Williams sees no split with Woods

By Associated PressAugust 18, 2010, 5:58 am

WELLINGTON, New Zealand – Steve Williams doesn’t believe his job as Tiger Woods’ caddie is under any threat, despite media speculation about their 11-year association and concern over the champion golfer’s form.

Williams told New Zealand radio Wednesday that he and Woods remain close friends and there is no possibility their working relationship is about to end.

“I’m sure if there was going to be some sort of parting of the ways, I’d be the first to know,” he said. “From my point of view, I don’t see any chance of that happening.”

Williams said Woods had no plans to change his key personnel, though he has struggled to regain form after taking a break from the PGA Tour amid revelations of marital infidelities.

“People speculate. He’s not playing well and his results aren’t what we’re used to,” Williams, of New Zealand, said. “Tiger and I are very good friends and we’ve been through a tough time. There’s no question about that.

“I’m fully supportive of the guy and he’s been great through this whole situation with me.”

Woods consulted with swing coach Sean Foley at the PGA, but it’s unclear whether he will work with him full time.

“He hasn’t decided if that’s the coach who’s going to be with him, but I really like what this new guy had to say and what his theories are,” Williams said. “If Tiger decides to stick with Sean, I believe he’ll get better. It might take a little while.”

Woods finished 28th at last week’s PGA Championship in Wisconsin, a week after posting the worst 72-hole total of his career – 18 over par – at the Bridgestone Invitational event in Ohio.

Williams said nobody should rush to the conclusion Woods was losing his ability or his aura.

“At the end of the day, Tiger Woods is Tiger Woods,” Williams said. “He’s won 14 majors and 71 PGA Tour events. Regardless of what’s gone on, you can’t take that away from the guy.

“Tiger knows how to win and people know that he knows how to win. When he gets back in the situation where he’s playing well again and he’s in contention to win, he’ll get the job done.”

Williams said Woods remained hopeful of being selected by U.S. captain Corey Pavin for the Ryder Cup.

“It’s one of the biggest events in the world and anybody that’s played in it before always has the desire to play in it again,” Williams said. “We’ve got a couple more weeks to show him (Pavin) that he’s playing better.”

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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.