Weir Presidents Cup Diaz
The World Cup is in Kiawah Island, S.C., this year, but Weir has little choice but to take himself -- and possibly his country -- out of the tournament.
Because of scheduling problems created by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the World Cup will be played Nov. 13-16, one week before The Presidents Cup in South Africa.
'It looks like if I don't go, Canada might not be able to qualify,' Weir said. 'On the other hand, if I play in the World Cup I lose a day and don't get to South Africa until Tuesday. That gives me one practice round, and that's not fair to The Presidents Cup team.
'I'm in a tough spot.'
He's not alone.
Along with the defending champion (Japan), only the top 17 players from different countries are exempt to the World Cup.
Weir currently is at No. 5 in the Official World Golf Ranking. If he decides not to play, Canada's spot would go to the country with the next highest-ranked player available: Thomas Bjrn (No. 64) and Sweden if the teams were chosen today. Ian Leggatt is the next highest-ranked Canadian at No. 179.
K.J. Choi might qualify for his first Presidents Cup team and could face the same problem as Weir. Next in line for South Korea is S.K. Ho at No. 156.
Vijay Singh has played the last two World Cups. Fiji's next-best player is Dinesh Chand, who checks in this week at No. 353. Then again, no one would be surprised if Singh played the World Cup and The Presidents Cup.
The Presidents Cup team will be decided Aug. 17. The qualifications deadline for the World Cup is Sept. 22.
Canada, South Korea and other countries affected by the scheduling still could play in the World Cup by earning one of the six spots available through qualifying.
The Presidents Cup, matches between the United States and an International team from everywhere but Europe, had been played in even-numbered years, but was pushed back to 2003 when the Ryder Cup was delayed.
Ed Moorhouse, chief operating officer for the PGA TOUR, said officials had no choice but to put the World Cup one week before The Presidents Cup.
'There were a lot of moving parts, and that was the only place the World Cup would fit in,' he said. 'This is going to be the only year we'll have that scheduling issue.'
Europeans do not start qualifying for the Ryder Cup until September, but this week could go a long way toward building its team.
European Tour officials will meet during the Deutsche Bank-SAP Open TPC of Europe to discuss whether to change its selection process to include five players from the Official World Golf Ranking and five from the money list, instead of 10 players from the money list.
Laura Diaz and her teammates at Wake Forest made a pledge that if one of them made it big on the LPGA Tour, she would buy the women's golf team a new van.
During the Wake Forest annual pro-am two weeks ago, Diaz gave coach Dianne Dailey the title to a new van. It has leather seats and a TV, plus a VCR and DVD player.
With Steve Flesch winning in New Orleans, Skip Kendall takes over as the active player who has earned the most money without winning. Kendall has played 276 events on the PGA TOUR and earned more than $5.2 million. ... Mi Hyun Kim has made the cut in 52 consecutive LPGA events, the longest active streak on Tour. ... Asked whether she moved into the same neighborhood as Charles Howell III, Se Ri Pak replied, 'I don't know who this is.'
STAT OF THE WEEK
Phil Mickelson has been 'low lefty' in only two of the eight PGA TOUR events he has played this year -- the Buick Invitational and World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship. He and Mike Weir tied for ninth in the Phoenix Open .
'I think we can get a keg of something shipped in.' -- Masters champion Mike Weir of Canada, asked what would be on the menu for next year's champions dinner at Augusta National.
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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?
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
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.
Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational
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.
Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs
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.