to contend with the presence of a naked man as he attempted to play a shot in Friday’s second round.

Oosthuizen and Hutsby both shot 7-under 63s to share the tournament lead, at 10-under, along with a temporary claim to the course record at the Parador Golf Club in southern Spain.

However, their record status was short lived as England Paul Waring’s later signed for a 62 which contained nine birdies, though at 4-under he was still lying six shots off the lead.

Oosthuizen now has an opportunity to secure his first win on the European Tour after a string of second place finishes, most recently in last week’s Hassan II Trophy in Morocco.

He was beaten there by Welshman Rhys Davies’s stunning final round, a 6-under 66. But rather than being dejected by that defeat, Oosthuizen believes it will give him the strength to go one better on Sunday.

“Obviously I was disappointed, but Rhys played brilliantly and you do not mind losing because of someone else’s brilliance rather than because of your own scrappy golf.

“I am playing well at the moment and I can draw strength from my performance in Morocco.”

Oosthuizen, in his eighth year on tour, certainly has the greater experience to draw upon than a Hutsby, a 21-year-old golfer playing in only his 11th tournament since turning professional after last year’s Walker Cup, where he was Great Britain and Ireland’s top points scorer against America.

Hutsby showed his ability though on Friday, following up his opening round of 67 by making six birdies in the first eight holes.

Oosthuizen and Hutsby take a two shot lead into the third round ahead of Kjeldsen who is attempting to repeat his victory of 2009 in the tournament.

However, while compiling his 67, the 34-year-old Dane came across a sight that would surely not be repeated at any other professional tournament around the world.

The Parador club runs alongside a naturist beach in Torremolinos and while attempting to a play a shot Kjeldsen found himself confronted by a naked man just 15 yards (meters) distant.

“That was a new one on a golf course for me,” he said.

Kjeldsen had shared the first round lead at 5-under with Paul Lawrie but the Scotsman found himself among a group of five players sharing fourth place at 7-under after shooting a 68.

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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.