Wie, Lewis, Ko, Mo headline field in Toledo

By Associated PressJuly 16, 2014, 11:02 pm

SYLVANIA, Ohio – Some like to see their name in lights. Beatriz Recari was thrilled to see hers bolted to a light pole.

The name of each year's winner of the Marathon Classic is placed on the signs along the main drag of this Toledo suburb.

''It's really cool,'' said Recari, a 27-year-old Spaniard who has won three times on the LPGA Tour. ''It's obviously a great bonus not only to get this trophy and everything that comes along with it. But to get your own street for a year, that's pretty special.''

Recari has become a more of a household name as her career blossomed in the last year. After winning the Kia tournament, she outdueled Paula Creamer down the stretch to also win the Marathon.

While collecting more than $1 million in checks, she placed sixth in the tour's player of the year standings, finished 3-1-1 for the victorious European side at the Solheim Cup and contended at last week's Women's British Open.

She began the final round at Royal Birkdale three shots back of the leader but faded to a tie for 17th with a 79.

''I had a little bit of a slow start first half of the year, but feel like everything is coming along,'' she said, referring to lower back and hip problems. ''I'm working on things that feel good for me. I'm healthy and fit. I had a very good performance last week, and I'm very happy with my practicing.''

Mo Martin, who won the Women's British Open with a closing 72, is still adapting to the title of major champion.

''It's definitely been a whirlwind,'' she said of arriving in Ohio after several connecting flights and lots of frequent-flier miles. ''I hadn't even turned my phone on. When I eventually did get here, I turned my phone on and it kind of exploded, everybody just congratulating me.''

She also got a pat-on-the-back letter from no less than legend Arnold Palmer.

Recari and Martin aren't the only prominent players to keep an eye on this week.

Creamer, who won the tournament formerly known as the Jamie Farr in 2008, always plays well at Highland Meadows. She is one of the most popular players in the field every year.

''Yeah, I love this golf course,'' she said. ''I shot 60 here (in the first round in '08). I have a lot of really good memories. This just fits my game.''

There's also local favorite Stacy Lewis - a Toledo native - who's ranked No. 1 in the world.

''It's always fun coming back here just for me,'' said Lewis, a winner this year in Arkansas, yet another of her childhood homes. ''Just having the family connection, we have big family dinners on the weekends and stuff. It would be awesome to win here.''

The field also includes five-time winner Se Ri Pak, top newcomer Lydia Ko and U.S. Women's Open champion Michelle Wie.

Regardless of who ends up winning on Sunday afternoon, it's likely somebody who produces birdies in bunches. Eleven times in the last 16 years, the winner at Highland Meadows has finished at 14-under 270 or better.

''Small greens, narrow fairways,'' said Wie, who has been coming to the tournament since she got an exemption when she was just 13. ''You feel like if you hit good shots, you should be rewarded.''

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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.