Westwood stays within striking distance in Qatar

By Associated PressJanuary 29, 2010, 8:24 pm

2009 European TourDOHA, Qatar – Brett Rumford’s 6-under 66 recorded in calm early morning conditions on Friday proved too good for his rivals on the second day of the Qatar Masters.

The 34-year-old Australian reached 9 under to top the leaderboard before lunch and held on to that position throughout the afternoon when a light breeze made scoring tougher.

All his nearest rivals also had early start times with Bradley Dredge of Wales moving into outright second, a shot off the lead, with a 69.

Two Englishmen shared third place at 7 under. Oliver Wilson, who shared the first-day lead with Dredge, shot a 70 while Lee Westwood, the winner of last year’s European money list, had a 69.

The best the late starters had to offer was the 6 under total of Sweden’s Robert Karlsson, who shot 68 in his first round, but could only shoot a 70 on Friday.

Rumford, who failed to keep his playing card after a year on the PGA Tour in 2008, had no doubts why he was so successful in a round that contained seven birdies and one bogey.

“When the conditions are tough I actually enjoy it more,” said Rumford of the harsh course set-up with its long clinging rough and hard greens. “You have to stay very patient and because your expectations are low you do not have to beat yourself up when you play a bad a shot.”

Rumford has won three events on the European Tour, most recently the European Masters in Switzerland in 2007.

Lee Westwood of England blamed a lack of sleep for failing to follow up on his opening-round 68.

“The conditions were easier and 64 or 65 would have been a really good score,” Westwood said. “I had a wake up call at 4.50am and I am not a morning person. I just could not put it together with my swing on the golf course. But I am still in contention for the weekend.”

Wilson, who has yet to record his first European Tour victory after 12 second-place finishes, was slowed by failing to convert birdie chances at the Doha Golf Course.

“I just could not find the hole,” said the Englishman who made his Ryder Cup debut at Valhalla 17 months ago. “I was more than a little bit confused with the grain and the slopes. I was clueless and did not know what was going on.”

Kenny Perry, the 13th-ranked American playing his first European Tour event, just made the cut at two over par, but he needed an eagle at the 10th to keep his score at a level 72.

American Todd Hamilton, the 2004 British Open Champion who is attempting to resuscitate his career after losing his PGA playing rights, missed the cut in Doha after following his opening 78 with a 75.

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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.