Players dont see the fuss over battle for No 1

By Associated PressMay 19, 2011, 9:35 pm

European TourCASARES, Spain – The weekly race for the top ranking in world golf has been engrossing for European golf fans if not for the players involved.

With Tiger Woods slipping down the rankings, the field has closed at the top.Very little separates the new leader, Lee Westwood, from pursuers Luke Donald and Martin Kaymer.

Second-ranked Donald, who could leapfrog fellow Englishman Westwood by winning the World Match Play Championship this week, says “it’s certainly different to the days when Tiger had such a big lead … but we’re less fussed about it than everyone else.'

The 38-year-old Westwood is taking it all in stride.

“Everything I read is, ‘So-and-so could go past Lee Westwood.’ Unfortunately that’s how it is when you’re No. 1,” he said. “You can only go one way. There is never a line where it says, ‘Lee Westwood can go past …’ because there is nobody in front of me.

“I just have to live with it and I’m not really worried about it. We are all out here with the purpose of trying to win golf tournaments, really.”

Westwood – who spent 17 weeks at No. 1 from October until February, fell back, then regained it from Kaymer last month – knows he’ll keep the top spot if he makes the final at the Finca Cortesin course in southern Spain.

If Westwood is eliminated in the semifinals, Donald can move to No. 1 by winning the tournament. Third-ranked Kaymer of Germany will go to No. 1 if he wins the event and Westwood doesn’t qualify for the last four.

With all three players part of Europe’s Ryder Cup-winning team of 2010, it’s very much the friendliest of rivalries.

“It’s obviously a great accolade to be No. 1 – I would love to be No. 1 – but certainly it’s something I’m not really thinking about,” said Donald, who has never topped the rankings. “I think No. 1 is more up for grabs now for many people. Obviously week to week, it seems like it’s between the three of us the last couple of months, but certainly there’s people lurking behind who can get in the mix as well. It’s just something added to the mix, something to shoot for. Just something to be interested in for the fans.”

Donald said he’d prefer to meet Westwood in Sunday’s final, even if such a scenario meant he’d stay below his compatriot in the rankings.

“I’d love to play Lee in the final,” Donald said. “It’s more satisfaction when you can take down the best player in the world.”

Both players got off to impressive starts at the World Match Play on Thursday. Westwood routed Anders Hansen of Denmark 6 and 5, while Donald beat Ryan Moore of the United States 4 and 3.

Kaymer didn’t have it all his own way against Y.E. Yang, but came through a 2 and 1 winner.

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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.