Stadler leads by four at French Open

By Associated PressJuly 5, 2014, 5:00 pm

SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France - In challenging conditions, Kevin Stadler shot a 1-over 72 and still managed to extend his lead to four strokes over Victor Riu and Thongchai Jaidee after the third round of the French Open on Saturday.

Leading since the first round, Stadler endured wind gusts and brief showers and made two bogeys and a birdie for a 9-under 204 total.

''I didn't play that great,'' Stadler said. ''Made a whole lot of pars, a couple of nice up-and-downs for pars. Not nearly as many looks as I had the last couple of days, but you can't expect to play that well for four days in a row.''

Riu, of France, wasted a solid front nine after the turn with six bogeys to card a 73, sharing second place with Thongchai, the Thai who shot 69. U.S. Open champion Martin Kaymer signed off on a 70 to move into fourth, six strokes off the lead.



''The way he plays golf and the way I know him, very laid-back guy, it will be difficult to catch him,'' Kaymer said of Stadler.

Stadler could become the first American to win this tournament since Barry Jaeckel in 1972. However, he will have to cope with a tight back.

''On 8, and from then on, it was just a little tight,'' Stadler said. ''But wasn't too painful, and I could figure out how to get around after that.''

Stadler went into the third round with a three-stroke lead over Riu. But Stadler missed a short par putt on the third hole while Riu birdied No. 5 and No. 9 to claim a share of the lead at 9 under.

The momentum changed after the turn as Riu dropped his first shot of the day on the 10th by finding water off the tee.

Riu's best result this year was 38th in Singapore in May. He has never won on the European Tour. On the other hand, Thongchai won the Nordea Masters last month in Sweden.

''My golf game is really very consistent right now,'' Thongchai said. ''Driver not too good today (but) the putting gives me a lot of chances.''

Stadler won the Phoenix Open in February and was tied for eighth at the Masters in April.

Craig Stadler, Kevin's father, won the Masters in 1982 and shared 22nd place at the French Open in 1987.

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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.